Nissan Navara

The Essentials

  • Price from £21,740
  • What Car? says: 3 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 33.6mpg
  • What is it? Mix business with pleasure in this five-seat pick-up. It's a sure-fire way to get noticed on the school run

Great

  • Tax efficient for small businesses
  • High and mighty styling
  • Everything you need for both business and pleasure

Gripes

  • Poor rear visibility when you add a cab cover to the back
  • Squishy brakes take a bit of getting used to
  • Though well equipped, somehow it lacks real luxury
  • Drive

    You can opt out of four-wheel drive, but it's surprisingly car like when not loaded down with your goods and chattels

  • Inside

    The top of the range Aventura is like a semi-plush car. Down from that can be basic, but better than any white van you could possibly imagine

  • Safety

    A hard top for the back cab starts from about 1000, so you're going to have to pay extra to keep things out of the rain and secure. Airbags standard, as are Isofix mountings for child seats

  • Reliability

    Reliability is a concern

  • Space

    If you go for the double cab edition, you're getting all the space of a mid-size family car. And as for the load space - you can just about move mountains

  • Standard and extras

    Top spec will give you leather, impressive sat-nav and voice controls. Entry levels have keyless entry and CD player, so the kit is generally impressive

  • What's it like to drive?

    If you're carrying more than a dog on a chain in your pick-up loadbay then you'll be best off with the more powerful diesel engine, which is also the most refined. As pick-ups go, this is one of the most car-like to drive, with direct steering and good body control. And if you're transporting hay to your sheep or towing a Winnebago, it's got proper off-road ability, too.

  • What's it like inside?

    The steering wheel only adjusts up and down, so not everyone will be able to find a perfect driving position, but the dash is simply organised and easy to navigate. Double Cab models offer four doors and five adults will fit inside comfortably. The load area is huge, although you'll need to pay extra to get a cover for it.
    King Cab models have a larger loadbay but less passenger space. The flip-down jump seats are reached through smaller, rear-opening doors and are not suitable for long journeys or child seats.
    You'll be doing business in comfort thanks to the standard electric windows, climate control, Bluetooth hands-free phone connection and MP3 connectivity. Upgrade for heated leather seats, cruise control and automatic lights and wipers.

  • How reliable is it?

    Owners of earlier models reported serious mechanical failures. Are current models any better? We're hoping no news is good news.
    Safety kit includes stability control, six airbags and two Isofix child seat points (in the Double Cab only). However, the Navara only scored three out of five stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests for adult protection. The four-star score for child protection is respectable. Newer models, such as the Ford Ranger and VW Amarok, offer better crash protection.

  • Should I buy one?

    The Navara is classed as a commercial vehicle, so if you buy one through your business you'll be able to claim back thousands in VAT. Running costs are reasonable for a car of this type, too.