Nissan Navara review

Category: Pick-up

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The vast majority of pick-up trucks are run through work, and due to their LCV tax rating, the Navara attracts fixed monthly tax payments regardless of trim, engine and gearbox. Not only will the monthly payments be far cheaper than a large SUV, they’ll even undercut some family cars.

If you’re buying with cash, the Nissan is competitively priced versus its rivals. Make sure you haggle, though, because there are plenty of dealer discounts to be had. Nissan usually offers tempting finance rates, so your monthly PCP finance bill shouldn’t be too hard to swallow.

We think N-Connecta trim makes most sense, because it comes with climate control, electric windows, cruise control, keyless entry and drive, a leather steering wheel, automatic lights, Bluetooth, DAB radio, a USB port and two free colour choices; red and white. In addition it gets 18in alloys and a reversing camera. Lower models are rather basic while Tekna and N-Guard are rather pricey.

Reliability isn’t a Nissan strong suit; the brand finished joint 27th out of 31 manufacturers in our 2020 Reliability Survey. In comparison, Mitsubishi came an outstanding second with Toyota just behind in third.

Safety kit includes seven airbags, an alarm and immobiliser and emergency braking. It received four stars from Euro NCAP, although the Toyota Hilux is better at protecting occupants from injury.

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Overview

The Navara’s appealing interior and responsive touchscreen infotainment system impress, while the top diesel engine is gutsier than those found in the Isuzu D-Max and cheaper Toyota Hiluxes. However, the Ford Ranger is better to drive while the Ssangyong Musso Rhino can carry a heavier payload.

  • Reasonably comfortable on the motorway
  • Appealing interior
  • Responsive infotainment system
  • Lots of wind noise
  • Ponderous handling
  • Rivals are gutsier

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