Nissan Juke Review

The Nissan Juke is the brand's subcompact crossover which saw launched in 2010 and is currently in its second generation. The original Juke was known for it's unique looks and was popular with those who appreciated it's style but also those who were looking for something with a higher driving position. Thanks to its dimensions it's always been a great alternative to a large SUV.

The second generation became available in late 2019 and is larger than its predecessor with a plethora of upgrades and new designs to bring it forward and in line with the many rivals that it now has in its class.

Our Nissan Juke review will guide you through the newest model and help you to decide which option is best for you.

Design and Style

The second generation Nissan Juke has an entirely new chassis and engine and is built on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance platform that also shared with the Renault Captur and Clio. This uses high-strength steel which supposedly has better stability, performance, and cornering capabilities. It's also all built in the UK at Nissan's factory in Sunderland, which builds for European, Australian and New Zealand's markets.

The vehicle body is now 75mm longer than the first generation and has ditched the rounded, and arguably iconic, bubble shaping of its predecessor in favour of sharper lines and a more current styling.

The new Nissan Juke combines the looks of an SUV and a coupe. It still has signature features such as the circular headlights whilst introducing new elements like upgraded alloys, contrasting colours on the higher trim levels, and Nissan's V-Motion grille that's used elsewhere in the range.

Interior

The interior has been reimagined too for the, dimming some of the quirky looks that the previous model had, and making it much more stylish in the process. The bright, body coloured trims have been replaced with less offensive black inserts and highlights of colour which really makes the overall design much more pleasant on the eye.

All Juke models now get Nissan's Monoform sporty seats, which are cloth covered in the lower trims but upgraded to cloth and Syntech leather or leather and Alcantara in the higher trim levels. This is complemented with the furnishings and finishes around the cabin, especially if you go for the Tekna+, for a really pulled together interior.

The Nissan Juke does have quite chunky rear pillars and is paired with smaller rear windows that have an upward curve which restricts your view a little, especially in comparison to other models such as the Skoda Kamiq.

The entry level Visia model doesn't have a large screen in the centre console, it's just a digital radio face, which does make it feel like it's taken a step backwards in time as nowadays it's very unusual for their to not be some kind of screen as part of your console. Opting for the Acenta onwards is a better option for connectivity and allows you to really take advantage of the features that the new Juke offers thanks to the touchscreen infotainment system.

Comfort and Practicality

As previously mentioned, the new body is 75mm longer than the first Juke which does give more room overall. The steering column also now adjusts for reach as well as height, so it's much easier to set the cabin to fit your preferred driving position now.

The full length of the Nissan Juke is now 4210mm long which is only 31mm shorter than the Skoda Kamiq but the Juke 46mm taller, giving it a high riding stance for a compact crossover. It's still a small SUV however, with the Qashqai there if you need something larger.

If you're concerned about headroom, the Juke offers 1006mm in the front and 932mm for passengers in the back seats, compared to something like the Kamiq which has 1051mm in the front and 1003mm in the back its maybe not quite as roomy.

Looking at it you might not think of the Nissan Juke as a car with oodles of cargo space but it stacks up quite well against other small crossovers. The Juke's boot space is 422 litres when all five seats are in use and 1292 litres with the rear seats folded.

For comparison, the Renault Captur holds a little less with 404 litres and up to 1275 litres with the rear seats folded and the Volkswagen T-Cross is a little more with 455 litres with all the seats up and 1281 with the seats folded.

Performance and Engine Options

The Nissan Juke has just one engine choice, the DIGT 114 and the Juke shares the same engine that's used in the latest iteration of the Renault Clio. The DIGT 114 is a 1.0 litre, three cylinder petrol engine and is available with a manual or an automatic gearbox.

