It’s an automotive adaptation of Zoolander as the second-generation Nissan Juke and Toyota C-HR accept ‘blue steel’ poses in a action of style-focused bunched crossovers.
For all its (many) faults, the aboriginal Nissan Juke was a beat archetypal in 2010 – starting a trend for bunched crossovers that attenuated a auto anatomy appearance with the animated ride acme of an SUV.
A second-generation Juke has accustomed actuality seven years afterwards the delayed aboriginal angry up in Australia in 2013 – giving Nissan some badly bare beginning metal. (The company’s added SUVs are amid bristles and six years old.)
The new Juke is a bit bigger than afore – growing 7.5cm in breadth to 4.21m and accretion in amplitude and acme – admitting Nissan’s designers accept already afresh had affluence of fun with the design.
It sits on a new belvedere aggregate with accord ally Renault and Mitsubishi, sitting beneath cartage such as the second-generation Renault Captur babyish SUV accepted afterwards this year.
The Juke agency is simpler this time. Area ahead buyers could accept amid a boundless mix of petrol and agent engines, front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and chiral or auto transmissions, Nissan’s high-riding auto is now offered in one drivetrain configuration: front-wheel drive, 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo engine, and dual-clutch gearbox. Simples.
There are four trim grades, admitting – alignment from the $27,990 ST to the $36,490 Ti. For this comparison, we accept the one-from-top ST-L that costs $33,940 afore on-road charges.
Running adjoin the Juke is one of its best accustomed competitors – in amount and positioning, if not size. The hardly bigger Toyota C-HR has, back 2017, been accession crossover aimed absolutely at style-conscious buyers.
And by acrimonious a $34,690 C-HR Koba – the addition that accounts for about bisected of this Toyota’s sales – we accept carefully akin appraisement (although, attributable to availability issues, our analysis car is the Koba AWD that costs an added $2000).
Current drive-away appraisement (based on Sydney postcode) puts a $2542 block amid our stylistic duellists. The Juke ST-L is offered at $36,490 compared with $39,032 for the C-HR Koba.
Those prices access with ‘premium’ acrylic options: $37,085 in the Nissan’s case or $39,547 for the Toyota. Our C-HR analysis car had the alone non-premium acrylic accessible – Hornet Yellow – admitting its amount increases to $39,497 drive-away with the addition adverse atramentous roof.
The Juke was ahead accessible from aloof $21,990, or from $24,390 to accept an automated rather than chiral gearbox. You get a lot added accepted accessories on the new model, however, which is able-bodied able from the entry-level ST upwards.
By the time you get to the ST-L, there’s already LED-everything exoteric lighting, paddle-shift levers, branch navigation, agenda radio, acrimonious advanced seats, auto aerial beam, dark atom and rear cross-traffic monitoring, front/rear parking sensors, speed-limit notification, forward-collision active and lane-departure warning.
ST-L additionally adds 19-inch admixture auto (up from 17s), adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, keyless start, drive modes, cloth/accented-leather upholstery, electric esplanade brake, 7.0-inch agenda affectation for the apparatus panel, and Around Appearance monitor. The rear brakes additionally about-face from drums to discs.
The C-HR Koba serves up one-size-down admixture auto (18 inches) and a abate agenda disciplinarian advice affectation (4.2 inches), admitting abroad matches the Juke’s all-encompassing annual of accepted book afore countering with aloofness glass, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual-zone altitude ascendancy (with Nanoe air-con technology), and electric lumbar acclimation for the driver’s seat.
Aside from the Koba’s AWD option, there’s additionally an addition drivetrain – a front-drive amalgam priced from $37,190.
Juke shoppers can get added appearance such as a Bose audio arrangement (with beanbag speakers), leather/Alcantara seats, Alcantara trim and aloofness canteen by allotment the flagship Ti model, which costs from $36,490.
Nissan and Toyota both go with 8.0-inch touchscreens for their infotainment displays. Neither interface leads the way for card presentation nor aciculate cartoon (including maps that are a bit bleared on both), admitting there’s no cogent lag to selections and neither is ever catchy to get to grips with.
The Juke’s capital card can be adapted slightly, with the advantage to accept either phone, audio or aeronautics as a axial focal point.
The 7.0-inch TFT affectation sitting amid the concrete apparatus dials additionally allows the disciplinarian to aeon through a array of advice application council caster buttons. The affectation is a acceptable size, admitting Nissan has absent a ambush by not authoritative it an advantage to ample it with a map back application aeronautics (a abundant affection accessible on the VW T-Cross as allotment of its Sound and Eyes package). It’s alone accessible to affection directional arrows in bike with the map on the infotainment display.
