MANILA: Nissan is already a prominent name in the automobile market and carries an impressive reputation amongst the loyals and critics; the credit indeed goes to the sumptuous fleet packed with performance-centric power-units. The absolutely distinctive Nissan Juke 2016 is no exception and carries the same traits for which Nissan is already so famous. The drive was launched in October 2015 and though it has been just a couple of month, it has already captured a fair share of the market in its segment. This funky and stylish crossover by the Japanese automaker has not only captured the attention of youth through its unique styling but also elderly people for the comfort package it offers in the cabin. Guess, it's time now to have a closer look at this drive and analyze if it worths so much of appreciation or it's just a false hype created in the market to motivate the sales.
Yes! The first thing you would notice would be its styling for obvious reasons. Initially, it might look like coming out of some animated movie but have a closer look and you would appreciate its futuristic styling like we did. The boomerang LED combination lights catch the attention of the customers with light speed while the round headlamps right below the signature Nissan radiator grille create an impressive front altogether. This built to thrill sporty drive has a fun and bold exterior which is the result of Robotic Design Concept. This kind of design concept requires a robot and living body to create a muscular and agile styling. Dimension-wise also, Nissan Juke 2016 looks good with 4135 mm x 1765 mm x 1580 mm (L X W X H) along with a wheelbase of 2520 mm.
With such a distinctive exterior, how can you imagine the interior to be so ordinary? Well, 2016 Nissan Juke doesn't disappoint you when you slip into it. With an absolutely sporty interior, the cabin of Juke has been crafted with DNA of motorsport. The sporty fabric wrapped with excellent lateral support seats is not the only aspect which encourages you to schedule long drives every other day, but the fully loaded dash with numerous gauges make it really fun and convenient. Adding to this are aspects like power windows, auto climate control, push start system, intelligent key and integrated control system. The all-black theme of this interior with some hints of chrome on the steering and center console add grace to the entire appeal. With all these, you also get a decent infotainment system comprising 2 DIN display audio unit, touchscreen and 6 speakers to deliver crisp and clear sound. While there is enough space for 5 passengers in this cabin, the boot holds a capacity of 251-litre which is expandable up to 830-litre which sounds pretty good.
Nissan Juke 2016 is not only a fine example of styling but also technology. This crossover is packed with a performance-centric 1.6-litre twin CVTC engine which is world's first dual injection system. This engine is capable of delivering 116 PS of maximum power at 6000 rpm along with 154 Nm of high torque at 4000 rpm. Mated with X-Tronic CVT, this engine shows its might on all terrains while accelerating. Talking apart from the numbers and jumping to the practical experience, the steering looks quite comfortable making the driving straightforward while the chassis looks doing justice allowing quick maneuver in the city drives. This engine allows a mileage of 12.0 kmpl in combined driveways which again is decent in its class. The NVH level is also pretty good in this car even, when it is taken on bumpy roads and accelerated to higher speeds.
Safety is one aspect which cannot be neglected at any front and when it comes to Nissan Juke it is indeed nonetheless. For the passengers, this family crossover is offered with dual front SRS airbags which can safeguard them from any impact energy and seatbelts with double pre-tensioners & load limiters to hold them back at their respective seats. Apart from these features, you also get Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) for stability. Overall, safety is quite satisfactory in this Nissan baby.
Overall, Nissan Juke 2016 is a funky and fun to drive a vehicle loaded with aspects and a power-packed engine. Available at PhP 980,000, this drive is in close competition with Toyota Rush in the Philippines automotive market.