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      Launch year
      2014
      Body type
      Pick-up
      Fuel type
      Diesel
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The pick of the pick-ups

Best bits

  • Full 3.5-tonne towing capacity
  • Excellent ride and comfort for a pick-up
  • One-tonne payload

Not so great

  • Some interior plastics feel cheap
  • King Cab models are not really suitable for four adults
  • Gearbox notchy at lower speeds

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Overall verdict

"The task facing a pick-up truck is more challenging than it was a decade or so ago – they have to be both rugged and refined enough to perform as a family vehicle, and the Nissan Navara manages both."

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It combines smart styling, practicality and the ability to haul around a huge amount of stuff. It might not be as plush in the cabin as some more lifestyle orientated alternatives like the Volkswagen Amarok or the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, but it more than makes up for it in its general comfort and ease of use.


The Navara stands out from the crowd in a few ways, however one of the biggest differences is one that you won’t be able to see. The rear suspension on the Nissan Navara is a five-link setup rather than the traditional and fairly old-fashioned leaf-spring arrangement you get on most pick-up trucks.


This means you get a slightly smoother ride in the Nissan than you do on many rivals, even with an empty rear loading bay. If you are a pick-up traditionalist then there are versions of the Navara around with leaf springs – you could get the King Cab (with two smaller rear seats) with this setup until late 2019. This was then updated so all models come with multi-link suspension as standard from this point on.


Every Navara acquits itself well when it comes to the tougher elements of its job – they are all capable of pulling up to 3.5-tonnes and they have a good amount of low-down torque to help on that front. This level of performance means that the Nissan is an accomplished family vehicle, too. It’s relaxed on the motorway and has a responsive steering setup too.


The payload matches up to the expected benchmark that is expected of pick-ups, with at least one-tonne of carrying capacity across all the different models. The King Cab offers more in the way of rear load length, measuring up to 1788mm, while the double cab has a still commendable 1578mm of length available.


The cabin interior is a good size, too, although the double cab is by far and away the one to go for if you want to carry four regularly – space is unsurprisingly tight in the back of the King Cab.


Higher spec models get a good level of equipment, with a seven-inch touch screen and navigation, while you get air conditioning and a full-size spare wheel as standard on every version. One particularly attractive added extra is the five-year/100,000-mile warranty, which is fully transferable.


Pick-ups often claim to be car-like, but few manage to offer a vehicle that can be all things to all users – rugged in the week and refined at the weekend. The Nissan Navara performs better than most, though, with a fantastic ride quality, decent handling and excellent practicality. Others might be more luxurious, or more designed to take a battering, but as an all-rounder sets the mark that others aspire to in the class.

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Double Cab Pick Up Tekna 2.3dCi 190 4WD

  • 2016
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The Nissan Navara is popular with a wide range of buyers for good reason – it manages to be practical, well equipped and rewarding to drive. Many of its rivals manage one or two of those, but rarely do they manage to offer the full package.


It will allow you to combine work and home life as it is comfortable enough to act as a weekend family vehicle but is dependable and strong enough to be a heavy-duty workhorse for those that need a durable 4x4 machine.


It offers more liveability than more basic alternatives, has a better ride than those trucks that have a similar rear suspension setup and is more resilient than more expensive lifestyle rivals.

Standard kit on the Navara is good enough that you won’t feel too hard done by on any of the models, but if you want it to fulfil more than one role in its working life then it’s worth going up to N-Connecta. This mid-range trim brings kit like a rear-view camera, keyless entry and start, chrome details and the eight-inch touchscreen system.


This comes with navigation too, but you also get Apple Carplay and Android Auto so you can use your phone as an alternative nav too.


Tekna, the top-level trim, only really adds cosmetic features so whether you go for this one is more a matter of personal preference than practicality.

There are several other models at the centre ground of the pick-up market – all-rounders that are suitable for work and family life. The Mitsubishi L200 is one, although its interior is slightly dated versus the Nissan’s, and the Navara has a better ride quality. The Ford Ranger is another worth considering if you want a bit of both.


The Isuzu D-Max is a worthy contender if you want to prioritise the working element of a truck, while the Volkswagen Amarok is undoubtedly the one to go for if you want a more luxurious experience and powerful engine.

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