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How much? £19,995
On sale in the UK: September 2010
Engine: 1618cc four-cylinder petrol, 187bhp @ 5600rpm, 177lb ft @ 2000-5200rpm
Transmission: CVT auto with six manual steps, four-wheeel drive
Performance: 8.4sec 0-62mph, 124mph, 37.2mpg, 175g/km
How heavy / made of? 1441kg/steel
How big (length/width/height in mm)? 4135/1765/1570
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Nissan Juke 1.6 DiG-T (2010) CAR review

By Tim Pollard

First Drives

08 July 2010 00:54

Fret not! You might have spied the £20k price tag on this Nissan Juke first drive review, but rest assured: we've climbed into the top dog, turbocharged and 4x4 Juke aimed at Mini Cooper S territory. We've driven cheaper models in the range too (the Nissan Juke starts at a much more palatable £12,795), but the tech on the 1.6 DiG-T warranted a look first.

The Juke is Nissan's new crossover, a baby SUV to slot beneath Qashqai. At just 4.2m long, it's in the same ballpark as the upcoming Mini Countryman, although priced considerably below.

Nissan Juke: the tech story

This junior crossover is based on the Renault Nissan Alliance B platform; the same bag of bits you'll find under a humdrum Clio or Note, then. This architecture has been stretched and updated with a host of new tech, including on this range-topping petrol turbo a 4x4 option. This will remain a rare car on UK roads, however; way over 90% of Juke buyers will stick with front-wheel drive.

The 1.6 DiG-T is interesting as it heralds a new direct-injection petrol turbo engine in the Nissan empire. It's punchy on paper, pushing out 187bhp and 177lb ft of twist.

It's certainly, err, challenging to look at!

Yes, let's get the inevitable aesthetic argument out of the way now. The Juke is a Marmite car – you'll love it or hate it. Spend time with the car and you begin to 'get it', after the initial shock and awe. The front end is especially odd and a very busy design canvas, thanks to a multi-storey light show, the wine rack lower grille and the main air intakes. There's plenty to like in the GTR-esque raked canopy windowline, and those 370Z rear boomerang lights are cool too.

Inside is more modestly designed. It's less busy in here, with simple design and a few flourishes. A long centre console runs the length of the front compartment, styled on a motorcycle fuselage – you can pick red or silver metallic finishes, and it really brings the cabin to life. Even to these restrained eyes, the zingy red is the feature colour of choice.

Mid-range Acenta trim and upwards comes with Nissan Dynamic Control System, which replaces knobs and switches in the heating control area with some rather nifty soft keys. They're cleverly backlit and the glossy black buttons change purpose depending on whether you're altering the ventilation system or the car set-up. Sounds gimmicky, actually works well and cuts down on button clutter. It combines the best of touchscreens with physical buttons.

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bertandnairobi says

RE: Nissan Juke 1.6 DiG-T (2010) CAR review

Whoops and sorry. As car4mh pointed out, the 1441 number can be found at Nissan´s website by reading the PDF more carefully than I did.

I apologise for my oversight! The given figure is ("kerb weight min./max. 2") 425/1441 kg.  It´s given at the top right of the PDF page 4.

24 November 2011 08:52



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seant says

RE: Nissan Juke 1.6 DiG-T (2010) CAR review

@car4mh. That's a bit better. That leaves the 4 average Germans free to pack in another 90kg, which is either a fifth German or, Wikipedia tells me, the brains of 10 sperm whales.

23 November 2011 20:03



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car4mh says

RE: Nissan Juke 1.6 DiG-T (2010) CAR review

@Bertandnairobi - I checked the Nissan Juke press kit from the time of this article, and Nissan UK's public website for the Juke. For the model of Juke tested, both sources list kerb weight as 1441kg, and gross vehicle weight as 1860kg. Your 1315kg kerb weight is the 1.6DiG-T with six-speed manual and front-wheel drive, not the CVT-M6 model with four-wheel drive tested in this review. You can download Nissan UK technical data for the Juke in PDF form from its website:(click on the PDF link under the picture of the Juke for the full price and specification list)

23 November 2011 19:43



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bertandnairobi says

RE: Nissan Juke 1.6 DiG-T (2010) CAR review

"but I’d wager most of us car drivers haven’t a clue how much, or little, we can stuff in."  Quite right. I have a feeling that four people and their luggage are manageable for my car but if I was to fill it with entirely with books or worse, magazines, I´d be risking a mishap.

23 November 2011 17:10



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bertandnairobi says

RE: Nissan Juke 1.6 DiG-T (2010) CAR review

Here´s the difference between kerb weight and the other one, according to Jimmy Wales:

"Curb weight (US English) or kerb weight (UK/Commonwealth English) is the total weight of a vehicle with standard equipment, all necessary operating consumables (e.g., motor oil and coolant), a full tank of fuel, while not loaded with either passengers or cargo.[1][2]

This definition may differ from definitions used by governmental regulatory agencies or other organizations. For example, many European Union manufacturers include the weight of a 75 kilogram driver to follow European Directive 95/48/EC.[3] Additionally, organizations may define curb weight with fixed levels of fuel and other variables to equalize the value for the comparison of different vehicles."

"A gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)[1] is the maximum allowable total weight of a road vehicle or trailer when loaded - i.e., including the weight of the vehicle itself plus passengers, and cargo.

The difference between gross weight and curb weight is the total passenger and cargo weight capacity of the vehicle. For example, a pickup truck with a curb weight of 4,500 pounds (2,041 kg) might have a cargo capacity of 2,000 pounds (907 kg), meaning it can have a gross weight of 6,500 pounds (2,948 kg) when fully loaded."


23 November 2011 15:24

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