Nissan Navara review

Category: Pick-up

Section: Performance & drive

Nissan Navara 2021 RHD rear right cornering
  • Nissan Navara 2021 RHD front right cornering
  • Nissan Navara 2021 RHD rear right cornering
  • Nissan Navara 2021 RHD dashboard
  • Nissan Navara 2021 RHD rear seats
  • Nissan Navara 2021 RHD infotainment
  • Nissan Navara 2021 RHD wide front right cornering
  • Nissan Navara 2021 RHD wide rear right cornering
  • Nissan Navara 2021 RHD front seats
  • Nissan Navara 2021 RHD load bed
  • Nissan Navara 2021 RHD front right cornering
  • Nissan Navara 2021 RHD rear right cornering
  • Nissan Navara 2021 RHD dashboard
  • Nissan Navara 2021 RHD rear seats
  • Nissan Navara 2021 RHD infotainment
  • Nissan Navara 2021 RHD wide front right cornering
  • Nissan Navara 2021 RHD wide rear right cornering
  • Nissan Navara 2021 RHD front seats
  • Nissan Navara 2021 RHD load bed

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

The 187bhp version of the Navara’s 2.3-litre diesel found in N-Connecta trim and above certainly feels more muscular than the 2.4-litre Toyota Hilux or 1.9-litre Isuzu D-Max, with plenty of urgency from little over 1000rpm. It certainly doesn’t struggle with a bit of weight in the bed, although sadly we had no bricks or sand to hand for full-capacity tests. However, the Ford Ranger’s most potent 2.0-litre engine and the 2.8-litre Toyota Hilux feel even more urgent.

The Ranger is a quieter companion, too. Although the Navara’s engine pulls strongly from low down, you’ll feel plenty of vibrations through your seat and steering when the engine slogs below 1500rpm, and you’ll hear it working away in the background, even at a cruise. Tyre roar isn’t too bad for a pick-up, but wind noise is particularly noticeable.