The 2014 Nissan Juke is one of the most popular sub-compact compact crossover SUVs in the Kenyan car market. In spite of the fact that it is popular, it is one of the vehicles that has elicited mixed reactions towards its reception. With the prices starting from Ksh. 1.35 million, what does the Juke have to offer?
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and to some, the Juke is stylish and trendy but to others it’s a car with looks only a mother would love. In the Kenya, most units of the Juke are imported from the Japanese Domestic Market and are powered by a 1500cc 4-cylinder engine although you will get some 1600cc options and a rare 1600cc turbo charged petrol engine. There is also a limited-edition Juke R that features a 3800cc V6 twin turbo engine but I am not going to talk about it on this article since it is very hard to come by and might never see the light of day on a Kenyan road. If you import a Juke from the UK, a diesel-powered one with a manual transmission is also available.
The wins for the Juke
The wins for the ordinary 1500cc Juke that is most common here in Kenya are its price and fuel economy. The 2014/2015 Juke features fuel saving technology such us idling stop which switches off the engine when you are stuck in traffic and restarts it spontaneously once you let go of the brake pedal.
The Juke can give you up to 16km per liter on average if driven well. It is also relatively cheap to maintain.
Where does the Juke lose?
Reliability: The greatest reliability huddle on the Juke is not the engine; in fact, the engine is economical and reliable; the problem is the gearbox. Mated to the Juke’s engine is Nissan’s infamous X-tronic CVT gearbox which has an inefficient cooling mechanism. The transmission oil in the Juke’s gearbox is prone to overheating, making the vehicle loose power or even sometimes stall. This can however be prevented by installing an aftermarket transmission oil cooler.Leg room and headroom: The second row of seats in the Juke is quite crumpled up. It can be very uncomfortable for tall people, both in terms of leg room and head room. A bumpy road might leave you with a terrible headache resulting from banging your head on the roof lining and sore knees.
Value for Money?
The 2014 Juke can be placed against the Honda Vezel, Mitsubishi RVR and the Subaru XV. In spite of the fact that it is priced way lower than its competitors by almost Ksh.700,000, it cannot match up to what it's competitors have to offer in terms of reliability, comfort, practicality and even the driving experience. If you choose to own a Juke, please contemplate installing an aftermarket transmission oil cooler as preventive measure to save you from the misery of the Nissan X-tronic CVT gearbox.
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