Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan JUKE VS 2017 Fiat 500L Near Boerne, TX

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2017 Nissan JUKE

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2017 Fiat 500L

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Juke are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Fiat 500L doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Juke offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The 500L doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Juke (except S/NISMO) offers an optional Around View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The 500L only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Juke and the 500L have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available daytime running lights.

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Juke 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500L. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 500L ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 5 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Fiat dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Juke’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Juke’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The 500L’s camshaft is driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the 500L’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Juke’s reliability will be 266% better than the 500L.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 73 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Juke’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (188 vs. 160) than the 500L’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Juke NISMO RS AWD’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 51 more horsepower (211 vs. 160) than the 500L’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Juke NISMO RS’ standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 55 more horsepower (215 vs. 160) and 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 184) than the 500L’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Juke (base engine) is faster than the Fiat 500L (automatics tested):




Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.9 MPH

84.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Juke FWD CVT with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the 500L (28 city/32 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Juke NISMO RS’ brake rotors are larger than those on the 500L:




Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

10.4 inches

The Juke NISMO RS’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the 500L are solid, not vented.

The Juke stops shorter than the 500L:





60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Juke has larger standard tires than the 500L (215/55R17 vs. 205/55R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Juke has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the 500L. The Juke NISMO’s 18-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels optional on the 500L.

The Nissan Juke’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Fiat 500L only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Juke AWD has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Fiat 500L has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Juke has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Juke flat and controlled during cornering. The 500L’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Juke SV AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the 500L Lounge pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Juke SL AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the 500L Lounge (27.1 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Juke may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 350 pounds less than the Fiat 500L.

The Juke is 4.9 inches shorter than the 500L, making the Juke easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Juke SV AWD is quieter than the 500L Lounge (41 vs. 45 dB).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Intelligent Key standard on the Juke allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Fiat 500L doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Juke has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The 500L doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Juke has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the 500L only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Juke SL has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The 500L doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Juke will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Juke will retain 45.82% to 49.95% of its original price after five years, while the 500L only retains 40.52% to 42.8%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Juke is less expensive to operate than the 500L because typical repairs cost less on the Juke than the 500L, including $142 less for a water pump, $19 less for front brake pads, $51 less for fuel injection, $57 less for a fuel pump and $148 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Juke outsold the Fiat 500L by over six to one during the 2016 model year.

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