Physical primary-function buttons sit beneath the infotainment screen, and they board a accessible Day/Night selector so you can accept whether you appetite the awning blithely lit or dimmed behindhand of the time of day.
Toyota decidedly bigger the C-HR’s infotainment for 2020, accretion the awning admeasurement from 6.1 to 8.0 inches and abacus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – both ensuring the arena acreage is levelled in this comparison.
Wireless smartphone charging is a atramentous blank for both vehicles, alike if USB ports are in abutting proximity. Smartphone accumulator areas won’t board aloft devices.
Beyond these vehicles’ bunched dimensions, anniversary makes parking alike easier with front/rear sensors and four cameras that actualize a bird’s-eye appearance on the infotainment displays.
Toyota has upgraded the C-HR’s assurance appearance for MY21. All models accept an bigger pre-collision arrangement that can now ascertain pedestrians at night and is bigger at spotting cyclists during the day. There’s additionally admonishing and auto-braking for intersections, lane-centring assistance, and Alley Assurance Assist can displace the cruise ascendancy to the prevailing dispatch limit.
Koba models accretion auto-braking for the Rear Cross Cartage Active system.
Nissan interiors about would annual from a aloft revamp/rethink, and the new Juke offers a able assurance for the Japanese brand’s approaching product.
Cabin affection and presentation accomplish a huge bound over the old archetypal (which looked anachronous alike on its delayed bounded debut).
Although the bargain headlining is a bit of a letdown, there are soft-touch abstracts for the capital birr and mid aperture sections, as able-bodied as key touchpoints such as the animate bin lid that doubles as an armrest.
Some bright blah artificial trim and a carbon-fibre aftereffect for the apparatus binnacle, cupholder borders and start-stop button beleaguer additionally advice annual the abounding adamantine plastics.
The leather-accented seats and flat-bottomed council caster board adventurous cues, and the annular atramentous vents with chrome rings not alone attending cool, but additionally accomplish a acceptable bang back absolutely opened or closed.
Buttons and dials abroad additionally accept a acceptable akin of tactility. And at night, you can acknowledge the orange ambient lighting chip into areas including the doors and accessory batten surround.
It’s a abashment Nissan Australia offers the Juke autogenous in black/grey only. In some added markets, such as the UK, you can accept genitalia of the dash, doors, centre animate and seats in an Energy Orange trim that absolutely apparel this car’s ambition market.
The C-HR isn’t offered with extra-vibrant autogenous colours to bout some of its character paints, either (perhaps the Australian bazaar is advised too conservative). But it manages to attending that bit added upmarket inside, admitting no 2020 upgrades aloft the infotainment display.
Perceived affection is additional by all-encompassing use of abundantly acquiescent abstracts for arresting genitalia of the birr and the front-door uppers (hard plastics for the rear doors), gloss-black trim sections, and abundant smarter headlining.
The Koba’s council caster is captivated in a softer covering than the Juke’s, and the dull-chrome accessory bulge looks absolutely classy. Switchgear affection is according to the Nissan.
Window operation is one-touch all round, admitting alone the Juke’s advanced windows can be opened or bankrupt afterwards captivation bottomward a button.
Although the C-HR’s autogenous architecture isn’t as absurd as its exoteric styling, there are flourishes such as the headlining scoops aloft the advanced seats, textured/3D-effect mid-door panels, and the infotainment and altitude ascendancy animate angled badly appear the driver.
Cabin accumulator is hit-and-miss. In accession to the undersized buzz cubby, aperture pockets are notepad-thin advanced and rear, admitting at atomic accept moulded area for drinks bottles.
The glovebox and animate accommodation (with 12V socket) are of useful, middling size, and the two, abnormally placed animate cupholders are so abysmal I anticipation I’d addled oil at the bottom… Admitting it angry out to be aloof spilt coffee.
The rear doors affection large, chip canteen holders, and the seatbacks accept pouches that are so cleverly bearded one of our testers didn’t realise they were there.
Neither the C-HR nor Juke provides rear centre armrests or rear vents; the Toyota additionally lacks a USB port, admitting the Nissan at atomic has one.
The Juke’s advanced accumulator is better, with wider/longer aperture pockets (if not a admeasurement bout for those in the T-Cross) and there’s a larger, dual-section glovebox (though the owner’s chiral doesn’t fit naturally).
Although the C-HR is the best agent here, the Juke’s Mini-like wheel-at-each-corner attitude after-effects in wheelbases that are aloof 4mm afar (in the Toyota’s favour).
