Driven: Nissan Navara N-Guard Review

The updated 2020 Nissan Navara N-Guard has finally gone on general sale – six months after the launch of standard model update. The N-Guard 2020 features a new colour option (‘Electric Blue’), a spray-on load liner and new stitching and is priced from £30,775 plus VAT.

Nissan Navara N-Guard Styling Pack

The N-Guard is based on the Tekna and, as such, benefits from a fairly high level of specification anyway although the front grille, fog lamp surrounds, mirror covers, door handles and rear bumper are all finished in black.

Matching side steps and roof rails have been added, along with unique black 18-inch alloy wheels. The interior of the headlamps has been darkened, and a sunroof with tinted glass is standard.

The N-Guard in one of four exterior colours – Twilight Grey, Metallic Black, Storm White and the new Electric Blue – and the makeover is completed with unique decals at the base of the front doors, extending on to the load bed behind the rear wheel.

Also new on the 2020 update model is the blue stitching for the leather seats, footwell illumination that highlights the floor mat colour accents, decals on the outside panels and a spray-on load liner – perfect for heavy-duty operations.

Nissan Navara N-Guard Specification

Inside, the themes of refinement and sophistication continue with restyled leather and cloth seats. The base and back inserts have been upgraded with a smart new dark grey and yellow design, complemented by yellow double stitching. This feature is replicated on the door trim and on the new signature floor mats, which feature a geometric design to match the exterior decals.

Other standard features inherited from the Tekna base vehicle include

  • Fully-adjustable heated leather seats
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Reversing camera with sensors
  • Seven-inch touchscreen display with steering-mounted controls and Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary connectivity
  • Around-view monitor

In addition, headlamp washers are fitted as standard equipment which are currently not even available as an option. The one item still on the options list is a rear differential locker to provide enhanced traction on every type of surface.

On the Road

The Nissan Navara N-Guard brings new equipment to the model

The Navara is powered by a 2.3-litre (188hp/450Nm) and will complete the 0 to 62mph sprint in less than 11 seconds. The Navara is undeniably one of the more refined pickups on the road with less road noise than that of its rivals, while the independent rear coil suspension negotiates the bumps and divots of the road a lot better. The Navara’s steering is direct, although it does generate a bit of body roll going into the corners.

The Navara N-Guard is also loaded with advanced connectivity, with the NissanConnect infotainment system, an improved user-friendly 8-inch screen and NissanConnect Services – allowing customers to engage with multiple functions on the vehicle.

Nissan Navara N-Guard Price and Availability

At £30,775, the new N-Guard is £1,700 more than the Tekna and £1,000 more than the 2019 N-Guard. The new N-Guard went into production in February and the first deliveries are expected in March 2020.

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