Gatton Star : 2020-06-24

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MOTORING

MOTORING 33 GATTONSTAR.COM.AU WEDNESDAY JUNE 24 2020 though, it’s a pleasant driving experience. Nissan has really lifted its game in the cabin. The front seats give plenty of support and the cabin surfaces have a quality feel, especially as you move up through the grades. The infotainme­nt system is easy to navigate and the top-of-the-range Bose audio delivers a fantastic live sound. There’s ample head room up front, while rear passengers have above average knee-room and the load area is generous. The only complaint from a driver’s perspectiv­e is that vision isn’t great over the shoulder. maker has moved away from the continuous­ly variable automatic transmissi­on on its predecesso­r to a dual-clutch arrangemen­t designed to give a sportier driving feel. To reinforce that, there are paddle shifters to change gears manually. The base model ST comes with an 8-inch touchscree­n supporting Apple Carplay and Android Auto and a 4.2-inch digital readout in front of the driver. For roughly $3000 more the ST+ has satnav, front parking sensors, heated front seats and LED fog lights. Step up to the ST-L and you get bigger 19-inch alloys, ambient lighting in the cabin, partial leather trim, an electric park brake, a larger display in front of the driver and an extra USB outlet for the back seats. Both the ST-L and more expensive TI have the ability to switch drive modes between eco, standard and sport settings. In sport mode, throttle response is sharper, gear shifts are quicker and weight is added to the steering. In Eco mode, responses are dulled for maximum efficiency, while the stop-start feature kicks in more often and the aircon performanc­e is lowered. The top-of-the-range TI offers leather and alcantara seats, more soft-touch materials in the cabin, different alloys, tyre-pressure monitoring and illuminate­d Juke logos on the door sills. The get-in price is exactly the same as the new Volkswagen T-cross and slightly cheaper than the Mazda CX-3. the freeway, it cruises quietly and feels stable, the little three-cylinder humming along without too much noise intruding into the cabin. Around town, the turbo takes a little time to wind up — and there’s the odd hesitation from the auto when you floor the throttle — but it’s punchy enough for city work. Real world fuel economy is impressive — we used roughly 6.5 litres per 100km in a mix of city and freeway driving, not far off the official claim. Through the corners, the Juke feels poised and predictabl­e. It copes with bumps and uneven surfaces well, staying planted when asked to brake or change direction. The ride is comfortabl­e for a car its size, but it can get a little jiggly on rougher roads, while the steering could do with a little more feel. Overall, VERDICT hhhjk The new Juke is a big step forward for Nissan. It’s well equipped, roomy for its class and a solid performer on the road. ON THE ROAD The first thing you notice about the new Juke is that it feels more solid and capable all-round. On ON Wednesday July 1st, We are celebratin­g ONE year as Ma Ma creek Milk bar! With every coffee purchased, we will throw in a FREE piece of birthday cake!* *While Stocks Last. Go in the draw to win a four pack of Ma Ma Creek branded Coke! Free ticket with every purchase from 24th June. Prize Draw 5pm 1st July. Winner will be notified. Picture for illustrati­on purposes only. Ma Ma Creek Milk Bar 827 Gatton-clifton Road • 07 5462 7600 #mamacreekm­ilkbar | #foodlikema­mausedtoma­ke | #mealslikem­amausedtom­ake | #yesweareli­censed V1 - TGSE01Z01M­A

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