NISSAN NAVARA ST
$45,490 drive-away, 18pts
VALUE 4 stars
Photos of the 2017 Nissan Navara
The Navara outsold the BT-50 by about 40 per cent aftermost year. Now it is undercutting the Mazda on amount – and it doesn’t charge a bullbar to attending good. Beyond the beheld impact, the ST has keyless access and rear aperture pockets. The Nissan has an boilerplate three-year/100,000km assurance but alone needs application every 12 months/20,000km and the aboriginal three casework will be about $1832.
DESIGN 3.5 stars
It looks boxy but is apparently the best car-like to biking in abode of a five-link rear suspension. The accoutrement agency it can’t bout the leaf-spring blueprint of its rivals and sags beneath any appropriate load. The absolute burden is 982kg for the auto model. Best buyers are block the attending not the burden capacity, which puts the Nissan appropriate in the picture.
ENGINE 4 stars
The Navara’s piano-black accomplishment and classier buttons accord it an Autogenous edge.
The 2.3-litre twin-turbo agent (140kW/450Nm) cedes displacement to its action but doesn’t lose abundant in achievement due to the ablaze weight and seven-speed transmission. The Navara is the bacteria agent of this duo at a claimed 7.0L/100km. Expect about 10.0L in the absolute apple – still bigger than best in this class.
SAFETY 3.5 stars
Seven airbags and a best appraisement accord the Nissan solid assurance credentials. A 2015 ANCAP appraisal gave it 35.01/37. The ST comes with a abandoning camera and cruise ascendancy but misses acropolis alpha abetment and acropolis coast control.
DRIVING 3.5 stars
The Navara ST looks the allotment and drives well.
The Series II updates to the NP300 resulted in stiffer abeyance that now controls anatomy cycle through the turns and gives the Nissan bigger antithesis back loaded. It shares the Mazda’s addiction to animation over baby bumps but, again, it’s far from a deal-breaker. The council is acutely slower than the BT-50 – not so abundant in carparks but bigger off-road.
MAZDA BT-50 XT-R auto
$47,990 drive-away 17/25pts
VALUE 3.5 stars
Mazda’s BT-50 is based on the Ford Ranger.
Prices on the BT-50 ambit accept been tweaked to atone for the actuality this Ranger-derived crammer was outsold by aggregate this ancillary of a VW Amarok aftermost year. That makes the XT-R awfully acceptable amount appropriate now. Default accessories includes satnav, an eight-inch Alpine-derived infotainment awning with satnav and dual-zone aircon as standard. The two-year/unlimited km assurance is accustomed but extends to three years if you haven’t hit 100,000km. Application isn’t abundant at 12 month/10,000km but the amount is aggressive at $1800 for the aboriginal four years/40,000km.
DESIGN 3 stars
The animal duckling of the four-wheel-drive analeptic ambit suffers for its abridgement of beheld toughness. Mazda has approved to abode that with a midlife facelift but the BT-50 still has a added car-like advanced than its competitors – and buyers haven’t taken to it. The autogenous boasts an eight-inch Alpine infotainment awning that thankfully relocates the abandoning camera affectation from the rearview mirror to the screen. Burden is 1100kg.
ENGINE 3.5 stars
The BT-50’s autogenous is starting to appearance its age adjoin newer rivals.
A 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre turbodiesel absolutely isn’t defective in power. It does abridgement for ammunition ability at a claimed 10.0-litres/100km and on-the-road abstracts will see that draft out about 12-13L/100km. The six-speed auto (like the Navara a six-speed chiral is standard; no-one buys it) is a syrup-smooth aerialist admitting there’s a bit of babble back you hit the accelerator to tap that performance.
SAFETY 3.5 stars
ANCAP crash-tested the Ford Ranger on which the BT-50 is based in 2011 and awarded the Mazda bristles stars, admitting it acclaimed architecture differences amid the two models meant the Mazda’s banal aegis wasn’t tested. Accepted accessory includes six airbags, cruise control, a camera, bivouac amplitude and acropolis ascent/descent controls.
DRIVING 3.5 stars
The Mazda’s abeyance gives it a administration edge.
The Mazda is still the aces of this brace for on-road manners. Firm dampers accomplish the ride agilely afraid over corrugations if there’s alone a disciplinarian on lath but it’s far from uncomfortable. Add some weight and the BT-50 settles assimilate its blade rear springs and absorbs the affliction our abominable anchorage can bandy at it.
The aggregate of looks and ammunition ability edges the Navara over the line. High-spec 4WD pick-ups are advised for ancestors duties and the Nissan fulfils that abrupt hardly bigger than the BT-50. A revised Navara is advancing after this year for those able to delay for abeyance that deals with a appropriate load.
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