Navara on right path

- no matter how

stony

Nissan NP300 Navara, 2016, side
Nissan Navara, 2016, front
Nissan Navara, 2016, off road
Nissan Navara, 2016, interior
Nissan Navara, 2016, rear
Nissan Navara, 2016, side

THEY say those of my generation and the one above can always remember where they were whenKennedy was shot.

I was sat next to what was called in those dark days a hi-fi. We had no telly, intellectual restraint apparently. Or just plain tight.

My stepfather had built thestereo himself from plans given away free with Practical Home Cine Husband.

Somethingor other was interrupted by an announcer: "That will mean war with Russia", the gadget builder grimly intoned.

I struggled manfully to remember where Russia was in relation to my favorite fishing pit. I was ten and mum was pregnant with my little brother.

Of course no such war took place so those listening to the BBC that night went on to enjoy a full life and eventually the inevitable death by human failing.

And so it is I can also tell you where I was when I learned The Donald had been elected. In bed.

Mrs O shot upstairs from her early morning emptying of the vermin traps to shout Trump! Well that's a bit personal love.

Immediately excitable types were all over the twittersphere saying this meant war with Russia. Which I now know to be3,587 miles east of Croppers Pit on Poppy Lane.

And of course, just like the speculation which followed events on November 22, 1963, so far so wrong.

However, I did fleetingly run through my mind the diesel situation on the big 4x4 and log supplies.

Had the balloon gone up, though, I could also have counted on the incoming car. A Nissan Navara pick-up.

Navara means eternal path to liberation, an other-worldly byway open to all traffic and no matter how stony the path this is a car to get you though.

Should the need ever arise to load up the truck like Beverly Hillbillies think Navara. Not just because you can escape inter-continental conflagration across all sorts of terrain but in double cab Tekna spec you can be refugees in heated leather-seated luxury with all the technical wizardry in the known universe.

There are a number of reasons double cab pick-ups are so popular, aside from the obvious attraction of them not attracting and benefit in kind penalties for business users.

You also get a lot of bang for your buck which means that if a load-bearing 4x4 fits into your lifestyle it is cheaper to go down this route than buy two cars.

For £24,792 there is everything you get in a posh-nosh 4x4 with tank-like off road performance.

Safety is paramount and all the protection is here; hill descent, dynamic vehicle control and running lights. Inside, and a very good inside it is, navigation via a seven-inch touch screen is standard along with full connectivity, traffic updates and smartphone app recognition.

Powered by a 187bhp 2.3-litre diesel twin-turbo engine, the six-speed manual is far from sluggish for such a big car. You can reach 62mph in under 11 seconds but probably of more interest is an onoard recorded consumption of 40mpg. Light commercials have a standard tax of £225 a year.

Four-wheel drive is wholly selectable but you do pay an extra £500 for rear diff-lock. Therein, however, is the one thing to be aware of. On tarmac, should you select AWD, the Navara winds itself up like a foaming political activist. Probably not a problem in snow but remember to use the fascia mounted selector dial when returning to road surfaces.

On the highway there is an element of rock and roll, you always expect that with AWD beasts like this, but it is a quiet motor, a joy on the motorway and formidably imposing.

I'm now 62. We own a telly for watching the scary news and our daughter is pregnant with her first child.Last week I moved a lot of her stuff to a bigger house. We were just short of grandma Clampett riding shotgun and it was 1963 all over again.

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