Compact crossover priced alongside smaller supermini rivals
27 May 2010

The new Nissan Juke will cost from £12,795 when it goes on sale in the UK in September.

The price puts it in direct competition with supermini rivals including the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and VW Polo, despite the Juke being larger and more generously equipped as standard.

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The Juke’s entry-level petrol engine is a more powerful 115bhp version of the 1.6-litre unit found in the Note. The only diesel engine in the range is the 1.5 dCi unit, which produces 108bhp. Diesel Jukes cost from £15,145.

Both engines are only available with front-wheel drive; petrol models have an optional CVT gearbox, although both are fitted with manual ‘boxes as standard.

The range-topping Juke will be powered by a new 187bhp direct-injection petrol unit, available with both front- and all-wheel drive.

The front-drive model comes with a six-speed manual ‘box, while the all-wheel drive variant comes with a CVT ‘box with a torque vectoring system, a first for a car in this segment. The all-wheel drive range-topper costs from £19,995.

Three trim levels will be offered: Visia, Acenta and Tekna. Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, air-con, sports seats ESP and six airbags.

Designed in the UK at Nissan’s Paddington Design Centre, the Juke uses SUV styling proportions to create a car that’s considerably wider and longer than a Micra, although at 1570mm high it’s only 30mm taller.

Inside, the car’s fascia is much more conventional than the exterior; the most striking feature is the centre console, which comes in body-coloured paint and is said to have been inspired by the fuel tank from a motorbike.

Underneath, the Juke uses a widened, lengthened version of the Renault Nissan Alliance B platform, also used in the Clio and Micra; it’s 2530mm wheelbase is 10cm longer, and the platform's extra width means it can accommodate wider tracks.

Suspension remains a MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear for the two-wheel drive versions, but unusually Nissan has decided to fit the four-wheel drive models with a new multi-link suspension at the rear. This should give the Juke handling to rival the class leaders'.

The Juke will be built at Nissan’s Sunderland plant and will replace the Nissan Micra on the production line.

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27 May 2010

I saw a Juke on the road the other day, looked much better in the flesh.

27 May 2010

[quote rosstopher]

I saw a Juke on the road the other day, looked much better in the flesh.

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looking at these pics that wouldnt be hard! mind you it seems like it has a good price tag unfortunately i'd still give it a wide berth

27 May 2010

Oh my God! What is that? A cancer tumour! Get it away and destroy it! Ban it from the country's roads! Ye Gods!

27 May 2010

Thats a lot cheaper than I thought it would be. It will always be a controversial car, but I like it a lot!

27 May 2010

after looking at it again it resembles the lovechild of a Porsche Cayenne and a Nissan Micra lol saying that though a good way to look at it is! its cheap probably built well and if your sitting inside most of the time the interior looks very good its just everyone else that has to suffer its ugliness

27 May 2010

The 1.6 turbo is surely the new renaultsport clio 200 engine....tuned to 200bhp though obviously.

27 May 2010

Interesting, but a shame the most economical model only achieves 55.4mpg combined, which seems rather below par these days for this size of thing.

27 May 2010

Base level - £12,795 - build cost stripping out tax, margins, marketing, etc., - £5,000 maximum

Range-topper - £19,995 - build cost 50% more? say £7,500

Base level is a giveaway or rangetopper is a rip-off

27 May 2010

First I hated the look of it Then I thought maybe I was mistaken and actually I quite liked it Now I look at it and think no it really is hideous and I was just trying to be sympathetic to the designer who may be visually impaired?

27 May 2010

I think it's very appealing - something fresh from Nissan. Autocar decided to pick the most vomit-inducing colour though which doesn't do it any favours!

Pricing doesn't sound too bad. I reckon Nissan will shift plenty of these - especially in Europe.

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