Having the all-singing-and-dancing, Aventura meant the seats were leather clad for a touch of luxury, which was spoilt by the soft-touch but plastic fascia. However, it was the ease of use that made an impression. Often the problem with having an extra row of seats is access but in this case, it couldn’t be simpler. The second row has a 40:20:40 split and fold function. The two outer seats fold and tumble in one easy action without having to first remove the headrests as they simply push down over the seat backs. The folding action can be undertaken from outside of the car or from the third row and allows plenty of space to get in and out.
The third row comprises two seats that split and fold 50:50 to form an extended flat base to the luggage area. With all the seats in place the luggage capacity, accessed through the split tailgate, measures 190-litres - folding the third row increases this to 515-litres. If you lift the squabs of the second row before folding the flat load platform is increased even further and the capacity then becomes 2,091-litres. Furthermore, the front passenger seat also folds to allow carriage of items up to 2.8 metres in length. Nissan tells us that there are no less than 64 seating/cargo configurations, which is quite impressive.
Apart from the outright load-lugging capability, the Pathfinder has plenty of storage for days when family or friends are onboard. Starting at the front, there are two glove boxes stacked one above the other, the combined capacity of which is 6.4-litres and another 6-litres can be found beneath the front, central armrest and there’s a small, lidded oddments tray atop the fascia.
Beneath the second row of seats is a large storage area with split lid and moveably divider. This box is 40.5cm long, 13.5cm wide and 10cm deep. Moving the seats allows access to the hidden cubby but raising squab of the middle seat enables access to the middle section.
At the front of the Aventura’s cabin, the driver gets an 8-way, power-adjustable seat, which can be set, along with the mirror positions, in one of the two memory buttons. The front passenger has 4-way power-adjustment to their seat but both are heated.
All Pathfinders have dual-zone climate control but the Aventura gains an extra control for the rear heating and air-conditioning. Other top-of-the-range goodies include Xenon headlamps, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and an electric tilt and slide sunroof. In terms of specification, the Sport with the optional Tech Pack, comes close to the Aventura as it comprises; DVD Satellite-Navigation, a colour rear-view reversing camera, Premium Audio system with MP3 compatibility, Bluetooth telephone connectivity, voice-activation for both navigation and ‘phone, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights and the Intelligent Key system.
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