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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

As a large 4x4 the biggest surprise is that there's no diesel engine available - something which even the Porsche Cayenne offers from 2009. The sole engine choice is a 3.5-litre V6 with 230bhp. It's the same unit from the 350Z, although there have been some modifications to suit the larger body. It rumbles into life on start-up and feels eager and responsive on the move with plenty of low-down pulling power.

It's been tuned to work with the CVT automatic gearbox which has a sequential manual mode with six pre-set gears, allowing you to hold a lower gear and keep the revs high - ideal if you're driving on twisty roads. But for everyday conditions standard mode is refined enough to deliver power smoothly and effortlessly. 0-62mph takes 8.9 seconds but it is thirsty and the average fuel economy is just 23mpg.

The Murano may be an offroader but it handles very much like a car. There's little body roll in corners while the precise and well-weighted steering, although slightly lacking in feel, is rewarding. The ride is supple too and soaks up lumps and bumps well over most surfaces - only the roughest unmade roads are uncomfortable. Off-road capability is limited, but it's up to the job of crossing muddy fields and wading through a layer of snow.