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2020 Nissan Juke ST-L Review

September 22, 2020
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2020 Nissan Juke ST-L Review

THE BOWEN SCORE

I hope my reviews are always upfront and honest. No amount of grooming will ever change my opinion. So, I’ll say this, the last Nissan Juke was an atrocity, fiasco, disaster and abhorrent. But the new 2020 Juke goes a long way towards healing my eyes. In fact, the 2020 Nissan Juke is surprisingly good.

Performance

The Juke on show here is the ST-L variant, smack bang in the middle of the range. It has the same 1.0-litre turbocharged in-line three-cylinder found in all 2020 Jukes. In an age when three-cylinders are reasonably common, the Nissan effort is very good.

The figures are small with 84kW at 5,250rpm and 180Nm at 2,400rpm. But power is sent to the front-wheels via a seven-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT). The last generation Juke was powered by either a 1.2-litre four-cylinder or 1.6-litre turbo four, the latter smashing out 140kW/240Nm. There were also AWD variants and six-speed manual or Continuously Variable Transmission.

 

The Drive

So life for the Juke is now far less complicated.

I s##t you not, but the Juke is very good. From behind the wheel it feels nimble and light, with a kerb weight of 1,274kg. A drive selector button allows for Sport, Standard and Eco modes. Sport doesn’t translate to quicker, but rather make the throttle, transmission and steering feel more energetic. Heck, there are even paddle shifters.

19-inch rims ensure a firm ride, but you get used to it quickly. Overall the Juke has a well-tuned suspension setup making it a genuine fun drive.

 

Value For Money

I feel like I’ve been on a long chain of small SUVs this year, they are absolutely everywhere. The people have spoken and want a small hatch, that sits higher. The Juke therefore has a steep hill to climb, making competitive pricing absolute vital. The ST-L model reviewed here starts at $33,940. The first car that comes to mind is the Mazda CX-30, the mid-spec touring variant calls for $34,990 of your hard-earned.

Fuel economy stands at 5.8L/100km, I averaged 6.4L/100km. All Nissans are covered by a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty, plus 24-Hour Roadside Assistance.

Comfort

There’s one 12V outlet, two cup holders and four bottle holders. The front seats can be heated while you get a leathery steering wheel and gear stick. For some tunes, the six-speaker audio system allows for AM/FM/CD/Aux. There’s also DAB radio. I like the fact there are USB ports in the front and rear. There’s room for five, but you wouldn’t want three over-fed adults in the rear for too long.

Technology and Nissan haven’t gone hand in hand for years. So, it’s pleasing to see an 8.0-inch screen that doesn’t look like a stone tablet. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported. Other items of note include adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree reversing camera. Satellite navigation is available, but why would you bother given the smart phone integration.

The instrument cluster is a 7.0-inch “Advanced Drive-Assist” display. In short that translates to a digital display with lots of menus and data readouts.

 

 

What I Love

The old car really took some Dutch courage to hit the streets in, I swear every one of the old Jukes I drove was yellow. This is still a little hit and miss when it comes to styling, but it’s a million times better now.

 

Bowen’s Report Card

The new Nissan Juke ST-L now sits in the dark horse category, it’s a sleeper but I believe worth a look. The pricing is spot on and the front-end has been salvaged from the old wreck. It’s a 78 out of 100 from me.