Nissan Juke (2020) Review
Nissan Juke (2020) At A Glance
The original Juke may not have been without its shortcomings, yet it sold like hot cakes on a cold day. In fact there are more than a quarter of a million on UK roads but while the Juke may have had the market pretty much to itself, the last few years have seen dozens of competitors enter the fray. Time for the second generation Juke to up its game then.
Nissan hasn't done anything radical with the Juke - but then it didn't need to. Instead it has listened to existing owners and highlighted what needed improving.
Some things were obvious. Owner's wanted more passenger space, a better boot and modern technology yet Nissan was keen to tie this into the key reasons people bought a Juke - namely its distinctive looks and the fact it was fun to drive.
The result is an accomplished crossover that feels more grown up than its predecessor, yet is still compact and agile, making it ideal for the urban grind. It's fractionally longer and wider than before but the biggest change is a longer wheelbase and this means much better rear legroom while the boot is 20 per cent bigger at 422 litres.
It shares a platform with the latest Renault Clio and Captur, but the Juke has been developed and engineered by Nissan in the UK. Helped by a stiffer body, it handles very well with quick and responsive steering, making it pretty enjoyable to drive. Our main criticism here is that the ride is firmer than we'd like, even on smaller wheels.
Inside there are big changes from the old model, most notably in terms of the material quality and finish, plus it gets a much improved infotainment system with a big, bright touchscreen plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Just one engine is available, a 1.0 DIG-T petrol. The three-cylinder unit has 117PS and gets a six-speed manual with the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch DCT automatic, replacing the old CVT. The engine provides reasonable performance, but lacks the character and zest of other small petrols such as Volkswagen's 1.0 TSI.
There's lots to like about this Juke. It has more space, a higher quality interior and handles well. With prices starting at less than £17,500 it's competitive too and comes with plenty of kit as standard. Having addressed the shortcomings of the old model yet kept it distinctively styled, this Juke is a very impressive crossover and we have no doubt it will find many fans. But the competition out there is very strong and we think others, such as the Volkswagen T-Cross, are better all rounders.
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