Next Generation Nissan Juke Review07 July 2021
When the team at Leasing Options got the chance to take the latest Nissan Juke out for a spin – we leapt at the chance! So read on for our full review of the DIG-T 114 Tekna grade…
The award-winning Nissan Juke launched back in 2010 and it had only one minor change before the Next Generation model was unveiled at the end of 2019. This latest version still has the iconic round head lights but overall, the new Juke is much more angular than the previous generation which now reflects Nissan’s new styling identity. With the Tekna grade you also get large 19” alloy wheels which really make the car stand out.
Nissan has taken on board some of its loyal customer feedback and in doing so made a number of worthwhile improvements. This is a slightly bigger car compared to the previous generation, 35mm wider and 75mm longer but the output is a sizeable 422L boot space giving you 68L more than the previous version.
In the back of the Juke there’s more improvement as the knee room has increased by 58mm, so there is enough space to carry two passengers comfortably without feeling like your knees are digging into the front passenger or driver’s seat.
There’s also a 60/40 split-folding rear seat configuration which is particularly helpful if you need extra space to carry large bulky items.
Engine and Gearbox
Nissan made a bold move by dropping the diesel engine which historically was a large contributor to sales. Nissan now offers the 1.0 turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 114 PS for all spec variants, named the DIG-T 114. There is the option to pick between a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT automatic transmission which provides the power to the front wheels. The engine is adequate for the size of vehicle with enough power for it to not feel underpowered.
Suspension and braking
It’s clear that Nissan has concentrated on giving the Juke sharp handling, wanting to make it feel light on its toes, and it’s done this with the suspension being harder than expected but it allows you to push the car through the corners.
On the Juke Tekna grade there are some standard features you would expect to see such as the NissanConnect Navigation with TomTom traffic, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® as well as the Intelligent Key with Start Push Button.1 There is some great tech features which you wouldn’t expect though, some of our favourites include the Around View Monitor2 which uses four cameras from around the vehicle to display a birds-eye view. ProPILOT3 which helps to keep the Juke at a pre-set distance from the car ahead, centred in the lane and help to bring the car to a halt when the motorway traffic in front stops, then set off when motorway traffic moves again. We love to listen to music and podcasts in the car and the Juke Tekna comes with a Bose® Personal Plus sound system where additional speakers are built into the driver and front passenger head rests to really give you that surround sound experience.
The Nissan Juke has some competitive offers available on Leasing Options starting from just £189.99 for the Visia grade. The mid-range N-Connecta grade is a popular choice and with vehicles currently in stock it’s available on a 48 month lease at £210.99 per month. The top of the range Tekna grade that we drove is available for £228.99 per month. To find out more click here
The Juke still has the key fundamentals of the Juke’s first success, small yet practical, bold design, SUV driving position and there’s something a little different and unique which is hard not to love.
- Connecting a mobile phone to NissanConnect with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® should only be done when the car is parked safely. Use of the system should always be in accordance with the Highway Code. Users should be aware of the potential for hands-free technology to distract attention from the road which could impact on having full control of the vehicle. For compatible devices, visit https://www.nissan.co.uk/ownership/nissan-infotainment-system/android-auto-apple-carplay.html. NissanConnect standard on N-Connecta grade and above. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® standard on Acenta grade and above.
- It is your responsibility to stay alert, drive safely and be in control of the vehicle at all times. Driver assist features have speed and other limitations and should not be solely relied on. For more information, please refer to the owner’s manual or visit www.nissan.co.uk/techterms. Around View Monitor standard on Juke Tekna grade and above.
- ProPILOT is an Advanced Driver Assist technology but cannot prevent collisions. ProPILOT is intended for “Eyes on/Hands On” for highways only (road separated by barriers). It is the driver’s responsibility to stay alert, drive safely and be in control of the vehicle at all times. For more information, please refer to the owner’s manual or visit www.nissan.co.uk/techterms. ProPILOT standard on the Juke Tekna and Tekna+ DCT automatic transmission grades.