Nissan Juke Review
Nissan Juke may be the most mixed-bag car from Nissan when it comes to the customer response. The new design somehow failed to make a striking impact on people initially when it was launched in the ASEAN circuit. However, as the saying goes of judging the book by its cover, the Nissan Juke fits the proverb. Slowly, Nissan Juke accomplished respectable sales figures in Japan when the customer base finally acknowledged the off-beat crossover design. After Japan making its way into Indonesia, Nissan Juke is sold here two variants – Juke RX and Juke RX Red Edition. There is hardly any difference when it comes to engine performance, but Nissan has made Juke RX Red Edition stand out owing to the customized all sport interiors. Available as a petrol only drive, Nissan Juke employs Xtronic CVT transmission which turns the gear shift pattern into infinite blocks. This allows perfect transmission according to driver's discretion.
Nissan Juke houses a 1.5-litre petrol engine on both its variants which holds 4 cylinder 16 valve DOHC Twin CVTC configuration. The maximum power drawn out of this engine measures 114 PS at 6000 rpm alongside a maximum torque measuring 150 Nm at 4000 rpm. The Xtronic CVT transmission is what makes this a state-of-the-art drive of Nissan to stand out when it comes to performance. The Nissan Juke boldly tries to combine the tough looks of an SUV while subtly adding the elegance of a sedan in a hatchback body. The headlamps are unique and sets apart the Juke from the rest of the crossovers in the market. The combination of stacked lights with the extra wide grille increases the overall appeal of the vehicle.
The inside of the Juke is very impeccably designed keeping in mind that it is a mini-SUV crossover. It features plush leather seats and leather wrapped seating ensuring the ultimate driving comfort. The entertainment unit is again another nickel in Nissan’s pocket. Overall, interiors are decent, and there’s more to it than meets the eye that will be discussed below. In addition, the Nissan Juke comes with standard SRS dual airbags and immobilizer to ensure the safety of the driver and the passengers. Safety being a top priority, Nissan has also incorporated few subtle safety measures in the Juke.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
The 1.5-litre petrol engine of the Nissan Juke powered by Electronics Injection Multiport 32-bit system ensures that you get the most out of a litre of fuel. Driving the Nissan Juke in the city will give you a mileage of 11.8 kmpl, however on highways Nissan Juke runs 16 kms in one litre of fuel. The fuel efficiency in consumption can be attributed to the Xtronic CVT transmission by Nissan used in this vehicle. The fuel tank capacity in the Juke is pegged at 52 litres, comparatively higher than the other cars of the same range.
Both the variants of this crossover from Nissan are powered by a 1.5-litre engine with pumping out a maximum power of 114 PS at 6000 rpm. The maximum torque output on this vehicle 150 Nm at 4000 rpm. This raw generated power is then delivered to the rear wheels with the help of automatic Xtronic CVT transmission.
Acceleration and Pickup
There are three driving options in the Nissan Juke – Sport, Normal, and Eco Mode. Nissan Juke zooms from 0 to 100 kmph in 8.1 seconds. The top speed attained by the crossover is a very impressive 219 kmph. (same for both variants)
The exteriors of the Juke received diverse reviews when it was released because the ASEAN circuit is not used to a crossover designing. We however commend the efforts of Nissan in designing the Juke in an entirely non-conventional way. The design of the Juke was defined in Nissan offices in London. Juke features a high waist circumference with large fenders. This gives it an impression of being strong and wide. Moreover, it looks high because of the high fenders, but in reality it stands lower than Toyota Rush. The addition of 17 inch alloy wheels gives it an impression of a towering vehicle. Nissan Juke appear to look like an SUV coupe version of high-end Nissan 370Z, with the brake lights and other accessories designed in a similar fashion. The multitude of lights (credits to auto levelizer) is a strike-out feature of Nissan Juke. The roof employs turn signal lights and the dusk lights. Nissan’s designing efforts makes it look like an eye. Another exciting addition is a fog lamp which features 'angel's eye' which glow blue. The combination of stacked lights seems 'bulging', plus extra-wide grille, makes the Juke looks unique. The side of this crossover is also highly ornamental with its sleek profile and high ground clearance. The side rear view mirrors are body colored and increase the appeal on the Juke. In Indonesia, Nissan Juke is offered in 5 different shades – solid white, burning red, silver metallic, grey metallic and solid black..
