Nissan Navara review

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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. One reason for this might be that they’re classed as light commercial vehicles (LCVs) for tax purposes and so attract a flat rate of benefit-in-kind (BIK) company car tax, making them cheaper to tax than regular large SUVs.

All Navaras get a 2.3-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine with either 161bhp in Visia and Acenta trims, or with 187bhp in N-Connecta, Tekna and N-Guard models. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard and a seven-speed automatic ‘box is optional with the more potent motor.

Like most rivals the Navara is available in a pretty wide 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’ll need to pick a lowly trim-level for this.

So, should you pick the Navara over the popular Ford Ranger, well-priced Ssangyong Musso or trusty Toyota Hilux? 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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