Nissan Juke test, datasheet, opinions and dimensions 1.6 HEV N-Design

Manageable

Always personal, it Nissan Juke in this second edition, which arrived in 2019, it also offers a lot of space in a well-maintained and modern cockpit. And now there is also hybrid. The 1.0 turbo petrol 114 horsepower gets company of 1.6 HEV, full hybrid. The mechanics are the ones already adopted in the Renault Captur, Clio and Arkana, with which the Japanese compact crossover also shares the platform (the two brands form an alliance). The new Juke 1.6 HEV has a total of 143 HP, achieved by adding the 94 horses of the 1.6, which works after the Atkinson cycle, to the 49 in the electric motor. Both are of Nissan origin, while the MultiMode robot gearbox was born in Renault and has the special feature of having two gears for the electric drive unit (the only active one in the starting phases) and four for the petrol engine. When driving quietly, the hybrid system proves to be fluid and responsive as well as efficient.

Consumption: promises well

After our first contact, where we traveled a hundred kilometers on state roads, the trip computer showed 5.2 liters per. 100 km or 19.2 km / liter: in anticipation of more precise controls, however, it is a pretty good result. Furthermore, according to the company, the maximum fuel savings (about 40% less than 1.0) are achieved in the city, in traffic where the 1.6 is off most of the time; as long as the battery is charged enough, and accelerates very evenly Nissan Juke 1.6 HEV it can reach 55 km / h without the internal combustion engine intervening. On this type of route, the car always remains relaxed and easy to drive.

You recognize it on the mask

There Nissan Juke 1.6 HEV it can be recognized by the 1.0 turbo for the identification plates in the tailgate and in the front doors, as well as for the specific grill, with active grill (it only opens when maximum engine cooling is required, to reduce aerodynamic resistance in other circumstances). Equipped only with specially designed 19 ”alloy wheels, the Nissan Juke 1.6 HEV is agile and responsive around curves, while maintaining good comfort on uneven city roads.

Reverse gear does not have a specific gear; the function is performed by the inverter applied to the first gear. To avoid surprising any pedestrian or cyclist by maneuvering when the 1.6 is off, when the “rear end” is on, the car emits a kind of amplified “breath” that makes the presence of Nissan Juke 1.6 HEV in motion. Also of Renault origin is the second electric motor, which acts as a starter generator and which has the task of bringing the thermal motor to the exact rotational speed to perform the gear changes in the absence of synchronizers and clutch. In fact, the transition from electric to hybrid operation, and vice versa, is virtually imperceptible.

More relaxing than gritty

In the ingenious guide of Nissan Juke Nissan 1.6 HEV however, there is sometimes some uncertainty in the sections of the report. It is, after all, a car that invites relaxation rather than seeking maximum performance; for example, the modulation of regenerative braking can only be controlled with the button E-pedal. When pressed, a greater deceleration is activated when you take your foot off the accelerator, so much so that in practice you can drive without touching the brake pedal (except in emergencies and to stop because the system is not active below 5 km / h. ); on other cars there are paddles on the steering wheel to control the braking moment by moment and at different levels, which increases the driver’s involvement. However, there are three driving modes (Eco, Normal, Sport) that vary the car’s response, and there is certainly no shortage of driving assistants: Here you reach level 2 of autonomous driving, with an efficient system to maintain the track and speed based on traffic in front (optional at 1,000 euros).

Well done, it’s losing some luggage

By the way Nissan Nissan Juke 1.6 HEV it changes a little. The cabin is not very light and the steering wheel is a little too sloping forward, but the seats are accommodating, the space behind is also ample and the finishes are well worked; as standard there are fabric and eco-leather covers, but you can have genuine leather (also combined with Alcantara) for 1,000 euros. The dashboard is personal and sporty with five small round “climate” valves inserted in a band of soft material and the high rounded central tunnel. Instead of the classic tachometer, the large dashboard now has an indicator of the power supplied or recovered by hybrid system. Between the two easy-to-read pointing instruments is a 7-inch display; in the middle of the dashboard, the multimedia system’s 8 ”touch screen, which is quite reactive. The presence of the 1.2 kWh lithium-ion battery in the hybrid system somewhat limits the volume of the trunk, which decreases by 68 liters: from 422 to 354 liters with the rear seat upright and from 1305 to 1237 liters in the two-seat configuration. However, the value is not bad for such a car; only pity for the accessibility, not the easiest.

From 30,300 euros

There Nissan Juke 1.6 HEV it can already be ordered, with deliveries scheduled for September. The committee consists of N-Connecta (30,300 euros), N-Design (the one of the car being driven, proposed for 31,500 euros) and Tekna (32,860 euros). That’s 2,700 euros more than the Juke 1.0 with dual-clutch robot gearbox: not a few. And some might appreciate a less rich version, but with a lower attack price. Premiére Edition is also available in the launch phase, which offers specific interior upholstery with silver stitching, black rims and pearl-white body with a black roof, in the price list for 32,300 euros.

In our opinion

Advantage
> Habitability. The car is very comfortable for four adults.
> Finishes. The cabin is neat and lined with comfortable materials.
> Security. The grip and stability are at a good level and there are many driving aids.

Defects
> Access to the trunk. The loading edge is high and the tailgate does not raise much.
> Sports driving. By making the best use of the power, the transmission shows some limitations.
> Rear windows. They are small and they limit the inner brightness and visibility a bit.

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