Britannia Banner

Nissan Juke 1.6 Hybrid Acenta Premium 5dr Auto

  • Automatic
  • Petrol/Electric Hybrid
  • 58.9 mpg
  • 5 door suv
  • 109 g/km CO2
  • 109 g/km CO2 emissions
  • 58.9 mpg Fuel efficiency
  • 10.1 secs 0 to 62 mph
  • 143 bhp Engine power

Ten Second Review

Nissan's little Juke crossover took its first step into the electrified era with this Hybrid variant back in 2022 and now that car's been usefully updated. Compared to the ordinary version, you get both more power and greater efficiency - though with a considerably higher price tag.

Background

Nissan may have been one of the pioneers in EV motoring but the brand has been slow to react to customer demand for Hybrids. It still can't sell you one you can plug in, but other petrol/electric bases now seem well covered. Mild hybrid tech was launched with the current Qashqai, which along with the larger X-Trail SUV also offers the company's clever e-Power drivetrain in which all the 1.5-litre petrol engine does is to supply energy for the electrical system. For an electrification option with the brand's smaller Juke crossover, we'd hoped to see that innovative powerplant reappear again. Instead, at this Juke Hybrid model's launch back in 2022, Nissan opted for something a tad more conventional, updating the four cylinder 1.6-litre full-Hybrid petrol engine already familiar from several Renault models. It's a pricier alternative to the continuing old-tech three cylinder 1.0-litre DIG-T petrol engine most choose in the Juke, but there's the appealing combination of more power and better efficiency. Should Juke folk be tempted? Let's check out the much improved version of this model and see.

Driving Experience

The numbers here (which haven't changed with this updated model) certainly deserve a second glance: 20% better fuel economy, 25% more power and all of it controlled by three Hybrid drive modes and six gears, four for the engine and two for the EV system. Nissan says that the whole confection is its own but actually, the Juke Hybrid drivetrain is basically the same one Renault uses in the Clio, the Captur and the Arkana. Albeit with changes made to the 1.6-litre petrol engine (which here develops 93bhp) and to the set-up's electric motor (here putting out 48bhp and working with a 20bhp starter generator). Total system output is 141bhp. As with Renault, that e-motor is mounted within a four-speed 'multi-modal' auto gearbox which manages both power sources. What we haven't seen before on any Renault is this Nissan's 'e-Pedal' function, which increases regenerative braking - to the point where the car can slow right down to 5mph when you come off the throttle. It also improves water cooling for the compact 1.2kWh battery, which always powers the car from start-off and can take you up to 34mph without troubling fossil fuel. Once you crest the EV speed barrier, the powertrain switches into 'series hybrid' mode, where the engine charges the battery - great for urban driving. And at high speeds and under heavy acceleration, the whole set-up reverts to 'parallel mode' in which both the e-motor and the engine drive the wheels. Nissan has had to tweak the springs and dampers to accommodate the Hybrid system's extra 100kgs of weight and has done so with settings it hopes will be firm enough to assure this Juke's urban status as 'the roundabout superstar' - their words, not ours. In other words, don't expect a cosseting ride over the speed humps. Get out on the open road and the 62mph sprint is dispatched in 10.1s, 1.7s quicker than the conventional 1.0-litre DIG-T model.

Design and Build

If you know your Jukes, there's quite a lot to set this Hybrid version apart. Not only Hybrid badges on the front wings and boot lid but also gloss black trimming and smarter mesh for the partially blanked-off front grille, which has an active radiator shutter. There are also extra aerodynamic components to smooth airflow around front wheels, while if you scrabbled underneath, you'd also find a rear axle cover that reduces turbulence beneath the car. For this updated model, changes have been made inside the cabin, where the dashboard has been completely redesigned to accommodate two much larger screens. There's now a 12.3-inch digital TFT combimeter instrument screen (up from 7-inches before) and a new central infotainment monitor, also 12.3-inches (up from 8-inches before). The appearance of the combimeter instrument display can be cycled between two different basic layouts, with the classic layout showing two dials and a central space containing additional information. Alternatively, the 'enhanced' layout presents the road speed and engine speed which are displayed on a pair of dials which are inclined and give a three-dimensional perspective. In the central section between the dials, the driver can display navigation directions, including a map, as well as fuel economy, audio information, eco-drive performance, tyre pressures and other key information. The upgraded infotainment system comes with a more intuitive home screen which allows the user to tailor the screen to include the 'widgets' for the functions they use the most frequently, much like they would with the home screen of their smart phone. Additionally, the infotainment set-up features improved voice recognition and 'natural language understanding' capability. This endows the system with a wider range of phrases and expressions that the system can understand as a command, ignoring hesitations or pauses. The 'Android Auto' and 'Apple CarPlay' systems are now wireless. Other updates include a bigger 6.6-litre glovebox (29% larger than before), a redesigned more supportive armrest and the standardisation of a wireless charging pad on most models which can take a smartphone as large as an iPhone 12 Pro Max. And there are now both USB-A and USB-C ports. Otherwise, things are much as before. Which means rear seated folk will need to be on fairly friendly terms - but you'd expect that in a supermini-based small SUV. At least they now get USB-A and USB-C ports in the rear. Out back, the hatch accesses a 354-litre boot that's 68-litres smaller than that of the ordinary 1.0-litre model.

