Nissan has taken its time with the second-generation Juke – however that doesn’t appear to have harmed gross sales. Regardless of a nine-year run, the earlier model of this phase defining small SUV nonetheless left showrooms in large numbers proper as much as its demise – over 60,000 had been bought globally final 12 months, with nicely over 1,000,000 discovering properties because it launched in 2010.
Sitting on a brand new platform referred to as CMF-B, shared with the newest Renault Clio, the underpinnings are tasked primarily with supporting a automotive that must be higher to drive than its predecessor. Nissan has additionally focused enhancements in gas economic system and practicality, in addition to improved on-board expertise.
From a design perspective there’s a transparent bloodline to the unique automotive, retaining the outdated automotive’s cut up headlights (now powered by LED expertise), sturdy shoulders and squat, sporty profile. It holds a spot of its personal in Nissan’s line-up, nevertheless it’s clearly a bigger and extra conventionally-styled factor than earlier than. Towards the tape measure it’s greater in each approach too; the wheelbase swells to 2,636mm.
That’s size for the category, and it’s evident within the again. Headroom is just a little tight, it’s fairly darkish as a result of tall window line, and there’s a transmission tunnel hampering the center seat. However total legroom and kneeroom are fairly good, inserting the newest Juke amongst extra standard rivals for house. The boot expands to a aggressive 422 litres and the opening is now a lot wider than earlier than, with an adjustable boot ground as nicely.
Whereas the outside adjustments with evolution in thoughts, the inside is a complete overhaul from the earlier automotive. Alongside the brand new cabin design, Nissan says contemporary emphasis has been positioned on high quality, too. On vary topping automobiles like our Tekna+ instance which means Alcantara trim dotted across the cabin, and seats completed partially leather-based. However all that is current alongside some barely arduous, disagreeable plastics at hand peak. The driving place improves massively although, and there’s much more adjustment than earlier than due to a telescopic steering column.
We’ll go away it as much as you to resolve in the event you like the way in which the dashboard appears to be like, nevertheless it feels nicely put collectively, and whereas not all of the plastics are good, some little touches – like the actual metallic for the swiveling vents – are nice and really feel nicely positioned within the Juke.
The brand new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system represents a sizeable step change over the show within the final automotive, and will likely be a welcome improve for patrons coming from Nissan’s authentic. Nevertheless it’s a par-for-the-course system somewhat than a category benchmark, particularly in contrast with the set-ups you’ll discover within the Volkswagen T-Cross, SEAT Arona or Skoda Kamiq.
Regardless of the rise in measurement, the contemporary platform implies that the brand new Juke is 23kg lighter than its smaller, older sibling, whereas Nissan claims the construction underneath the bodywork is 13 per cent stiffer too.
A hybrid powertrain appears to be like set to look later down the road, however for now a turbocharged 1.Zero-litre petrol possibility is all patrons are offered with. Two gearboxes – a six-speed guide and a brand new seven-speed dual-clutch computerized (changing the CVT from the final automotive) – are provided.
The engine produces 115bhp and 180Nm torque, with as much as 200Nm obtainable for a short while on overboost. Efficiency isn’t excellent, and no Juke will do Zero-62mph in lower than ten seconds – one thing many SUVs related in measurement are able to. It’s greater than sufficient to propel the Juke alongside although, and it’s decently economical, too. Nissan claims 45.6mpg, and that’s a determine we truly eclipsed throughout our check drive, in line with the journey laptop. An Eco drive mode may be chosen through a swap beneath the gearstick; choose it and your gas economic system will enhance, however efficiency tails off fairly considerably.
By and huge it’s an inoffensive, quiet and economical powertrain few will fault, however not with out one or two minor drawbacks. The six-speed guide gearbox it’s linked to is considered one of them; whereas an enormous enchancment on the earlier Juke it’s just a little notchy and unappealing to shift. It’s additionally liable to a little bit of transmission whine, noticeable when sustaining a gradual motorway cruise. It’s a disgrace, as with out the fixed high-pitched chirp seeping in, this might be one very refined small SUV certainly.
The steering and physique management are good although. The wheel fails to transmit any suggestions from the street floor, however Nissan has performed job of blending weight and velocity to offer a way of sportiness and agility with out compromising how easygoing the Juke is to drive. The wheel itself feels just a little old-hat and is button heavy, however in vary Topping Tekna+ grade that is an SUV with lots in the way in which of driver help options that must be at hand.
Nissan’s newest ProPilot semi-autonomous driver help expertise implies that you’ll discover loads of large automotive expertise on Nissan’s smallest SUV. Most of it’s non-compulsory on mid-spec N-Connecta grade automobiles, however commonplace on Tekna automobiles upwards.
Handbook fashions like ours forego the site visitors jam help operate that may convey the automotive to a whole cease, however setting the cruise management after which tapping the blue ProPilot button discovered on the steering wheel means it’s able to sustaining cruising velocity, distance from different automobiles, and its place in lane on motorways – one thing few Juke rivals can do fairly so fully.
The journey is on the agency facet of issues, however not overwhelmingly so. The Juke is a crossover with a sporty look and character to play as much as, and whereas the suspension does pick-up the odd vibration and frequency at mid-speed the place, say, a T-Cross wouldn’t, it by no means crashes and clatters harshly over imperfections. Pace-bumps at a slower tempo do unearth the damping’s robust edge although.
Rearward visibility isn’t hampered too badly by the squat form, however the view over the shoulder appears just a little restricted by the tall beltline and the massive headrests discovered on the usual sports activities seats. Blind spot warning looks as if a smart field to tick on this regard – particularly because it’s now able to guiding the automotive again into its lane if the motive force begins to float in the direction of one other car.
Total, the brand new Juke is certainly a extra wise B-segment crossover than earlier than, becoming a member of a flock of comparable automobiles for a smart worth. The brand new, Sunderland-built Juke begins from £17,395 and extends to £25,395 for a particular, totally loaded ‘Premiere Version’ mannequin obtainable from launch solely.
Most patrons will likely be steered in the direction of a mid-spec, £20,995 N-Connecta automotive, although, obtainable with a £500 seller deposit contribution in the event you go for a PCP deal. Stick down £1,500 and Nissan says you’ll pay £316 a month over 36 months.