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Nissan 370 Z Coupe (2009 - 2013) review

Read the Nissan 370Z coupe (2009 - ) car review by Auto Trader's motoring experts, covering price, specification, running costs, practicality, safety and how it drives.

The Auto Trader expert verdict:


The Nissan 370Z comes with stunning looks and awesome V6 powerplant making it one of the best sports coupes available.

Reasons to buy:

  • tickStunning looks
  • tickGreat engine
  • tickSuperb chassis

At a glance:

How good does it look?

How wrong we were. The Nissan 370Z looks so much better in three dimensions than it does in pictures. It looks every inch the red-blooded sportscar. The headlights give the car a modern twist and hugely flared rear wheelarches remind you this is a powerful rear-wheel drive sportscar. The optional 19-inch RAYS alloy wheels are some of the best-looking and most spidery we’ve seen.
Expert rating: 5/5

What's the interior like?

Nissan has taken significant steps to make the 370Z a premium car. While its predecessor – the 350Z – had the muscle to compete with the Porsche Cayman and Mercedes SLK, its interior quality gave away its lower price tag. This time around you’d be less inclined to believe the 370Z is a almost £10k cheaper than the entry-level Cayman. A soft-touch dashboard with neat stitching, well-integrated media system with huge screen and good-looking dials are all welcome. We just wish the seats offered a bit more support during hard cornering.
Expert rating: 4/5

How practical is it?

There is plenty of room in the cabin for two large adults and the glovebox and door pockets are of adequate size and shape. Access to the boot is much better than in the 350Z thanks to the repositioning of suspension bracing, but it’s still the same size at 235 litres. A new addition is the retractable load cover which keeps your valuables out of sight.
Expert rating: 3/5

What's it like to drive?

There is a sizeable heft to all of the controls in the Z, and you really feel engaged in the process of driving the car through the weighty steering and chunky gearchange. It has an endearing character, but can become tiring in slow-moving traffic when skill and a firm hand are needed to drive smoothly. The ride is very composed making longer motorway trips well within its grasp and the high levels of road noise found in the 350Z have been reduced but not eliminated.
Expert rating: 4/5

How powerful is it?

The 3.7-litre V6 is a gutsy engine which will pile on speed from low revs, but it gives its best when worked hard. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 5.3 seconds or 5.6 seconds if you choose the seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox. The manual gearbox features a world first called Synchro Rev Control, which accurately blips the throttle during downshifts for a smoother gearchange. For most drivers it’s a brilliant addition which makes driving fast safer and smoother.
Expert rating: 5/5

How much will it cost me?

While cars like this are rarely cheap to run, the 26.9mpg (248g/km CO2) claimed economy of the manual Z is easily achievable and we bettered it on a few motorway runs – hitting around 30mpg. Thanks to a big 72-litre fuel tank a range of more than 420 miles is possible, making visits to the petrol station less frequent than you might expect. Reversing the usual trend, it’s the automatic gearbox which returns slightly better economy figures. It manages 27.2mpg while emitting 249g/km CO2.
Expert rating: 3/5

How reliable is it?

Being a macho kind of car, the 370Z has a tough personality which should have reliability to match. The engine is a fairly straightforward development of a tried and tested V6, so it’s expected to be strong. Built to cope with the speed and performance, the gearbox and other parts are also likely to prove reliable.
Expert rating: 4/5

How safe is it?

While the 370Z hasn’t been EuroNCAP crash tested yet, it should be very safe thanks to huge brakes, stability control and front, side and curtain airbags.
Expert rating: 4/5

How much equipment do I get?

The 370Z is exceptionally well equipped for its price, so much so it’s one of its biggest selling points. Alloy wheels, electric seats, climate control, Xenon headlights, Keyless entry and engine starting, Bluetooth and an auxiliary input are all standard. GT trim brings heated leather seats, CD multichanger and cruise control. Ultimate spec cars get satellite navigation. The 370Z Yellow special edition models have illuminated sill plates, satellite navigation, forged 19-inch RAYS alloy wheels and racing side stripes as standard.
Expert rating: 4/5

Why buy?

The Nissan 350Z built up a reputation as a great bangs-for-your-buck sports car. The new car is certainly amazing value for money – a 326bhp coupe for around £30k is a stunning proposition. An improved interior makes it an even stronger contender.
Expert rating: 4/5

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