Nissan Juke Review
Popular Crossover Model Gets Updated
The Nissan Juke first came onto the scene in 2008 described as a ‘crossover’ - a mix of SUV and Coupe looks. In what has become the second best-selling model after the Qashqai, 500,000 have been sold in Europe alone, it has now been refreshed for 2014.
What changes are there on the Nissan Juke?
Nissan have used their ‘V-Motion’ shape front on their SUV lineup and the Juke is also included. It might be a case of less is more as on first glance the changes are quite subtle. It takes on an even more robust look stamping its authority on being the leader of the crossover brigade. Headlights are more powerful, bumpers have been redesigned and there is also the option of a panoramic glass roof to give the compact car extra feeling of light and space.
The colour chart has been ramped up to ten choices with three new ones, bright Sunlight Yellow metallic, solid Red and Ink Blue metallic.
If you really want to make a statement then the Nissan Design Studio will help you personalise your Juke adding different colours to both the interior and exterior to tailor it to your specification. You can alter an array of items such as the centre console, air vent rings, steering wheel stitching, even the bumper, with a choice of black, red, white and yellow. The grey with the added yellow bits wasn’t a great combination though at the launch and I’m left wondering if personalising your Juke might cause you to hate it a few months later, or even make it look dated.
One of the more significant changes Nissan made, after feedback from owners was boot space. This has now been increased by 40% on two-wheel drive models to 354-litres.
New on the Juke is the latest version of Nissan Connect which connects to social media apps, entertainment and is controlled through a 5.8-inch touchscreen. This features all media, navigation and 360 degree camera views when parking using their Around View Monitor. One thing I’m surprised hasn’t been updated is the climate and drive mode screen, it looked dated before so now looks archaic.
There are four trim levels available: Visia, Acenta, Acenta Premium and Tekna. All come with a tyre pressure monitor system, LED daytime running lights, air-conditioning and a gear-shift indicator.
Acenta models add 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, rear privacy glass, cruise control and the Nissan Dynamic Control System.
In Acenta Premium trim a colour reversing camera, DAB radio, sports seats and Nissan Connect come on the car. Top level Tekna adds power folding door mirrors, Around View Monitor and the Safety Shield system which includes Lane Departure and Blind Spot Warnings and Moving Object Detection.
What choice of engines are there on the Nissan Juke?
A new petrol engine for the Juke is the 1.2-litre DIG-T which replaces the 1.6-litre. It produces 117PS with 190Nm of torque, is quite a powerful little engine, gets up to speed very quickly and works well in the Juke. It is also highly efficient emitting 129g/km of CO2 and has a combined 51.4mpg consumption figure.
There is a second petrol engine, the 1.6-litre 190PS DIG-T and a choice of three diesel, the most popular likely to be the 1.5-litre dCi. The 110PS engine will get from 0-62mpg in 11.2 seconds and delivering 70.6mpg is a good choice if you prefer a diesel.
Nissan Juke price and verdict
The Juke is still a fun car to drive, we drove it around Lisbon and despite it being congested with traffic it is a comfortable ride even if you are sat there in the searing heat nose to tail. It made light work on the more sweeping roads along the coast making journeys enjoyable.
The entry-level Juke starts from £13,420 rising to £17,670 and with over 100,000 sold in the UK I reckon the updated version will be just as popular.
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