Nissan Juke Review & Prices
The Nissan Juke has styling like no other and a decent amount of standard equipment, but it’s not all that spacious and its infotainment system feels long outdated
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Is the Nissan Juke a good car?
This is the Nissan Juke, and it’s one of the long-standing options in the ever-popular small SUV market. It’s a car to consider alongside the likes of the Volkswagen T-Cross, Renault Captur and Skoda Kamiq.
Like a pair of Crocs, the Nissan Juke can be rather divisive yet those who own them tend to really love them.
It’s the looks of this SUV in particular that can split opinions. Your opinion may not be too favourable, but it’s commendable that Nissan has stuck the original Juke’s guns of outlandish looks standing out in a crowd of pretty generic-looking options.
While its styling is pretty bold, the interior of the Nissan Juke looks pretty run-of-the-mill. Build quality is decent, and there’s a decent amount of adjustability to help you find a good driving position.
However, the dashboard does feel a little too close and there’s not much in the way of room to stretch out. It’s a similar story in the rear seats, where anyone beyond younger children will likely find it tight for leg and headroom.
From Acenta trim upwards, you can have a Juke with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It was just about fine upon the car’s introduction in 2019, but now looks and feels rather outdated - more modern systems are simply sharper and more responsive. That said, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality as standard help negate that.
As for boot space, you’ve got 422 litres to work with. That lags behind the 455 litres from a VW T-Cross, matches the Renault Captur and eclipses the 400 litres in the Skoda Kamiq.
The Nissan Juke is loaded with character, but it's not quite as well rounded as more sedate alternatives
Your choice of engines comes down to a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine or a 1.6-litre ‘self-charging’ hybrid. The former can be had with a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic gearbox, while the hybrid is only available with a CVT gearbox.
Though the hybrid does come at a higher price, it's notably smoother and offers improved efficiency compared to the standalone petrol.
Around town is where most Nissan Jukes will spend a lifetime, and there’s no disputing it’s best set up for that. A pretty high-set driving position does give you a good view of the road ahead, and the steering is light enough to make manoeuvring a breeze.
Visibility out of the rear is quite poor, though. You’ll want to opt for a car with a reversing camera to negate this.
That said, if you’re opting for a high-spec car, you’ll also get 19-inch alloy wheels. Though they do look better, they have a huge effect on comfort when driving over lumps and bumps - proving an issue both in town and at motorway speeds.
No matter your choice of Nissan Juke though, you do get a healthy helping of safety tech as standard. This includes cruise control, automatic high beams and automatic emergency braking (which can detect cyclists and pedestrians too) among some other bits.
All-in, the Nissan Juke does have a lot to like about it - and has undeniably come a long way from the rather flawed original car. It looks interesting and has a decent amount of tech, though it’s not quite as well-rounded as many other cars in the sector - particularly the VW T-Cross.
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How much is the Nissan Juke?
The Nissan Juke has a RRP range of £20,695 to £30,425. However, with carwow you can save on average £2,896. Prices start at £18,551 if paying cash. Monthly payments start at £215. The price of a used Nissan Juke on carwow starts at £14,987.
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The Nissan Juke entry price is targeted at the lower end of the scale, making it one of the cheaper options in its class. However, once you begin to look at higher-spec versions, that quickly starts to climb — going beyond the Skoda Kamiq and sitting alongside the Volkswagen T-Roc.
Performance and Drive Comfort
The Nissan Juke is pretty effortless to drive, but does lack the fun a Ford Puma can offer
With most Nissan Jukes set for a lifetime of running around town, it’s no surprise to learn this is where it’s best suited. A high-set driving position means you’ve got a good view of the road ahead, and suitably light steering makes it a breeze to park.
You do have to contend with pretty poor rear visibility, however. All but entry-level models do get a reversing camera which should help with this.
If you’ve got a high-spec model with 19-inch alloy wheels, you’re going to be in for a much bumpier ride than a car on 17-inch wheels. Though this is an issue affecting most cars with big wheels, it’s particularly pronounced on the Juke - taking it from a reasonable amount of comfort to picking up almost every knock in the road.
