Review

Nissan Navara SUV

Price  £21,995 - £37,140

Nissan Navara SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Impressive load capacity
  • Powerful diesel engines
  • Well equipped
Cons
  • Noisy interior
  • Vague steering
  • No fixed-price servicing

At a glance

"Tough, strong and built to last, the Nissan Navara pickup is an excellent working vehicle."

Developed alongside the seven-seater Nissan Pathfinder SUV, the Nissan Navara is a tough pick-up truck that has a large load bay, five seats and serious off-road capability, allowing it to be used as a large family car, a trusty workhorse – or both.

Along with the Mitsubishi L200, Toyota Hilux and Volkswagen Amarok, it's one of the most popular pickups for buyers looking for a dual-role vehicle. That's because it has huge commercial-vehicle ability as well as a range of creature comforts making it suitable as family transport.

The range of strong diesel engines suits the big Navara, with 2.5-litre (144bhp and 190bhp) and 3.0-litre (230bhp) versions available, as well as a choice of manual or automatic transmission. All provide impressive performance and plenty of low-speed power, meaning they can tow between 2.7 and three tonnes or carry a payload of up to 1,200kg.

All that performance comes at a price, however – even the most efficient Navara model struggles to return more than 30mpg and all are quite noisy.

The Navara is very practical and well built, while its four-wheel-drive system includes special low-range gears for making progress on steep hills or difficult terrain. On the road, the Navara can run in two-wheel-drive mode for more fuel-efficient progress.

There are two body styles: King Cab has small rear-hinged doors and a rear bench, while Double Cab has four full-size doors and five seats.

Four trim levels are available. Visia and Tekna are offered as Double Cab models only, while the Acenta is available in Double Cab and King Cab body styles. The top-of-the range Outlaw V6 can only be bought as a Double Cab, and is the only Navara to feature a 3.0-litre engine and a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

All models are well equipped, with alloy wheels, air-conditioning, Bluetooth phone connectivity and electric windows as standard. Our pick of the range is the Acenta trim, which adds a little more passenger-car comfort, such as chrome trim, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, a trip computer and USB connectivity.

MPG, running costs & CO2

1.8 / 5

The Nissan Navara is relatively cheap to buy, but you’ll struggle to better 30mpg

Engines, drive & performance

1.8 / 5

The Nissan Navara is easy to drive, yet its handling reveals its commercial vehicle origins

Interior & comfort

2 / 5

There's plenty of leg and headroom inside the Navara, but it's noisy on the motorway

Practicality & boot space

3.6 / 5

There's a huge amount of storage space, but rear passengers are cramped in King Cab model

Reliability & safety

3.6 / 5

Reliable and dependable, the Nissan Navara has been built to last

What the others say

3.8 / 5
based on 2 reviews
4.5 / 5
"Rear seats in the Double Cab will accommodate three adults, but they won't want to travel too far as it can't offer the degree of space that a five seat car like a Ford Mondeo offers."
3 / 5
To mark out the latest Navara, there's a new front bumper, bonnet and grille which extends the length of the nose by 8cm. Despite not being radical changes to the Tonka-toy looks, the rounded bumper is more aerodynamic, benefiting fuel consumption.
What owners say 
4.2259259259259
4.2 /5 based on 27 reviews
78%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
23 Dec 2014

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