Nissan’s boldly designed compact SUV is again in an all-new kind, however can it make greater than a styling assertion on the highway?
Professionals and Cons
Good cabin area and presentationLarger-than-average bootKeen handlingLikeable engine
Fidgety and crashy rideJerky, surging dual-clutch autoNo wi-fi smartphone chargingMiddle-of-the-pack infotainment system
The Nissan Juke is again to make a youthful presence within the compact SUV section, and to breathe some new life into the Japanese model’s ageing fleet.
It has been seven years because the authentic Juke arrived in Australia with its cheeky, opinion-splitting styling. The substitute is clearly associated, but the second-generation mannequin has additionally matured in each design and dimension.
A rise of 75mm takes the Juke to four.21m in size, whereas it’s 35mm wider and 30mm taller than earlier than. The wheelbase will increase to 2.64m, although brief entrance and rear overhangs proceed the Juke’s wheel-at-each-corner stance.
This makes the Nissan about the identical dimension as Ford’s new Puma crossover, a contact longer than Volkswagen’s T-Cross, and a bit shorter than Mazda’s CX-Three.
As with Ford and Volkswagen, Nissan has taken the method to begin pricing larger than is common for the baby-SUV class and stacking the gear listing as some compensation.
The unique Juke began from $21,990 at launch (although $24,390 with an auto reasonably than handbook), whereas the brand new, auto-only mannequin kicks off at $27,990 earlier than on-road prices for the entry-level ST, topping out at $36,490 earlier than on-roads.
Our evaluation automobile is the 2020 Nissan Juke ST-L that sits one place beneath the present range-topper, the Ti. The ST-L carries an RRP of $33,940 and a drive-away value of $36,490.
2020 Nissan Juke ST-LEngine (capability, cylinders, kind)1.Zero-litre Three-cylinder turbo petrolEnergy and torque (with RPMs)84kW @ 5250rpm, 180Nm @ 2400rpmTransmissionseven-speed dual-clutch computerizedDrive kind (FWD, and many others)front-wheel driveKerb weight1274kgGas declare mixed (ADR)5.8L/100kmgasoline use on take a look at7.6L/100kmBoot quantity (rear seats up / down)422L / 1305LTurning circle11.Zero metresANCAP security ranking (yr examined)5 stars (examined 2019)Guarantee (years / km)5 years / limitless kmFundamental opponentsFord Puma, Mazda CX-Three, Toyota C-HR, VW T-CrossWorth as examined (ex on-road prices)$33,940
There’s loads of commonplace equipment. LED headlights and daytime working lamps, paddle-shift levers, heated entrance seats, navigation, digital radio, and entrance/rear parking sensors are carried over from the ST+ trim grade, earlier than the ST-L provides greater (19-inch) alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, keyless begin, drive modes, material/accented-leather upholstery, electrical park brake, 7.Zero-inch digital show for the instrument panel, and Round View monitor.
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Auto excessive beam, blind spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring, speed-limit notification, forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning all come by way of the ST/ST+, and the ST-L then contains adaptive cruise management. The rear brakes additionally change from drums to discs, although the latter must be commonplace on all fashions.
What do patrons miss out on by selecting the ST-L reasonably than flagship, $36,490 ($39,490 drive-away) Ti? The important thing gadgets are a Bose audio system (with headrest audio system), leather-based/Alcantara seats, Alcantara trim and privateness glass.
Though the Juke ST-L’s specification is robust, it’s value cross-shopping with rivals.
A variety-topping Ford Puma ST-Line V prices $36,990 drive-away till the tip of 2020 (and probably past) and features a 575-watt Bang & Olufsen Play audio, absolutely digital driver show and an auto tailgate (although smaller 18-inch wheels).
And a VW T-Cross 85TSI Fashion with Sound & Imaginative and prescient package deal prices slightly below $35,000 drive-away and brings highlights similar to a 300-watt Beats audio and customisable digital driver show.
Nissan’s inside designers have tried to not let the outside stylists have all of the enjoyable, offering the Juke’s cabin with some attention-grabbing touches – such because the Mini-esque round gear lever encompass and the quintet of round chrome/black air vents unfold throughout the sprint.
The vents make a satisfying click on when opened or closed utterly, and typically tactility, high quality and presentation are all vital advances over the previous Juke. Some orange ambient lighting creates one other good visible contact for night time driving.
It’s stunning, although, that in Australia the Juke’s inside is obtainable in black/gray tones solely, when in another markets an Power Orange trim is obtainable to deliver extra color to the sprint, doorways, centre console and seats.
