Cars like the Nissan Juke

The Nissan Juke is one of the most distinctive crossovers on UK roads. But if you fancy something different, read on for our alternatives

Sam Naylor
Dec 19, 2021

Nissan is no stranger to SUV-related success. After the Qashqai’s shakeup of the mid-size SUV sector in 2006, the Nissan Juke started another huge trend in the car industry when it launched a few years later in 2010.

The Juke’s bold styling and low asking price quickly resulted in it a big hit with small SUV drivers. In the following 10 years after the Juke’s launch, other manufacturers caught on to the trend and now offer at least one small SUV in their range as a result.

That’s a good thing because although the Juke was influential, there was plenty to be improved upon. The latest version of the Juke is a huge step in the right direction, but even this model has its faults - particularly in terms of comfort and ease of use.

Below you’ll find our eight favourite cars that are like the Nissan Juke, but better in one or more ways. All of the cars we’ve picked are small SUVs that are available from less than £30,000 on BuyaCar.

Each of these models is a great car in its own way - whether that’s down to pure value for money, practicality or the way it drives. The Nissan Juke’s legacy is that there are now so many alternatives in the small SUV market that there’s a model for every driver’s needs.

We’ve mostly gone for petrol power for the models we've picked out here because it makes more sense for this type of car as small cars tend to do shorter trips more often. Diesel is only really suited to those who drive more miles as only then will you see any savings over the higher initial purchase costs. If you can charge at home then an electric car would be even better in terms of low fuel costs - so we’ve included one of those, too.

Nissan Juke

Used deals from £16,489
Monthly finance from £305*

Nissan Juke alternatives

1. Renault Captur

The nearly new alternative

Our pick Renault Captur 1.0 TCe 100 S Edition
Used deals from £7,100
Monthly finance from £166*

The Renault Captur is our top pick if you want a new, or nearly new, small SUV. That’s because it offers better value for money than other new options. It’s really well equipped and good to drive, yet it’s one of the cheapest options out there.

The Captur features a great interior using quality materials in the key places that you look at and touch most, plus a modern touchscreen media system. It has a big boot for the size of the car, too, given that it’s still easy to drive around town and park in tight spots.

There’s lots of room inside for passengers as well, and the engine range is good. The 1.0-litre petrol is quick enough and should deliver good fuel economy. The Captur is comfortable too, so it’s easy to recommend for those after a car like the Nissan Juke.

RENAULT CAPTUR BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Skoda Kamiq

The practical alternative

Our pick Skoda Kamiq 1.0 TSI SE
Used deals from £15,350
Monthly finance from £275*

The Skoda Kamiq is a great choice for a small SUV if you’re looking for a practical family car. It’s really spacious inside for passengers and easy to get in and out of, and there’s even a sliding rear bench seat that can increase rear legroom or boot space, depending on what you're trying to fit into the car.

If you push it forward you get extra boot space, which gives the Kamiq plenty of versatility. The engine range isn’t huge but both the 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol models are excellent - they’re powerful enough yet still very economical.

The Kamiq has a good amount of kit for the money and an easy-to-use media system that’s great for using with your smartphone connected. The screen on the dashboard is sharp and good-looking, so the car feels nice and modern inside.

SKODA KAMIQ BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Citroen C3 Aircross

The comfortable alternative

Our pick Citroen C3 Aircross 1.2 PureTech Flair
Used deals from £9,750
Monthly finance from £197*

The Citroen C3 differs quite a bit from other SUVs. Rather than worrying about sharp styling or sporty handling, comfort is the focus with this car. That’s not to say this is a bad thing, far from it in fact, as the C3 Aircross is a superb small car.

The C3’s seats aren’t hugely supportive but they are very comfy to sit on, mix these with the car’s soft suspension setup and you will barely notice most of the lumps and bumps in the road surface.

The C3 Aircross is also really practical, with lots of room for luggage and passengers. The interior design means it feels airy and light inside, and while we wish the manual gear change was easier to use, the 1.2-litre petrol engine is punchy and fun to use.

CITROEN C3 AIRCROSS BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Hyundai Kona Electric

The electric alternative

Our pick Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh Premium
Used deals Limited stock

If you have a driveway where you can charge and don’t regularly cover long motorway trips, the Hyundai Kona Electric could well be the best choice on this list. If you can plug in at home then you’ll never have to visit a petrol station again - and thanks to a 280-mile range, it’ll go all week without needing a top-up for many people.

