Despite their rudimentary construction, pick-ups remain a common sight on our roads. They’re classed as light commercial vehicles (LCVs) for tax purposes, so are a cheaper alternative to traditional large SUV company cars. Nissan’s Navara has proved a popular pick-up, but it was recently given an overhaul, including new rear suspension and a more car-like interior.
It’s available with two engine options; a single-turbo 2.3 diesel or a more powerful twin-turbo unit, and there are five trim levels to pick from. There’s also the choice of a King Cab layout or five-seat Double Cab. The latter will be the biggest seller by far.
The Navara has competition from the likes of Mitsubishi’s L200, Ford’s Ranger and VW’s Amarok. Unlike all these rivals, the Navara has been given a more advanced rear suspension system (on Double Cab models), so is actually one of the best riding pick-ups available. Its car-like interior is also one of the nicest to spend time in and use. Its competitive running costs, payload and towing figures actually make the Navara one of the best pick-ups you can buy. Of course, it’s worth mentioning that no pick-up is as comfortable, luxurious or as good to drive as a traditional SUV. As such, if you’re only after space and a high driving position, we’d still recommend test driving one of those first.