The Juke additionally lacks one-touch operation on all home windows (driver’s solely) not like the Puma and T-Cross.
The eight.Zero-inch central infotainment touchscreen additionally lags behind these supplied in these Ford and VW fashions for slickness of presentation (in addition to commonplace wi-fi smartphone charging). The show seems to be of acceptable dimension for the Juke’s compact cabin, although, and is responsive and straightforward sufficient to make use of.
It additionally ticks the bins for digital radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation and voice instructions.
Straight forward of the motive force, common instrument dials sandwich a 7.Zero-inch TFT show that options quite a lot of data, which could be cycled by way of by way of steering wheel buttons.
Some helpful front-cabin storage areas embody well-sized door compartments and a big, dual-section glovebox.
One other space of cabin enchancment from Juke previous to new is rear-seat area. Most adults can bounce within the again – opening the rear doorways by way of hidden doorhandles – with out having their knees up in opposition to the entrance seatbacks.
There’s a USB port, cleverly hid seatback pouches and huge bottle holders built-in into the doorways, although there aren’t any vents or a centre armrest.
Boot area is one other leap – up from the 354L of the previous mannequin (front-wheel-drive variants) to 422L. Pretty vast and deep, the Juke’s boot is considerably greater than the CX-Three’s (264L) and barely above the Puma’s 410L most baggage capability. The T-Cross’s boot ranges between 385L and 455L relying on the place of the VW’s sliding rear bench.
Though the Juke has elevated in dimension, it’s nonetheless concerning the dimension of a VW Golf, so discovering a parking spot received’t take lengthy. There are additionally sensors entrance and rear, plus 4 cameras making a fowl’s-eye view on the infotainment show, although parking manoeuvres are made trickier by the jerky seven-speed dual-clutch auto.
Parallel parking behind or between vehicles on a hill could be particularly fraught, because the auto additionally permits the Juke to roll ahead until the Auto Maintain button has been pressed. Even then, you continue to must be cautious when the auto-hold disengages. (It’s attainable lower-grade Juke fashions that includes a handbrake reasonably than digital park brake could be simpler to handle.)
The twin-clutch auto’s points don’t cease there. The gearbox can hesitate simply after the automobile pulls away from standstill, and sometimes makes the automobile surge even when making use of a modest quantity of throttle stress.
Whereas this doesn’t make the Juke an undriveable mess by any means, the dual-clutch autos within the Puma and T-Cross are considerably extra refined.
It additionally will get higher at medium to excessive speeds, working with the 84kW/180Nm 1.Zero-litre turbocharged three-cylinder to present the Juke helpful acceleration.
The stop-start system could possibly be faster to reignite the engine, and it additionally proved to be inconsistent in when it labored.
On-test indicated gasoline consumption ended up at 7.6 litres per 100km, with a separate commute-style city drive registering 6.6L/100km on the journey laptop. These figures evaluate with an official 5.8L/100km – and a bit larger than we’ve recorded for related drives within the T-Cross and Puma.
As with these fashions, the Juke must run on premium gasoline.
The Juke ST-L’s 19-inch wheels are big for a pint-sized SUV. They’re a fantastic match for the Nissan’s boldly styled bodywork, although they don’t assist trip high quality. The ST-L feels overly stiff even on easy freeways, whereas round city the suspension crashes over deeper potholes and fidgets over patchy roads.
Sporty tyres (Hankook Ventus S1 Evo), nonetheless, give the Juke ST-L large grip, contributing to satisfying roadholding. The child Nissan turns into corners keenly and with out the extreme physique lean that afflicts loads of high-riding autos.
The brakes carry out properly, too.
This all locations the Juke on the pointy finish of the category for dealing with, if not fairly as nice to steer because the Puma.
The Juke is satisfactorily quiet on freeways, and its adaptive cruise system ensures the automobile will get again as much as the set pace after slowing for, after which passing, autos forward.
A cruise-control shutdown was certainly one of two, single-instance glitches we skilled with our take a look at automobile. The opposite was an sudden activation of the autonomous emergency brake system throughout a night-time drive.
The Juke is a design-focused crossover, and it’ll entice patrons purely for its daring and playful styling. It’s not with out substance, both, with respectable inside area, good cabin presentation, and a larger-than-average boot for the ‘mild SUV’ section. There’s additionally a prepared engine and eager dealing with.
The Juke’s section has change into more and more aggressive, nonetheless, and its often recalcitrant auto and common trip high quality – a minimum of in respect of the big-wheeled ST-L – are a few large downsides in opposition to its sturdy rivals from Ford and Volkswagen.
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