10 August 2017 Last Updated: 22 August 2017

Full Nissan NP300 Navara (16 on) Model Review

by CJ Hubbard, Vans Editor

Nissan Navara Trek-1 review on Parkers Vans
  • Nissan Navara Trek-1 - front
  • Nissan Navara Trek-1 - rear
  • Nissan Navara Trek-1 - sport roll bar, spotlights
  • Nissan Navara Trek-1 - driving side
  • Nissan Navara Trek-1 - hard load cover
  • Nissan Navara Trek-1 - hard load cover
  • Nissan Navara Trek-1 - load area
  • Nissan Navara Trek-1 - bed divider
  • Nissan Navara Trek-1 - C-Channel side load restrain system
  • Nissan Navara Trek-1 - interior
  • Nissan Navara Trek-1 - cab
  • Nissan Navara Trek-1 - automatic gearbox
  • Nissan Navara Trek-1 - Around View Monitor 360-degree camera system
  • Top-end limited edition of class-leading pickup
  • Lots of bespoke extras including hard load cover
  • We test seven-speed automatic, priced from £31k
Nissan NP300 Navara (16 on) 2.3dCi (190ps) Double Cab Pick Up Trek-1 4WD Auto - Road Test
Another week, another limited-edition lifestyle pickup in for review: this time it’s the new Nissan Navara Trek-1°, of which just 400 are available to UK buyers.

Another week, another limited-edition lifestyle pickup in for review: this time it’s the new Nissan Navara Trek-1°, of which just 400 are available to UK buyers.

Prices start at £29,220 (ex. VAT but on the road) for the standard six-speed manual gearbox, increasing to £31,054 with the optional seven-speed automatic – which is what we’ve got on test here.

Back in black

As with the Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP we reviewed recently, this new Navara special edition comes in choice of just two colours: in this case, the exclusive Storm White or the pictured Black Metallic.

Nissan Navara Trek-1 - driving side

And as with the Mitsubishi, while you should go for the contrast colour if you want to show off all the bespoke extras, it does look mean as heck with everything blacked out like this.

Similarly, the Trek-1° – and the name is inspired by the longitudinal location of the Navarre desert in Spain, incidentally – takes the range-topping Navara Tekna as its starting point, too.

So not only do you get the full-fat twin-turbo 2.3-litre diesel engine with 190hp and 450Nm, it’s also absolutely loaded with standard equipment.

What’s different about the Nissan Navara Trek-1°?

It’s the visual upgrades that really make this truck stand out – and we aren’t talking about the Trek-1° decals on the rear flanks.

The first thing even the most casual observers will notice is the sport styling bar, which is not only resplendent in black but also topped by a pair of bright LED spotlights. There’s more black for the side styling bars – and those chunky six-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels.

Nissan Navara Trek-1 - hard load cover

But what really gives the Trek-1° a distinctive appearance is the unusual plastic load cover. This is effectively a hard tonneau, hinged near the cab and supported on twin gas struts when open.

With its swoopy, streamlined look, sticking out beyond the trailing edge of the tailgate almost like a duck tail spoiler, the cover gives the Navara a particularly sporty look, and should help the load area stay dry, too.

Any other interesting items of standard equipment?

Beneath the load cover the Trek-1° is fitted with a standard bed liner and a bed divider – which attaches to the Navara’s C-Channel load restraining side rails, making it easy enough to move back and forth depending on what you want to put in the back.

There’s quite a bit of kit on the inside, too, with all of the following included in the basic asking price:

Optional extras include a tow hook and a locking rear differential for more serious off-road work. Nissan’s selectable four-wheel drive system with low-range setting is fitted as standard.

The infotainment system feels rather old compared to some rivals, but the traffic jam avoidance works well.

What’s the Trek-1° like to drive?

The driving experience is much the same any other high-spec Navara – which is to say very impressive, for a pickup.

Grip levels and cornering are particular highlights, helped by Nissan’s oft-noted rear suspension design, which uses car-like coil springs in place of the truck-traditional leaf springs most rivals continue to favour.

