The What Van? Road Test: Nissan Navara (2019)

Date: Friday, January 17, 2020   |   Author: Steve Banner


Nisnav Rear 3:4


A generous five-year/100,000-mile warranty helps to hold down running costs while service intervals are set at two years/12,500 miles.

Admittedly that’s on the short side, but not unreasonably so if your truck spends most of its working life bouncing about off-road, and potentially ending up with suspension and steering damage.

Nissan Navara Tekna 4x4 Double-Cab pick-up

Price (ex VAT)    £28,525
Price range (ex VAT)     £22,150-£31,125
Gross payload     1,150kg
Load length     1,585mm
Load width (min/max)     1,130/1,560mm
Load bay height     474mm
Loading height      815mm
Gross vehicle weight     3,250kg
Braked trailer towing weight     3,500kg
Residual value     25.1%*
Cost per mile      58.6p
Engine size/power    2,298cc, 190hp @ 3,750rpm
Torque     450Nm @ 1,500rpm
Gearbox     6spd manual
Fuel economy    31.7mpg**        
Fuel tank     73 litres
CO2      235g/km**
Warranty     5yrs/100,000mls
Service intervals     2yrs/12,500mls
Insurance group     40E
Price as tested      £29,025

* after 4yrs/80,000mls; Source: KwikCarcost
** WLTP combined phase

Options Fitted

Metallic paint     £500


Ford Ranger
Price (ex VAT) £20,845-£39,895
Gross payload    1,059-1,307kg
Engines     130hp, 170hp, 213hp 2.0 diesel

Verdict: Recently extensively revised, the Ranger is attracting even more interest than it did previously, thanks largely to the extraordinary looking top-of-the-range Raptor. A 10-speed automatic gearbox is offered as an option – multi-speed auto boxes are becoming more common on light commercials – and Ford is not neglecting safety, with intelligent speed limiter and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection listed as standard features.

Isuzu D-Max
Price (ex VAT) £16,094-£35,334
Gross payload    1,091-1,282kg
Engines     164hp 1.9 diesel

Verdict: A solidly constructed, no-nonsense workhorse, the Isuzu D-Max, What Van?’s Pick-Up of the Year for 2019, handles and rides competently and is offered with a wide choice of specifications. It’s good to see that the manufacturer sells two-door single-cab and extended-cab variants alongside the double-cab version given that so many pick-up manufacturers are concentrating solely on the double-cab market these days.

Ssangyong Musso
Price (ex VAT) £20,680-£28,930
Gross payload 1,085-1,095kg
Engines 181hp 2.2 diesel

Verdict: The cargo bed is on the short side, but all in all the Ssangyong Musso is an attractive package offered at a far more sensible price than some of its rivals. The positives include exemplary handling, a decent level of equipment and a generous warranty, but like most purpose-built pick-ups its unladen ride is not its strong suit. Fuel consumption, too, could be better.

The Final Verdict



Can be a load-shifter Mon-Fri and for personal use at weekends.



Heated front seats help create comfortable working environment.



Unladen ride is poor, but improves markedly once over half fill.



Noise levels are under control, but unladen ride disturbs the calm.

Load area


Like the moveable tie-down points, and payload is respectable.



Both of a high standard, with the former particularly impressive.



A well-matched package.

Standard equipment


Pick Tekna and get pretty much every extra you’re likely to need.

Operating costs


Generous warranty. Short service intervals make sense.

What Van? subjective rating


Unladen ride isn’t great, but balance it against all the plus points.

Overall Rating = 74/100


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