The compact crossover sector has grown significantly in recent years, with more than 20 supermini-sized SUVs on sale in Britain today. But one of the first of the breed has just been totally renewed. Introducing the second-generation Nissan Juke.
The second-generation Nissan Juke replaces a model that has been on sales for nearly nine years. It’s bigger, lighter and better equipped than its predecessor.
The Juke remains a stylish crossover with purposely exaggerated wheelarches, a rising window line, strong shoulders and a squat rear end. It’s 35mm wider and 75mm longer nose to tail than before, but importantly, the wheelbase has grown by 105mm. Despite the size increase, the Juke is now 23kg lighter, mainly due to the use of more lightweight, high-tension steel in the body, but also to the adoption of a new platform called CMF-B, which is shared with the Renault Captur.
The new Juke will be launched with a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol from the Micra, with either a six-speed manual gearbox or an all-new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, replacing the CVT transmission previously offered.
The Juke accelerates from 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds, while the top speed should be somewhere around 120mph. Nissan has yet to release final official CO2 emission and fuel economy figures, but 113-118g/km and around 45mpg under WLTP rules seems likely.
The hatch is 131mm wider than before and it accesses a boot that’s now 422 litres in size, an increase of 68 litres over the Mk1. The brand-new interior is more spacious than before, with rear kneeroom increasing by 58mm and headroom growing by 11mm. Much like the exterior, the cabin design majors on the Juke’s sporty character and is a total overhaul from the previous models.
Buyers are presented with plenty of choice when it comes to exterior personalisation. The new Juke is available in 11 different colours, with wheels ranging from 16-inch steels with covers to 19-inch alloys.
Top-spec Tekna+ cars are available with contrasting finishes on the roof and mirrors, too. Three optional interior schemes also add to the plenty of scope for personalisation, with availability in in orange, white or black leather and Alcantara upholstery.
Sitting on top of the redesigned dashboard is a brand-new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, while some cars will also be available with a seven-inch colour driver-information display within the instrument panel.
In-car technology and safety features have come a long way in nine years, and as such, the new Juke arrives with plenty of new driver-assistance technology. Chief among this is Nissan ProPILOT, the brand’s semi-autonomous driver aid. It’ll be optional on N-Connecta trim cars and standard from Tekna grade upwards.
Alongside this, the new Juke gains intelligent automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, speed-limit and traffic-sign recognition, lane-keep assist and rear cross-traffic alert. Blind-spot monitoring is also present.
The new Juke is available to pre-order now but will be on UK roads in November. Entry-level Visia models start from £17,395, but more popular N-Connecta and Tekna cars cost from £20,995 and £22,495 respectively.