Upmarket feel, comfortable interior, high level of standard equipment, sporty performance
Thirsty petrol engine, awkward looks, poor residuals
The first Murano arrived in the UK in 2005 after two successful years on sale in North America. While it was a good 4x4 that drove very much like a car it was hampered by the lack of a diesel engine. This second-generation model (launched in 2008) is a far more polished effort than the original and, thankfully, a 2.5-litre diesel has also been added to the line-up in 2010.
The Murano is designed to be more desirable to European buyers with a plusher interior and improved road manners. Aside from that, it handles well with sharp steering and is a great value car with a huge list of standard kit that puts more expensive 4x4s to shame.
What owners say about this car
Seat + steering wheel move back when ignition switched off. Read owner review