2020 Nissan Juke: new vs used

Fancy a 2020 Nissan Juke? It looks sharp, but at £17,395 upwards, it's pricey too. So is it worth over £10,000 more than a good 2015 Juke?

John Evans
Sep 17, 2019

Like its sister car, the larger, family-sized Nissan Qashqai, the Juke was a pioneer in its sector, leading the way for a succession of compact crossovers as diverse as the Renault Captur, Mazda CX-3 and Peugeot 2008.

It was launched almost 10 years ago and to fend off the growing number of rivals, was facelifted in 2014. Now, almost six years later, there’s an all-new one, still called the Juke and similarly styled but slightly bigger, roomier, better equipped and, we suspect, better to drive.

Of course, with prices starting at £17,395 it’s more expensive, too. Contrast that with starting prices for 2015-registered Jukes on BuyaCar from less than £7,000. Even a 2019-registered Juke with delivery mileage could cost under £13,000. Judged on those terms, a used Juke has to be the better buy, doesn't it? Keep reading to find out.

All-new 2020 Nissan Juke

The original Juke was a hugely successful car - as it offered tough off-roader style looks and a high driving position, in an affordable, compact shell - but rather than being intimidated by the army of rivals it has inspired, Nissan has resisted the temptation to give the new model a radically different look.

The features that so delighted buyers of the old model – its funky, crossover looks, squat rear, swollen wheelarches and dramatic-looking lights – have been retained and enhanced on the all-new Juke.

However, so there’s no confusing the two, the new model addresses its predecessor’s weak spots by growing in size and being roomier inside. In fact, to free up that space it’s 35mm wider and 75mm longer. The growth spurt, though, has been greatest between the wheels – called the wheelbase – where it’s a substantial 105mm longer.

Doing this has allowed the designers to give the new Juke more interior space, especially for rear seat passengers to the extent that they now enjoy 58mm of extra knee room. There’s also 11mm of additional headroom. The good work continues at the tailgate which is now 131mm wider and which opens on to a boot that is, at 422 litres, 68 litres bigger than before. All of this makes the Juke a far more viable only car, especially for families.

At least from launch, choosing which engine you prefer is simple: there’s only one. It’s a thoroughly contemporary, three-cylinder, one-litre turbocharged petrol producing 117hp, driving the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. It’s shared with the Nissan Micra and is just a bit more powerful than the old turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol unit in the outgoing model but is claimed to be more efficient. In any case, it has less weight to lug around, with the new Juke weighing 23kg less than the old model.

As before, there’s an optional automatic gearbox. It’s a dual-clutch transmission that promises to be much better than the noisy and at times frustrating 'CVT' system in the old Juke. It should be popular.

Like the old model, the new Juke aims to offer buyers as many styling choices as possible. There are no fewer than 11 exterior colours to choose from, while the wheels range in size from 16 to 19 inches. The interior is funky looking in design and higher spec trims allow buyers to choose from three colours – orange, white and black – with plush leather and Alcantara upholstery available.

An 8.0-inch touchscreen media system is standard from Acenta grade upwards while some versions will also have a 7.0-inch display screen for the dials. The NissanConnect app allows drivers to connect with the car remotely via their smartphone.

Driver assistance was a major feature of the old model and the new one develops the theme with new features such as Nissan ProPILOT offering autonomous steering, braking and accelerator control on motorway-style roads.

2010-2019 Nissan Juke

Although the original Juke was launched in 2010, here we’re interested in the post-2014 facelift version. This was a significant update, which made the Juke far more appealing, with greater practicality and improved engines. The model gained a larger boot (now 354 litres) with an adjustable floor and split/folding rear seats, plus improved technology, much of it relating to safety.

The Juke also received a new engine in the form of the 1.2 DiG-T petrol with 115hp, while the existing but slow-selling 190hp 1.6 DiG-T petrol gained optional four-wheel drive. Also offered was a lower powered and non-turbocharged 1.6 producing 112hp. The popular 110hp 1.5 dCi diesel continued and from 2015 was became Euro 6-compliant. This means you that post-2015 diesel models are exempt from the London ULEZ emissions charges.

For its strong and accessible power with good economy, our favourite engine is the 1.5 dCi diesel but the 1.2 DiG-T runs it close for all-round usability, refinement and low running costs and makes more sense unless you cover high mileages. The 1.6 non-turbo is slow but good value. However, the more powerful turbocharged 1.6 is too powerful for such a tall car that leans heavily in corners and whose steering isn't the most communicative to the driver. The hot Nismo RS version with a 1.6 DiG-T petrol engine producing 218hp is good fun but again, ill-suited to such a tall car and not actually that exciting to drive.

