Nissan Juke Review
The Nissan Juke has traditionally been a big seller. It’s now all-new for 2019, getting new styling, engines, interior trim and infotainment. It should provide more space inside, too.
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The Nissan Juke has been a huge success story for Nissan, selling in the hundreds-of-thousands. For 2019 the Juke is all-new, benefitting from a new look, more space for passengers, an improved engine and overhauled infotainment. It’ll need to compete with other small SUVs like the VW T-Cross, Skoda Kamiq and Seat Arona.
The most notable styling change is at the front end, where the thick-rimmed grille is similar to what you would find on the Qashqai and X-Trail. While the layout of the headlights is quintessentially Juke – with a pair of circular lights residing beneath two thinner ones above – even that hasn’t remained untouched. The lower, round lights now use striking, Y-shaped LEDs.
Around the sides, the Juke keeps its chunky wheel arches. Visia models have 16-inch steel wheels, the Acenta and N-Connecta versions have 17-inch alloy wheels, and Tekna and Tekna+ cars have 19-inch items. The profile also highlights the car’s sloping, coupe-inspired roof. The prominent crease above the rear wheels runs to the back of the car where the Juke has a sporty, squat appearance and striking set of blade-like LED taillights.
Compared with the old car, the new Juke has 6cm more knee-room for its rear-seat passengers, as well as headroom that’s been increased by 1cm. At the back is a 422-litre boot, meaning that the Juke will have little trouble swallowing a couple of suitcases, or a baby’s pram, with all the seats folded up.
The old Nissan Juke was a car reviewer’s nightmare. It was cramped inside and average to drive but also cheap and distinctive to look at. Hence, it sold by the bucket load. Sigh.
Infotainment has also been improved. Acenta models and above get an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen. Get an N-Connecta version or higher and this system comes with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, in-car wifi and built-in satnav. To that you can add Google Assistant, which lets you control such essential fixtures as the central locking, lights and satnav using voice commands via an app on your smartphone.
No matter which version of the new Nissan Juke you buy, it will be powered by a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine. It produces 117hp and can come with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed, quick-shifting dual-clutch (DCT) automatic gearbox.
Manual versions of the Juke go from 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds, while automatic cars do so in 11.1. No matter what transmission you go for, though, the Juke has a top speed of 112mph.
Nissan has confirmed that, later down the line, the Juke will get a plug-in hybrid variant. This should give you an all-electric driving range of around thirty miles – not to mention make you exempt from inner-city fees like London’s Congestion Charge.