2019 Nissan Juke Ti-S AWD Redesign, Spy Shots, Release Date, & Price – The Nissan Juke has become turning heads – for the appropriate and improper reasons, dependant upon who you ask – since it launched around the world in 2018, and generally began the small SUV sector as we realize it today. Soon after becoming a sales hit in its home market of Japan and Europe, the boldly-designed crossover arrived in Australia to the tail end of 2017, with the facelifted ‘Series 2’ version attaining soon after in 2019. Though it was a solid retailer in Australia’s small SUV sector whenever it first launched, the Juke’s sales have slipped drastically of later, largely because of to the influx of newer competitors like the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.
In fact, the Juke has dropped sales inside of its individual family secure, with the larger Qashqai competing in the same class, and presently outsells its smaller and much more abstract sibling by a ratio of eight-to-one. The second-generation model is just about the corner, previously confirmed by the Japanese producer, and most likely to make its debut at some point in the future this year or early next. Well before the all-new Juke areas, however, is the current car nonetheless worthy of your tough-gained dollars?
On test, we have the top-of-the-range Ti-S with all-wheel drive, which starts off at $33,490 well before on-road charges. The ‘Magnetic Red’ metallic paint here brings a further more $495, getting the as-analyzed price to $33,985 plus ORCs. Nissan is, however, at present advertising and marketing this model from $29,990 driveaway. Standard equipment consists of 17-inch alloy wheels, a 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation and traffic keeping track of, DAB digital radio, NissanConnect app compatibility, six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, climate control, keyless entry and start, leather accented seats, steering wheel, and transfer handle, warmed front seats, a 360-diploma camera system with relocating thing recognition, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lamps, automatic headlights and wipers, electric folding exterior mirrors, and level of privacy glass. In terms of safety, all Juke models come with six airbags, traction control, ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, active front headrests, and ISOFIX anchor things for the outer rear seats. The Ti-S brings lane departure warning and blind-spot tracking, though no variant is available with autonomous urgent braking (AEB) or adaptive cruise control, methods which are increasingly becoming available in a lot more and much more competitors.
All Juke models include a five-star ANCAP safety ranking, though the end result is based on Euro NCAP exams in 2018. Measuring 4135mm long, 1765mm wide, and 1565mm high, the Juke is barely larger than a light hatchback, although its 180mm ground clearance is more than adequate to tackle those pesky curbs around town or perhaps handle the unusual dirt road. From the outdoors, the facelifted ‘Series 2’ Juke nevertheless appears new, if somewhat polarising. It’s not as offensive in this Magnetic Red metallic paint compared to some of the happier hues available (see Bumblebee Yellow), even though the two-tier headlight design and bulbous nasal area continue to break down view, for greater or even worse. The coupe-like roofline ski slopes into a far more traditional hatchback rump, and in this reviewer’s opinion, the Juke seems cool and holds out from the fairly uninteresting models of today’s crop of SUVs.
In saying that, it could be great if Nissan could offer you some larger alloy wheels on greater-spec models not only to distinguish the range but additionally to turn this ‘sporty’ Ti-S model appear various to the entry-level ST, as the only genuine identifying feature from the outside is the projector headlights and the ‘Ti-S AWD’ badging. Jumping inside, the Juke is truly starting to show its age, equally in the terminology of design and quality. The 5.8-inch screen is small compared to the 7.- and 8.-inch screens used in some competitors, although the hard, scratchy plastics seem like they should be on a Fisher Price toy instead of a European-built SUV – the Juke is built at Nissan’s Sunderland service in the UK next to the Qashqai and Infiniti’s Q30 and QX30.
A fascinating feature of the interior is the center tunnel, that was inspired by a motorbike’s fuel tank, and is finished in either metallic red or grey – our tester possessed the latter. It’s a very much better area to touch than the materials that adorn the dash and doors, but it’s insufficient to match the considerably more processed and premium interiors of rivals like the Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR. Further compare is included by the gloss black finishes of the center fascia, however, it appears outdated particularly if coupled with the tiny displays. The front seats are, however, comfortable and supply good assistance, while there’s also reasonable room in the second row in spite of the sloping roofline and compact dimensions. Have fun with trying to fit three updated, however. Drivers are dealt with to conventional analog dials, along with older-college red dot-matrix LCD displays, which yet again feel very dated compared to the Juke’s exterior as well as the methods supplied by competitors. It’s not really the cool and sporty vibe Nissan has become marketing with the Juke, and the driving practical experience doesn’t actually develop that both. Under the bonnet is a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, developing a healthier 140kW of power at 5600rpm, and 240Nm of torque involving 1600 and 5200rpm. In the small SUV portion, all those outputs are best in class. Braked towing capacity is rated at 1150kg for this model. Drive is delivered to an on-demand all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring via a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) with manual mode. Sounds very good, correct?
