2016 Nissan Juke 1.6 Review – An Underpowered Head Turner With Great Value

The 2016 Nissan Juke 1.6 is a vehicle that can be classed as a quirky little crossover that stands out in the compact crossover market as a unique-looking vehicle. Nissan isn’t the type of company that wouldn’t take risks to come up with a revolution or at least, a car that would pique someone’s interest. Such example of risk taking is the Nissan Juke. Overall, the Juke is your typical compact crossover with a little bit of sportiness added with the exception of how good or bad it looks, it all comes down to personal taste if the market will like it or no, a risk that Nissan is willing to make.

2016 Nissan Juke 1.6 Review - An Underpowered Head Turner With Great Value

Experiencing the 2016 Nissan Juke 1.6 is a Love/Hate Relationship

The exterior of the 2016 Nissan Juke 1.6 is its major selling point or let-down, nevertheless, the Juke is meant to turn heads be it in awe or in embarrassment. It either looks cool, or looks like a toy, the exterior consists of aggressively shaped lines and unique placement of components such as three sets of headlights making the front end looking like it has four fog lamps. On the side, the profile is coupe-like down to the hidden rear door and the aggressively sloped rear window. The short wheelbase makes the car look like a mix between a hatchback, roadster, and mini SUV. Under the hood is a somewhat underpowered 1.6liter four cylinder paired to an economical, yet sluggish CVT that takes away the aggressiveness that the exterior imposes.

On the inside of the 2016 Juke 1.6, the overall theme is value and simplicity; while the panels consist of hard plastic and soft plastic, the overall look still shows a hint of quality. The instrument binnacle is one of the nicer looking panels in the category along with a clever center console that changes the labels on the buttons depending on which mode you set it on. Due to the aggressively sloped rear end, the rear headroom takes a hit in offering space and the subtly tuned sporty chassis isn’t properly dampened by the front seats.

Driving the 2016 Nissan Juke 1.6 is a mixed experience, if you’re opting for an economical drive, the Juke offers above average economy and the short wheelbase makes manoeuvring and parking a breeze. Driving it enthusiastically like its exterior looks however and the engine and transmission hold you back with the engine lacking in power and the transmission hesitating to put you in gear instantly.


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