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Nissan Navara NP300 2017 review


Overall towcar rating

****


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Key information

  • Transmission: Manual
  • Year of manufacture: 2017
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Engine size: 2.3 twin turbolitres
  • Solo fuel economy: 38 miles per gallon
  • Towing fuel economy: 28 miles per gallon
  • Kerb weight: 2000 kg
  • Nose weight: 195 kg
  • Body type: Pickup

Towcar summary

What's good?

Comfort and instrumentation
Phone connectivity
Rear view camera makes hitching a doddle

What's bad?

Clunky gearshift
Interior mirror intrusive
Would have liked a DAB radio

Would you recommend it?

Yes

Towing performance *****

How well does it tow?

Easily pulls away from rest without using the throttle, stable tow, you really don't notice it's on there apart from the performance is a bit blunted

Solo performance ****

What's it like without the caravan?

It's big, very big but it has a comfy ride, handles surprisingly well

Reliability *****

Anything to look out for?

Auto would be my choice next time!

Practicality *****

Is it easy to live with?

Apart from it's overall size, yes, very easy to live with.

Buying experience ****

Did you buy it new or used?

New

Where did you buy it?

Franchised dealer

What was the seller like?

On contract hire

 

All opinions, facts and figures are those of the reviewer. Caravan Talk accepts no responsibility for accuracy of the content.



10 Comments

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Flying Grandad
Mar 21 2017 10:56 pm

Just to add my two penn'orth. I went for the Tekna spec of the Navara with an auto box. The gearbox, once I got used to an automatic, is a joy to have, particularly when towing. It does subtract a little from the economy (approx 2 mpg) but on an average annual mileage of 10,000 that's about £1.50 a week. It eliminates clunky gearshift issues, which, my experience with my manual X-Trail suggests, will improve over time. DAB radio, which the Tekna has, is a mixed blessing. I didn't try using it until we got to Portugal. Guess what? No DAB transmissions in Portugal. I personally do not find the interior mirror to be a problem. I can swivel mine up on its mounting stem to get it out of my line of site. As far as size is concerned, shall we say it's a bit of a challenge at Tesco but you soon get used to it. The longer we have our truck, the better I like it :D

    • bobsbabes likes this
Love our Tekna

Having just completed a 1200 mile round trip to the French Alps I managed to get some accurate fuel consumption figures. A little disappointed as it is around 21 mpg. In its defence though we spent most of the time on the peage at around 110 km/h wherever possible which is faster than I normally tow (90km/h) And we were well loaded in the truck with 3 metre awning plus canopy and flooring, some of my brother and sister in laws clothing as they were flying easyjet to Lyon and a lot of dog food plus extra chairs and bedding.. We did find with our Kia that shaving that last 20km/h off the speed saves a worthwhile amount of fuel. We have another longish trip in July which wont be quite so rushed so see what happens then.

In its defence though we spent most of the time on the peage at around 110 km/h wherever possible which is faster than I normally tow (90km/h)


I imagine the gendarmes will be interested to read that.
Checked my info again and you're right, that will teach me to do my research a little more thoroughly. Missed the 3.5 tonne bit. I shall expect a little brown envelope from the French Authorities in due course. Muppet.
Mind you that was an indicated speed so probably well short of a true 110 but I was overtaken a few times by other caravans and many motorhomes. Still no excuses, feeling rather foolish as I've always stuck to 90 km/h religiously.
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I doubt the little brown envelope will arrive. While the newer speed cameras can distinguish between cars and trucks I don't think they can assess the weight of a car/caravan combo. Unless you were 'zapped' by a mobile patrol you're probably safe.

 

It irks me when motorhomes go whizzing past - how the French manage to keep some of those monsters below 3.5 tonnes is a mystery!

As an exercise today I borrowed my sons GPS speedo thing he has, Road Angel. It gives a very accurate speed reading apparently. In my Navara 110 km/h on the speedo is in fact 95 km/h. Explains why stuff was coming past me! Checked a few MPH readings as well as the local traffic guys are a bit hot at the moment: indicated 60 mph = 54 mph and as we have a lot of 50 limits round here an indicated 50 is in fact 44 mph.
I may be mistaken but I thought car speedometers were required to read between 0 and 10% over the actual speed. If you are really only doing 95 when yours says 110 then it is reading more than 15% over.

Is the Navara classed as a commercial vehicle and has anyone had any issues getting on to any sites. I am sure I have read that on some site there is a no commercial vehicles rule.

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Borussia 1900
Sep 05 2017 09:27 am

Checked my info again and you're right, that will teach me to do my research a little more thoroughly. Missed the 3.5 tonne bit. I shall expect a little brown envelope from the French Authorities in due course. Muppet.
Mind you that was an indicated speed so probably well short of a true 110 but I was overtaken a few times by other caravans and many motorhomes. Still no excuses, feeling rather foolish as I've always stuck to 90 km/h religiously.

My Shogun + Tabbert = 5030 Kg.  110 Km/h all the way through France to Spain and back, no fines just extortionate Peage costs which are daylight robbery  :ph34r: