Loving Motoring: New Nissan Juke is a redefined trendsetter

by Gazette Reporter

By Declan Glynn

When launched in 2010, the original Nissan JUKE set the bar for compact crossovers through its distinctive personality, and emphasis on fun. 

Now a decade later, the second-generation JUKE is set to reinvent the segment once again. The all-new JUKE delivers new levels of performance and technology, within a striking yet roomier coupe crossover body. 

Athletic Design:

The new JUKE boasts larger dimensions and an athletic stance, striking colour combinations, and a coupe-style ‘floating roof’ design. Equipped with full LED lighting technology as standard, the latest JUKE retains its iconic circular headlamps with a new Y-shaped signature, which complements Nissan’s V-Motion grille. 

Spacious Cabin & Boot:

The new JUKE is roomier for both passengers and their belongings, with rear-seat knee room increased by 5.8 cm, rear head room by 1.1 cm and a boot capacity of 422 litres – providing 20% more storage room. 

Petrol Power:

The JUKE is powered by an efficient 1.0-liter three-cylinder DIG-T turbocharged petrol engine with 117PS (115bhp), giving drivers improved performance, fuel economy and refinement. 

Available with an engaging 6-speed manual or sporty 7-speed dual-clutch (DCT) paddle-shift transmission, and a driving mode selector (Eco, Standard, Sport), drivers can effortlessly match their driving style to any driving scenario for maximum fun on the road.

Connectivity & Infotainment:

With the new NissanConnect infotainment system (model dependent), occupants can use Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto to mirror their favourite smartphone apps on the 8-inch touch screen display. Drivers can also access TomTom Maps & Live Traffic or activate their In-Car WiFi to allow passengers connecting their laptops or tablets. 

The NissanConnect Services app is the perfect mobile companion, offering customers control over multiple aspects of their car. 

Specification Options:

There are five trim levels to choose from in the new Nissan JUKE – XE, SV, SV Premium, SVE and N-Design – with prices ranging from €21,595 to €26,550, representing terrific value for money. 

Producing 115bhp and 200Nm of torque, the 999cc petrol engine can complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 10.4-seconds, reach a top speed of 180km/h, and consume as little as 5.9-litres of fuel for every 100km’s driven on a combined driving cycle. Thanks to CO2 emissions of 136g/km, annual road tax is just €200.

Car on Review:

My review car was a Nissan JUKE N-Design, which looked amazing in striking Pearl White premium metallic paint, with contrasting black roof, side sills and mirror covers (Black Exterior Pack). 

Offering a new level of personalisation, the all-new N-Design grade ensures that customers can truly make their JUKE their own. 

Multiple colour combinations for body, roof and interior upholstery are available – bringing out the urban, premium and sporty character of the JUKE. 

Key standard features include 19” alloy wheels, ISOFIX on passenger seat, heated front seats, rear privacy glass, automatic air-conditioning, rear parking sensors, rear view camera, LED front foglamps, steering wheel mounted voice recognition button and power folding door mirrors. 

Verdict:

Overall, the all-new Nissan JUKE is a hugely impressive compact crossover in every respect. 

Sharp lines, dramatic lights, and intriguing design accents provide terrific visual drama, while a comfortable and spacious interior, combined with a frugal and sporty engine ensure driving thrills on the move. 

If you are ready to make a statement, the leading-edge design of new Nissan JUKE is unlike anything else on the road.

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