THERE are times when you want a car to shuttle you around the place with out any effort, then there are times when you want to be a driver, to be able to push a car to some limit, a limit that you find by driving hard.
Tested by Bob Flavin
There aren’t many cars on the market that can achieve that, the mix of driver interaction and shuttling of people and things, the Juke is one of those cars. Strangely it’s a car that sits high on the road but still handles really well, it could actually put some hatchback cars to shame with its ability in cornering. It has a decent sized boot with a flat floor and a reasonable back seat.
The looks are a little strange, I don’t know if they’ll be to everyone’s taste but I liked the quirky exterior it looked like a cute angry face that kids make on the internet. The back is made up of strange angles and swooping lines, altogether a good package.
The interior fit and finish is as you’d expect from Nissan, very Japanese with lots of buttons and dials for changing the set up of the car from Eco to Sport and back to Normal. The model I had was the sport so I had a g-force meter, quite why I’d need such a thing in a road car is beyond me but it made for a good bragging point. “Do you have a g-force meter in your car? No? Because I do in mine!”
The engine in the sport model was a 1.6 petrol, there’s plenty of power to pull the Juke around but it was a little thirsty on the motorways. There is a Diesel version out that has the same engine as the Qashqai, the 1.5dci unit has been around for years so it should be reliable and it will be more economical on the longer journeys.
There’s a lot to like in the new Juke, it won’t suit you if you have small kids because the back doors aren’t as big as I’d like. I do see lots of young people wanting a go in the Juke, in petrol version it would make a great little city car. Prices start at a reasonable €17,034 and stretch up to €23,195 for the 1.6 turbo petrol. Diesels start at €20,195 for the XE or €19,034 for the Diesel model.