Nissan Juke 1.5 dCi 110 review

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Nissan Juke 1.5 dCi 110 review

What is it? A more efficient version of the Nissan Juke.

Nissan has tweaked the gear ratios of the 1.5-litre diesel version to improve economy and cut emissions.

Whats it like to drive? The revised gear ratios dont affect the Jukes driveability. Getting up to speed isnt an issue, and youll struggle to tell this version apart from the model it replaces.

The biggest difference will be financial. With CO2 down from 134g/km to 129g/km, theres no road tax for the first year, then 95 for each year after, instead of 115. Average economy is also up from 55.5mpg to 57.6mpg.

Despite the heavy diesel engine, the Juke is quite nimble on twisty roads, while 109bhp is just enough to keep up with motorway traffic.

Road noise isn't a problem on most surfaces, but the large door mirrors generate a fair amount of wind noise. The engine can be vocal when pushed, but it wont disrupt occupants' conversations too much.

Passengers are more likely to complain about the firm ride, with those in the back worst affected.

Whats it like inside? The controls and dials are well laid out. It looks good as well, which will appeal to the younger buyers Nissan is aiming for. Some plastics feel a bit cheap, but then this isnt an expensive car.

The Jukes biggest problem is space. Theres enough room for those in the front, but rear headroom will be tight for taller passengers. Boot space is also tight, with room for little more than a suitcase.

All Jukes come with electric windows, air-con and alloys, while climate control, Bluetooth, an MP3 port and sat-nav are available as options.

Should I buy one? The Juke is one of our favourite SUVs and, although wed usually recommend the 1.6-litre petrol, this diesel makes sense if you do a lot of miles.

Rivals such as the Mini Countryman and Skoda Yeti are more practical, but the Juke is the one to go for if you want to stand out from the crowd.

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