Juke Tekna 1.6 DIG-T 2WD
unashamedly youthful, funky,
chunky and visually striking
Juke crossover is a big hit with
THE RECENT SALES SUCCESS of the 'supermini sector' sized Juke
(it measures 4,135mm in length) shows just how popular 'crossovers'
part SUV, part five-door hatch, part-MPV people carrier
and part-coupe have now become; other competitor models
such as the Kia Sportage, Hyundai's ix35 and Peugeot's 3008 all
currently have full UK order books.
Juke prices start at £13,395 and go all the way to £20,750. But you don't have
to spend that much because £14,495 will put a mainstream 1.6 petrol-drinking
Acenta Juke on your drive. Three main trim and equipment levels are on offer:
the price-led Visia, the popular Acenta and the range-topping Tekna. The Acenta
level also offers some extra-cost options in the shape of +Sport and +Premium
Engines options also number three: a 115bhp 1.6 petrol unit, chosen by 67 per
cent of early buyers; a 109bhp 1.5 dCi turbodiesel, bought by 22 per cent customers;
and a 188bhp 1.6 direct injection turbocharged petrol engine that accounts for
the remaining 11 per cent. This 188bhp unit, unlike the other two engine types,
is available with an automatic transmission paired with 4WD all
the rest can only be had with a manual 'box and FWD.
the lower half of the five-door Juke is pure SUV: chunky wheels, wide tyres,
extended wheelarches and higher ground clearance. The upper half is sporting
coupe: high waistline, relatively small rear side windows, and a sloping roofline.
The Juke is very much
all about fashionable
styling, it still needs to
On the face of it,
practicality is assured
by the rear-opening
hatch and versatile
However, the coupe
styling does limit the
headroom in the rear
and through the rear
trying to belt up
youngsters is a cramped
The coupe effect is further reinforced by rear doors which have their handles
'hidden' in the frame of the door. Bulbous lights front and rear
sit outside the body to complete the radical and somewhat extreme
The Juke's styling was deliberately designed to make an impression
it has certainly done that, although somewhat at the expense of practicality.
The sporty theme continues inside with a driver-focused cockpit dominated by,
according to Nissan, a 'motorcycle fuel tank-inspired centre console design'.
Finished in a distinctive high gloss colour, the 'bike' console does add an
undeniable sense of fun.
Although the Juke is very much all about fashionable styling, it still needs
to be functional. On the face of it, practicality is assured by the rear-opening
hatch, versatile luggage area (boot/load space: 251 to 830 litres) and folding
rear seats with hidden storage areas. However, in reality the coupe styling
does limit the headroom; in the rear and through the rear door arches
and trying to 'belt up' youngsters is a cramped operation. Adults travelling
in the back will find both the headroom and legroom limited.
So who is buying the Juke? From what I've seen, trendy young couples, style-conscious
singles and older but young-at-heart couples, for whom image and fashion prevails
Equipment levels kick off with the Visia: this level provides AirCon, sports
seats, power windows and door mirrors, CD radio with MP3 playback and Aux-in,
electronic stability control programme, six airbags, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Next up, the Acenta, upgrades that with climate control and Bluetooth with USB
connectivity and a set of 17-inch alloys. It also adds Nissan's Dynamic Control
System a world first for the small car segment: Dynamic Control
is a central command and display module that lets the driver alter dynamic drive
settings and manage functions such as climate control, and uses different displays,
colours and functions depending on the mode selected. Once familiar with it,
it was excellent to use.
trim versions can also be 'customised' with option packs: the +Sport Pack will
be the obvious choice for owners wishing to capitalise on the Juke's wide-stance
'street-fighter' image this add-on pack includes 17-inch Sport
alloys, rear privacy glass and premium seat fabric. If luxury is what you crave,
then the +Premium Pack obliges with all the Sport Pack extras plus Nissan's
combined SatNav and audio system, a reversing camera and six speakers.
range-topper Juke wears a Tekna badge and that brings leather upholstery, Nissan
Connect, reversing camera, intelligent key fob with engine start button, auto
wipers and lights plus the option of the automatic transmission and 4x4 drive
with the 188bhp 1.6 DIG-T turbo engine for this top trim level.
The 1.6 DIG-T
high pressure direct
injection engine with a
intercooler is all about
it pumps out 188bhp
and Yes, it is fast: a
rather pointless 134mph.
Far more usable
is the get-up-and-go
Reviewed here is the almost top model not the best seller, but
the one most likely to impress: the 1.6 DIG-T, six-speed manual, 2WD Tekna priced
This 1.6 DIG-T high-pressure direct injection turbocharged and intercooled engine
is all about responsive power it pumps out 188bhp and 177lb ft
of torque. Yes, it is fast a rather pointless 134mph top speed
but far more usable is the acceleration. Zero to 62mph takes 8
seconds dead and for overtaking slower traffic it delivers real get-up-and-go
40.9mpg is the official Combined Cycle figure. Covering all types of driving
(motorway use, country roads and stop-start town traffic) my test car returned
33.3mpg. In my hands it wasn't driven in a hard way so I believe my test drive
mpg figure is likely to be representative of what most owners will actually
get from a 1.6 DIG-T Juke. With tailpipe emissions of 159g/km, road tax will
cost you £165 a year; company cars users will pay BIK at 21%. Insurance is group
20E, so that should be reasonable.
Bearing in mind the wide tyres and high-riding suspension, the ride comfort
is acceptable and road holding capable. Given its head, this Juke's handling
is lively; while there was ample front-end grip to be secure during high speed
cornering, potholes encountered at speed were felt throughout the cabin. However,
driven in a more passive manner, body roll was less and the Juke felt better
balanced and more controlled.
The Juke's upside is its striking, chunky SUV styling, interesting interior
design, and well thought-out controls and information system including 'Eco'
downside is the limited rear interior space due to the coupe roofline, smallish
boot, and expensive road and company car tax due to the high emissions.
Private buyers will be better off going for the less powerful and less CO2-emitting
1.6 petrol and 1.5 diesel engines. With your 'sensible' hat on, the 1.6 normally
aspirated petrol engine in Acenta trim (priced at a very attractive £14,495)
is the model that the vast majority of Juke owners are driving.
Nissan Juke Tekna 1.6 DIG-T 2WD | £18,095
Maximum speed: 134mph | 0-62mph: 8 seconds | Overall Test MPG: 33.3mpg
Power: 188bhp | Torque: 177lb ft | CO2 159g/km