The Nissan Juke launched in Australia with a lot of fanfare and for a good reason. It takes a completely new approach to what a compact crossover vehicle should be.
It has radical exterior styling that will split opinions, and in the upper-spec ST-S and TI-S, it packs the 1.6litre turbo engine from the new Pulsar SSS. This engine produces 140kW of power and 240Nm of torque which means that this should have some up and go!
There are three models available in the Juke range and the entry level starts with the ST model at the $25,000 mark. Then there is the mid tier ST-S and then finally the TI-S model which can be had for close to $35,000 drive away.
The TI-S model is only available with the CVT transmission so if you’re after a manual transmission, you will need to opt for the ST or the ST-S models.
We were eager to jump behind the wheel to see if the Juke can live up to the hype surrounding this vehicle. So let’s find out.
If you have been following our blog, you’ll see that we have reviewed a number of SUV’s that sit in the same segment as the Juke. The thing is that haven’t reviewed a SUV quite like this.
The Juke is smaller in person than it looks in the advertising, that is great for getting around in tight spaces like shopping centre car parks.
This is achieved without losing any of the impact of its design. Some will say it is not so attractive, others will say it looks ‘tough’.
Jumping to the inside, the interior in the TI-S is comforting with its leather seats, and clean layout. The infotainment system looks well organised, the steering wheel is light and the leather feels like it comes out of a more expensive vehicle.
There’s remote keyless entry, push button start, rear view camera and satellite navigation, paired up with a 5 Star ANCAP safety rating. Overall you have a pretty good package.
After driving the Juke, it became quite clear that the target market would be those who lead an active lifestyle.
From the exterior design, colour options, and performance orientation, the Juke aims itself to be an alternative to vehicles in the hot hatch segment.
Unlike a hot hatch, like the Pulsar SSS, the Juke does give buyers a great deal more flexibility; whether this is having a desire to tow a jet ski or even take advantage of some basic off road tracks easily.
So if you have an active lifestyle, this could be a very fun car for you.
The base model ST with its 1.6litre – non-turbo engine – sit around the $24,000 or lower mark, with our review model the TI-S around $35,000. Compared to the competition, where there aren’t an abundance of performance-orientated options, it sits right in the middle of the market.
Coming standard on all models is a 3 Year/100,000km NISSAN factory warranty, as well as NISSAN Capped Price Servicing.
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