2017 Nissan Navara Double Cab 4x4 test & driving report

Nissan Navara

The Nissan Navara Double Cab 4x4 is a pickup truck designed to target tradesmen who appreciate everything from powerful performance, to the rugged style of an SUV. This is an SUV that can not only work hard on the roads during the week, but also play hard on the weekends, with exceptional off-roading capabilities, an efficient engine, and a strong chassis.

One of the most striking elements of the Nissan Navara double cab, is just how comfortable it is. Besides the host of innovative technology that the vehicle comes equipped with, it also has plenty of room for passengers, low fuel use, and everything you need for a great drive.

So how good is it at carrying stuff?

One of the top reasons to invest in a Ute is that you need to carry equipment. The Navara is a great Ute for luggage and towing, but it carries a little less than some of the other Utes on the market. Changing to a king-cab can mean that you end up with a longer cab in the back, but it also means that there's no room for extra passengers, should you need it.

Fortunately, if you like the style and innovation of the Nissan Navara Double Cab 4x4, but you don't want to compromise on space for all your business equipment and tools, there are other options available. The loading bay is around 67 mm longer than previous generations, but you can build on this significantly by adding Ute canopies such as http://cvsolutions.com.au/products/canopies/.

As a cost-effective upgrade, a canopy will give you instant access to far more space in your Ute, so you don't have to choose between excellent performance and loading capacity.

Nissan Navara

How does it drive?

The Nissan Navara 4x4 drives like a powerful machine. You can feel the strength in the vehicle as soon as you get behind the wheel, and that does a lot for your on-road confidence. Though it can be a little bulky - like any Ute, fit-outs can help to simplify the driving experience for you, and the chances are you'll be used to it if you've ever driven a Ute before.

Additionally, the Navara also offers a very car-like ride, thanks in part to the fact that it's not quite as big as some Utes. This is particularly handy in carparks and tighter parking spaces. On the road it's comfortable, and charming, with quick responsivity, and smooth handling.

The cabin feels and looks more like a passenger car cabin than something you might get from a commercial vehicle. Whether you're driving, or you're just along for the ride, you should have a comfortable, and luxurious experience.

What features should i expect?

The Nissan Navara double cab comes with:

- An audio system with at least four speakers, iPod inputs, USB, and auxiliary options (controlled via the steering wheel)
- Cruise control, operated through the steering wheel
- Bluetooth and audio streaming
- Daytime running lamps for over-cast days
- Seven airbags
- Automatic headlamps
- Electronic stability control.

With a range of technology to choose from, and an extensive list of safety features all the way from the base model up, the Nissan Navara is great for people in search of a confidence-boosting Ute, ideal for work and play.

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