Market and Model

Compared to the base DIG-T 114 variants, the Juke Hybrid looks a tad pricey. From the launch of this revised model, the starting figure for base 'N-Connecta' trim was up at around £29,000. An equivalent 1.0-litre auto model would save you around £2,000: an equivalent 1.0-litre manual version would save you around £3,500. From this updated design's launch, the 1.0-litre Juke range started at around £25,500. If you want a plusher version of this Hybrid model, there are 'Tekna', 'Tekna+' and 'N-Sport' derivatives on offer, with pricing up to around £32,000. At least you get plenty of kit for the prices being asked. The two new 12.3-inch cabin screens come as standard and, even with 'N-Connecta' trim, you get 17-inch wheels, 'NissanConnect' navigation with 'TomTom Traffic', a wireless 'phone charger, all-round parking sensors, automatic climate control and a rear view camera with a higher-definition screen. Plus there's cruise control with a speed limiter function and high beam assist. Buyers will also want cutting-edge media connectivity, so on-board Wi-Fi appears, as does a voice-controlled Google Assistant. Across the range, Nissan's taken the opportunity of this Juke update to introduce a standard 'Intelligent Driver Alertness' system to combat driver drowsiness. 'Lane Keep Assist' is an option, and standard above base trim. It monitors the Juke's position in the lane on a highway, for example, and if the car moves too close to the limit of the lane, as defined by the white lines, it will trigger a vibration in the steering wheel to attract the driver's attention. Without correction, the car will intervene and correct the direction to maintain the car's trajectory in the lane. As for aesthetics, well there's a new bright yellow exterior colour option - a pearlescent Pearl White's also now offered. And new wheel trim options are available too.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the figures: this Juke Hybrid manages combined cycle fuel consumption of up to 57.6mpg (56.5mpg further up the range) and CO2 emissions from 115g/km. That compares with 40.9mpg and 133g/km for an equivalently-specified 1.0-litre DIG-T 114 model. So the 20% fuel economy improvement claim more than stacks up. We've not come across anyone though who has achieved those figures in a Juke Hybrid: in reality, expect mpg figures in the late '40s to be more typical. Which might not completely meet your expectations. To give you some class perspective, a rival Toyota Yaris Cross hybrid can return around 60mpg. Even to achieve the real world figure we've just given for this Nissan, you'll need to make full use of this car's clever one-pedal brake regen technology. This is something that few other self charging Hybrid's have and as soon as you turn on the 'e-Pedal' system and lift off the accelerator, you'll feel the car clawing back energy for the battery. There's an energy monitor on the centre screen to show you that happening in real time. As with the conventional model, service intervals will come round every 12 months or 12,500 miles, depending on which comes soonest. As part of any Nissan dealer visit with your car, you'll be provided with a free courtesy vehicle and a video health check for your Juke that you can watch on your 'phone or computer. Nissan also provides a three year, 60,000-mile warranty as standard and that can be lengthened to four years but with the same mileage cap. This recognises that most drivers of small SUVs tend to cover lower distances, but aims to give added peace of mind for those looking to keep their car for longer. And in case of any problems, there's breakdown assistance with roadside help included with the car's protection package. Insurance is group 14E-15E.

Summary

Nissan wants us to believe that this improved Juke Hybrid gives you the advantages of EV motoring without the downsides. It doesn't quite work out like that, which is frustrating because using the e-Power drivetrain from the larger Qashqai would have bought that grand objective a little closer to real world reality. The slightly less sophisticated and more conventional 1.6-litre Hybrid powerplant that features here can't deliver 'e-Power'-style efficiency, but it does have some extra features that other Hybrids lack. Notably the clever 'e-Pedal' brake regeneration system. This Juke's better to drive than most of its rivals too. We wish the price premium over the ordinary 1.0-litre model wasn't quite so great, but if you can stretch to it and you want a stepping stone in this class to full-EV motoring, then this could be it.

  • EV mode selector
  • Stop/start button
  • 2 X Rear console USB port
  • 4 speakers
  • Bluetooth system, USB, Aux-in and 12V socket
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Body colour door handles
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear spoiler
  • Shark fin roof antenna in solid Black
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Front armrest
  • Front door pockets with bottle holders
  • Internal chrome door handles
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Rear door bottle holders
  • Telescopic steering wheel adjustment
  • Two cupholders in front centre console
  • Active ride control
  • Active Trace Control
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Driver and passenger side airbags
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Height adjustable seatbelts
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Seatbelt reminder for driver/front passenger and rear seats
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Alarm
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 1.2
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): 69
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 109
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 97
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 106
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 93
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1598
  • Compression Ratio: 10.8:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 78
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 83.6
  • Engine Code: HR16
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 4.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 49.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 66.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 60.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 68.6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Badge Power: 143
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: Hybrid
  • Coin Series: Acenta Premium
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 16E
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 94
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 81
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 73
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.1
  • Engine Power - BHP: 143
  • Engine Power - KW: 105
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5600
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 151
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 20.9
  • Engine Torque - NM: 205
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3600
  • Top Speed: 103
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2
  • Alloys: False
  • Space Saver: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/60 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/60 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: SAKURA
  • Wheel Type: 17" STEEL
  • Height: 1593
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4210
  • Wheelbase: 2636
  • Width: 1800
  • Width (including mirrors): 1983
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 46
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1810
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1237
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 354
  • Max. Loading Weight: 479
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 750
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 500
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1331
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6