Nissan Juke SUV
Price £13,995 - £22,095
- Distinctive looks
- Great value
- High driving position
- Cramped interior
- Disappointing interior quality
- Not much fun to drive
At a glance
“The Nissan Juke’s head-turning looks and generous kit list helped kick-start the compact crossover class, but newer rivals are more economical and are more practical.”
Since the Nissan Juke was first introduced in 2010, it has been consistently popular with buyers looking for rugged SUV-style looks and high-up driving position in a compact package. Its looks have divided opinion, too, but clearly the Nissan Juke is a success story, because Nissan has produced more than half a million.
Since then, the Juke has seen plenty of rivals appear on the market as buyers have become more interested in this type of car. It’s now up against stiff competition from the Renault Captur, Mazda CX-3 and Citroen C4 Cactus, as well as traditional superminis and family hatchbacks.
Nissan introduced a new turbocharged 1.2-litre DiG-T petrol engine when it facelifted the Juke in 2014, but the old 1.6-litre petrol is still available if you need a petrol automatic. The 1.2 is a big improvement over the 1.6, with more impressive fuel economy figures and lower CO2 emissions.
If you travel longer distances, the 1.5 dCi diesel is the one to go for. It’ll do a claimed 71mpg and you’ll only pay £20 in road tax. It’s not as quiet as the petrols on the move, but it settles down more at speed, and is by far and away the cheapest Juke to run.
Inside, the Nissan Juke is starting to feel its age. It certainly looks interesting, but build quality isn’t great and it’s also quite cramped compared to rivals. Interior space isn’t too bad, but the sloping roofline means rear headroom is slightly limited, while the four-wheel drive system on some models eats into the Juke’s 354-litre boot space.
The good news is that the Juke comes very well equipped. Even entry-level Visia trim comes with air-con, alloy wheels, electric windows and mirrors and emergency braking assistance technology. Top-spec Tekna trim is quite expensive, so it’s best to go for mid-range Acenta or Acenta Premium for the best balance.
On the road, the car’s sporty look isn’t backed up by a fun driving experience. The ride can be quite fidgety and uncomfortable, while there’s quite a bit of tyre noise on models with larger wheels.
The Juke is a safe car, though. It was awarded five stars by Euro NCAP when it was tested for crash safety, plus you can add extra features such as Nissan Safety Shield pack, which includes lane-departure warning, blind-spot warning and pedestrian detection.
No Nissan Juke engine is tax-exempt and they aren’t the most frugal in this class – but the diesel can return an impressive 70mpg
Fairly perky engines and responsive steering aside, the Nissan Juke isn’t an especially enjoyable car to drive
Despite the Nissan Juke having a funky interior design, material quality isn’t the best and it’s not the most comfortable car in its class.
An update in mid-2014 saw the Juke get a bigger boot, but it still lags behind rivals when it comes to carrying passengers and luggage
The Juke holds a five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP. Owners report reasonable reliability in our Driver Power survey