There’s something very attractive about having the confidence to stand out in a crowd. To rebel from the status quo and be truly individual is becoming incredibly rare.
Nissan needs to be congratulated as they've taken this concept, grabbed it with both hands and created the Juke. But this isn’t to say the Juke is some totally alternate and unlivable exercise in design. If anything, the Juke takes the very popular small SUV concept and just makes it funky.
The Juke is more a high-riding small hatch than it is the typical family-friendly crossover yet it focuses on function just as much as form but, while we’re on form, the new 2016 upgraded Juke features a host of new design cues.
From the 370Z inspired boomerang headlights to LED daytime running lights, thicker “V” grille inlay, sharper more aggressive tail lights and LED indicators on the side mirrors. 17-inch alloys are standard across the range, and there are three new colours including our not-so-understated Bumblebee Yellow.
Nissan JUKE Ti-S offers an Around View® Monitor. Four cameras give you a virtual 360º bird’s-eye view of your vehicle, with selectable split-screen close-ups of the front, rear, and kerbside views, so you can get a better look.
Inside, the funky design cues continue and there's more equipment, too. A new centre fascia with a 5.8-inch touchscreen and new infotainment software is standard. Storage space is great across the range with plenty of cup holders, loads of places for phones, sunglasses and all your bits and pieces, and the boot space is excellent for such a compact funky vehicle.
Our test car, the flagship Ti-S model, features part-leather seats, Google-linked satellite navigation and app connectivity.
The Ti-S also comes with lane-departure warnings, blind-spot monitors and Nissan’s excellent 360 degree “Around View” monitor. Imagine there's a camera suspended a few meters above the car facing down not only looking at the roof and bonnet of the Juke but also at the Juke's surroundings. Parking becomes incredibly easy and navigating through tight situations a breeze.
As far as engines go, there are a few options to choose from. The base model ST 6 speed manual comes with a brand new 1.2-litre turbo with 85kW and 190Nm. The CVT auto ST comes with a naturally aspirated 1.6-litre putting out 86kW and 158Nm. Moving up to the manual Ti-S brings a very enthusiastic 140kW/240Nm while the CVT auto Ti-S adds all-wheel drive to help get that power to the ground making it a very spirited little performer.
Speaking of being a spirited performer, what a fun car to drive. With the Juke being more a jacked-up hot-hatch than traditional SUV, it will go almost anywhere you need it to, and it will do it with fun and confidence.
Ride quality is firm and sporty without being harsh. Direct steering and a lack of body roll make the Juke feel more car-like than SUV and, with such energetic drive trains, the Juke is an engaging and entertaining little performer.
Nissan has done very well with the Juke. Successfully blending such individual and unique looks, sporty performance with the practicality, usability and safety we expect from a small SUV is no mean feat. Standing out from the crowd while being so sensible has never been easier.
For more information see Kloster Nissan.
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Photography & videography: Shane Williams - Five Spice Creative
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