While there is a draft added rear leg allowance in the C-HR, both can board best adults afterwards knees abrasion the advanced seatbacks. In this respect, the Juke is a notable advance over its predecessor.
Head allowance and bottom amplitude are best acceptable in the rear of the C-HR, but both benches are adulate than ideal. Rear-seat eyes isn’t great, either, with attenuated ancillary windows.
The C-HR’s canteen is bargain added by the upward-kick of the rear doors that absorb hidden doorhandles. (If it’s annual anything, though, neither of my adolescent boys – ages three and seven – complained about not actuality able to see out.)
The Juke additionally appearance hidden rear doorhandles (and angled roof) to actualize the ‘coupe’ exoteric design.
These models are aimed added at singles and couples afterwards kids, though. Parents attractive at a babyish SUV should instead attending at models such as the Honda HR-V, Skoda Karoq (or upcoming, abate Kamiq), or VW T-Cross.
Boot amplitude is accession big advance for the Juke, which – with acceptable amplitude and abyss – all-overs by 68L to a 422L capacity. That additionally compares able-bodied with the C-HR’s added bunched 318L.
The 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder teamed with dual-clutch auto is a accepted architecture for the segment, with babyish SUVs such as the VW T-Cross and accessible Skoda Kamiq and Ford Puma activity the aforementioned drivetrain route.
With 84kW and 180Nm, the Juke’s outputs are abaft the 85kW/200Nm VW/Skoda twins, yet is abutting to its Toyota battling actuality admitting accepting a abate engine. The 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo in our C-HR Koba produces 85kW and 185Nm.
The Juke’s three-cylinder is a accommodating engine. Although stronger dispatch wouldn’t go amiss, it’s no slouch in the Commuter Grand Prix. The college the speed, the bigger its accord with the gearbox.
The botheration comes at lower speeds, area the dual-clutch auto struggles to bear beeline progress. It can alternate aloof afterwards the car pulls abroad from standstill, and it generally makes the car billow alike back you’re aloof aggravating to access drive actual slightly.
Parking is area the auto’s jerkiness makes activity hardest for the driver, and attempting a alongside esplanade on a acropolis is not for the faint-hearted, as the Juke threatens to cycle assiduously or backwards into added cars. The Auto Hold action doesn’t help. (Lower trim grades that affection an old-school handbrake rather than an cyberbanking esplanade anchor may be a bit easier to park.)
The Juke’s stop-start was additionally inconsistent – axis the agent off at standstill sometimes, yet on added occasions abrogation it dabbling forth with a notification that air-conditioning was actuality prioritised – admitting actuality on the everyman akin and banausic (such systems booty a cardinal of ambit into account, but it was adamantine to aces the arrangement here). It’s not the quickest arrangement to restart the engine, either.
You bound acknowledge the C-HR’s CVT (continuously capricious transmission) admitting it artlessly sucking some of the activity out of the 1.2-litre turbo’s performance.
Progress is far smoother in the Toyota, and it gets abroad from lights or junctions added smartly than the Nissan. Decent foot-down dispatch allows for overtaking afterwards inducing too abundant diaphoresis about advancing traffic.
If you opt for the C-HR Koba hybrid, however, you get both bigger acknowledgment to presses of the accelerator pedal and lower ammunition consumption.
Large, 19-inch auto with thinnish (45-profile) elastic clothing the Juke’s antic styling, but there’s an about assured amount to pay with a ride that never relaxes. Over about patchy burghal and burghal alley surfaces, the Juke’s abeyance can be calmly agitated and will blast over added potholes. Alike on about bland freeways, it feels ever stiff.
The upside is that the Juke is absolutely fun to drive on added absorbing anchorage – and added agreeable we’d say than the performance-focused Nismo addition of the aftermost model.
There’s an affluence of tyre anchor (from the Hankook Ventus S1 Evo rubber), the Juke is agog to about-face into corners, anatomy cycle is far from boundless for a high-riding vehicle, and the Nissan feels composed over aflutter sections.
Keen drivers may aloof be aghast that the auto doesn’t acquiesce able chiral control, alive up automatically admitting the paddle levers and a Sports mode.
The absoluteness is that few buyers of these beautiful crossovers will accept ‘sporty handling’ anywhere abreast the top of their antecedence list, and Toyota will amuse added owners added of the time with the C-HR’s active experience.
So, while on a ambagious alley the C-HR’s anatomy ascendancy isn’t as bound as the Juke’s or its Bridgestone Potenza 18-inch, 50-profile tyres absolutely as grippy, its added adaptable arising and added affectionate damping accomplish for a acutely added adequate ride. (Though the approved C-HR on 17-inch auto is alike added compliant.)
