The Nissan Juke is becoming one of the most common sights on the UK’s roads, however, the crossover styling may put off some consumers who might think it’s bigger and thirstier than it actually is.
Fortunately you can rely on carwow to distill the Juke’s vital statistics down to easily digestible facts and figures…
This makes it surprisingly dinky at only just over 4.1 metres long, sitting between the Clio and the Nissan Pulsar. The NISMO performance variant is 30mm longer thanks to re-profiled bumpers. There’s not much by way of overhang either, with the rear shorter than the front at 860mm to 770mm. Combined with a 170mm ride height, the different versions of the Juke are able to tackle 23 degree inclines on average.
At 1,765mm (5 feet 9 inches) wide including the mirrors, it’s small enough to fit through any parking space, road narrowing or garage door – even the stupidly tiny ones you find in new-build houses.
|Length||4,135mm (NISMO 4,165mm)|
Front seat passengers won’t have much to complain about in any department, but the broader-shouldered may rub extremities occasionally with just 680mm each to play with.
It’s room in the back that’s the issue. Headroom is middling at 932mm, but it’s the short rear legroom you’ll notice if you’re regularly carrying more than one passenger. With just 815mm to play with, it’s one for older kids at most.
Bear in mind that the front seat passengers will also lose 25mm of headroom to the optional sunroof, and it’s not like you can open it and lean to one side!
|Shoulder room (front/rear)||1361mm/1305mm|
It’s a regular B-segment hatch when it comes to boot space too, though there is a variable boot floor that offers a little more room away from prying eyes. 354 litres is nothing to turn your nose up at, but beware – in 4WD-equipped models this rapidly diminishes to just 207 litres – the kind of room you get in a city car.
Folding down the rear seats reveals a 1,189 litre load bay – though it is just 1,470mm long so you won’t be carrying any ladders and flatpack furniture might be a challenge. As before, the rarer 4WD models – optional on the 1.6 DIG-T petrol engine in Acenta, Tekna and NISMO forms – lose a huge chunk of this space to the different rear suspension, so there’s just 786 litres here.
|Seats up||354 litres (4WD 207 litres)|
|Seats down||1,189 litres (4WD 786 litres)|
Turning circle, fuel capacity and range
The Juke’s turning circle is perhaps a little disappointing given the relatively compact dimensions. 10.7 metres isn’t awful, but it’s high for a B-segment car and only about average for a C-segment one. The small overhangs mean you’ll see a practical real world advantage over a family saloon when it comes to tight spots.
For all models bar the 4WD Acenta, Tekna and NISMO, there’s a 46-litre fuel tank. This should give a range of between 396 and 714 miles for the 2WD NISMO RS and the 1.5 dCi diesel models. 4WD cars have a slightly increased tank at 50 miles, which gives a range of 420-480 miles depending on model.
|Turning circle||10.7 metres|
|Fuel tank||46 litres (4WD 50 litres)|
The Juke was conceived at the height of B-segment bloat, as superminis got bigger and heavier, so as a result it’s not the lightest car around. The entry level 1.6 petrol Visia comes in at 1,163kg, but this is very much the flyweight of the range – most models are 1,205kg to 1,305kg.
Beware specifying the 4WD and CVT options, as these massively increase weight. The regular range topping NISMO RS comes in at 1,315kg, but the X-Tronic version of that which packs both 4WD and CVT is a hefty 1,446kg – blunting acceleration figures to the tune of a full second…
|1,163kg (1.6 Visia)||1,446kg (NISMO RS X-Tronic)|
While you’ll need to look around to test out viable alternatives, the Juke is still sitting pretty in a class that few manufacturers are looking at despite the success. The main rival is the Renault Captur, but this is largely the same car as the brands are owned by the same company. It’d be worth looking at Citroen’s quirky C4 Cactus and the Vauxhall Mokka too, but the big rival will be the Mazda CX-3 after its June 2015 launch.
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