Author: Jonathan Humphrey - 22 June 2022

Nissan Juke Hybrid, what’s not to like?

Designed and built in the UK, Tuned for ‘Our’ roads and Now with 20% More Power and 20% Improved Fuel Economy, the Hybrid Juke is here

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With electrification on the cards, times change and hybrid joins the fray. The iconic Nissan Juke has always had its looks. It all started in 2010 with the 1st generation, love it or hate it, very successful with nearly 300k sold in the UK. An all-new model came along in 2019, which, admittedly, I found more appealing. It is quite a dramatically good-looking B-SUV.

Arriving at dealerships in July, the dynamic New Juke Hybrid is now available in two new colours, Magnetic Blue and Ceramic Grey. Both were made available at the UK launch event with newly styled 17-inch two-tone and 19-inch aero alloys.

The new more efficient powertrain is a clever combination of the engine, hybrid system, battery and motor working together to supply the most efficient solution, seamlessly working as you drive. Setting off the Juke always pulls away in EV mode and can go to a maximum of 34mph – using a lightfoot.

Having 20% more power, the new hybrid solution consists of a 1.6-litre 94hp petrol engine working in unison with a 49hp 36kW motor to give a combined output of 143hp and lower emissions of 114g/km. Fuel consumption Nissan claims is up to 56.5mpg.

Comfortable, light and easy and fun to drive, the 0-62mph comes in at an improved 10.1 secs with a top speed of 101mph. It’s relatively torquey with 148Nm from the engine and 205Nm from the motor; it runs along in a pretty refined manner while the systems quietly do their hybrid thing.

Driving the Juke with just one pedal is the way to go and is achieved using the E-Pedal step, accessed by pressing a button on the centre console. Just pressing the accelerator to advance and lifting off to brake, the system allows the car to crawl at just three mph. It is easy to use and get used to and very good in traffic, especially around the roundabouts of Milton Keynes for our launch event, where some of the cars on road tuning took place. There is also an EV-only mode that is selected by pressing the button by the air vents.

There are also selectable drive modes, Eco, Normal or Sport. When selected, the steering effort, climate control, accelerator pedal response, regenerative braking behaviour and battery state of charge can all be subtly altered. In Sport mode, regen under braking is set higher to maximise electric power and aid acceleration.

On the outside, the Juke Hybrid is adorned with a new optimised front grille, new design wheels, hybrid badging and a revised rear spoiler.

Inside changes have been made to the displays to provide information on the hybrid power delivery and the battery’s state. There is also an improved BOSE 10-speaker sound system, which is excellent sounding and with the must-have Apple carplay / Android Auto. Another feature is keyless entry and locking, walk-up, walk away, no fuss.

The Juke Hybrid is available in 4 versions from N-Connecta, starting at £27,250, just £1730 more than a non-hybrid model. Nissan tells us on a PCP that it amounts to just £ 12 pm extra. The next levels are Tekna £28,750 and Tekna+ £30,150; there is also a well-specced Premiere limited edition at £28,250 with only 750 available. The order books are open for deliveries from July.

Author Rating 4.2/5

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