The Nissan Juke entered the market in 2010, a mini SUV that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. In its first month alone, nearly 11,000 units were ordered in Japan to surpass Nissan’s target of 1,300 each month. Close to the end of 2010, sales of the Juke have reached 20,000 in Japan while the European and US markets logged in 30,000 and 17,500 units, respectively. In 2011, the Nissan Juke was recognized as the Top Safety Pick for the year by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A limited edition Juke fitted with the engine from the Nissan GT-R was produced in 2012.
If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, the Nissan Juke would be a good fit. In fact, it’s been described as wacky, taking after some of the special projects that Nissan had towards late 1980s. It’s like taking a retro-looking machine and adding a modern twist. Because of this bit of quirkiness, the Juke is aimed at younger buyers. It’s also smaller and cheaper so it definitely fits the bill for the younger crowd. Older buyers are still welcome, of course. No one is too old, after all, for the charms of the Juke.
There are petrol and diesel engine options available so one is given the freedom to choose whichever will work best for their needs. Generally, the petrol engines are more powerful so opt for them if you’re looking for greater pull. However, if you’re ok with shaving off a couple of bhps, the 1.5-litre diesel engine may turn out to be a better option for you, most especially since it offers lower running costs and gets you farther on a gallon. For a smooth, refined drive though, your best bet would be a petrol engine.
In terms of price, the Juke competes against the like of the Alfa Mito and Audi A1. However, for their price, the Juke is fitted with so much more. The entry-level model, for instance, features air conditioning, a stereo, and pretty decent 16-inch alloy wheels. Bump it up to the next level and you’ll get cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, a speed limiter, chrome door handles, and the Dynamic Control System. For the same price, an Audi dealer won’t be able to keep up with what you’ll get from the Nissan Juke.
The Nissan Juke is a heavy vehicle given that it’s a mini SUV. As such, certain levels of speediness are compromised, with the Juke clocking in a 10.3 seconds from 0 to 60mph. This is quite leisurely and may not exactly be a problem, but it’s a glimpse at how fast this eccentric baby from Nissan can go.
Many refer to the Juke as handling something like a go-kart. This can actually be quite appealing since you can enjoy firm body movement. Steering is also responsive enough so you have just the right amount of control to direct the Juke where you want it to go. A trade-off for all these though is that riding the Juke will leave you wanting in the comfort department.
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