Unless your driving licence restricts you to an automatic, beware of the unrefined and tiresome CVT auto transmission. This gearbox doesn't have conventional gears and instead holds the engine at a steady speed while accelerating, varying the length of the one gear. This results in the engine droning away at high speeds when accelerating, which quickly becomes grating.

While this generation of Juke still looks remarkably fresh and appealing on the outside, inside it’s beginning to show its age. The short distance between front and rear wheels and the low roofline make the interior feel cramped. In truth, the rear seats are comfortable only for small children. On the plus side, the high driving position aids visibility, making it easy to place the Juke accurately on the road.

In contrast to the Juke’s eye-catching exterior styling, the interior looks a little dowdy, at least on lower trims. For example, Visa has a cheap-looking stereo head unit and no display screens. On all trims, the crowded dashboard looks out of step with the times and features some low-rent plastics. To add insult to injury, the steering wheel doesn't adjust for reach, meaning you can't pull the wheel in and out when looking for a comfortable driving position.

In ascending order, the trims available from 2015 were Visia, Acenta, Acenta Premium and Tekna. The cheapest Jukes on BuyaCar are Visia spec with a 2015-registered 1.6 with 30,000 miles costing around £6,500. It’s well equipped (air-conditioning, electric windows all-round and alloy wheels) but you’re better off with Acenta trim which plays to the Juke’s strengths with body coloured details, privacy glass, a better sound system and lots more practical touches.

Tekna goes the whole way by offering Nissan Safety Shield technologies, an impressive suite of driver assist kit that includes lane departure warning, blind spot warning and moving object detection as standard. Towards the end of the model’s life, Bose Personal Edition made an appearance. If you like your music, it’s worth seeking out, thanks to its upgraded sound system.

2010-2019 Nissan Juke vs 2020 Nissan Juke

Room and more of it is the most important thing that separates the 2020 Juke from its predecessor. Where the previous model is cramped, especially in the rear, the new one promises to have much more space and to be a genuine five-seater. Its boot is also bigger. So, if you need plenty of space or want your Juke to be a family car, the new car is the wiser choice if you can afford it.

Where it disappoints, at least for now, is in being offered with just one engine. However, this 1.0 DiG-T unit looks to be at least the equal of the outgoing 1.2 DiG-T. Being slightly lighter and sitting on a new platform, that it shares with the Renault Captur, the Juke should be better to drive, although we don't expect it to be particularly sporty. Meanwhile, the new dual-clutch automatic transmission should be a big improvement on the old CVT transmission for those who don't want to change gear themselves.

Technology-wise, the new model exploits all the latest connectivity software, including on-board Wi-Fi, to deliver what should be a seamless integration of mobile phone and in-car media system. Elsewhere, some versions even include autonomous technology and more advanced safety kit.

Turning to the outgoing model, for all of its shortcomings – a cramped interior that also looks a little outdated, some sluggish engines, a frustrating automatic transmission and smallish boot – it’s much cheaper than the new model. For example, a 2017-registered 1.2 DiG-T 115 N-Connecta - having one of the best Juke engines and a desirable specification - that has covered only 15,000 miles is just £10,000. The old model offers more variety too, from the economical 1.5 dCi diesel to the sporty Nismo RS. It also spans a far wider price range, from £6,500 to around £18,000, or the price of the cheapest all-new Juke.

 

Which to buy – new or used Nissan Juke?

For the undemanding driver on a budget, who wants a fun and eye-catching car for short commutes and general driving duties, a used Nissan Juke is a good solution.

The car is perfect for couples or small families who don't need too much space, while with their good level of safety kit, high-spec versions will help keep everyone safe. A 1.2 DiG-T petrol - or 1.5 dCi diesel for those who cover high mileages - will be easy on the pocket, too.

With the new 1.0 DiG-T 117 Visia costing £17,395, our pick would be an old-model, 2018-registered 1.2 DiG-T Acenta with 7,000 miles for around £11,300. That’s real value for money and even if you decide to sell on in a few years' time, the car's unlikely to have lost much value.

On the other hand, if you must have the latest technology wrapped in the most eye-catching design, with ample room and an interior reflecting the latest design thinking, then it has to be an all-new Juke. That said, we’d wait a few months for the engine range to grow and for nearly new cars to come to market offering bigger savings.

