Five stars for the Nissan Navara
FIVE stars in every way... I never thought I would be saying that about, of all things, a pick-up truck, writes
Bruce Booth. Well, that’s the reality of the Nissan NP300 Navara. control, activated by a button on the centre console, a network of sensors detect any wheel slip and monitor the level of traction available – automatically ‘walking’ the car down in a slow, controlled descent. Hill start assist is another feature Nissan has pioneered for its crossover models and adapted further to suit the Navara it offers great peace of mind, especially for those towing heavy trailers or caravans.
Prices for the NP300 start at £21,995 and all models have a five-year, 100,000 miles warranty and service intervals are set at an unrivalled two-year, 18,000-mile interval, helping keep running costs for the rugged workhorse firmly in check.
A masterpiece both on and off-road, the new Navara once again sets the standard in terms of comfort, refinement, ruggedness, payload, engine performance, towing capacity and overall practicality, just like the original model did when it was launched 11 years ago. And to be fair, it had to be good, with the L200 already in showrooms.
Nissan took us to the wilds of Yorkshire to show just what the Navara could do and even the most hardened of motoring hacks could not fail to be impressed.
On the black stuff, it performed just like any refined SUV should: fast, smooth with a compliant ride, but off-road was where the Navara really came into its own.
While farmers, builders and other contractors routinely have to take their pick-up trucks across fields or along rutted tracks, the Navara takes offroading to another level.
Designed to get the vehicle up and down steep and slippery inclines effortlessly and safely, the 4LO setting delivers even more torque at the wheels, while for those working in more extreme off-road situations, the optional mechanical differential lock is a must-have requirement.
With hill descent