However, the Juke struggles to deliver sometimes comfort or sportiness on the road. The completely-sprung suspension believes extremely unsettled around town, choosing up just about every imperfection and transmitting them by means of the cabin, whilst jarring over larger protrusions like train tracks and potholes. At increased speeds, like on the freeway, the ride settles a tiny, but nonetheless might be upset by small lumps and lumps. It’s nowhere near as luxurious as a C-HR or HR-V, so you wouldn’t get this car for its comfortable SUV ride. In the meantime, the turbocharged four-pot is dulled by the droney CVT transmission, and noises really thrashy under stress which isn’t extremely sporty at all. Furthermore, the all-wheel-drive system doesn’t appear to negate the Juke’s torque steer throughout hard velocity – which yet again doesn’t aid the Nissan to feel specifically sporting.
However, the more traction can actually be felt by way of corners, with the torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system offering that additional self-confidence at greater speeds or in the wet. In supplement to the transmission’s manual mode, the Juke’s reduce display provides drivers the alternative of switching in between ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Eco’ settings, each modifying the throttle response, transmission, and steering. In the typical mode, the powertrain is a tiny very lazy and the steering is rather light – great for car parks and limited city avenues – and this is amplified in ‘Eco’ mode to maximize fuel efficiency. In the meantime, the sports mode sharpens the throttle, businesses up the steering feel and the transmission contains on to ‘gears’ in an effort to be sporting. It definitely seems peppier and a little more fascinating, even though the transmission and engine note definitely let the practical experience down. Positioning greater revs just helps make the engine sound droney and CVTs still can’t supply the slick shifting expertise of dual-clutch transmission, not to mention torque-converter units. Some of this is often fixed by getting the Ti-S with a manual transmission – that will save you all around $3700 – even though that deletes the all-wheel-drive system and multi-weblink rear suspension installation, as an alternative trying to keep the torsion beam system from lesser Juke models.
In conditions of possession, all Juke models are included by Nissan’s relatively average three-year, 100,000km warranty with 24-hour or so curbside support. The Juke is also covered by my Nissan ‘Service Certainty’ capped-price maintenance schedule, which addresses the first six years or 120,000km. Providing is required each and every 12 a few months or 10,000km, no matter which takes place first, with each pay a visit to for the 1.6-litre turbo costing among $281 and $654. For the existence of the six-year strategy, the Juke will set you back among $2040 and $4543 depending on how significantly you drive. Moreover, brake liquid is required every 24 a few months or 40,000km at $32 a burst – bringing the overall cost over six years to among $2104 and $4639, or an every year average of $350-$773, which isn’t the least expensive. It’s hard to advocate the Nissan Juke, especially in this high-priced top-spec Ti-S AWD trim, when the small SUV portion is more and more and much more competitive. Rivals like the Mazda CX-3 supply arguable equivalent degrees of exterior styling (if less extraordinary) whilst delivering a much more upmarket interior, whilst the Honda HR-V and Mitsubishi ASX are more effective in regards to interior space and usefulness.
The new Toyota C-HR is most likely the Juke’s most natural competitor as an overall package, supplying polarising styling in a coupe-fashioned SUV body. What the Toyota lacks in all-out grunt from its smaller 1.2-litre turbo it will make up for with far superior degrees of interior quality and driving refinement, as well as simply being better value for money. If you definitely like the Nissan, it’s very best to settle for the entry-level ST, and bank accounts the near-$10,000 distinctions. Otherwise, it could be really worth waiting around for the all-new second-generation Juke, which will get there within the next 12 a few months and be a much more competing proposition compared to the possibly-enhancing fleet of small SUVs.