Competition in the UK’s pick-up market is likely to intensify in 2017, as several brands enter the segment for the first time. Fiat has just launched its Fullback, Renault is introducing the Alaskan and waiting in the wings is the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, the first premium brand pick-up.
The new entrants have lifestyle buyers in their sights as much as tradespeople and agricultural workers, as pick-ups bring tax benefits for certain customers. For company directors, pick-ups that are purchased by a business are eligible for writing off against capital allowances much quicker than company cars. Because LCVs qualify as plant and machinery, the purchase cost can usually be written off in the first year, and company car drivers choosing these behemoths incur lower benefit-in-kind tax, as we detailed in our previous report.
Over the years, Navara and its rivals, as detailed below, have built a reputation for access-all-areas ability. An off-road excursion in coastal Norfolk and fording the River Ise was enough to convince me of the Nissan’s capabilities. Yet analysis of its specifications alongside its rivals shows it is one of the segment leaders, but not outright champion in all crucial aspects.
|Nissan Navara Tekna||Ford Ranger Wildtrack||Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian||VW Amarok Aventura|
|Ground clearance (mm)||224||229||205||192|
|Approach angle (degrees)||32||28||30||29.5|
|Departure angle (degrees)||25||28||22||18|
|Breakover angle (degrees)||22.2||25||24||15.6|
|Wading depth (mm)||600||800||500||500|
|Max payload (kg)||1,054||1,011||1,045||1,112|
|Towing capacity (tonnes)||3.5||3.5||3.1||3.1|