Nissan Juke SUV
Price £13,200 - £20,805
- Unique styling
- High driving position
- Great value for money
- 4WD only with automatic gearbox
- Not very spacious inside
- Not exciting to drive
Nissan can claim to have pioneered the crossover idea with the Nissan Qashqai, which is supposed to offer a blend of SUV and conventional car attributes. The Nissan Juke was designed to appeal to someone who wanted the raised ride height (and thus the excellent visibility) of an SUV, but with small dimensions and car-like handling of a supermini. It competes with cars such as the Skoda Yeti and MINI Countryman, as well as with small cars like the Ford Fiesta and Kia Rio.
The Nissan Juke is also relatively cheap to run, for an SUV, but it is starting to fall behind some more modern rivals – something that should be addressed when the car gets a substantial facelift later this year. Currently buyers can choose from two basic 1.6-litre petrol engines, a 1.5-litre diesel, and a fast turbocharged petrol in the Nissan Juke Nismo.
Trim levels include Visia, Acenta, n-tec, Tekna and Nismo. All models get front and rear electric windows, air-conditioning, and alloy wheels. Opt for the top-of-the-range Nismo version and you get a full bodykit, which gives the Juke a far sportier and more aggressive look.