Current Nissan Juke deals

2019 Nissan Juke deals from £15,000

Nissan Juke 1.6 112 Tekna CVT auto

2019/19, 1,000 miles, £17,000

New, the few remaining examples of this top-spec version cost £21,820, meaning this used one represents a saving of almost £5,000. Against its 2020 Juke equivalent, the 1.0 DiG-T 117 DCT Tekna costing £25,295, the saving is higher still. Nissan’s Safety Shield kit is the major equipment highlight. The only downside is the CVT automatic gearbox which is noisy and quite a drag on performance. But, if you have to have an auto and rather pootle around town than race along country roads, it could still be a fine choice for you.

Nissan Juke 1.6 112 Bose Personal Edition

2019/19, 5,000 miles, £16,495

If you love your music, check out this special trim level. The Bose Personal Edition features a high-end sound system that is customisable and which claims to offer a really immersive audio experience. Other features of the model include special alloy wheels and paint, and a colour reversing camera. The 1.6-litre engine with manual gearbox is outclassed by the turbocharged 1.2 DiG-T petrol elsewhere in the range, but prices are low, too, so it's still good value.

Nissan Juke 1.5 dCi Tekna

2019/68, 5,000 miles, £15,000

Of all the engine options, this 1.5 dCi is the pick. Its standout feature is good pulling power from low engine speeds. However, the diesel engine can be noisy and coarse when worked hard. Still, if you’re easy on the throttle it’s not an issue so instead, reflect on the fact that when new, this version cost £22,000, making this nearly new example remarkable value for money.

2017 Nissan Juke deals from £10,000

Nissan Juke 1.6 DiG-T Nismo RS

2017/66, 12,000 miles, £12,950

If the fact that this example represents a saving of around 50% on the car’s new price doesn't tempt you, its performance just might. In standard trim the Juke is already a funky looking thing but sporty Nismo trim turns the volume right up. Sports suspension, weightier steering and a 218hp 1.6-itre petrol engine with links to the mighty Nissan GT-R supercar – it’s all here. Whether it all gels is a moot point, as this is no sports car, merely a speedy, high-riding crossover but it’s still fun, as long as you don't expect too much.

Nissan Juke 1.6 117 CVT auto Tekna

2017/17, 21,000 miles, £11,444

Nissan claims the Juke’s automatic gearbox, called constantly variable transmission, is more efficient than the manual set-up. That may be so but it’s also a noisy unit that can send the engine’s revs soaring with next to no increase in speed. A price tag of well under £12,000 for a low-mileage two-year old model, though, means it's still an appealing car for the money. So, if your licence restricts you to an automatic gearbox and your budget won't stretch to a new Juke, this example could be for you.

Nissan Juke 1.2 DiG-T 115 N-Connecta

2017 /67, 15,000 miles, £10,000

This modern, turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine is, performance-wise, more than a match for the larger 1.6. It’s also more efficient and pleasurable to drive. N-Connecta specification covers most needs with sat-nav, front and rear electric windows, alloy wheels and air-conditioning all standard.

2015 Nissan Juke deals from under £7,000

Nissan Juke 1.6 DiG-T 190 N-Connecta CVT auto 4WD

2015/65, 37,000 miles, £10,300

Here’s a rare example of a Juke with the more powerful 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine. In manual form it can accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds, which makes it pretty speedy. However, shackle it with the automatic gearbox and add four-wheel drive, and it’s slower, noisier and less economical. However, if you require decent performance with good grip and the convenience of an automatic gearbox, there’s little to touch this example at the money.

Nissan Juke 1.2 DiG-T Tekna

2015/65, 39,500 miles, £7,979

Here’s a great example of Juke value. Tekna trim showers you with features including Nissan’s Safety Shield suite of advanced driver assistance and visibility features, leather seats and climate control. Meanwhile, the turbocharged 1.2 DiG-T petrol engine is a huge improvement on the 1.6: smooth, punchy and reasonably economical. This is a lot of car for less than £8,000.

Nissan Juke 1.5 dCi 110 Acenta

2015/15, 41,000 miles, £6,998

The diesel engine really suits the laid-back Juke, being strong at low revs and suitable for relaxed cruising. It doesn't like to be rushed, so if you’re looking for a more involving and entertaining experience, you should look elsewhere. Otherwise, this 2015-registered dCi 110 Acenta is yet another example of Juke value at its best.

 

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