While Mitsubishi’s L200 has been awarded much of the credit for turning the humble workaday pick-up into a must-have style icon a few years back, at least some of it should go to Nissan’s Navara.
Nissan Navara Review & Buyers’ Guide
£16,648 – £28,240
Available as: Pick-up Engine options: TD2.5 190hp, V6TD3.0 231hpVolume (m³): TBA Payload (kg): 1,110 – 1,125
Power is generated by a 190hp/450Nm version of the original 2.5-litre diesel, with a 231hp/550Nm V6 diesel added to the line-up. Four-wheel drive, including a low ratio option, is selected using a turn-wheel on the fascia.
Whichever trim you pick, the goodie-quotient is high, with dual-zone climate control and Bluetooth connectivity standard on everything. Go for Tekna and you get leather seats, roof rails, cruise control and an in-dash six-CD autochanger.
Payload capacities run from 1,110kg to 1,125kg depending on the model.
It doesn’t disgrace itself off-road either, churning through the mud and dealing with potholes and hummocks with aplomb.
In short, it’s a vehicle you cannot help but like; unless of course you’re a sandal-wearing muesli-munching tree-hugging knee-jerk-reaction hater of big 4x4s of course. If you are, then you’ll have a fit when the V6 comes rolling over the horizon.
Service intervals are set at 18,000 miles for the 2.5-litre diesel and 12,000 miles for the high performance V6. The mechanical warranty stands at three years or 60,000 miles.