On test: Nissan Navara 3.0 litre V6 diesel
THE five-speed automatic version of Nissan’s 2.5-litre double cab truck is one model not to get excited about. Past experiences have revealed it to be slow, noisy and thirsty when compared to the more satisfying six-speed gearbox.But for those who like their double cabs to be self-shifters, Nissan has delivered a version that makes the Navara worthy of selling your grandparents for. It packs a 231hp, 3.0 litre V6 diesel coupled with a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
There is an increased towing capacity too – up from 2,700kgs to 3,000kgs – helping to make the most of the extra power on tap. But the 18,000-mile service intervals favoured by the 2.5 litre have been cut to 12,000 miles for this 3.0 litre V6.
With plenty under the bonnet, this extra grunt quickly becomes apparent as the truck glides smoothly, sweetly and rapidly through its ratios.
On the open road, overtaking is effortless and motorway cruising speeds are reached with the slightest flick of the right ankle. It is extremely refined when compared to the 2.5’s four-cylinder lump – the smooth V6 making this model the quietest Navara available.
It is also docile when not in a hurry. Controls are light and brakes are powerful too, with no sign of a spongy pedal. But the V6 turns the Navara into a beast of a truck when needed – and it then demands a hairy-chested approach to roundabouts.
It would perhaps be more at home on a racetrack than crossing a field, and the correct choice of tyres will be instrumental in getting that power onto the ground when you need to nip across the fields.
Nissan has clearly created a lot of fun in driving this version, and it’s a good job there is a limited slip diff under the back end.
The extra power doesn’t penalise those who run without a trailer, as fuel economy slid effortlessly upwards beyond 30mpg without trying to drive like Miss Daisy. But towing does bring it back down, though it’s a compromise I’m happy to make considering how easy it handles its increased towing capability.
Available only in Outlaw specification, there’s little to visually set this one apart from its 2.5 litre stablemate, save for 18in alloy wheels and discreet V6 badging. The biggest overall difference perhaps, is now the price – nudging £30,000, the Outlaw V6 does not come cheap.
Need to know
Nissan Outlaw V6 double cab
- Price: £29,380+v (£30,768+v as tested)
- Engine: 2,991cc, 24v, V6 turbo diesel, 231hp @ 3,750rpm, 550Nm @ 1,750rpm
- Transmission: 7-speed automatic, switchable four-wheel drive and low range
- Performance: 9.3 sec 0-62mph, 121mph, 30.4mpg combined, 246g/km
- Towing capacity: 3,000kgs