Nissan Navara Double Cab new car review


Nissan Navara Double Cab – new car review

Once, pick-up trucks were just pick-up trucks, rugged workhorses normally seen on building sites. But when double-cab versions began to be produced, the humble pick-up developed an exciting new life as a dual-purpose family vehicle.

These days pick-ups are produced by several manufacturers but few can match Nissan for pick-up experience – the company has been making them for more than 80 years.

Nissan’s latest Navara underlines just how far the double cab pick-up has come – it has a stylish exterior, a luxury interior, high-spec standard equipment and the driving refinement of a family car.

It’s not surprising really as most are bought by small businesses who also use them as family transport and thus require all the comfort and technology now common on most cars. Indeed, Nissan estimates 95 per cent of all Navara models will be double cab.

Navara prices start at £24,560 (inc.VAT) but the luxury versions cost more – my flagship Tenka all-wheel-drive with auto transmission cost £32,770 (inc.VAT). Standard kit includes 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, parking sensors, leather seats, 4 powered windows, air-conditioning, hill-start assist, auto lights and wipers, limited slip differential, cruise control with speed limiter, radio/CD/USB/AUX and Bluetooth, sat-nav and 7-inch HD touchscreen.
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Nissan Juke – new car review


Nissan Juke 2016 new car review


Worried about Nissan Juke 2016 handling? Find out what we think …

Some cars are all about looks and the eye-catching Nissan Juke crossover is a perfect example.

The Juke appeals to people who want to stand out among the motoring masses and require a cool image, and the Juke delivers on both counts. Its chunky yet curvy profile is unmistakable and with models accessibly priced from £13,920, the Juke has built up a devoted following.

There are 1.6 litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel engines available but proving very popular is the 115 hp 1.2 litre turbo petrol version which I tested recently. It blends nippy performance with good fuel economy.

In Acenta trim, one up from entry level, it costs £15,620 and comes with 17-inch alloys wheels, climate control, radio/CD/iPod unit, Bluetooth, power windows, and a USB port among its standard kit.

Despite its tall stance, the Juke handles well. It is composed on the corners and has a firm but acceptably comfortable ride. Steering feedback is good and the 6-speed manual gearbox is slick and precise. It has light and nimble driving dynamics and is equally at home on urban roads or country lanes.
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