Five stars for the Nis­san Navara

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - MOTORS -

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

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