Nissan Juke Nismo combines tortoise, hare and ugly duckling 0 28

Remember that age-old fable of the tortoise and the hare? Sure, slow and steady wins the race, but it’s also pretty boring. There are many who prefer the option of more than a little speed. You can always take a nap further down the road.

But Nissan has taken that idea one step further by combining the two animals into one, giving its tortoise-shaped Juke small crossover hare-like speed with its the Juke Nismo RS. Just a few tweaks and changes have transformed the peppy-but-still-mild Juke into a different animal.

Nissan Juke Nismo RS for The Globe and Mail Neil Vorano for The Globe and Mail

Nissan Juke Nismo RS for The Globe and Mail Neil Vorano for The Globe and Mail

The all-wheel-drive Nismo RS has the same turbocharged, 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine as the base Juke, only this one has a different exhaust, remapped electronics and heftier connecting rods to bump horsepower by 23 to 211, along with a rise of 7 lb-ft in torque to 184 (the front-wheel-drive version gets 215 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque). It may not seem like a huge increase, but it does make for some smile-inducing acceleration. Other tweaks to the chassis and suspension, and a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system will turn those smiles into giggles in the corners for surprisingly nimble handling, considering it’s a tall crossover.

What is not sporty is the CVT, the only transmission available on the AWD Nismo RS. On heavy acceleration or climbing long hills, the engine drones incessantly at a steady and high rpm; the effect is made even more annoying by the throaty exhaust. Sure, there are paddle shifters, and you can mimic an eight-speed DSG, but that can get tiresome in regular driving.

The thing is, the Juke isn’t so much a tortoise-and-hare story as it is the ugly duckling. Its odd shape is a little too weird for many. And, for around the same price, you could have similarly spirited small cars with sleeker looks: the Volkswagen Golf GTI, for example (which used to be called the Rabbit. Coincidence?), one of the best hot hatches on the market, can be had with a six-speed manual, 197 horsepower and quicker acceleration. For even less, the Ford Fiesta ST is a little screamer that’s a hoot in the corners. Both are available only in front-wheel drive, though.

But if you value the taller seating position, AWD and standing apart from the crowd, the Nissan Juke Nismo RS may be worth looking at. It won’t win every race, but it’s more fun than slow and steady.

You’ll like this car if … You’re off the beaten path in spirit, but in the fast lane on the road.

TECH SPECS

  • Base price: $28,798, as tested: $31,998
  • Engine: 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Transmission: CVT
  • Fuel economy (litres/100 km): 9.4 city; 8.1 highway, regular fuel
  • Alternatives: Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Fiesta ST, Mini Cooper S

RATINGS

  • Looks: This little crossover looks like a surprised frog waiting to jump. The Nismo features – such as red brake calipers, a red accent line and red mirrors – add raciness, but that can’t overcome the cartoonish dimensions.
  • Interior: Careful how you get in to the Nismo RS; falling too heavily onto the rock-hard Recaro seat bolsters will be a painful surprise. Those alcantara-covered seats – only found in the RS version – feel like those in a race car. Ever sit in a race car? It’s not built for comfort. The small seat dimensions make the interior feel even more claustrophobic than it already is. Up front, hard black plastic makes up most of the dash for a cheap feel.
  • Performance: Apart from that CVT, the package works nicely for a racy drive. Torque vectoring with the all-wheel-drive helps cut the little crossover sharply into corners and keeps it on track.
  • Technology: Nothing revolutionary here, though it has the things you’d expect in a car of this price.
  • Cargo: The Juke has one of the smallest cargo areas in its class. There is a dearth of storage space for phones and coins.

 

Source : www.beta.theglobeandmail.com

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Nissan Juke in Fayetteville, NC | Fred Anderson Nissan of Fayetteville 0 38

Visit Fred Anderson Nissan of Fayetteville for a great deal on a new 2017 Nissan Juke. Our sales team is ready to show you all of the features that you will find in the Nissan Juke and take you for a test drive in the Fayetteville Area. At our Nissan dealership you will find competitive prices, a stocked inventory of 2017 Nissan Juke cars and a helpful sales team. Stop by our car dealership today and take a 2017 Nissan for a spin.

 

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Juke – Nissan Singapore 0 41

Nissan Dynamic Control System

NISSAN INTEGRATED CONTROL SYSTEM – CHANGE YOUR MOOD ON THE FLY

Nissan Juke’s available Nissan Integrated Control System (I-CON) lets you change up your ride with the push of a button. Whatever mood you’re in, Nissan Juke has a mode for it. You can custom-tailor your drive, adjust the climate, and keep stats on your performance, all while you’re out and about.


 

 

Source : www.nissan.com.sg

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