Nissan Juke SUV

Price  £13,930 - £22,175

Nissan Juke SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Good value
  • High driving position
  • Head-turning styling
  • Not practical
  • Not fun to drive
  • Poor automatic gearbox

At a glance

Our Pick
Acenta 1.2 DIG-T 5dr £15,630
The greenest
Tekna 1.5 dCi 5dr £19,675
The cheapest
Visia 1.6 5dr £13,930
The fastest
Tekna 1.6 DiG-T 5dr £19,710
Top of the range
Tekna 1.6 DiG-T Xtronic 4x4 5dr £22,175

"You can’t mistake a Nissan Juke for anything else. Its distinctive styling is unlike anything on the road, but it's a shame that those funky looks aren't matched by a more enjoyable driving experience."

You can’t deny that the Nissan Juke looks like nothing else on the road today. The compact, five-door SUV has divisive styling, and just like its bigger brother the Nissan Qashqai, has blazed a trail in the crossover class that other manufacturers have since followed.

The Renault Captur, Vauxhall Mokka, Ford EcoSport and MINI Paceman are just a few examples of models that have built on the Juke's compact dimensions and tall body shape. 

The Juke's driving position and radical styling appeals to buyers looking for something more than your run-of-the-mill hatchback. Most people don’t need four-wheel drive, which is why the majority of Juke models sold are front-wheel drive.

You can equip your Juke with one of a range of petrol and diesel engines, with the most economical being the 1.5-litre dCi diesel. It's punchy but a little noisy when you stretch it. The 1.2-litre DIG-T turbo is our pick of the petrol thanks to its smooth power delivery and decent fuel economy. It also suits the Juke's playful personality rather well.

There's a more powerful 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol in the range, as well as a 1.6-litre dCi diesel reserved for the ‘Xtronic’ four-wheel-drive versions. However, even though the Xtronic model has more grip, it's still better suited to on-road driving.

Despite the Juke's radical looks, it's an unrewarding car to own and drive. Its overly light steering and uncomfortable ride make it a chore to handle and the automatic CVT gearbox does little more than strangle performance and make the car noisier.

At least it's well equipped. Entry-level Visia models feature alloy wheels, electric windows, air-conditioning and driver's seat height adjustment. Our pick is the mid-range Acenta trim, which throws in larger alloy wheels, climate control and a more upmarket feel to the interior. Top-spec Tekna models add rather expensive and unnecessary luxuries like leather sports seats.

The Juke's body shape does less for practicality than you might expect – it's very cramped inside. Even children sitting in the back might become uncomfortable on long journeys. The boot is small, too.

It is safe, however, as demonstrated by a full five-star crash-test rating from Euro NCAP. Standard safety kit includes ISOFIX child-seat points, anti-lock brakes and tyre-pressure monitoring. Go for the Acenta Premium or above and Nissan's Safety Shield pack throws in blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and a 360-degree camera system. Owner satisfaction is pretty low, though: the Juke finished in a disappointing 138th place out of the top 200 cars surveyed in our Driver Power 2015 customer satisfaction survey.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.8 / 5

The Nissan Juke isn’t the cheapest car of its type to run. Although the diesel isn’t tax-free, it promises more than 70mpg

Engines, drive & performance

3.5 / 5

The Nissan Juke isn’t particularly comfortable or fun to drive, but it has a reasonable line-up of eager and powerful petrol and diesel engines

Interior & comfort

2.5 / 5

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.

Practicality & boot space

2.9 / 5

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

Reliability & safety

4.1 / 5

The Juke holds a five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP. Owners report reasonable reliability in our Driver Power survey

What the others say

3 / 5
based on 4 reviews
4 / 5
"Distinctive styling, decent equipment and strong economy mean the Juke is a tempting compact crossover, but it's getting on a bit."
2 / 5
“The Nissan Juke is a refreshingly different small car that successfully blends supermini with SUV. Many rivals are more practical and better to drive, though.”
3.5 / 5
“The high-set driving position of the Juke is like that of an SUV, so it offers excellent forward vision and a commanding view of the road ahead and to the sides.”
5 / 10
"We totally understand why you’d be tempted by the Juke; it looks fantastic and is affordably priced. Unfortunately, it's also cramped and uncomfortable."
What owners say 
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