Driver Power: Nissan tops for tech

Nissan Juke
11 Apr, 2012 9:00am Julie Sinclair

The Nissan Juke has the best in-car gadgets – and the Qashqai and X-Trail are also rated highly

If you want technology in your car, you can’t do  better than buying British. That’s the overwhelming verdict of the 29,000 motorists who took part in the 2012 Auto Express Driver Power survey.

They voted the Sunderland-built Nissan Juke as having the most useful, reliable and best-value gadgets of any car on sale.

The Juke topped our new technology category with an impressive score of 92.47 per cent, thanks to in-car kit such as the colour reversing camera, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted stereo controls.

One delighted Juke owner, Susan Gubbins, from High Shincliffe, Durham, told us the Bluetooth wireless connectivity was the biggest hit with her family. She added: “We sync our iPhones and take turns to stream music.”

Other drivers were equally  pleased, with many praising the dynamic control, which changes the handling characteristics of the car.

The Juke wasn’t the only Nissan to get the thumbs-up from owners, either – the Qashqai and X-Trail finished in fourth and ninth respectively in our tech chart. Herve Genin, crossover category manager for Nissan GB, said: “The Juke is packed full of useful technology, such as a colour rear- view camera, touchscreen sat-nav, torque vectoring and a dynamic control system.”

For our full report – including best in class cars, category winners and our overall Driver Power 2012 champ – check out the latest issue of Auto Express, out 11 April 2012.