The Nissan Navara. Picture by Robin Crossley.
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Loaned by Staddlestones Nissan, Ryde
WHEN it snowed last year, a friend of mine was one of the few people on the Island that could still get around in the treacherous conditions.
That was because he had a Nissan Navara, which he used for work and everyday use. And having test driven the brand new Navara, it’s clear to see there is a lot more to this powerful machine than just tackling ice and snow.
I have always been a fan of the Navara and the latest model has only enhanced my fondness for it.
The model I borrowed from Staddlestones Nissan, in Ryde, was the 2.5-litre diesel six-speed Tekna, with 190ps. It has a host of features, including sunroof, privacy glass, steering- wheel audio controls, automatic headlights and cruise control.
The Navara has a sporty look, especially with its roof bars, huge headlights and front grille, and it looks ready for an adventure.
Although primarily designed for commercial use, I think the Navara would be a suitable family vehicle, with the benefits of space and practicality.
Inside, there is plenty of room and visibility is very good, while the driving position can be adjusted to suit. The leather seats are comfy and have the option of being heated, while dual climate control makes sure the desired temperature inside the double cab is maintained.
The pick up has a practical storage area at the back which can take a weight of 1,100kg, ideal for work tools and equipment and can tow up to 2,700kg.
You can also get a hard top for the rear, ideal for day-to-day use, which will hide anything.
The ride is high and it was only when I parked it next to a Porsche Cayenne, which I consider to be quite a big vehicle, I realised the full size of the Navara.
With a flick of a switch, the vehicle jumps from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive with two options, and can tackle challenging off-road conditions.
The ride is comfortable and it hops over potholes, of which there were many, like they weren’t there and handles with great ease.
All in all, the Navara was a pleasure to drive and, if I decide to purchase a 4x4 as my next vehicle, then the Navara really would take some beating.