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Nissan Navara overall verdict
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It’s a superb workhorse, as happy and competent bashing through creeks as it is tootling about the suburbs.
As it’s a workaday ute running an ancient cart-sprung bum, the Navara’s ride is what you’d call firm, but even unladen it’s never bouncy.
Both the petrol and the turbo-diesel engines offer perky performance, but the petrol is the more aggressive of the two, but it’s thirsty when pushed.
With its pumped-guards, the Navara has a real tough-truck air to it. It’s easily the pick of the sports-oriented fourbys.
The quality of the trim is excellent; you won’t feel like you’re sitting in a tupperware container, like you do in so many other work-and-play wannabes.
The Navara’s a Clydesdale that thinks it’s a thoroughbred, with decent steering and a firm but stable ride. It handles more like a big car than a truck.
Perhaps the Navara’s best asset, it’s got a braked towing capacity of 3000kg, and a ruddy great tray in which you can up-end almost a tonne of gear into.
Navara isn’t cheap but one test-drive will prove it’s worth the extra coin over its competitors, and while you’ll pay a premium, diesels tend to hold their value better than petrol models.