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Nissan Juke NISMO Review

Nissan Juke Gets A Boost

Nissan launched their crossover model the Juke back in 2010 and love it or hate it it has been a successful model for the brand, so much so that rip snorting versions have been produced including the insane 485bhp Juke R and the less powerful, but still as cool, Juke Nismo.

What is Nismo? 

Established in 1984 Nismo is famous for its motorsport and tuning heritage offering increased performance and the Juke is the first road car in Europe to have the Nismo badge on it.

Basically they’ve taken a Nissan Juke and made it look like it’s been pumped up on steroids.  Front and rear bumpers, side skirts, roof spoiler, NISMO badges on the front and rear and the striking Storm White paint with red door mirrors give it an individual look.

What is the spec like on the Juke NISMO?

The sporty look includes suede sports seats, alcantara making its way into the cabin mixed with leather on the steering wheel, that’s pretty cool.  Red is a colour used often in cars nowadays to equate to performance and the Juke Nismo is no different.  Red stitching throughout and the rev counter add a sporty element and although the majority of the interior is decent, the centre console feels slightly dated.  It is comfortable though, which is what I’ve always liked in the Juke, it’s roomy enough for four adults with plenty of boot space.

There are heated seats, electric folding mirrors, climate control, front and rear electric windows, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, reversing camera, engine start button, Bluetooth, USB and AUX ports, cruise control, Nissan Connect communication system and LED daytime running lights.

What’s it like to drive?

The Juke Nismo comes with a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, produces 200 PS with 250 Nm of torque and gets to 62 mph in 7.8 seconds.  It emits 159g/km of CO2 with a combined mpg of 40.9.  

This isn’t some form of hot hatch racer, but turn it from Eco mode to Sport and the engine noise will whet your appetite to push it to the limit.  Throttle response is sharper and steering is fairly weighted and responsive, but it just lacks something I can’t put my finger on.

One gripe though is that you can’t see the corners of the car, not helped by the drop of the bonnet towards the front, yet the huge Manga style running lights seem to point you in the right direction, but still they’re very distracting as you drive.

What safety systems come on the Juke Nismo?

The Juke Nismo comes with Electronic Stability Control, airbags, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and front seat belts with load limiter and pretensioner. 

Nissan Juke Nismo price and verdict

You’re probably reading this and thinking that it’s going to be quite pricey for what it is, however this is where the Nissan Juke Nismo is an interesting prospect and comes in at just £20,395, an extra £700 if you want it painted in Storm White which is metallic.

Does it work as a car though?  The jury on the Juke is still out on this as we expected more from the Nismo badge attached to it, but with GT Academy, the event that turns Playstation gamers into racers being so successful globally, the Nissan Juke Nismo will still have its fans that can’t yet afford the GT-R. 

 

Motoring.co.uk likes on the Nissan Juke Nismo:

Price

Exterior styling

Pick up of throttle in sport mode

 

Motoring.co.uk dislikes on the Nissan Juke Nismo:

Can’t see corners of car

Centre console