The interior layout, fit and finish
The driver sits quite high, even in the seat’s lowest setting, but there’s enough steering wheel height adjustment to position it how you like. What you won’t find, though, is reach adjustment, although that hasn’t caused any of our testers any issues so far. The pedals line up nicely with the driver’s seat, too, so there’s no need to sit at an awkward angle for hours on end during a long journey.
Because the driving position is so lofty, the view out of the windscreen is good, although the big door mirrors and thick pillars can partially obscure your view at junctions, making pulling out a bit stressful. We’d also point out that the small rear window and high truck bed restrict your view rearwards, although N-Connecta trim and up get a rear-view camera thrown in to help when parking. If you’re really worried, Tekna adds rear parking sensors and a four-camera system with a bird’s eye view.
Less advanced is the Navara’s basic monochrome-screened radio unit with DAB radio plus Bluetooth and USB connectivity; it’s decidedly old-school, but very easy to use. Going for N-Connecta trim or above gets you Nissan’s Connect system as standard, which is made up of an 8.0in touchscreen via which you control its sat-nav, DAB radio, Bluetooth plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity. It’s a decent system amongst the Navara’s rivals, being responsive and logically laid out, allowing it to rival high-spec Ssangyong Musso and Ford Ranger touchscreens.
While we love a bit of soft-touch plastic to buoy up the ambience of a typical family car, such materials don’t really work in rugged vehicles such as pick-up trucks. But while all the plastics on display are hard, they are for the most part nicely textured and have a pleasant satin finish. Some of the painted plastic trims do look a bit cheap compared to those of the Ranger or SsangYong Musso, but are nicer than those of the Mitsubishi L200.
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