Fun & Family car reviews we would like to wish you happy holidays!
This week we have the 2019 Nissan Rogue SV AWD, with an MSRP of $36708. Assembled at the Smyrna plant in the United States.
Fun Factor: 4
Can it Family: 7
Karaoke Friendly: 5
Baby friendly: 5
City Cruising: 5
The old Rogue used to be one of the cars we hatted the most, it rattled from everywhere build quality was subpar and boy was it a boring car to drive, hence, our expectations weren’t very high, however, the more we drove it the less we could find faults for an SUV at that price point. Is it fun? Not really, it will bring your family from point A to B comfortably acceleration from 0-100 will take a good 9 seconds, power comes from a 2.5L inline 4 banger with 170 horse and 175 lb-ft of torque all that power is mated to a CVT. The steering feels vague at higher speeds and doesn’t bring confidence at higher speeds. The Rogue feels under powered on the HWY when fully loaded with 5 passengers.
Can it Family? We found the car seats 5 adults with ease, the seats are decently comfortable. The back door open wide making it easier for people with reduced mobility to get into the car. The back seat legroom is surprisingly roomy with the driver seat setup for someone with 6 foot, someone with 6 feet still has enough room. The seats can be folded manually 40/20/40 making it easier to transport larger items and still capable of transporting a large number of passengers.
The average fuel consumption of our Rogue was 8.9L per 100km. As for the city, we were closer to 10L per 100km, while on the HWY we were getting 8.2L per 100km. For an AWD vehicle, those figures are more than acceptable.
We didn’t like how the Rogue handle at higher speeds, it seemed vague and accelerating from 90km/h to 110km/h takes too long if you indent to overtake. While driving at HWY speeds the road noise was unpleasant even if the Rogue has greatly improved this versus previous versions. What we did like is all the standard assistant like lane keeping assistance emergency braking at this price point.
The sound system of the Rogue is of decent quality, the infotainment screen isn’t the most modern looking however the touch screens is responsive and works well in a colder climate. The loading time of the screen when turning on the car can be irritating, luckily the temperature gauges are not integrated into the infotainment. Again we wish that Nissan would change the placement of the heated steering wheel to a different location then hidden underneath the steering wheel close to the traction control button.
The installation of car seats is pretty simple however the ISOFIX ports are not necessarily the most user-friendly they are slightly hidden underneath the seat. We were able to place a maximum of 2 car seats as there was no possibility to attach a 3rd seat in the middle row. With one child seat installed you can seat one adult and one child with ease.
As for the city driving, we’ve enjoyed the Rogue the most. The suspension didn’t feel too firm on bumps, it was comfortable the ease parking with the 360-degree camera was enjoyable even if the quality of the screen wasn’t the best.
Things we’ve liked about our Rogue, versatility for the price, AWD vehicle and a decent price, standard options like emergency braking.
Things we’ve disliked about the Rogue, underpowered engine, vague steering, boring interior.