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Nissan Juke SUV review

"The latest Nissan Juke is better to drive and more family-friendly, with improved space and a bigger boot"

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.3 out of 5

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Price
£20,960 - £31,970

Pros

  • Good value
  • Improved interior space
  • Fun to drive

Cons

  • Hybrid is expensive
  • Noisy manual gearbox
  • Limited engine range

Is the Nissan Juke a good car?

It might have been a trendsetter, but the original Juke was far from perfect. The second generation makes a better family car: it's more spacious, better equipped, good to drive and well-priced. With so many great rivals, you’ll need to love how the Juke looks to choose it over the rest, but particularly in mid-level N-Connecta trim, it's a strong proposition in the packed small SUV class.

Nissan Juke range

The crossover craze rumbles on, and many credit the Nissan Juke for kick-starting the shift in buying habits from hatchbacks to small SUVs when it first arrived in 2010. It had a radical new design and went on to find more than a million customers, so you can't blame Nissan for evolving its styling for this second generation. The Japanese manufacturer has also concentrated on making its smallest SUV more family-friendly, economical and sharper to drive. With a new Nissan Juke Hybrid now available to buy, the Juke now promises to be greener and cheaper to run too.

The biggest design change for the second-generation model is the 'V-motion' grille that more closely links the Juke to the latest Nissan Qashqai SUV. Then, there are trademark oversized wheelarches and lots of black trim around the lower extremities of the car, helping fend off urban dings. Horizontal rear lights exaggerate the Juke's wide hips, and top versions get a contrasting roof colour.

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The old Juke's interior looks very dated now, so the replacement has a large eight-inch infotainment touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard, along with metallic circular air vents. Material quality is better throughout, to the eyes and fingertips, and there's also noticeably more space. The latest version is bigger in all directions, so you won't now have to worry about asking friends or family to sit in the back. There's more legroom and knee room, and the 420-litre boot is a small step up in size from the average family hatchback. Some rivals are better in both respects, though.

Just a 1.0-litre petrol with 115bhp was offered to begin with, which should be quick enough for most and offers good fuel-efficiency. You can expect up to 48.7mpg with either its standard six-speed manual gearbox or around 47mpg with a dual-clutch automatic fitted, and business drivers will find it affordable too. Nissan has also addressed criticisms that the old car was a touch dull to drive, and the new car shares its basic layout with the latest Renault Clio. It feels a lot like a supermini to drive, with hardly any body lean and positive steering giving it an agile feel.

Trim levels are numerous but most buyers will want to avoid the rather basic entry-level Visia and head straight to Acenta for its 17-inch alloy wheels and eight-inch touchscreen. N-Connecta and Tekna trims add to the kit and safety features, while Tekna+ adds stylish design flourishes like a contrasting roof and colourful interior trim.

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 DiG-T Visia 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £17,590

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.6 Hybrid Acenta Premium 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £26,855

Fastest

  • Name
    1.6 Hybrid Acenta Premium 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £26,855

Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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