The Kona also happens to be a good car in its own right, even forgetting the electric motor. There’s lots of high-tech equipment, comfortable seats, a big boot and plenty of performance. In fact, the acceleration could surprise many sports cars off the line, as it’s really nippy from low speed.

The Kona Electric is a bit pricey, as electric cars still feature lots of sophisticated and costly technology. It’s only a matter of time, though, before prices start to fall with more and more affordable used models becoming available. If you want to get ahead of the curve then the Hyundai is a perfect choice of small SUV.

HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Dacia Duster

The cheap alternative

Our pick Dacia Duster 1.2 TCe Laureate
Used deals from £8,000
Monthly finance from £219*

If you want a small SUV but are on a tight budget then the Dacia Duster is a fantastic choice - it’s a lot of car for the money and you’ll be able to afford a car that’s several years newer than other alternatives at a similar price.

The Duster is typical of a Dacia in how it keeps things simple - it’s spacious and affordable. It has more room than many other cars here despite being cheaper, but you will know why when you get inside, as the interior looks very simplistic and somewhat dated.

Don’t let that put you off, though - the Dacia is still a great car. It’s dependable, rugged and there are even four-wheel-drive versions that are good off-road. Higher-spec models come with a reasonable amount of kit that you will actually use and it’s comfortable enough for country roads and has good visibility, so it’s easy to drive as well. It’ll put a smile on your face just because of the sheer amount of value. It’s a great choice for the pragmatic car buyer.

DACIA DUSTER BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Seat Arona

The sharp-looking alternative

Our pick Seat Arona 1.0 TSI FR
Used deals from £10,500
Monthly finance from £317*

The Nissan Juke won a lot of drivers over because of the way it looked, but it isn’t the only SUV that’s physically appealing. If you want a stylish small SUV, we reckon the Seat Arona is another great choice. It’s not just a pretty face, either, it’s actually a very good car in its own right.

The Arona is enjoyable to drive and has a strong engine range to pick from, including an excellent 1.0-litre petrol motor that gives strong performance and economy. It’s roomy inside and should be big enough for a family yet is still easy to park and drive around town.

It’s packed with tech as well - the touchscreen media system is available with sat-nav in many models and even in versions without built-in navigation, you can hook up your phone and use an app on the screen on the dashboard. The Seat’s sharp-looking exterior is mirrored on the inside, with a neat and pleasant-looking cabin.

SEAT ARONA BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Mazda CX-3

The best-driving alternative

Our pick Mazda CX-3 2.0 Sport Nav+
Used deals from £10,000
Monthly finance from £229*

Another option for those who want a stylish small SUV is the Mazda CX-3, although this car has another trick up its sleeve: it’s the most fun-to-drive car here. Like every car in the Mazda range, it’s really satisfying to drive while also being comfortable and economical.

The 2.0-litre petrol engine might sound large, but it brings performance and fuel economy of a similar level to a 1.0-litre Seat Arona. It’s just a different way of getting the same result. The manual gearbox in the CX-3 is our choice because it’s a delight to use - it feels just as slick as the one in the MX-5 sports car.

The CX-3 has a high-quality interior with excellent seats, but the drawback here is that it’s not as practical as others on this list. The boot is okay but the rear seats tend to feel a bit dark and cramped for passengers. It’s fine for kids, but adults might start to complain on a longer trip.

MAZDA CX-3 BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Jeep Renegade

The off-roading alternative

Our pick Jeep Renegade 1.4 Multiair Longitude
Used deals from £9,790
Monthly finance from £0*

The Jeep brand is known for its off-road ability and even the smallest car in its range, the Renegade, is great off-road. The four-wheel-drive versions are the best for going off-road, but if you’re only expecting to take on a muddy field or two at most, then the front-wheel-drive models are a better pick because they’re more economical and cheaper to purchase.

Head to a rough track in the four-wheel-drive versions, though, and you’ll find that the car can keep up with heavy-duty off-roaders like the Land Rover Discovery without much trouble - it’s small and light, so it can fit down tracks that other 4x4s can’t.

The Renegade isn’t as good on-road as some of the alternatives in this list, though. It’s still practical enough but can get tiresome on longer trips as it’s not as quiet inside as we’d like. The media system is also disappointing, so if you’re spending a lot of time commuting then consider one of the other cars above.

JEEP RENEGADE BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

Monthly payments over 48 months: £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage allowance: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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