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Nissan Juke 2018 Philippines: An active & Playful machine
You might be not interested in the unique appearance of the Nissan Juke. You might find this crossover too weird to drive in. Yet you have to agree with us that the Juke absolutely has a traffic-stopping look which makes it stand out from other rivals in its segment.
Even though triggering controversial discussion on its exterior design, the arrival of the Juke has always been highly appreciated by car experts as it has brought a sense of refreshment to the Nissan lineup in the Philippines. It might be far from the best-looking vehicle yet it owns just enough necessary characteristics to boost the number of younger buyers for the Japanese auto maker.
Nissan Juke Philippines: Video review
Let’s uncover the funky crossover through our Nissan Juke 2018 review on Philkotse.com!
Nissan Juke 2018 Philippines: Exterior
First of all, we must applaud Nissan’s efforts to give the Juke such a one-of-a-kind appearance. It is not overly exaggerated to state that this crossover was born to be different.
The Juke was born to be different
The distinctive look comes from the eye-catching front fascia which is adorned with massive rounded head lamps positioned low in the nose, the slash park lamps mounted high up front and the signal indicator lights located higher on the edge of the bonnet.
Hidden door handles create a 3-door look for the 5-door crossover
Moving from the side to the rear, you will find it even more interesting with the presence of:
- Hidden handles into C pillars on rear passenger doors, creating a 3-door look for the 5-door crossover;
- A set of 17-inch wheels;
- Taillights designed in boomerang shape attached on the trailing edge;
- Bulging fenders;
- Sloping rear roofline.
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Nissan Juke 2018 Philippines: Interior
The unique design continues to dominate the Nissan Juke 2018 interior with:
- 3-spoke leather steering wheel: tilt adjust yet still falling nicely into your hand
- Well-positioned pedals
- Floating instrument panel visor
- Gas tank-like center console
We particularly like the way Nissan has given the Juke an extensive front windshield for great front visibility, and back and side support for the front seats, allowing drivers to enjoy their ride more comfortably.
However, we personally think that the cabin design would be nicer if there were not some sleek dark grey metallic trimmings ruining the all black theme.
The unique design continues to dominate the Nissan Juke 2018 interior
Besides, the 2018 Nissan Juke is also commented by a number of owners for being lack of practicality. In particular, some claim that the space for rear seats is not roomy enough, even for only 2 adult passengers. In addition, the hidden door handles, on one hand, are what makes the outstanding look of the car, yet on the other hand, poses certain inconvenience for passengers to get in and get out as well.
The space for rear seats is not roomy enough, even for only 2 adult passengers
Another minus point of the interior is given to the small cargo space of 251L. There might be not enough room for your bulky stuff because a laptop bag and a gym bag have already occupied half of the cargo. To release more room for the trunk, the rear seats can be folded flat, creating up to 851L of space.
Overall, the Nissan Juke 2018 interior makes it well-deserved the label of ‘sports car of the B-segment crossover’.
Nissan Juke 2018 Philippines: Accessories
Stepping inside the new Nissan Juke model, you will be welcomed by an unusual dashboard and panels which are designed with unique details such as:
- Glossy center console;
- Piano black themed center panel in a very uncommon shape;
- Blue and red lighting on the LCDs and other instruments to break up the monotony of the dark interior
The Nissan crossover car comes loaded with a handful of equipment at its price point
With regards to the accessories, the Nissan crossover car comes loaded with a handful of equipment at its price point, for instance:
- 2-DIN audio system
- Smart key fob
- Automatic climate control
- Cruise control
- Other usual power features
Worthy of note here is the Integrated Control System or the I-CON system which can be found below the audio system. The multi-colored I-CON system enables drivers to control the drive settings between Sport, Eco and Normal modes and climate system with a single touch.
Even though the control panel, which is comprised of 6 buttons and 2 rotary dials, are shared, the selection can still switch between driving settings and climate control. This is made possible thanks to two-color LED lights and a special filter.
While this might feel a bit tricky to some, I myself really like it. It is actually very intuitive as it creates placement for more controls whereas not have to sacrifice any legibility.
Nissan Juke 2018 Review: Engine & Performance
The Juke is offered with solely one engine option of a 1.6-liter twin cam 16-valve inline four motor, married to a CVT and capable of producing 116 PS and 154 Nm of torque. When it comes to fuel consumption, the Juke is quite efficient, provided it is driven properly.
Under the hood of the Nissan vehicle is a 1.6-liter twin cam 16-valve inline four motor
In detail, with an average speed of 20 km/h in normal to heavy traffic condition, it can travel 7.5 km/L. When Eco mode is in use, the figure is considerably improved to 8.8 km/L at the average speed of 22 km/h. While running on highway, the vehicle can deliver 12.9 km/L if the driver keeps his or her speed at around 90 km/h.
Being underrated due to poor practicality cannot prevent the Nissan Juke from getting highly appreciated for its excellent driving experience.
The Nissan crossover also satisfies drivers while travelling on mountain roads
Normally, vehicles with short wheelbases do not perform well when it comes to driving around in the city. However, the Juke is differentiated from other cars of the same size thanks to its great comfort and handling. Not to mention, noise reduction is quite impressive, considering the hustle and bustle of the urban traffic in the Philippines where there are a lot of PUVs and motorbikes.
Not only delivering surprisingly good performance for city driving, the Nissan crossover also satisfies drivers with its nice body and roll control while travelling on mountainous terrain. According to some Juke owners, the gearbox and engine have performed far better than their expectation. Enough said?
Nissan Juke 2018 Specs in the Philippines
|Dimensions & Capacities|
|Overall length (mm)||4,135|
|Overall width (mm)||1,765|
|Overall height (mm)||1,580|
|Luggage volume (litres)||251|
|Seating Capacity (persons)||5|
|Fuel Capacity (litres)||52|
|Engine & Transmission|
|No. of cylinders||4|
|Engine size / Displacement||1,598|
|Maximum Power (ps)||116|
|Maximum Torque (Nm)||154|
|Engine type||Inline 4 Cylinder, DOHC, 16 valves CVTC|
|Transmission Type||XTRONIC CVT|
|Front Discs||Ventilated discs|
|Rear Brakes||Ventilated discs|
|Steering System||Electric Power Steering|
|Safety & Security|
Nissan Juke 2018 Price in the Philippines
|Nissan Juke 1.6 Upper CVT||P980,000|
|Nissan Juke 1.6 CVT N-Sport||P1,039,000|
|Nissan Juke 1.6 CVT N-Style||P1,080,000|
Nissan Juke 2018 Review: Verdict
To sum it all up, while the odd design of the Juke might not be pleasing to the eyes of most people, Philkotse.com still believes that it is truly worth of note at its price point of P980,000 for the base model. It owns a head-turning look, comes equipped with a fair amount of interesting features, delivers decent fuel consumption and can be yours at a reasonable price tag.
For those factors, the Nissan Juke is a real strategic weapon of the Japanese brand to fight against other competitive rivals in the crossover segment.
>>> Click here for a quick comparison between the Juke and the Subaru XV