Nissan’s Juke Updated – But Keeps Its Looks


What am I looking at?

This is the facelifted version of Nissan’s popular Juke mini-crossover – the particular model above is the hot Nismo RS variant.

So what’s new?

You can see that Nissan has stuck with the love it or recoil in revulsion looks, though the eagle-eyed will spot that the thinner headlights of the first cars have been replaced with units more similar to the 370Z sports car’s. The relevant changes are beyond the cosmetic.

Interior revisions mean that there’s increased luggage space – by up to 40% in the two wheel drive models, to 354 litres – to address the practicality question marks of the first Jukes. All models now get, as standard, LED daytime running lights, a CD radio with Aux in socket (for all you MP3 player users) and tyre pressure monitors too.

Available to top-spec ‘Tekna’ buyers is an updated version of NissanConnect which, controlled via a 5.8 inch touchscreen, offers smartphone connectivity, satellite navigation integrated with Google and the Around View Monitor system which gives the driver a 360 view of the car and its surroundings to allow easier and safer manouevring. This feature is part of the Juke’s ‘Safety Shield’ system, which combines with lane departure warning, blind spot monitors and moving object detection.

What powers it?

The venerable 1.5 litre dCi diesel engine, offering 108hp, continues to power the Juke range, but the petrol options have been thoroughly worked over.

Significantly revised, the 1.6 litre DiG-T petrol provides the same 187hp as the first models, but with improved torque and reduced CO2 emissions – a 14% improvement to 139g/km in 2WD models drops the Juke two VED bands and reduces the annual ticket by 50. This engine is also the only unit offered with 4WD and the new Xtronic automatic gearbox.

Wholly new to the range is a 1.2 litre version of the DiG-T petrol. Replacing the older 115hp 1.6 petrol, this 112hp unit packs 140lbfft of torque and returns 51mpg combined – equivalent to 126g/km CO2.

If that 1.6 DiG-T isn’t hairy-chested enough for you, Nissan also offers the Juke Nismo RS, with a 216hp version of the same engine, capable of 0-60mph in around 7.5s.

Anything else?

Nissan is keen to play up the Juke’s freedom of customisation. We covered the personalisation scheme of the original last year, but the new Juke adds new colours and features – specify an Acenta or Tekna model Juke and you can add an opening glass panel above the front half of the cabin too.

Attendees to the Geneva Motor Show can tweak the Juke to their heart’s content and see the changes projected onto a 1:8 scale model of the car, though the rest of us will have to make do with the car’s website after launch.

How much will it cost me?

The new Juke isn’t scheduled for sale until mid-summer and there are no prices set as yet. That said, it’s largely a facelift and you can expect to pay pretty much the same as you would for the current equivalent car despite the small amount of feature creep. This means you’re looking at nigh-on 15,000 for an entry level diesel and 20,000 for a top spec petrol – with the Nismo version coming in somewhere North of 22,000.

Any alternatives?

By and large, Nissan invented its own sector with the Juke and rivals are not in a hurry to catch up to it. That said, cars like the Peugeot 2008 and, though expensive and not as well received, the Vauxhall Mokka might feature in a Juke buyer’s alternative list.

It’d be worth considering Skoda’s Yeti or perhaps the MINI Countryman, both of which follow a similar ethos to the Juke but are more narrowly focussed – but they only make sense against the more expensive versions.

In a line…

Not quite a facelift, but a worthy series of changes.


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