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Nissan Navara King Cab

by Barry Green,reviewed May 2016

THE NP300 RX 4X4 king cab pickup is one of single cab, king cab and dual cab chassis more recent additions to the Nissan Navara range, swelling the  ranks to 27 (11 4x2 and 16 4x4 models).

The king cab pickup is positioned between the single cab and dual cab body styles in cabin and cargo bed layout. So it won’t suit everyone or every application.

For example, while there’s seating for up to four occupants, a shortage of knee and leg space results in the fold up/down seats in the rear being suitable only for children or the vertically challenged. We found that with an average-sized male adult seated behind a similar-sized driver, operating the various pedals is virtually impossible.

Rear-seat access is via side, reverse-opening (aka suicide) doors that fit flush with the front doors, so there is no B pillar. However, the thickness of the two door frames makes over-the-shoulder visibility poor.

The RX comes with a 2.3-litre, single-turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine (120kW and 403Nm) and six-speed manual transmission only.

The dual-range 4x4 system is easy-switch operated.

 

With 120kW of power and 403Nm of torque, the engine is strong in the mid-range and makes for a willing workhorse. There’s plenty of grunt and it’s no surprise that the NP300 has a 3500kg braked towing capacity.

The official fuel consumption figure of 6.6 litres/100km looks impressive, but our test returned an average of 10.4 litres.


In keeping with the workhorse brief, all NP300 king cab variants are fitted with leaf spring rear suspension. While this works well when laden, it otherwise makes for a fairly coarse, unsettled ride, particularly at low speed.

 

The driver’s seat lacks lateral support, but holds up well even after two hours at the wheel, though having no steering reach adjustment is a downer.

 

Standard equipment covers seven airbags, including driver knee airbag; a handy 12-volt power socket in the cargo tray; rear airconditioning vents

in the centre console (for rear-seat passengers); 16-inch steel wheels; and matching full-size spare wheel.

While it promises versatility by way of the occasional seating, the reality is the RX Pickup is not in the same league as a dual-cab ute. To get the best out of this vehicle, you really need the life/work balance to be tilted well in favour of the latter.

For

3500kg towing capacity, five-star safety, good mid-range performance.

Against

Limited rear seat space, poor low-speed ride, no steering reach adjustment.

Car Details

Vehicle make Nissan
Vehicle model Navara King Cab
Year 2016
Price when new 36,990
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Warranty 3yr/100,000km
Engine 2.3-litre single-turbo-diesel 4-cyl.
Driving wheels Four-wheel-drive
Fuel type Diesel
CO2 Emissions 174g/km

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.