The exact dimensions of Nissan Juke measure 4135mm x 1765mm x 1565mm (L x W x H), being a compact the wheelbase measuring 2,530 mm provides enough leg room both for front and rear passengers. Juke provides a ground clearance measuring 180mm.
Unlike the exteriors, Nissan has decided to keep the interiors decent and polite. The center console storage area in the Juke resembles a fuel tank of a motorcycle and that’s exactly what inspired the designers. The seats are comfortable and wide, for utmost comfort, also leather upholstery is provided on the front seats. The steering wheel is embedded with audio controls. The Nissan uses it sophisticated I-CON system to run the console. The interface is simple and decent. The other thing which appealed us is the 'WiFi Ready' which allows passengers to surf in cyberspace if it is close to the 'hot spots'. Internet is displayed on the head unit with touch screen, strangely, you cannot play CDs. Instead, there is AUX socket and USB connector for iPod or other USB devices. Additionally, the head unit also has Bluetooth capability and a 'voice command'.
The cabin space of Nissan Juke as discussed above is very plush and comfortable. The cabin air is pleasant and comfortable thanks to the Climate Control feature. However, the position of the AC vent is too close to the steering wheel, making the driver's left hand always exposed to the puff of air conditioning, although the direction could be changed, it’s a slight hampering in comfort on the Nissan Juke’s interior. Another interesting thing to note in the Juke, is the silence in the cabin. Engine sound is minimal, either when stationary or in motion.
For a dedicated crossover, the boot-space employed inside Nissan Juke is decent, clocking 351 litres. Luggage capacity can be increased to 830 liters by folding the rear seat in 60:40 fashion.
Engine and performance
In Indonesia, only the petrol variant of Nissan Juke is up for sale. The Nissan Juke houses a 1.5-litre petrol engine in both its variants which holds 4 cylinder 16 valve DOHC Twin CVTC configuration. The maximum power drawn out of this engine measures 114 PS at 6000 rpm alongside a maximum torque measuring 150 Nm at 4000 rpm. The Xtronic CVT (automatic) transmission employed provides decent performance levels and agility.
The body colored wheel arches of the Nissan Juke cover a set of 17 inch alloy wheels. The rims under the uniquely high fenders are covered with tires of size 215/55 R17 giving better control and traction over the road.
Stereo and Accessories
Both Nissan Juke RX and RX Red Edition appoint a 6.5 inch and 7 inch detachable touchscreen respectively on the center of its dashboard. This screen is synced with I-Connect (Internet Connectivity Entertainment System) which paves way for Android system, AM/FM, Smart phone connectivity, Internet accessibility through Wifi, Support USB, Micro SD Card, AUX, Bluetooth connection and Voice Recognition on its audio video system. A total of 6 speakers are housed in the cabin of Nissan Juke.
Braking and handling
The Nissan Juke comes with an efficient braking system that in conjunction with an effective suspension mechanism makes driving this crossover, both safe and comfortable. Juke is blessed with disc brakes for the front wheel and drum for the rear. For suspension, a McPherson strut along with coil spring supports the front axle, whereas the rear axle has been equipped with a torsion beam axle type of mechanism. The suspension, however feels slightly rough while driving for a crossover. Making up for the stiff suspension is the upper body design, avoiding the symptoms of a body roll. Overall, Nissan Juke is fun to drive.
Safety and security
The safety features on the Juke are decent and could have been done better. It comes with the standard 3-point seat belts. In addition to it, Anti-lock Braking System prevents wheel lock and bundled with EBD and Brake Assist it keeps the drive on track even on the most slippery surfaces. Rear view camera, reverse parking sensor, front headrest with Active Head Restraint and LED high mount stop lamp are some of the additional features embedded in the drive.
- Refreshing exterior designing
- XTRONIC CVT Transmission
- Interior Aesthetics
- Uncomfortable rear seats
- Only 2 airbags appointed
- Sub-standard suspension