As a manual, it has a six speed gearbox and a 0-60mph time of 10.7 seconds. It's got a combined mpg of 47.9 and CO2 emissions of 134 g/km compared to 44.8 combined mpg and 142 g/km CO2 when you opt for the seven speed automatic gearbox. The automatic is also slightly slower with a 0-60mph time of 11.8 seconds. Either option is going to give you relatively good fuel economy and a bit of power when you press down on the pedal thanks to 114PS without diminishing the low running costs.

As of March 2022, Nissan have introduced a hybrid option for the Juke. This is currently available for pre order only but is part of Nissan's commitment to have a fully electrified range by 2023. It has a 1.6 litre petrol engine which produces 94PS and an electric motor that produces 48PS for a total of 142PS.

Trim Levels

Similar to other models in the Nissan range there are five trim levels available on the new Nissan Juke: the Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta, Tekna, and Tekna+, all with varying amounts of technology and features.

The entry level Visia comes with a good amount of standard features. These include LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, DAB Radio, Blue tooth and USB connectivity, 4.2 inch colour combimeter, cruise control with speed limiter, lane departure warning with intelligent lane intervention, and traffic sign recognition. It's not necessarily the most exciting in the range but definitely still practical.

The Acenta adds a few more fun features like the 17inch Sakura alloy wheel, 8 inch NissanConnect touchscreen infotainment system, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, NissanConnect Services, and a rear view camera.

Upgrading again to the N-Connecta adds the NissanConnect navigation with TomTom Traffic, start push button, electric handbrake with an auto hold function, automatic climate control, a 7 inch full colour combimeter, and a leather steering wheel and gear stick.

The Tekna adds a lot more driver assistance features thanks to the Advanced Safety Shield Pack. This includes a 360° colour camera, intelligent driver alertness, blind spot intervention, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and moving object detection. Additionally the Tekna also has 19 inch alloy wheels, the Bose Personal Plus audio system, interior ambient lighting and a Heat Pack which includes heated front seats and windscreen.

The final trim level is the Tekna+ which adds black door mirrors, roof, and shark fin antenna, 19 inch Akari alloy wheels, and a rear USB port. As well as that there are personalisation packs for the interior and exterior of the car with multiple colour options. These add some flair to the bumpers and side skirts for the exterior and accent colour for the Juke's interior.

Reliability and Safety

The Nissan Juke has a five star Euro NCAP rating and performs on par with the Skoda Kamiq and the Renault Captur. It outperforms the newest edition of the Vauxhall Mokka, which only has a four star rating.

There are a great range of standard features included in the Nissan Juke range which support this including: intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist recognition, lane departure warning, intelligent lane intervention, high beam assist, traffic sign recognition, ABS with EBD and brake assist, and hill start assist.

Every new Nissan Juke has a 3 year or 60,000 mile warranty (whichever one comes first) with the option to extend it annually to as much as 10 years or 100,000 miles for extra protection if you keep your car for a longer period of time.

Prices

The Nissan Juke SUV is well priced in the market of small crossovers. The entry level Visia starts at £20,420, which is cheaper than the historically budget friendly Skoda Kamiq, and is a really good option if you're not looking to spend too much on an SUV style car.

The Nissan Juke Acenta then comes in at £22,020, which is on par with the entry level models of the Renault Captur and Volkswagen T-Cross, and then is followed by the N-Connecta at £24,020.

The top trim Tekna and Tekna+ models begin at £25,520 and £26,920 respectively. The Tekna+ is relatively on par with its talented rivals, with the T-Cross R-Line only costing a smidgeon more and the Captur and Kamiq a little less.

Summary

The new Nissan Juke is definitely a vast improvement on the first model. Not only is it bigger inside, but it's had a major redesign that makes it much more desirable too.

It stands out against competitors thanks to its low running costs and easy driving dynamics, but it’s also a practical and well-equipped option compared to the original Juke. It's a great car if you're looking for a higher driving position without having to buy an enormous SUV and has a reasonable price to match it. The Nissan Juke is definitely a great option for consideration for your next car.

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