Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
One of the most appealing aspects of the Nissan Navara range is the value on offer. There are invariably good deals to be had across the model range, and the high-end ST-X model is one that often sees much better drive-away offers than the list price suggests.
The official asking price for the Navara ST-X automatic is $54,490 before on-road costs, but be sure to be vigilant in your search for a good deal - and make sure you don’t accidentally buy the previous Series II model. A manual version of the ST-X is available, priced at $51,990.
Like for like, the ST-X is an affordable top-spec ute, with many competitor mid-spec models close to the price of the range-topping Navara.
Standard equipment on the ST-X model includes niceties such as a surround-view camera system, rear parking sensors, auto wipers, LED headlights with auto on/off function, 18-inch wheels with a full-size spare, a sound system with six speakers, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen media system with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming plus USB connectivity (but no smartphone mirroring - so no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto).
Other inclusions, such as dual-zone climate control, push-button start and keyless entry, add some passenger-friendly flare to the top-spec Navara. It also has an auto-dimming rearview mirror, carpet mats and three 12-volt outlets, as well as rear-seat air vents. There will be a digital speedometer in all models built from June 2018, but our car didn’t have one.
The ST-X model’s tray sees the standard fitment of Nissan’s very clever Utili-Track adjustable tie-down system, too - the X-Class also has that, but it’s an optional extra, even on the top-spec model - and that’s in addition to four more tie-downs in the tub.
All Navara dual cab models have the electric sliding rear window above the front of the tub, which - again - is an option on the X-Class. A chrome sports bar pairs with chrome highlights on the outside of the ute, and it has a rear step bumper to make climb-in access to the tub easier.
Our test vehicle had two optional extras fitted: an electric sunroof (it’s the only ute in the segment available with one), which costs $1000 and also sees the inclusion of rear map lights. And a leather seat option pack, which sees the inclusion of leather trim on the seats, leather on the door trims, electric seat adjustment for the driver’s seat, heated front seats and seat back pockets for extra rear-seat storage - it costs $1500.
Our car also had an optional towing kit (which you can get fitted as standard on some competitor flagship utes), and ours also had electric trailer brakes because we did a short towing review using quite a large caravan.