Nissan Navara long-term test review: updates aftermarket

The Nissan Navara has been treated for an aftermarket upgrade recently.

I know what you’re thinking and, no, it is nothing chrome. Frankly, there is enough of that already. Instead, it is the Tailgate assist device to be supplied and fitted by 4×4 hard top and accessories specialist, Pegasus – and it is very good. Tailgate Assist replaces the Navara standard hinges of the tailgate with those that have arisen and to add a pneumatic rod to smooth the opening action.

I arrived in Pegasus the Bristol workshop, and 30 minutes and £354 then I was good to go. Maybe I have missed my daily biceps exercise, but even my nan could close the tailgate now. I don’t understand why Nissan did the right thing so heavy in the first place.

While I was in Pegasus, boss Alec showed me his NP300 Hard Top, that rivals with the £3300 our Nissan. It was very well thought out. There is central locking on all three windows and the side openings are usefully wider than those which our factory hard-top. Also, the inside is lined with a nice thick cloth material “for dogs”, apparently. Alec claims that it is fully waterproof when it is mounted, which, unfortunately, is not true for my Navara.

The little details: the handles are ergonomic, the gap between the cabin and the cover is more narrow, has bars on the roof, capable of carrying 55kg and on the inside of the window has a double-slide system, which means that you can open to allow air to pets and, most important, clean the glass of the cabin of the rear window.

This is something that has really been bugging me recently. There is a growing level of dirt on the glass, but no way to clean it without removing all the hinges and slide the hard top forward, that is a ridiculous faff. If the cab’s rear window had a recline option, it is more practical, the more I’d like to be able to communicate with the driver in a safe way, without a walkie-talkie when doing my car-to-car action shots (a niche requirement, it is true). Oh, and the price for Pegasus hard top? Is £2394. I know what I would do.

James Holloway

NAVARA NP300 TEKNA DOUBLE CAB

New price of £24,792.50 Price as tested £29,621.50 Economy 33.6 mpg Faults None Expenses aerial £12, Pegasus Tailgate Assist £354 Last seen 12.10.16

Read our first report on the Nissan Navara here