Nissan Navara review

Category: Pick-up

Section: Introduction

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Introduction

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Despite their main purpose as a beast of burden, pick-ups like the Nissan Navara remain a common sight on our roads. They’re classed as light commercial vehicles (LCVs) for tax purposes so attract a flat rate of benefit-in-kind (BIK) company car tax. That makes them cheaper to tax than regular large SUVs.

All Navaras get a 2.3-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine with either 161bhp and a six-speed manual gearbox in Visia and Acenta trims, or a 187bhp version of the same engine for N-Connecta, Tekna and N-Guard models. If you choose the more potent motor, you can have a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic ‘box.

Unlike some rivals, such as the Volkswagen Amarok and Ssangyong Musso, the Navara is available in a variety of bodystyles. Most popular is the Double Cab, which has four proper doors and five seats. If you need a longer load bed there’s the King Cab, with two occasional rear seats and a shorter cab, and both can be bought without a bed at all so you can fit custom bodywork. Just bear in mind, that you only get those options on the two lowest trim levels – N-Connecta and above are Double Cab only.

So, should you pick the Navara over the two alternatives mentioned above? How does it fare against trucks with more work orientated trims? We’re looking at you, Mitsubishi L200 and Isuzu D-Max. Well, keep reading over the next few pages to find out what the Navara is like to drive, how capable it is and what it’s like inside. And don’t forget to check out our New Car Buying pages for big savings on tonnes of new cars and SUVs.

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