2021 Nissan Rogue SV AWD Review Car News

What is that?

The Nissan Rogue five-seat SUV is comfortably the company’s biggest seller in the United States and Canada, competing with the Honda CR-Vs and Toyota RAV4s. It’s more familiar to Autocar readers than the X-Trail, which is sold in Europe with different powertrains and the seven-seat option.

North America has an all-new Rogue for 2021, based on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance’s updated CMF-C platform. In the summer of 2022, this new generation will arrive in the UK as an X-Trail with a folding third row option.

Unusually for a new model, the Rogue is 38mm shorter and a bit lower than its predecessor. Styling is familiar to the exiting model through details like the gently sloping roofline and raised C-pillar, but the front end is significantly more boxy than before.

Every Rogue comes standard with a 2.5-liter direct injection 4-cylinder gasoline engine. This relatively new engine brings small increases in horsepower and torque over the old engine, but won’t be seen on UK X-Trails, where the current options are smaller capacity gasoline and diesel turbos. An ePower hybrid is on the way in the 2022 X-Trails but has yet to be confirmed for the Rogue. All-wheel drive features at 75% of thieves sold in Canada including our mid-range test car, SV spec, but front-wheel drive is also available and will likely be a more popular choice among UK buyers.

What does it look like?

The revised looks are sharper than before but arguably not as distinctive (nor perhaps as polarizing) as those of a Toyota RAV4. The test car’s trendy Boulder Gray paintwork contrasts nicely with the darker UV-cut greenhouse, angular LED lights, and parking lights.

Our SV’s gray cabin could have used a pop of color while still being stylish. The interior is tightly bolted and the leatherette seats comfortable, although some drivers may find the front seat backs a bit narrow. There is generous head and leg room for the rear passengers and a good-sized trunk.

The main controls are well located. The HVAC switches remain essentially conventional buttons on the dashboard, rather than being merged into the 9.0-inch touchscreen. The screen is larger than before and now sits atop the dashboard, placing it more easily in the driver’s line of sight. The infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Google Maps with voice recognition.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-26 23:01:23