Nissan Juke: get up close - Take the high road

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Nissan Juke
Nissan Juke
All-wheel drive is available only with the 1.6 turbo engine and a continuously variable automatic gearbox. (A similar ‘box is optional with the other 1.6 but not with the diesel.) The 4WD model will be made in Japan.

Its drive system is based on that in several other Nissans, but now includes torque vectoring – when cornering hard, more torque is sent to the outside wheel to stabilise the car. So the drive can not only be split front-to-rear up to a maximum of 50:50, but also across the rear axle. ‘It’s primarily a safety system, but it will also pull you out of a muddy field,’ Nissan says.

There’s also a different rear suspension system on the 4WD Juke, with a fully independent set-up replacing the beam axle on other versions.

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What about practicality?
The Juke is based on the platform used for Nissan’s Note and Cube, but it has been lengthened, widened, lightened and strengthened with a ring structure that connects the upper body to the rear suspension. The cabin isn’t quite as roomy as the Mini’s, largely because the line of the roof restricts rear headroom, and the Juke has the smaller boot.

The rear seats fold flat in one movement, and because the luggage cover is fastened to the tailgate, your belongings are hidden when you close the door.

It’s no surprise to learn that you’ll be able to personalise the car – it’s de rigueur with any car that claims to be cool these days. You’ll even be able to choose what’s on the central information screen, and the colour of the backlighting will change depending on what function you choose.

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