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routeone Issue 702 - 9 August 2017

IInn ppaarrttnneerrsshhiipp wwiitthh:: on the offside, there is one. Additionally, the internal mirror is large and it gives a good view of the saloon. Gears are selected via a standard Allison push-button unit which, like the handbrake, is beneath a two-piece signalling window. The latter is split vertically, and both halves open; the front one is heated. The dash binnacle is well laid-out and clear, and both the steering wheel and the seat adjust to accommodate even the biggest drivers. Visibility is excellent thanks to narrow A-pillars, and the offside B-pillar is ideally placed to give a good view over the right shoulder. The view to the nearside is also unobstructed. Switch layout is a little haphazard. All are rocker-type, but four are on the vertical area of the ledge beneath the signalling window, and they can touch the driver’s leg. Additionally, heater controls are too low down to be easily seen from the seat, although when accessed they are easy to understand. Performance The small Cummins develops 180bhp and 700Nm of torque. Performance LEFT: Cabin is 28cm narrower than a full-width coach’s, but otherwise the Navigo T shares a lot with its big brothers is nevertheless reasonable, although the Allison gearbox is sometimes over-keen to change up. Ratios are closer at the top of the ‘box, and as a result the Navigo T is happy to cruise on a fl at road at 40mph with the tachometer showing 1,100rpm in top gear. At the limited speed, the engine is turning at 1,750rpm. Hill climbing is good considering the modest torque fi gure, and on a reasonable incline on the A1 north of Dunbar speed dropped by only a few mph when travelling lightly laden. Acceleration is brisk and the Otokar’s driver will fi nd it easy to fit into gaps in traffic thanks to a prompt response. The steering is light but still very precise, and a driver unfamiliar with the Navigo T will quickly become accustomed to it. To echo what Gary says, where the coach truly excels is on rural routes. An unplanned diversion gave rise to a trip along a singletrack road, and the Otokar is at home in such environments. Its road manners breed confi dence, and its narrow width allows the Navigo T to pass without contacting hedges or overhanging branches. It is equally capable in Dunbar’s narrow residential streets, where in such an environment it shares much from a driving perspective with a large van. FUEL ECONOMY 16.0 mpg ACCELERATION 0 – 30mph 11.0 sec 0 – 50mph 22.8 sec NOISE @ 50MPH Front: 63 dBa Middle: 61 dBa Rear: 61 dBa l d q 9 AUGUST 2017 ROUTE…ONE.NET / 25


routeone Issue 702 - 9 August 2017
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