Nissan Navara (2016–)

Last updated 9 July 2019

The Nissan Navara scores highly for ride comfort and road handling, with double cab models getting five-link coil rear suspension as standard. This means the Navara is easier to drive than many other pick-ups, with the suspension upgrades eliminating the bumpy and wallowing ride that often makes them a challenge to drive unladen.

The Navara is available with two-wheel or four-wheel drive, with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard or an optional seven-speed automatic. Power comes from a four-cylinder 2.3-litre diesel engine with either 160PS or 190PS, the latter achieved with twin turbochargers.

The 2.3 unit is actually a modified version of the NV400 engine, which means it’s well-suited to heavy duty load lugging with lots of low levels of torque, although the manual gearbox isn't the best with slow and notchy gear changes. Both versions of the 2.3-litre diesel pull well, with a respective 403Nm and 450Nm or torque from just 1500rpm, although neither feel particularly quick with performance fading as you approach 4500rpm.

Claimed fuel economy ranges from 44.9mpg for two-wheel drive to 44.1mpg for the four-wheel drive double cab models. CO2 emissions are also lower than the outgoing Navara, with manual versions emitting just 169g/km. 

In mid-2016, Nissan introduced a Euro6 version of the 2.3-litre diesel, with lower running costs and reduced emissions. Claimed economy for two-wheel drive versions increased to 46.3mpg, while four-wheel drive versions were upgraded slightly to 44.8mpg. CO2 emissions for the Euro6 units start from 159g/km.

Most of the improvements in economy and emissions are gained from the use of AdBlue, with the 2.3 diesel using 17 litres for every 7145 miles. Filling the AdBlue tank is simple though, with the filler cap located next to the diesel tank flap; however, this pushes running costs up a little, with a typical 10 litre bottle of AdBlue costing £20.

On the road the Navara is a huge step forward over its leaf-sprung rivals, with a predictable and settled ride that remains stable in even the tightest of corners. The steering is also good, with lots of feedback that makes it easy to make mid-corner corrections. We also found the engine to be well-hushed at motorway speeds, although road and wind noise is notable owing to the Navara’s large wing mirrors and 18-inch wheels that are standard on most trim levels. 

Like its predecessor, the latest Nissan is a competent off-roader and four-wheel drive versions will easily cope with rural farm tracks, muddy fields and wintery road conditions. Operating the various drive modes is simple with four-wheel drive, high and low ratios activated by a rotary button on the dashboard. The Navara is also an excellent tow vehicle, pulling up to 3.5 tonnes, which is almost one tonne more than the old model. 

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