By on March 5, 2014

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The big news for the Nissan Juke is what you can’t see: according to them, Nissan claims that the cargo area is 40 percent larger on front-wheel drive models, now up to 12.5 feet. World markets also get a new 1.2L turbo 4-cylinder engine. I’m just hoping they’ll finally give us an all-wheel drive 6MT version. I’m glad it’s still weird.

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28 Comments on “Geneva 2014: Nissan Juke...”


  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Because without AWD this model is nuttin!

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    No, the big news is what you CAN see… still

  • avatar
    faster, greener, wonkier

    Anybody have pics of the actual part that changed (cargo space)?

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    I’ve seen a good # of these in my area. I think most people have just gotten used to the looks. SV AWD is the trim level of choice around here.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    I just want this dumb thing dead, more and more incompetent CUV stylists are aping this thing with the likes of the latest Jeep Cherokee, plus it will age extremely fast cosmetically.

    I will say this though, the Juke is the only new car that you can face-lift without ruining it, it was crap from the getgo.

    • 0 avatar
      kvndoom

      Obviously it’s selling well enough that Nissan isn’t going to kill it. Now other manufacturers who were pointing and laughing 2 years ago are scurrying to get their “Juke killers” to market.

      Women buy it because it’s cute (like everything else). Outside of pickup trucks, women drive the US auto market, not internet nerdrage.

      • 0 avatar
        Ryoku75

        And yet they all forget the very car that Nissan stole from to make the Juke, the Pontiac Aztek, which many laud as ugly despite it being very ahead of its time.

        Is that why most Jukes I see are whitegray? Neither really being “cute” colors?

        • 0 avatar
          kvndoom

          aaaaand, White, Black, Gray, and Silver were the most common car colors sold for 2013, in that order. Why wouldn’t that apply to any car, Juke included, if that’s the majority of what’s on the lot? How many people buy on impulse vs how many would wait for the color they “really” wanted to be built and shipped to the dealer?

          You don’t find the colors cute, but are 99% of the ones you see being driven by women or not?

          • 0 avatar
            Ryoku75

            I haven’t a clue who buys the Juke nor does it really matter to my point, that automotive stylists are going to copy this wretched thing and practicality will suffer as a consequence.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        “Obviously it’s selling well enough that Nissan isn’t going to kill it.”

        There isn’t enough fire to kill it

  • avatar
    kvndoom

    Lack of interior space is why ours is going up for sale. Love to drive it (handles great and still feels tall), but people in the back seat and carting groceries/supplies can’t happen at the same time. It’s too limited for the money.

    I don’t care for the turbo lag either. I’m not bothering to post on the other article today, but until boost kicks in, it’s just an anemic 1.6L engine, and it shows. The low end torque from my Kia’s 2.4L feels like a damn V6 in comparison.

    • 0 avatar
      thekevinmonster

      I owned a FWD manual juke for a year and a half, and I ended up trading it in for a VW GTI. The Juke is weird, unique, cool and sporty. But before the 2800rpm when the turbo boost kicks in, it’s frustratingly powerless. I don’t know how many times I put the pedal down to the firewall and just waited. Shift into 2nd too early? No power, at all. The boost ‘hits’ right when you want to upshift. Plus, you can feel the air conditioner and alternator kick in while you’re driving. The throttle mapping gives you huge amounts of throttle opening early on, very on-off, even in normal mode.

      The high ride, upright seating position, and stiff suspension result in obnoxious head toss that was really uncomfortable. The GTI is definitely stiff and Michigan roads are terrible, but the Juke threw me around inside. There was also little head clearance in the front (I had a sunroof; you couldn’t get a manual without one), and I’m short.

      The back seating area was borderline unusable by adults, and if the seats were up, there was no cargo space.

      By contrast, the GTI has power everywhere in the rev range, has buckets more space, and the seats are nice and bolstered.

      However, even though it wasn’t the car for me, it was still a cool car and it looks so unique. It really angers me when people crap on the styling so heavily, as if they’re offended that Nissan would bother to make a car that didn’t look like some sort of swoopy sedan-coupe or a regular CUV or truck or minivan.

  • avatar
    raresleeper

    Ugly, hideous creature.

  • avatar
    alsorl

    Does this one have a center armrest ? Probably one of the biggest complaints from salesmen .

  • avatar
    05lgt

    It’s usually pretty hard to offend me, so I have to give my respect to this things designer.

  • avatar
    Carfan94

    12.5 Cubic feet? That’s still tiny! The Toyota Prius has 21.6 Cubic feet. I would have thought id have at least 15.

  • avatar
    slavuta

    Why some of you come here and complain about Juke’s roominess? This car is not for those who needs room. If you need room – go buy Siena. Why waste your and mine time reading this? Small back seat, small back seat… Great little car with one purpose in life – make you feel good. Not to carry luggage, not to drive your children to activities but to make you smile every time you come to it. Nismo is definitely the trim to go. I would love to see just a regular 2L engine in it. Not a big fan of small turbo, or any turbo. hopefully, it is still around when I need next car. Although Soul is another interesting option I like. But Kia will need to fix MPG and put MT next to 2L and some better options if they want me to buy it.

  • avatar

    “Car people” often misunderstand the point of these aesthetics. To them anything but “classic” lines are an abomination upon humanity.

    The key insight into “quirky/odd” looks are that many people won’t like it, but some will love it, and those are the folks you’re selling to. It’s not unlike the functional quirk/oddness of a Miata or Wrangler.

    This isn’t hard to grasp so it’s puzzling how people who consider this their hobby continue to fail for years on end.

  • avatar
    racer-esq.

    1.2 liter I4? While BMW has a 1.5 liter I3? I give Nissan a lot of development credit compared to BMW, but I think BMW is closer to the optimal displacement per piston.

    • 0 avatar
      ninjacommuter

      It’s pretty much a big liter-bike engine, but probably with a too-low red line to take advantage of the silky powerband sweet spot from 6000 to 9000 rpm in the liter bikes. Hence the turbo, the delay….sigh.

      • 0 avatar
        racer-esq.

        In terms of external size, not sharing lubrication with the transmission, component grade I am betting it is much more like a larger Nissan I4 that has been de-bored/stroked.

        The thing is that I4 liter bikes are influenced by displacement limited racing specs, requiring them to make as much power as possible per liter of displacement. That is a much different challenge than getting the most power possible per liter of fuel.

  • avatar
    jmo

    I kinda like it. In the same way I like the Subaru Baja. At some point, car becomes such a hideous abortion of an abomination that it breaks through into charmingly adorable.

  • avatar
    Jacob

    Does it have a locking center differential or a lower gear?

  • avatar
    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

    Ugly as sin (at least 0.8 azteks) while still impractical. I Just Don’t Get It. And I Got the Isuzu VehiCROSS.

  • avatar
    300zx_guy

    isn’t this just a refresh, not a full redesign? How’d they find so much extra cargo area in a refresh? Because it’s only on the FWD model, I’m guessing they just dropped the load floor.


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