Review: Nissan Juke (2010)
Radical looks turn heads. Appealing mix between a hatch and an SUV. Seats four in comfort. Impressive direct injected 190PS 1.6-litre turbo drives well.
Small Boot. Gloomy back seats. Standard 1.6 petrol noisy on motorway. High number of CVT transmission failures. 4WD dropped in 2014 revamp. DPF problems common on 1.5 dCi. 1.2 DIG-T engine oil sensitive. Must have oil service at least every 12,000 miles.
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Nissan Juke (2010): At A Glance
- New prices start from £15,195, brokers can source from £11,999
- Contract hire deals from £145.00 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 11–20
- On average it achieves 79% of the official MPG figure
The quirky and unusual Juke has proved a huge success and become one of the most popular crossovers around. So what's the secret? Well the looks make a big difference. It's unlike anything else on the road with it's striking front end and angular design.
But the good news is that this isn't all form over function. The Juke not only looks great, it's also comfortable inside, good to drive and reasonably practical too. It's described by Nissan as a cross between a compact SUV and a sports car. So it looks the part but still gives you good versatility when you need it.
The interior is sporty and unique, featuring the clever Nissan Dynamic Control System on top models which switches from climate control to a drive control function. There's also a motorcycle fuel tank-inspired central console, as well as plenty of scope for personalising the cabin with different colour trims and finishes.
It drives well with responsive steering although the ride is a touch on the bouncy side as is often the case with smaller crossovers. The Juke was revised in 2014 and although it doesn't look very different on the outside there are some significant changes under the skin.
The suspensions and steering have been revised so the Juke is now far better when it comes to ride quality. The steering is well weighted and there’s little in the way of body roll through corners even when you push on. It's also far more refined and quieter at speed.
The 2014 facelift also saw the introduction of a new 1.2 DIG-T engine. It suits the Juke perfectly thanks to its peppy nature and decent low down torque while official economy is more than 50mpg. The rest of the engine range has been tweaked to be more economical including the good 1.5 dCi diesel although the 1.6 non turbo petrol engine is disappointing and best avoided.
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Nissan Juke (2010): What's It Like Inside?
The unusual exterior look of the Juke is continues inside where it's unlike anything else, even from the Nissan range. The main thing that grabs your attention is the central console which is designed to resemble a motorcycle fuel tank and is finished in high gloss paint with a variety of colours available.
The central stack is another stylish feature, especially on Acenta and Tekna models which have the Nissan Dynamic Control System. This cleverly switches between the climate control functions and the dynamic drive settings, changing the display and button markings depending on how it's being used.
In the D-Mode, the buttons change to Normal, Sport and Eco driving modes whle the display shows engine and torque information. The high gloss finish gives the dash a sporty and modern look and it's a feature that's not found on any other car interior and goes with the Juke's ultra-modern feel.
The two instrument dials are easy to read and there's a central digital display which shows the trip computer while the driving position is pretty much spot-on too. It's raised enough to give a good view out but you still feel like you're driving a normal hatchback.The steering adjusts for height but annoyingly not for reach, but it isn't too much of a problem, even for taller drivers.
There are some criticisms though. While much of the interior looks very modern, some switches, like the electric mirror controls which are stuck down by the driver's right knee, feel dated and a little cheap. But that aside it's a very comfortable four-seater with plenty of room, even for taller passengers in the back with decent head room.
It's a shame the rear windows are so small because while it's no doubt good the exterior styling, it does mean it's quite gloomy in the back.
Boot space isn't brilliant at 240 litres of luggage room (slightly less than a MINI Clubman) although there is an underfloor storage area on all models except the 4WD which adds a further 11 litres. Still, the boot opens wide and it's easy to load larger items in and Nissan assures us it will carry a maximum size suitcase.
The rear seats split 60/40 (standard on all models) which expands the total boot space to 550 litres. Folding the seats down is simple too as they collapse in one single movement, creating a flat floor in the process.
Standard equipment from launch (September 2010):
Visia is the entry-level trim and comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, ESP, six airbags, sports seats, manual air conditioning, a single CD stereo with an aux-in socket, remote central locking, front and rear electric windows, rear Isofix child seat mounting points and 60/40 split rear seats.
Acenta models get a multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth, a USB port, cruise control, front fog lights, the Dynamic Control System, 17-inch 'Elegance' alloy wheels, body coloured door handles and mirrors, automatic air conditioning, chrome interior door handles plus a leather steering wheel and gear lever.
Tekna is the top trim level and adds the Nissan Connect system, a colour reversing camera, rain sensitive wipers, automatic lights, Intelligent Key with engine start button, electric folding mirrors, tinted privacy glass, 17-inch 'Sport' alloy wheels and grey or red leather upholstery.