Nissan Navara Trek-1 - interior

We always expect this to deliver better ride quality than it really does, however, so the unladen bounciness is particularly jarring. But after a few miles behind the wheel you come to realise that really it’s not bad at all, and certainly endurable over lengthy distances.

The optional seven-speed automatic is a very worthy addition for this sort of duty, too, being generally smooth and responsive. As is typical for a pickup – the Mitsubishi L200 being a rare exception – there are no paddleshifters for taking manual control, but we can’t say we particularly missed them.

Do the Trek-1° modifications cause any significant problems?

Hard to say whether the load cover reduces wind noise versus an open bed, as frankly Nissan’s pickup was already excellent for refinement. But the style bars and spot lamps certainly don’t make it any worse.

Nissan Navara Trek-1 - load area

We did find the load bed cover slightly tricky to unlatch, though – seemingly requiring you to release the tailgate first. And although the opening angle is reasonably generous, it inevitably cuts down on the ultimate practicality of the Navara’s load area.

Still, the LED light fixed to the underside is a useful addition, and the included load divider is very sturdy and secure.

What are the load area dimensions for the Nissan Navara Trek-1°?

Height restriction due to the load cover aside, the Trek-1° offers a similar amount of space to any regular Navara double cab model – which means the following load area dimensions:

  • Maximum loading length: 1,578mm
  • Maximum loading width: 1,560mm
  • Width between the wheelarches: 1,130mm
  • Tailgate (sidewall) height: 474mm
  • Tailgate opening width: 1,432mm
  • Maximum payload: 1,054kg
  • Maximum towing capacity: 3,500kg

We use the word ‘similar’ above, because the included bed liner and bed divider will have a modest impact on the amount of room in the back. Just as the extra kit will eat into that quoted double cab legal payload.

Nissan Navara Trek-1 - bed divider

The 1,991kg kerbweight is comfortable under the 2,040kg ‘dual purpose vehicle’ limit, meaning the Trek-1° is legally allowed to travel at the same speeds as a car on all roads.

Unusual fact: the Navara automatic is lighter than the manual – usually it’s the other way round.

Van and pickup speed limits explained

Nissan Navara Trek-1° running costs

The Navara is the most fuel-efficient double cab pickup you can buy, according to the official figures.

Though the automatic isn’t quite as efficient as the 44.6mpg manual gearbox model, it still claims 41.0mpg – which is really good going for a truck. High 30s mpg is possible in the real world, too.

Nissan Navara Trek-1 - front

The Navara also plays a blinder with its five-year, 100,000-mile warranty – only the Isuzu D-Max offers greater coverage as standard (though the Toyota Hilux does match the Nissan).

Service intervals are every two years or 25,000 miles – which is lengthy for a pickup when most rivals only go for one year or 12,500 miles between routine trips to the dealer.

Our example insurance quote came out at £781.76.

Insurance quotes are from mustard.co.uk and are based on a 46-year-old self-employed married male living in Hertfordshire with 9 years NCD and no claims or convictions. Insurance quotes will vary depending on individual circumstances.

Verdict

It’s hardly a shocker that the Trek-1° limited edition is fantastic pickup, given how well regular versions of the Navara perform. The only question is whether you want to spend the extra £3k it costs for the bespoke kit and the exclusivity of owning one of just 400 examples.

Compared to premium rivals such as the Amarok – let alone the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz X-Class (which is based on the Navara platform) – the Trek-1° is still great value, either way.

But if you do miss out, don’t despair, the regular range-topping Navara Tekna comes with just as many creature comforts, and a wider choice of paint finishes…

Rivals to consider:

Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SV200 – read a UK road test review on Parkers Vans

Volkswagen Amarok – read the full review on Parkers Vans

Ford Ranger – read the full review on Parkers Vans

Also read:

The Parkers Vans pickup group test – every major model compared

New pickups coming soon – plus recent launch round up

Mercedes-Benz X-Class vs Nissan Navara – what’s the difference?