For the most effortless way of getting out of junctions, go with one of the hybrid cars. The response from the engine and gearbox is much better than the standalone petrol’s dual-clutch automatic, and the manual gearbox’s clutch isn’t great to use either.
On the motorway
With cruise control and a whole load of other safety tech as standard, the Nissan Juke is pretty well equipped to take motorways on. That said, it’s again compromised in comfort with the bigger wheels here. Road and wind noise does come in, but it’s not unbearable.
Higher-spec cars also come with Nissan’s Pro Pilot suite of tech. This upgrades your cruise control to an adaptive system, allowing the Juke to automatically adjust its speed to maintain a distance from a car ahead.
On a twisty road
Don’t expect to get too much fun out of a Nissan Juke on a back road, which in fairness it’s not designed for.
Though there’s never a feeling of it being unsafe or incapable of taking on a country road, numb steering and soft-set suspension give you a sensation more akin to riding a mattress down a slide.
Space and practicality
The Nissan Juke has lots of quality, but not a massive amount of space for passengers or your stuff
Though you do sit quite high in the Juke, giving you a decent view out of the front, there’s a bit of a cramped feeling inside. It’s not uncomfortable, but if you want more space to stretch out, the likes of the Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Cross will appeal more.
You do have some decent storage spaces, though. Door bins are big enough to take a decent-sized water bottle, and there’s a tray to store your phone integrated within the centre console — although bigger phones may struggle to stay in there.
Space in the back seats
While the latest Nissan Juke offers a bit more space in the back than the old car, it’s still pretty poor. If you want to use the rear row for anything more than carrying children in car seats, your occupants might be in for a long ride.
Legroom is pretty poor, and the sloped roofline cuts notably into headroom too. There’s also quite a considerable hump on the floor, so anyone sitting in the middle seat is going to have nowhere for their feet.
With 422 litres to work with, the Nissan Juke is pretty much par for the course in its class. For context, a VW T-Cross takes the cake with 455 litres, while the Renault Captur matches the Juke. A Skoda Kamiq offers less than all of these at 400 litres.
You need the load floor in its higher position if you want it to be level with the 60-40 split-and-fold rear seats when they are tipped forward. With this done, the Juke has up to 1305 litres of load capacity, which is among the best among its peers.
It’s a shame, then, Nissan doesn’t offer more in the way of tie-down points in the boot or even a 12-volt charger.
Interior style, infotainment and accessories
There’s no denying the Nissan Juke has a stylish edge inside, although an outdated infotainment system lets it down
Modern, stylish and very well made, the Juke’s cabin has plenty of appeal. Only the slightly clunky infotainment set-up lets it down
For all of the outlandish exterior styling, the interior of the Nissan Juke seems pretty tame - albeit that’s no bad thing.
Build quality is pretty good, and scratchy plastics aren’t prominent in places you’ll actually touch.
Entry-level versions of the Nissan Juke make do with a basic radio, but all others are equipped with an 8.0-inch infotainment system. This was pretty run-of-the-mill when the Juke was introduced in 2019, and now feels quite outdated. More modern systems are just simply sharper-looking and more responsive to use.
On the plus side, it does come equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay - allowing you to seamlessly run your phone apps through the screen.
MPG, emissions and tax
There’s a choice of two engines for the Nissan Juke. The first is a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine, producing 114hp. Official tests have this spec of Juke as returning up to 48.7mpg with CO2 emissions of 132g/km.
You can for a ‘self-charging’ hybrid too, which links a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine to an electric motor. It recharges a small-capacity battery using the engine, as well as from waste kinetic energy while braking.
Official tests of this Juke give it a figure of up to 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km.
Safety & security
When the independent safety board last tested the Nissan Juke, in 2019, it awarded it its full score - five out of five stars.
With safety technology like lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking and high beam assistance included as standard, there’s plenty to back that safety score up.
Reliability and problems
With the earliest examples of Nissan Jukes only just coming to the end of manufacturer warranty periods, there’s little data available on common problems.
From the factory, each Juke is covered by a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty.
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