What's it like?
It is easy to get comfortable in the Navara NP300 because its seats are supportive and widely adjustable, while our model's leather steering wheel, handbrake and glossy black dashboard trim gave the interior a sense of quality and familiarity to that of Nissan's smaller Qashqai and X-Trail.
However, while soft-touch plastics do feature within the Navara’s cabin, hard plastics dominate. At least, it feels well put together and robust enough to deal with a tough working life. The rear seats are comfortable, although the high floor makes it difficult for tall adults to get fully comfortable.
Starting the Navara brings a gruff rumble from its engine, and on the move there's a distinct diesel rattle - it gets thrashier the more the engine is pushed. Under acceleration the noise of the 2.3-litre unit is replaced by plenty of turbo whoosh.
The 187bhp car's performance feels muscular from low revs thanks to its twin-turbo set-up that gets it up to speed fairly swiftly. Our test car was fitted with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, which in the large part is smooth, but does have a tendency to hold on to gears for too long, which can be irritating as well as harmful to the NP300’s economy. Still it's preferable to the manual 'box, which has a long, vague throw.
As for the handling, Nissan has clearly spent a lot of time developing its five-link rear suspension set-up for the Navara, and it certainly helps the ride. That is not to say the pick-up judder has been completely eradicated, but it is certainly suppressed far better than before. Shallow potholes and road imperfections are rarely noticed in the cabin, although bigger protrusions at speed still cause the unloaded rear axle to become unsettled.
On the motorways the Navara NP300 could easily be mistaken for a large SUV, such is the suppression of noise in the cabin and the ride, which is smooth and balanced. The steering, however, is weighty but extremely vague, and rather unsatisfying as a result.
Should I buy one?
Those in the market for a pick-up should have the Nissan Navara NP300 firmly on their shopping lists. The focus to make the Double Cab a comfier prospect has certainly worked, with the Navara now blurring the lines between a commercial vehicle and a large SUV.
There's also much to like about the new Navara's sharp detailing, and its crossover styled interior doesn’t detract from it practicality, which makes it a more complete package than many of its rivals.
Nissan Navara NP300 Tekna Double Cab
Where Yorkshire Dales; On sale Now; Price £35,049; Engine 4 cyls in line, 2298cc, twin-turbo, diesel; Power 187bhp at 3750rpm; Torque 332lb ft at 1500-2500rpm; Gearbox 7-spd automatic; Kerbweight 1958kg; 0-62mph 10.8sec; Top speed 112mph Economy 40.3mpg (combined); CO2/BIK 183g/km, 34%