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2012 Nissan Juke 1.6 Turbo 4WD

Saturday, October 20th 2012. | Nissan, SUV

Nissan Juke Reviews

Nissan Juke Reviews. In late 2011 Nissan introduced its new range crossover, in which the Juke had some changes. The most improved version which is now analyzed, 2012 Nissan Juke 1.6 Turbo 4 × 4 XTRONIC CVT, the most expensive version of the range. He had already tested in a circuit of cones, but he deserved a more thorough test.

The Nissan Juke is only sold with all-wheel drive with a petrol engine with 190 hp and automatic transmission, but also offers manual and front-wheel drive. It’s a shame not to be able to choose the combination manual 4 × 4 because it would save a good chunk. The retail price of the finished version mentioned Premium (her name) is 24,250 euros.

Yes, it’s a lot for a Juke … but worth it? For that we will appreciate it now. Certainly not as much fun as the Juke R, but since it costs less than half, well worth having half performance. Not a bad deal. The fact of the matter is improved AWD system.

Torque Vectoring System of Nissan Juke

Recycle this video a few months ago because the explanation is the same. Before, the Juke 4 × 4 deviated torque to the rear axle up to 50% but did not control how much torque is delivered to each wheel and can produce a dynamic imbalance. Now the rear differential is smart.

That means the Juke, when it stops working as a front-wheel drive improves grip and cornering because the rear wheel is the best receiving pulls harder, and it produces a multiplier effect on the direction, making turns faster. In other words, under-steers less.

The Juke 4 × 2 is an understeering car, which can be understood by its high center of gravity (high) and the suspension used. 4 × 4 versions have independent rear suspension, and for that alone, the improvement is evident in the set. I did not like the rear suspension of 4 × 2 (test model 117 hp 1.6 4 × 2).

Outside we will not notice any difference between a Juke 4 × 2 and a 4 × 4 unless we throw us down at him low. Inside is easier, to the knee, in an inconspicuous hole, is the switch that switches between Mode 4 × 2, 4 × 4 and 4 × 4 automatic “fixed”.

Nissan Juke 2012

This is not a traditional solution of permanent total traction, but is an attachable rear axle without differential locks or reducing. It’s not an SUV, but a utility with pints of SUV that has AWD and a bit of headroom.

However, the automatic transmission provides an additional advantage over field, and allowing dosing feed rate almost as an electric motor. We can speed up a ramp to a snail without damaging the mechanical clutch or burn, because change is a continuously variable (CVT).

Driving with the switch-mode 4 × 2 are not going to notice any difference, but it will save some fuel. Is it advisable for the city and highway, or driving on roads generally quiet with good surface and good weather. And when things get complicated?

Selecting-V 4WD mode chooses a switchboard ideal time to intervene. There is a crude indicator on the dashboard, accessible by repeatedly pressing a button on the computer switches modes, reaching inside the steering wheel rim. This system seems dangerous and certainly improved.

Normally the display will show that the front wheels receive power, unless at least accelerate decision, take a curve or a situation arises asymmetric adhesion. For example, stepping on an ice shelf with the wheels on the right, the left rear will get more torque than the right.

Will Juke better with this system?

No need to drive aggressively, in a roundabout legal speed so we can tell if we accelerate the exit. Not noticed any noise or vibration, but can perceive and corroborating indicator. If you floor it from standstill not lose traction, comes quickly and without wasting time.

In a very sporty drive out we passed the apex of the curves nearly foot table with no major problems, although the characteristics of the body, tend to go a bit of a tangent by inertia. Only front wheel drive, the car would be more awkward and more understeer.

Doing the same test with the ESP off, the rear becomes more playful but easy to correct the oversteer shy, and if we know we put a lot of steering wheel and accelerator dosing can be quite fun. This, in any case, should not try it without rear-wheel drive experience.

2012 Nissan Juke Interior

If conditions are bad or left grip asphalt, mode 4 × 4 “fixed” can be helpful but remember using normal car tires, with all that that entails. All-wheel drive does not replace a good winter tires for those who live in areas prone to be white.

By having the help of all-wheel drive, the engine does not perceive that it is neither a mad goat gruff. With front-wheel drive motor itself would notice the more energetic. Disconnecting the ESP is not easy out “casting wheel” unless we start in on gravel or oil costs. I have not tried, I’m so badass, evil-minded.

The limitations of the car coming down the body rather than the suspension, if more quietly have better cornering. Yes, on the supports is much better than the conventional Juke, and why not say, faster, because the 1.6 is clearly desperate atmosphere in that sense.


Usually I drive a Prius, so the Juke CVT has not struck me worse, but a novice would throttle the sound tends to be constant while gaining speed because changing gear ratio. It has six fixed ratios that can be selected with the shifter.

CVT would say that is ideal for lower fuel consumption because the engine takes the best, but no. I’ve never managed to see the intake to 0, or the computer will not mark well, or there is a permanent parasite hampering consumption save gas. Anyway precisely not a little thirsty engine.

It’s a little slow coming out from standstill, but once released, makes changes quickly, and on time we may seem a good sequential automatic, and away from the defects of torque converters. Whenever possible, very low turn around, you can see up below 1500 RPM (unusual in gasoline).

As for the engine, the 1.6 Turbo is the name MR16DDT, has direct fuel injection control, variable valve lift intake and exhaust, low compression ratio (9.5:1), low weight and moderate internal friction. Makes 190 hp and 240 Nm.

The approval of this engine is 7.6 l/100 km, and is a very elusive figure. In town, for example, homologous 10.2, and 11 according spends alone computer and can give us a song in the teeth. A more realistic consumption in the combined cycle is 8.5 to 10 l/100 km (9.5 l/100 km according Spritmonitor), although always circulate mode. I spent 9.2 l/100 km at 44 km/h on average, but with the engine running, according computer.

On the other hand, is not a very efficient car aerodynamics has, and the more you run, the worse. You can appease their thirst some driving in economy mode, which relaxes throttle response, the change is more lazy (prefer low RPM) and the climate control takes things more calmly.

Missing and widespread technologies such as Stop & Start and regenerative braking energy, the design is very modern but still going in that direction lame. The aspirated 1.6 petrol engine is not recommended, unless we do a few miles and benefits are not anything important.

The 1.6 Turbo pace up very well on the highway, with pending or not, and is quite agile ports up. Not a sport in the strict sense of the term but who moves little, is a different way of having fun with a Nissan. I’m old school and prefer a 200SX, what can I say.

I think there is a noticeable difference in consumption if it is the 1.6 in a very cheerful compared with the 1.6 Turbo at the same speed and pace. But in everyday driving as the 1.6 atmospheric Spritmonitor is more restrained in its use by a difference of 1.7 l/100 km, the difference may have with a diesel engine.

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