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What's the Nissan Juke (2010) like to drive?
- Engines range from 1.2 DIG-T to 1.6 DIG-T Nismo RS Automatic 4WD
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 23–64 mpg
There isn't a wide choice of engines in the Juke line-up but the ones available suit this funky crossover well. However if you want the four-wheel drive Juke it's only available with the top of range 1.6-litre DiG-T petrol engine which develops 190PS along with 240Nm of torque.
It uses a turbocharger and direct-injection to give the kind of performance you'd expect from a 2.5-litre engine, but economy is poor, even given the performance, and it averages a claimed 37.2mpg with emissions high at 175g/km of CO2.
What's surprising is that it the 4WD model only comes with a CVT automatic gearbox. Apparently the sense in making it a CVT is that it will last longer and should mean it's extremely safe in snowy and icy winter conditions.
It's not especially sporty on the move and doesn't feel amazingly quick either, but it put it in Sport mode and it hustles along country lanes well and pulls very well when joining a motorway or dual carriageway.
The DIG-T engine is available with a six-speed manual gearbox with 2WD and as you'd expect is more economical than the 4WD version with a claimed economy of 40.9mpg and emissions of 159g/km.
Then there's the standard 1.6-litre petrol model that does without any fancy turbochargers but still develops 117PS and averages a claimed 44.8mpg on average with emissions of 147g/km of CO2. It gets a five-speed gearbox with a nice positive shift.
For those doing longer journeys the 1.5 dCi makes the most sense. That's mainly down to its fuel economy figure of 55.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 134g/km but also down to its strong in-gear pulling power thanks to 240Nm of torque which helps compensate for the modest 110PS output and means it's great for effortless motorway driving.
17-inch wheels with 215/55 R17 tyres are the lowest profile available on the Juke and combined with reasonably long travel suspension and good seats, the ride quality is pretty good. The Juke still handles well in corners with decent steering and well controlled body roll. Grip levels are good too and although it's not thrilling to drive, it's undemanding and comfortable.
The two-wheel drive models can sometimes struggle to find front end grip in the wet, when accelerating quickly away from junctions, but the 4WD model is incredibly stable and feels planted to the road.
In 2014 the Juke was revised with some significant changes under the skin. The ride quality is much improved and the Juke is far more refined than before, making it more relaxing on longer journeys.
Nissan added a 1.2 DIG-T engine and it's the best model in the range. It’s a versatile engine thanks to a good spread of torque, which peaks at 190Nm. The 1.2 is at home in town or on the motorway, although for higher speed overtakes and twisting routes you’ll need to change down a gear or two. The gear change is slick and precise though, so that’s no hardship even on a spirited drive.
Emissions are 129g/km which is adequate for a petrol-powered model with 115PS, while official economy is 50.4mpg.
Nissan has continued the rest of the engine range alongside the new 1.2, meaning there is a 110PS 1.5-litre diesel, a 94PS 1.6-litre petrol, a 117PS 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol with 190PS. These have undergone minor tweaks to lower emissions and improve fuel economy slightly.
It might be a high-riding crossover, but the Juke is still good fun. The steering is well weighted and there’s little in the way of body roll through corners even when you push on. There is plenty of grip, so for enthusiastic drivers there’s a lot to like. That said, Nissan has worked on the suspension to make it more accommodating so at low speeds the updated Juke rides fairly well over potholes and bumps.
|1.2 DIG-T||49–50 mpg||10.8 s||126–130 g/km|
|1.5 dCi||59–71 mpg||11.2 s||104–124 g/km|
|1.6||39–49 mpg||11.0–12.5 s||136–166 g/km|
|1.6 Automatic||43–47 mpg||11.5–12.3 s||139–152 g/km|
|1.6 Automatic 4WD||44 mpg||8.4 s||153 g/km|
|1.6 CVT||45 mpg||11.5 s||145 g/km|
|1.6 DIG-T||41–47 mpg||7.8–8.1 s||138–159 g/km|
|1.6 DIG-T 4WD||37 mpg||8.4 s||169 g/km|
|1.6 DIG-T Automatic 4WD||37–44 mpg||8.1–8.4 s||153–169 g/km|
|1.6 DIG-T Nismo||41 mpg||7.8 s||159 g/km|
|1.6 DIG-T Nismo Automatic 4WD||38 mpg||8.2 s||169 g/km|
|1.6 DIG-T Nismo RS||39 mpg||7.0 s||165 g/km|
|1.6 DIG-T Nismo RS Automatic 4WD||39 mpg||8.0 s||169 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Nissan Juke (2010)
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