Nissan Juke Review 2022
The latest second generation Nissan Juke, has had a radical design refresh, improved practicality and a super simple engine range for 2022.
- New Nissan Juke went into production in 2019
- Brand-new CMF-B platform and striking modern grille define the latest Juke
- Knee room and head room has increased for rear passengers
- Boot capacity has also increased by 20 litres, combatting previous practicality criticisms of the car
- Single 1.0-litre engine turbocharged petrol engine offers strong performance and affordable running costs
- Six brilliant trim levels available
Nissan was previously guilty of sacrificying practicality in favour of style with its popular compact Juke SUV, but this second-generation model is larger for a better rear passenger experience. The car has also retained its vast array of neat personalisation options. With just one engine available in the range, but six different trim levels, choosing your new Nissan Juke comes down to just a preference of onboard features.
From the outside the Nissan Juke has a bold design, which is very much like marmite – you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it.
There’s a good deal of leg room than there used to be in the back of the Juke, and not even six-footers will have their knees digging into the seat in front. Head room isn’t the best, though, and if you’re tall (or have high hair), you might have to duck.
Nevertheless, it’s much better news inside for the driver. The setup of the car puts you in a boosted position when you’re behind the wheel.
Visibility is rather good while looking out the front window. However, some people may struggle to get their best driving position in the Juke because the adjustable steering wheel can only be altered to go higher or lower, but can’t extend and retract for different reach.
Infotainment system and tech
As standard the entry-level Nissan Juke Visia comes with a 4.2-inch colour central display. It has Bluetooth and USB connectivity, but we recommend looking to the next level up Acenta spec. It adds a bigger, better Nissan Connect 8-inch touchscreen entertainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, so you can mirror your phone’s display onto the display.
The Nissan Connect infotainment system has an easy-to-use, logical layout which can’t be underestimated. For example, you have a set of shortcut buttons which mean that you can easily switch between key functions while you’re on the move.
In addition, the enlarged menu buttons make it clear to navigate through the multiple options. Most importantly of all, it’s intuitive and doesn’t feel clunky to interact with – a big bonus for a budget infotainment system.
Standard driver technology is much better, with the Visia trim getting the following:
- Idle start/stop system
- eCall emergency call system
- Intelligent lane intervention
- Outside temperature sensor
- Traffic sign recognition
But if you want a bit more bang for your buck, the higher up the range you can get features such as voice recognition, a rear-view camera for easier parking, front parking sensors and much more.
Space in the Juke’s boot has improved, along with passenger space, so that it’s much easier to live with than before. The 422-litre boot space is up from 354 litres, while all Nissan Jukes get a height-adjustable boot floor and 60/40 split folding rear seats for easy loading. What’s good about the Juke’s boot is its useful square shape, too. Fun fact: there’s just as much space in the Nissan Juke’s boot as there is in the bigger Nissan Qashqai.
Storage space isn’t the best, but there’s a small cubby below the central armrest, two cupholders just in front of that, and a decent-sized glovebox.
Some of these accessories are practical, too. A dog guard in the cargo area for your four-legged friend and a steel or aluminium load carrier jack up the Juke’s functionality. A removable tow bar is available. Better towing capacity would be needed for this, so you would need one of the 1.5 dCi engines.
As we mentioned earlier, the engine line-up in the Nissan Juke is very simple – there’s only one engine to choose from.
Luckily, it’s a great all-rounder, despite being a small 1.0-litre petrol. That’s because lots of smaller SUVs are turbocharging these diddier engines, so performance isn’t sacrificed, while at the same time they manage to keep running costs reasonable and cut emissions at the same time too.
The Juke’s engine has a peppy 112bhp that is gusty enough for city and long-distance driving. Don’t expect blistering acceleration, though. 0-62mph takes a leisurely 10.7 seconds and you have to work the throttle hard to achieve this. However, for most drivers it will be a good enough companion to tackle most of your driving needs, while still being able to muster up enough courage to overtake slow moving vehicles with no problems.
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