The Nissan JUKE diesel, like its siblings, has groovy and sporty looks that makes it cool to drive.
With its audacious looks, crossover design, attitude, determination and unconventional design adored by many, the JUKE turns heads in the traffic and creates a stir wherever it is.
The JUKE has an innovative Nissan Intelligent Key technology that senses the key and allows you to unlock the door with a tap of a button on the door handle. Once inside, you can use the Push Button Ignition to start the engine on the 1.5 dCi and other selected models.
When it comes to safety, Nissan pursues innovation as part of its “Safety Shield” concept, the approach to safety issues based on the idea that cars should help protect the driver and passengers.
The JUKE has six standard air bags. Two dual-stage supplemental front and side-impact air bags complement roof-mounted, side-impact air bags which work to keep both front and rear passengers safe. Front-seat Active Head Restraints help reduce the chance of whiplash injuries to you and your front seat passenger by moving up and forward during certain rear-end collisions.
The Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) helps the driver maintain directional control under certain conditions. It senses when a drive wheel starts to slip and reduces engine power or applies brake pressure to help restore grip.
The Nissan JUKE’s sport bucket seats fit close to your body and keep you in control when making tight manoeuvres. It would be great thought if the armrest was included.
It’s meters are influenced by generations of motorsport styling. The speedometer and tachometer are designed for ease of understanding and infuse JUKE’s dash with the spirit of speed.
The JUKE features a USB input that is ideal for an iPod or playing MP3s off a thumb drive.
With 250l storage space and 60/40 split of rear seat, there’s more than enough room to fit just anything.
A tight exterior frame shows off its muscular curvature and aggressive stance while maintaining a sleek sports car appearance.
The uniquely designed indicators stare you down from the fiercely sculpted bonnet. Twin front lights inspired by rally cars give JUKE eyes after dark.
The 370ZTM-inspired taillights cut into JUKE’s behind for an imposing exterior look that perfectly combines practicality and aggression.
On the road
The JUKE provides you with different driving modes – Eco, Sports and Normal – to select from while on the road. This enables you to save on fuel – when the Eco Mode is selected – and gives you the sports experience – when the Sports Mode is selected.
It has a comfortable ride and the door seals deal well with the wind noise.
The six-speed manual gearbox and diesel engine produces 81 kW at 4000 rpm and a good torque to boot – 260 Nm to 2500 rpm. The result is a mix of good driving performance and wonderful fuel economy.
- Power: 81kW @ 4000rpm
- Torque: 260Nm at 2500
- 0-100 km/h: 11.2 seconds
- Fuel consumption: 4.2/100km
- Fuel type: Diesel
- Fuel tank capacity: 46L
- Price: R269 900
- Other prices:
- JUKE 1.6 Acenta: R221 500
- JUKE 1.6 Acenta+: R249 500
- JUKE 1.6 Acenta+ CVT: R262 900
What we like about the car:
- Sexy interior
- Comfortable rear seats (this doesn’t happen often on other vehicles)
- Driving mode options
- Great sound quality
- Excellent design
- Handles well on the curves/corners
What we don’t like about the car:
- No armrest
The Nissan JUKE is designed for everyone. Those who are looking to save of fuel can select the Eco Mode and speed junkies can switch to Sports Mode. If you are no looking for any of the above you can stick to the Normal Mode.
The JUKE is unique, looks funky, fast and fuel efficient. It has a great ground clearance and realistic cargo volume.
Five-wheel rating: 4/5