Nissan Navara (2016–)

Last updated 8 May 2019

3.5 tonne towing capacity, SUV-like comfort and refinement, one-tonne payload.
Rear legroom on king cab models is poor, some interior plastics feel cheap.
Updated 3 May 2019
Navara wins Most Popular Pick-up at the Honest John Awards

. Combining a one-tonne payload with a 3.5 tonne towing capacity, Nissan's pick-up is the most popular in its class. “Cheaper to run, better equipped and more rewarding to drive than most of its rivals,...

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Introduction

Refinement and comfort are not words you’d usually associate with the hairy chested world of pick-up trucks, but Nissan raised the bar with Navara by giving it the ride and handling characteristics of a family SUV. As a result, it is one of the most comfortable and refined pick-ups money can buy, while its 46.3mpg claimed economy and one-tonne payload also makes it one of the most practical and affordable.

The key to the Navara's superiority is found in the suspension, with double cab models using a five-link set-up with coil springs instead of the leaf sprung cart suspension that is commonly used. This means the bounce and wallow ride has been replaced with a smooth and rewarding drive that feels more akin to a family car than a commercial vehicle. Traditionalists can still get the Navara with leaf suspension, but this is now limited to the work-focused king cab models.

The Navara can be specified with two-wheel or four-wheel drive and retains its workman like qualities by offering a one-tonne payload and using the same durable box chassis as before. Under the bonnet there is a new 2.3-litre diesel engine, which is packed with torque and offered with either 160PS or 190PS, the latter with twin turbochargers. The new powerplant is also more economical than the old 2.5 dCi, with a claimed 46.3mpg.

All Navaras are strong towing vehicles - pulling up to 3.5 tonnes - and benefit from lots of low-torque for shifting heavy loads. There's more than enough performance for the Navara to fulfil its work and family duties with a hushed motorway manner and responsive steering.

The interior is large and comfortable, with a spacious interior and commanding driving position. Higher spec models get a seven-inch touchscreen and navigation, while air conditioning, rear ventilation and a full-size spare wheel are all fitted at no extra cost across the range. Nissan has also extended its standard warranty to five years/100,000 miles, which is fully transferable. 

Pick-up manufacturers are always keen to claim car-like qualities, but few ever really live up to the billing. However Nissan has set a new benchmark with the Navara by giving it similar handling and ride characteristics to a family SUV. As a result the Navara is easy to use, predictable to drive and comfortable for long trips. In our view it's the best pick-up on the market.

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Driven: Euro6 Nissan Navara

Now, with the Euro6 emission rules in force, Nissan has updated the Navara, with lower running costs, lower CO2 emissions and more equipment fitted as standard. 

Read our first drive here >>

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