Nissan Juke: Focus on comfort and consumption

Manageable

Always personal, the Nissan Juke in this second edition arrived in 2019 it also offers a lot of space in a well-finished and modern cockpit. And now there is also hybrid. The 1.0 turbo petrol 114 horsepower is joined by the 1.6 HEV, full hybrid. The mechanics are those already adopted in the Renault Captur, Clio and Arkana, with which the Japanese compact crossover also shares the platform (the two brands make up an alliance). The new Juke 1.6 HEV has a total of 143 HP, obtained by adding the 94 horses of the 1.6 which works according to the Atkinson cycle to the 49 of the electric motor. Both are of Nissan origin, while the MultiMode robotic transmission was born in Renault and has the particularity of having two gears for the electric drive unit (the only one active in the starting phases) and four for the petrol engine. In quiet driving, the hybrid system proves to be fluid and responsive, as well as efficient.

Consumption: promises well

After our first contact, during which we traveled a hundred kilometers on state roads, the on-board computer indicated 5.2 liters per 100 km, or 19.2 km / liter: awaiting more precise checks, it is however a pretty good result. Furthermore, according to the company, the maximum petrol saving (about 40% less than the 1.0) is obtained in the city, in traffic, where the 1.6 is switched off most of the time; as long as the battery is charged enough, and accelerating very smoothly, the Nissan Juke 1.6 HEV it can reach 55 km / h without the internal combustion engine intervening. On this type of route, the car always remains relaxing and easy to drive.

You recognize it by the mask

There Nissan Juke 1.6 HEV it is recognized by the 1.0 turbo for the identification plates in the tailgate and in the front doors, as well as for the specific grille, with active grille (it opens only when maximum engine cooling is required, to reduce aerodynamic drag in other circumstances). Equipped only with specially designed 19 ”alloy wheels, the Nissan Juke 1.6 HEV is agile and responsive around curves while maintaining good comfort on bumpy city roads.

Reverse does not have a specific gear; the function is performed by the inverter applied to the first gear. To avoid surprising any pedestrian or cyclist by maneuvering, when the 1.6 is off, when the “rear” is switched on, the car emits a sort of amplified “breath” that makes the presence of the Nissan Juke 1.6 HEV in movement. Also of Renault origin is the second electric motor which acts as a starter-generator and which has the task of bringing the thermal engine to the exact speed of rotation to carry out the gear changes in the absence of synchronizers and clutch. Indeed, the transition from electric to hybrid operation, and vice versa, is practically unnoticeable.

More relaxing than gritty

In the brilliant guide of the Nissan Juke Nissan 1.6 HEV however, sometimes there is some uncertainty in the passages of the report. After all, it is a car that invites relaxation rather than seeking maximum performance; for example, the modulation of regenerative braking can only be managed using the button E-Pedal. Once pressed, a greater deceleration is activated when you take your foot off the accelerator, so much so that in practice you can drive without touching the brake pedal (except in emergencies and to stop, because the system is not active below 5 km / h); on other cars, there are paddles on the steering wheel to manage the slowdown moment by moment and at different levels, increasing the driver’s involvement. However, there are three driving modes (Eco, Normal, Sport) that vary the response of the car, and there is certainly no shortage of driving assistants: here you reach Level 2 of autonomous driving, with an effective system for maintaining the trajectory and speed based on the traffic in front (optional at 1,000 euros).

Well done, it loses some trunk

For the rest, the Nissan Nissan Juke 1.6 HEV it changes little. The passenger compartment is not very bright and the steering wheel is a little too inclined forward, but the seats are welcoming, the space behind is also abundant and the finishes are well-finished; as standard there are fabric and eco-leather upholstery, but you can have real leather (also combined with Alcantara) for 1,000 euros. The dashboard is personal and sporty, with five small round “climate” vents inserted in a band of soft material and the high rounded central tunnel. Instead of the classic tachometer, in the large dashboard there is now an indicator of the power supplied or recovered by the hybrid system. Between the two clearly legible pointer instruments, there is a 7-inch display; in the center of the dashboard, the 8 ”touch screen of the multimedia system, which is quite reactive. The presence of the 1.2 kWh lithium-ion battery of the hybrid system somewhat limits the volume of the trunk, which drops by 68 liters: from 422 to 354 liters with the rear seat upright and from 1305 to 1237 liters in configuration a two seats. The value isn’t bad for such a car though; pity only for accessibility, not the easiest.

From 30,300 euros

There Nissan Juke 1.6 HEV it can already be ordered, with deliveries scheduled for September. The range consists of the N-Connecta (30,300 euros), N-Design (that of the car driven, proposed at 31,500 euros) and Tekna (32,860 euros) versions. That’s 2,700 euros more than the Juke 1.0 with dual-clutch robotic gearbox: not a few. And some might appreciate a less rich version, but with a lower attack price. The Premiére Edition is also available in the launch phase, which features specific interior upholstery with silver stitching, black rims and pearl white bodywork with black roof, in the price list for 32,300 euros.

In our opinion

Benefits
> Habitability. The car is very comfortable for four adults.
> Finishes. The passenger compartment is neat and lined with pleasant materials.
> Safety. Road holding and stability are on a good level, and there is a lot of driving aids.

Defects
> Access to the trunk. The loading sill is high, and the tailgate doesn’t raise much.
> Sports driving. Making the most of the power, the transmission shows some limitations.
> Rear windows. They are small, and they limit the internal brightness and the view a bit.


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