Nice Dual Cab Ute but room for a few improvements.
Bought new SL and now travelled 3000 km. Feels more car like to drive than some utes I tried but still has wide turning circle. Fit and finish looks good but sheet metal is thin and under mud guard protection to stop water getting onto engine seems ineffective, alternator exposed. 4WD is easy to engage, so far I have only driven on sand but it performed well. . The Dashboard display is excellent with plenty of options and information but no outside temp. Bluetooth works well and the radio is clear with good rural reception on AM. The air...conditioning is. also very good. The seats are comfortable and the cabin has plenty of room for two large adults. Good cup holders but I would have liked more cabin storage space. Back seat is upright , limited leg room. It folds forward to access jack and a small storage area but more thought into the way the seat folds could make this area better. I fitted ARB cab which is mated to the ute rear sliding window. The electric sliding window on the ute is a great feature Engine is noisy outside but cab is well sound proofed. Good power especially when second turbo engages. Fuel consumption with light load is impressive. Not too sure about the automatic it seems a bit slow / hesitant at times and only appears to go into 7th gear when used manually. I will get dealer to check this out. Service intervals for light use is every 20k . The upgraded suspension on the SL handles the rough Victorian country roads well. While I have not yet towed anything, I will only carry light loads in the tray and tow a 1700kg caravan so given the excellent low down torque and suspension changes by Nissan, I suspect the Nivara will do a good job. However towing and carrying tray load at full weight looks like a big problem to remain legal and safe. It is too early to comment on reliability but I took out the optional 5 year Nissan factory warranty just in case. Overall not the best but still a nice ute,. I got it at a good price well below recommended retail. as Nissan sales have slowed. So far I am happy with it.
|Transmission||Automatic and Manual|
|Drive Type||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||7 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||80 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.3L Twin Turbo-Diesel|
|Max Power||140kW @ 3750rpm|
|Max Torque||450Nm @ 1500-2500rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Thailand|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||3,500 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg|
|Tray Type||Pick Up|
|Maximum Payload||979 kg|
|Ground Clearance||226 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)|
|Ground Clearance||226 mm|
|Release date||May 2015|
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