The Nissan Qashqai broke barriers when it was launched in 2006. It's often hailed as having created space in the market for the crossover SUV which then allowed Nissan to develop and launch it's little sister four years later, the Nissan Juke.
They are now some of the most popular family SUVs in the country and are a testament to the new era of cars being produced from the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance.
Both are fantastic family cars which may lead you to wonder which is the better option for you. Here we compare the two models and discuss the differences in equipment, design, and performance to help you to make your decision for your next family car.
Both models have been given facelifts in recent years with the Nissan Qashqai in 2021 and the Nissan Juke in 2019 to bring them up to date with rivals and current trends. Both have ditched the rounded shape that was synonymous with the Nissan brand in favour of sleeker lines and and a more modern look.
The new model Nissan Qashqai is also around 60kg lighter with the bonnet, doors, and front wings all aluminium and the tailgate plastic, meaning that its a much lighter drive than before.
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.
Interestingly both models have steel wheels as standard, with you having to opt for at least the second trim in each range to get alloy wheels instead. It's a smart choice from Nissan to encourage buyers to spend more money but does take away from the overall look of both cars.
The great thing about both the Nissan Qashqai and the Nissan Juke is the ability to set the perfect driving position thanks to lots of seat and steering wheel adjustment. It's always manual in the Juke but if you go for a higher trim in the Qashqai you can get electric adjustment as well as a massage function.
Being the bigger car, the Qashqai naturally gives you more room for passengers but it's worth noting that the newest model has done away with the option for seven seats entirely, something that was a beloved feature of the previous generation. The New Qashqai is 215mm longer than the new Juke is and has 82 litres more boot space which makes for a more comfortable ride if you've got a full car.
Both cars have well laid out interiors, the dashboard makes sense to use and controls are easily labelled and within reach, but the Qashqai feels a bit more upmarket. It uses softer furnishings, which is one of the reasons for its larger price tag, where the Juke still uses a lot of harder and shinier looking plastics in the interior.
The Qashqai also includes a fully digital dashboard in some of the higher trim models where the Juke only offers a partially digital dashboard and no option to add a heads up display either. The heads up display will project things like sat nav directions and your speed into your line of site, which is really useful for keeping your eyes on the road.
The Nissan Qashqai and the Nissan Juke share a lot of standard equipment, such as LED headlights, lane departure warning with intelligent lane intervention, intelligent emergency breaking, cruise control, and steel wheels on entry level models.
However they do have differences too. The Qashqai in particularly is really well equipped at the top trim levels. This includes a power tailgate, door mirrors that tilt when you put the car into reverse, wireless Apple Carplay, and the premium Bose sound system which has 10 speakers. It also includes rear parking sensors from the entry level trim whereas the Juke only includes these from the mid range N-Connecta.
With the Qashqai having the higher price tag it is to be expected that you'd get a few extra features and the option to add on things that aren't available on the cheaper Juke, however the Nissan Juke Tekna trim is still a well equipped car.
The largest difference in performance is the engine options available for each one. The Juke currently offers one petrol engine (although a hybrid is being released this year) whilst the Qashqai has two and also the option for two or four wheel drive.
The Qashqai's DIGT 158 engine is more powerful by offering 158PS compared to the 114PS option for the Juke which also means its a quicker engine too. Its best 0-60mph time is 9.2 seconds compared to the DIGT 114 which is 10.7 seconds, giving it a considerable advantage. It means that if you're looking for something that's going to be quick off the mark then the Qashqai is the better option.
Looking at fuel consumption, the Nissan Juke using the DIGT 114 with a manual gearbox gives the best performance with a combined mpg of 47.9 and also has the least emissions with 134 g/km of CO2.
From the outside the Nissan Juke and the Nissan Qashqai have some obvious differences that might make the choice for your next family car easier.
The Qashqai is over £5000 more expensive at the entry level trim so the price difference is probably the biggest consideration if you're between the two as it's a lot of money to spend for the larger model. It does come with a considerable amount of extra options and room for that money however.
Meanwhile, the Juke is a great alternative to many smaller cars thanks to its high driving position and great adjustment inside.
Still not sure when considering the Nissan Juke vs Nissan Qashqai? Our team at Nissan in Aberdeen are available to give you more information, advice, and let you test drive either model to help make your decision for your new car.