Two weeks ago, Donna-Kaye and I took the next generation Nissan Juke Tekna for a test drive on a weekend trip to the Isle of Wight. Thanks to Nissan for this opportunity, it made getting around the island worthwhile. The driver-aid technology took the stress out of driving on the motorway. As travel abroad is not on the cards until 2022, I am making the most of exploring Great British hidden gems through road trips.
“When it comes to cutting-edge design the 2nd generation Nissan Juke is a masterpiece”. (Nissan.co.uk) Complete with all the ingredients needed for a sophisticated upgrade including upside-down headlights, hidden rear door handles and intelligent 360 colour monitor. Giving you a bird’s eye view of the car and making manoeuvring in tight spaces even easier.
The exterior styling immediately grabs your attention with its two-tone Pearl Black and Fuji Sunset Red design, shark fin antenna and massive 19-inch alloy wheels. Admittedly, I was smitten. The sporty yet robust silhouette makes a bold first impression, coupled with a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and seven-speed dual clutch transmission. It is no wonder why it appeals to younger drivers.
– BOSE® Personal Plus Audio surround system with 8 speakers delivering high quality and immersive sound.
– 8” Touch Screen Info-tainment Display. You get more modern features, including Apple Carplay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring so you can use your phone’s apps, such as Google Maps and Waze navigation.
– Keyless entry
-In-car Wi-Fi hotspot
-Heated windscreen and front seats
A love-it-or-loathe-it feature was the blind spot intervention. While driving on the motorway towards Southampton, the car alerted me if there was a vehicle in my blindspot through a flashing amber arrow on the wing mirrors. It took some getting used to and sometimes annoyed me but served as a reminder that I was in safe “hands” thanks to Nissan’s intelligence technologies.
In a touch of the “D-Mode” button the on-the-road experience is transformed allowing the driver to effortlessly. Switch between 3 modes- Standard, Eco, Sporty- adjusting the response of the car depending on the road or driver’s mood.
Besides looking good and being efficient with exceptional safety, the interior design had fancy materials such as swathes of Enigma Black leather and Alcantara seats. Soft touch materials on the dashboard and ambient lighting creating a dramatic cockpit environment. Good news for taller back seat passengers there is 20% more leg room than the previous model. The luggage space has also been improved with a split-level boot floor. Likewise the 60/40 split-folding rear seats are handy on those occasions when you need to carry more bulky objects.
Take a look at this video showing the car in action.
The Nissan Juke was fun-to-drive, refined and a perfect match for my city girl lifestyle. The advanced technology and exciting performance of the car enhanced my driving confidence without having to compromise on staying connected. The next generation Nissan Juke even accelerates and brakes for you while keeping you centred in your lane. Creature comfort features such as real-time traffic and instant rerouting left no excuse to getting lost. My only regret is not having the car for longer than a weekend to appreciate more of its hidden touches.
Check out highlights of our trip to Isle of Wight on Instagram.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions remain mine.