There has been a lot of action in the ute segment since the start of 2018. But with all the fanfare around a certain ute (the one wearing the three-point star), as well as a range of rugged and sporty new additions to the dual cab segment, some of the biggest improvers have missed out on their share of the limelight.

One such model is the Nissan Navara, which has been updated - again - in order to address some of its shortcomings when it came to doing actual ute things.

The Series III Nissan Navara models have seen changes to the suspension and steering, and some new equipment has been added as well. Nissan claims this all combines to offer a more compelling and, importantly, more work-ready ute than the models that came before it.

So, has the Nissan Navara 2018 range finally got the balance between work and play right? Let’s find out.