- Second-generation of big-selling Juke crossover
- Bigger dimensions with more interior space
- New tech on offer, but only one engine offered from launch
Launched in 2010, the original version of Nissan’s Juke was hugely popular. Almost one million examples were sold in Europe alone, in part due to its striking - or controversial depending upon your perspective – styling, but also because it was one of the first cars to combine a supermini-sized package with a road-biased SUV platform, popularising the demand for such crossovers.
Rivals include the Renault Captur (which is closely related to the Juke as part of the Renault-Nissan alliance), SEAT Arona, Skoda Kamiq, Peugeot 2008 and the upcoming Ford Puma. From launch the Juke will be available with six trim levels, but just one engine –more are set to follow soon after.
Larger dimensions mean more space
As well as refining the styling to deliver a more angular, aggressive look, the Juke has grown in size (overall weight is down 23kg, however) in order to address concerns over cabin space in the original. The driver and front seat passenger shouldn’t have any complaints for leg and head room (plus the steering wheel now adjusts for height and reach), while those in the back benefit from an extra 5.8cm of knee room and 1.1cm of head room.
It certainly feels like an improvement over the old model, yet there’s no doubt the SEAT Arona and Skoda Kamiq both deliver noticeably more rear seat headroom. Turn your attention to the boot however, and the tweaked exterior dimensions mean that the Juke is able to offer 422 litres of space with all five seats in place – 20% up on the previous-generation car and 22 litres more than the Arona and Skoda Kamiq.
Bright interior that’s easy to accessorise
Another complaint of the old Juke was the level of interior quality on offer. Our brief preview of the new Tekna+ model showed a vast improvement, with swathes of expensive-feeling Alcantara faux suede, switches and buttons that felt and looked more premium, plus a larger 8.0-inch central touchscreen and digital dashboard display.
As well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, the NissanConnect infotainment system offers TomTom sat-nav with Live Traffic alerts and on-board Wi-Fi that passengers can connect their gadgets to. A mobile phone app is also available and allows drivers to check the door lock status, as well as unlocking and locking the vehicle from their smartphone.
Other tricks include Google Assistant technology – that (among other things) allows users to send destinations straight to the car ready for when you get in – and the Bose Personal Plus sound system that features speakers in the front seat headrests.
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Finally, Tekna+ models offer customisation in the shape of multiple colour combinations for body, alloy wheels, roof and interior upholstery. Note that 19-inch wheels are also available on the Juke for the first time.
Suite of standard safety kit
The Juke comes with an impressive array of standard safety equipment, including:
- Cruise control and speed limiter
- Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist recognition
- Intelligent lane intervention and warning (helps stop you from drifting out of your lane)
- High beam assist
- Traffic sign recognition
- Emergency call function
Meanwhile, optional equipment includes:
- Nissan ProPilot (assists with steering, brakes and accelerator while in traffic)
- Around View Monitor (provides a bird’s eye view of the car to assist with parking)
- Intelligent Driver Alertness (detects signs of drowsiness in the driver)
- Blind Spot Intervention (helps avoid collisions with vehicles in the cars blind spot)
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (alerts the driver to approaching cars when the vehicle is reversing)
Engines, trim levels and pricing
From launch, the Juke will be available with one engine, namely a 117hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol with up to 200Nm of torque. This will be available with a six-speed manual transmission and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, with the former giving a 0-62mph time of 10.4 seconds and the latter 11.1. Both have a top speed of 112mph with emissions and fuel consumption figures to be confirmed.
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Trim levels and pricing for the Nissan Juke are as follows:
- 1.0 DIG-T 117 Visia – £17,395
- 1.0 DIG-T 117 Acenta – £18,995
- 1.0 DIG-T 117 N-Connecta – £20,995
- 1.0 DIG-T 117 Tekna – £22,495
- 1.0 DIG-T 117 Tekna+ – £23,895
- 1.0 DIG-T 117 Premiere Edition – £23,995
*Add £1,400 on for automatic versions, from Acenta trim upwards
When can I buy one?
Orders for the Nissan Juke will open in September 2019, with first deliveries in November.
We’ll be one of the first to drive the new Nissan Juke, so keep an eye on our website for the upcoming review.