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BabyDrive Verdict

After driving the Nissan Navara I couldn't imagine that Nissan was capable of making a BabyDrive friendly vehicle that catered for child restraints and family requirements but actually, they have!

The Pathfinder has fantastic in-cab storage, it has 10 cup holders throughout the three rows of seats and door bins that all cater for various usable size bottles and cups.

I LOVED the ones in each of the rear doors that are perfectly positioned for forward facing kids.

Excellent glove box, map pocket and central console storage box storage and the little things like the glasses case and phone and door wells are all there too.

The boot capacity is very good and with all seven seats in use, I can get 8 shopping bags in the boot. I could even get the Britax Flexx single stroller in with three shopping bags or the Britax Flexx tandem stroller in the boot space with one shopping bag!

When only using five seats in the Pathfinder the boot space is epic! It would hold 18 shopping bags and you would definitely fit any size dog in the back there!

I could fit the Mountain Buggy Duet twin stroller with 11 shopping bags.

The Britax Flexx single and tandem stroller fitted with 14 shopping bags and the Britax Holiday compact stroller is so small it fitted with the maximum 18 bags.

The Pathfinder also exceeded expectation with its seating capacity. There are two ISO Fix points, one in each of the second-row seats.

There are four top tether anchor points in the back rests of all three second-row seats and there is one in the right-hand third-row seat! This was fantastic and allowed me to install four child seats using the seat belts and top tether points. In the third row I installed the Britax Maxi Guard Pro forward facing booster seat.

The seats were relatively easy to install and the only thing I had problems with was getting the top tether strap through the central seat headrest bars, as they were too close together making it very difficult.

There was good space for forward facing and rear facing seats across the middle row. I installed the Britax Unity infant capsule rear facing on one side, the Britax Graphene forward facing in the middle seat and the Britax Platinum Pro would fit forward or rear facing in the other outside seat.

Legroom was also very good in the Pathfinder. The second-row seats are split 60:40 and both sides slide to adjust the legroom. I found I could sit in the third row comfortably with a rear facing child seat in the second row (and the second-row seat in the furthest back position) and the driver's seat has plenty of room for most size drivers.

The second-row seats also have a mechanism that allows you to move an outer seat forward with a child seat installed and have enough room to climb through to the third-row seats. The child seat MUST be using the ISO Fix and top tether connectors though, not the seatbelt and top tether.

I felt that the media system really let the Pathfinder down. The reversing camera was blurry and poor quality image, there was no Apple Car Play or Android Auto and the media system was just hard to use and connect my phone to and there was also no sat-nav in this model.

The Pathfinder drives well and for a BIG car accelerates well out of junctions, the central console is a bit of a jumble of controls, knobs and dials and could do with minimising! It is just a bit noisy and I found when I parked up would beep constantly for doors, boot door or anything it felt like beeping for!!! Which would definitely disturb my daughter when she's sleeping!

The Nissan Pathfinder scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2013.

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