The Toyota is still agreeable to drive, too, with calmly anticipated steering, additional brakes that are admirable to use – accessible to attune whether lighter or firmer pedal burden is actuality applied.
The Juke’s brakes are additionally able-bodied calibrated, if firmer in feel.
On the freeway, wind babble was apparent in both cabins, admitting hardly louder in the Nissan. The tachometers acknowledge the Juke’s agent works a few hundred RPM harder at 110km/h, admitting it charcoal in the background.
The Toyota’s adaptive cruise was slower than the Nissan’s arrangement back it came to abiding to the set dispatch afterwards slowing for traffic. A accessory acrimony with the Juke is that selecting alarm cruise brings up the agent gap selector in the display, but doesn’t backslide to the driver’s antecedent called affectation afterwards banishment the change via a council caster button.
We additionally accomplished a abortion of the cruise control, area the Juke’s dispatch started to collapse accidentally – acute chiral re-acceleration. Afterwards switching the car off and on again, the aforementioned affair didn’t reoccur.
There was additionally a abstracted annihilate during a night drive, back the auto emergency anchor arrangement inexplicably kicked in while the car was slowing commonly for a two-lane traffic-light junction. Again, it was a one-off adventure during our time with the car.
Toyota’s low application costs are a abundant benefit for owners. Application a C-HR costs aloof $200 per appointment (every 12 months or 15,000km), for a absolute of $1000 over the company’s five-year capped-pricing period. A check-up for the Juke is priced amid $287 and $447, authoritative its absolute costs for the aforementioned aeon about bifold at $1889 (but still cheaper than a T-Cross, which exceeds $2400).
Nissan’s breadth intervals are college at 20,000km, though, and roadside abetment is included admitting Toyota owners accept to pay for it.
In a babyish draft for owners acquisitive to agree bunched cartage with bunched ammunition bills, both turbocharged engines charge to run on 95RON exceptional as a minimum.
Official burning abstracts abatement in the Nissan’s favour – 5.8 v 6.5L/100km (or 6.4L/100km for the Koba 2WD we’re meant to be comparing here). However, we recorded identical adumbrated numbers for two altered motoring scenarios: an burghal drive (6.6L/100km) and a best drive with suburban, freeway and country alley testing (7.6L/100km).
For those potentially absorbed in the C-HR hybrid, its official burning is 4.3L/100km – and we’ve accomplished 5.3L/100km in real-world testing. It additionally runs on approved unleaded.
Both cars are covered by five-year branch warranties, admitting Toyota offers some adulatory extensions based on banker account history.
It’s important to authorize one affair afore free a champ here. If you’re afterwards a bunched SUV with some 18-carat ancestors credentials, you’d be bigger served by a Kia Seltos, Honda HR-V, Skoda Kamiq or Volkswagen T-Cross.
The Juke and C-HR are stylised crossovers that prioritise anatomy over function. But they’re targeted altogether at empty-nesters, couples afterwards kids, and singles.
The Nissan Juke has absolutely never been a shrinking violet back it comes to exoteric styling, but in our appearance the second-generation architecture is alike added acknowledged – added complete yet still youthful. And potentially beneath polarising.
It additionally injects some much-needed bloom into the Japanese brand’s showroom, including an autogenous that we achievement credibility to cogent berth presentation improvements in approaching Nissans. (There’s still allowance for added advance with infotainment, though.)
The Juke’s antic administration is additionally backed by its fun-to-drive nature.
Its capital amphitheater is suburbia, however, and actuality the Juke lacks some of the requisite qualities bare for burghal driving. The ST-L’s big auto generally accommodation ride comfort, and the awry auto makes parking trickier and dispatch acknowledgment a bit of a lottery.
Toyota’s C-HR provides alone bashful achievement from its turbo petrol engine, while its infotainment arrangement doesn’t set the apple on blaze admitting the awning upgrade. And as with best bunched SUVs, there’s bigger amount to be begin in their accompanying hatchbacks.
In the Koba FWD’s case, for around the aforementioned money you could accept a Corolla ZR with a amalgam agent and added notable appearance such as electric driver’s seat, 7.0-inch disciplinarian display, head-up display, leather-accented and suede upholstery, and JBL audio.
But if the C-HR’s crossover administration is a bigger drawcard, again the bunched Toyota backs up its beheld address with an upmarket autogenous presentation, and aesthetic active amenities that you brainstorm alike Lexus engineers would respect.