New Nissan Navara Review


Nissan Navara NP300 (1)

New Nissan Navara NP300 has had a facelift and the vehicle looks more rugged:


It’s available with two engine options; a single-turbo 2.3 diesel or a more powerful twin-turbo unit, and there are five trim levels to pick from. There’s also the choice of a King Cab layout or five-seat Double Cab.

The Navara has competition from the likes of Mitsubishi’s L200 & Ford Ranger Unlike all these rivals, the Navara has been given a more advanced rear suspension system (on Double Cab models), so is actually one of the best riding pick-ups available. Its car-like interior is also one of the nicest to spend time in and use. Its competitive running costs, payload and towing figures actually make the Navara one of the best pick-ups you can buy. Of course, it’s worth mentioning that no pick-up is as comfortable, luxurious or as good to drive as a traditional SUV. As such, if you’re only after space and a high driving position, we’d still recommend test driving one of those first.

The Navara is flawed to drive, which is no surprise given the old-school ladder chassis that lies beneath its heavy body, and no pick-up is as good to drive as a traditional large SUV.

The Navara offers decent forward visibility, but a restricted view out of its rear screen. It makes up for that in some ways by having large door mirrors, and Acenta+ models and higher get a reversing camera thrown in.

Go for N-Connecta trim or above gets you Nissan’s Connect system as standard, which is made up of a 7.0in touchscreen via which you control its sat-nav, DAB radio, Bluetooth and smartphone-style apps. It’s a decent system amongst the Navara’s rival infotainment systems, being responsive and logically laid out, but falls a way short of the large SUV class’s best systems.

Sitting in the front seats, two tall adults get ample head and leg room. Moving to the backs of its double cab, again, two adults will stay comfortable on a long journey; there’s good head, leg and shoulder room although its rear floor is slightly raised. Even so, it’s bigger than a Mitsubishi L200 in the back.

In my Opinion Going for the Acenta+ 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.

Np300 is one of the best SUV/Pickups Around.