The front exterior of a Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke review

The Nissan Juke is a supermini-sized SUV that's sporty and responsive to drive. There are a variety of driving modes that allow you to adjust the car to the kind of driving you want to do.

Pros

  • Good fun to drive
  • Styling is full of character
  • Diesels are very economical

Cons

  • Rear passenger space is very cramped for adults
  • 1.6 turbo petrol isn't the most economical engine
  • Boot space isn't that practical

Summary

“The Juke stands out for its off-beat styling and enjoyable drive.”

The Juke has quirky styling, a slightly sporty interior and driving modes that help you either drive economically or hit those twisty country roads with gusto. It’s well suited to the urban environment but it’s also very capable of making regular long journeys. 

With compact dimensions, it’s easy to drive and park. It’s a comfortable car to drive and you get good visibility of the road as it sits higher up. It has plenty of storage options and also good levels of kit.

Rear seat shot of the Nissan Juke

What’s the interior like?

“A good quality and sporty interior makes the Juke a nice place to be.”

Nissan gave the Juke a reasonably sporty and eye-catching interior, while the driving position is commanding and comfortable. It has a gear stick surround similar to the one found in the high performance Nissan 370Z. It features a well laid out centre console with touchscreen infotainment and air con controls.

All models have good levels of equipment although it’s worth looking at Acenta or Tekna versions which have the most kit, such as sat nav and parking sensors. There’s a quality feel to most of the materials and it has some luxurious items including the curved metal door handles. 

All of this is great if the Juke is only for you and perhaps one regular passenger. The back seats aren't the best for adult passengers, especially not for any long-distance drives. Boot space is good at 354 litres but it’s not practically designed, so passenger and boot space may rule it out for most families.

The interior of a Nissan Juke with steering wheel and dashboard in shot

What’s it like to drive?

“Driving modes on some models make the Juke a surprisingly fun drive, plus it’s compact and easy to live with in the city.”

With an excellent driving position and responsive controls, the Juke is fun to drive. The 1.2 turbo petrol is good to motor around town and the 1.5 dCi turbo diesel engine is the best option for longer journeys. It not only provides a decent, comfortable drive but also returns good fuel economy.

The steering is well set-up and has a good weight so you feel more involved in the drive. Nissan’s compact size makes squeezing between parked cars on city streets and in car parks easy. Having a slightly higher driving position is also nice in traffic.

The manual gearboxes suit the Juke well and add to the driving experience. The CVT automatic is also popular and makes life easier in town when you would usually be changing gear more often. Early models had an all-wheel drive version but it added weight and increased fuel consumption.

The rear exterior of a Nissan Juke

Is it cost-efficient to buy and run?

“Efficient engines and low running costs are in the Juke’s favour.”

While used Jukes offer good value, expect to pay more for 2016 and later models which have more technology and safety systems.  

Running costs are good, particularly for the diesel which can do up to 57 mpg but the petrols are also efficient.

Insurance costs are reasonable unless you go for the 1.6-litre car or the rare Nismo RS performance models, while servicing costs are highly affordable.

The side exterior of a blue Nissan Juke

How reliable and safe is it?

“The Juke has a great reputation for reliability and there’s plenty of safety tech on certain models.”

Reliability is excellent with very few problems reported for the Juke. However be sure that its had all of its recall checks done because the Juke has generated a number of these over the years, but no more than most cars.

Euro NCAP gave it a full five stars for safety. If safety is a priority, it’s worth looking for models equipped with the safety pack which includes blind spot assistance, lane departure warning and 360-degree camera views.

Engine shot of the Nissan Juke

Which one is best for you?

Best for economy - 1.5 dCi

Best for family - 1.5 dCi Acenta

Best for fun - 1.6 DIG-T Tekna

The 1.5-litre diesel engine is a great choice thanks to its decent drive and great economy. The 1.2 litre petrol turbo is smooth and great fun to drive as is the current 1.6 litre petrol turbo, although it's not the most economical. The manual gearboxes are popular because they suit the lively nature of the Juke.

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