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Nissan Juke gets economy tweaks

Thu, 22 Sep 2011

The Nissan Juke gets economy tweaks

It’s a bit of  a Marmite car, the Nissan Juke.

Some who see it for the first time are appalled at what an ungainly looking car the Juke is. Others find its cute ugliness a real breath of fresh air. We fall in the latter camp.

The Nissan Juke is a funky little urban warrior car; able, capable and decently priced, it offers individual style and a decent degree of practicality and makes a perfect alternative to the ubiquitous city hatch.,

And it’s been quite a success for Nissan too – and for the workforce in Sunderland – with over 22,000 Jukes sold since it first hit the roads eleven months ago.

But a year down the line Nissan has decided to subject the Juke to a few tweaks to coax a little more out of every gallon of fuel and cut the emissions by a smidge in the process. Nothing too startling, but every little helps.

Thanks to a bit of fiddling with gear ratios on both the 1.6 litre petrol and 1.5 litre dCi, the manual ‘box Jukes are now a bit more economical.

The petrol Juke now manages 47.1mpg – an improvement of 2.3mpg – and emits 139g/km. That dips it in to the VED band below and cuts £15 off the bill.

The diesel Juke gets similar improvements, with economy improving to 57.6mpg – an improvement of 2.2mpg – and Co2 drops to 129g/km, which means the manual Juke diesel will only cost £95 a year to tax.

As we said, nothing too startling, but every little helps.

And Nissan hasn’t used the improvements in economy as an excuse to hike prices. The cost of the Juke remains unchanged.

By Cars UK