Nissan Juke (2010-present)

Stand-out styling makes the Nissan Juke distinctive on the road

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Head-turning looks
Very efficient diesel
Raised driving position

Weaknesses 

Small back seats and boot
Automatic gearbox is poor
Not that great to drive

The Nissan Juke looks like nothing else on the road, with its distinctive raised ride height, prominent headlights and funky, angular lines. But despite its radical looks, it’s aimed at some very mainstream competition, including the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and Vauxhall Corsa. However, other manufacturers have come up with their own spin on the Juke’s ‘mini SUV’ formula, resulting in cars like the Ford Ecosport, Vauxhall Mokka, Renault Captur and Honda HR-V that also aim to steal some of the Nissan’s sales.

In addition to making it look like a scaled-down off-roader, the Juke’s raised ride height also gives you a high driving position, which buyers coming from more conventional superminis may like. It allows you to see further ahead and can boost your confidence in crowded city-centre traffic.

There’s a choice of petrol and diesel power, along with a high-performance ‘Nismo RS’ version. Four-wheel-drive is also offered, but it’s unnecessary on a car like this, which is never going to be a true off-roader, and serves only to bump up your running costs. For this reason, we’d recommend sticking with front-wheel drive.

Keen drivers who enjoy the responsiveness and agility of cars like the the Mini Hatchback and Ford Fiesta won’t be that impressed by the Juke. Most of its engines deliver reasonable rather than thrilling performance and its handling isn’t the sharpest. It also gets a bit bouncy and flustered on bumpy roads and leans from side to side a lot when going around a corner.

Inside, the Juke is in all honesty pretty cramped – only small kids will be happy in the back seats and you won’t get a great deal of luggage or shopping in the boot. On the plus side, standard equipment is good and some versions offer scope for personalisation with colour-coded interior and exterior trim pieces.

Last Updated 

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 10:00

Key facts 

Warranty : 
Three years/60,000 miles
Boot size: 
354 litres
Width: 
1,765mm
Length: 
4,135mm
Height: 
1,565mm
Tax (min to max): 
£20 to £205

Best Nissan Juke for... 

Nissan Juke 1.5 dCi Visia
The diesel Juke uses a 1.5-litre engine that also appears in some Renault models. It’s very frugal, returning over 70mpg, but it’s not quite clean enough to slip below the threshold for free road tax, so it’ll set you back £20 a year in that department.
Nissan Juke 1.2 DiG-T Tekna
The Juke Tekna includes Nissan’s ‘Safety Shield’ pack as standard. This incorporates a 360-degree camera, lane-departure warning, blind-spot warning and detection of moving objects, serving as a ‘second pair of eyes’ that should give family buyers greater peace of mind on the road.
Nissan Juke 1.6 DiG-T Nismo RS
‘Nismo’ is short for ‘Nissan Motorsport’ and is the name the company gives to its high-performance models. The hot Juke makes 215bhp and goes from 0-62mph in just seven seconds. It’s not quite as sharp as rival hot hatchbacks like the Ford Fiesta ST, but it’s pretty good fun nonetheless.
Nissan Juke 1.6 DiG-T Tekna 5dr 4WD Xtronic
Really, we could put any 4WD Juke here. Not only does the 4WD system make the car more expensive to run, it also reduces the boot size from 354 to 251 litres and is only available with the ‘Xtronic’ automatic gearbox. Plus, the Juke is far from a full-on off-roader, even with four-wheel drive, so there’s little point in having it.

Nissan Juke History 

May 2010: Nissan Juke goes on sale in the UK
December 2010: Recall of 69 Nov 2010 Nissan Jukes and Notes for brake problem
February 2011: Limited-edition Juke Shiro introduced
January 2012: Recall of 2,700 Mar 2010-Nov 2011 Jukes for possible engine stalling
April 2012: Recall of 4,600 Jan-Dec 2011 Jukes and Micras for possible fuel leak
August 2012: Limited-edition ‘Ministry of Sound’ Juke introduced
January 2013: Nissan Juke Nismo hot-hatchback model arrives
February 2013: Recall of 2,500 Jun-Jul 2012 Jukes for airbag gas problem
June 2013: 1.5-litre diesel engine improved to reduce CO2 emissions
March 2014: Revised Juke launched with new in-car tech and new petrol engines
March 2015: Recall 3,500 Jun 2012-May 2014 Jukes for possible fuel leak

Understanding Nissan Juke car names 

  • Juke
  • Engine
    1.6 DiG-T
  • Trim
    Tekna
  • Driven wheels
    4WD
  • Gearbox
    Xtronic
  • Engine
    The engine range includes turbocharged 1.2 and 1.6-litre petrols, which Nissan calls ‘DIG-T’ and a regular 1.6-litre petrol. There’s also a diesel, the 1.5 dCi.
  • Trim
    Nissan Juke trim levels – or versions – start with the cheapest Visia and rise through Acenta, N-Connecta, Tekna and finally the Nismo RS hot hatchback.
  • Driven wheels
    Juke is front-wheel drive as standard, but four-wheel drive can be specified.
  • Gearbox
    Six-speed manual and an automatic that Nissan calls ‘Xtronic’ are offered.

Nissan Juke Engines 

Engines: 1.2 DIG-T, 1.6, 1.6 DIG-T (petrol); 1.5 dCi (diesel)

Like many manufacturers, Nissan has developed small turbocharged petrol engines to help meet the latest emissions regulations while retaining the performance buyers expect.

The 1.2-litre DIG-T turbocharged petrol should be the pick of the range for most buyers, as it offers a reasonable compromise between affordable running costs and acceptable performance for day-to-day driving.

There’s also a less sophisticated, non-turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine that is both less efficient and less powerful than the 1.2 – but it’s cheaper to buy in the first place. A more powerful version of this engine, with 115bhp, is your only option if you want a front-wheel-drive Juke with an automatic gearbox.

There’s also a more powerful turbocharged petrol, the 1.6-litre DIG-T, that makes 187bhp. It feels a bit like overkill in a car this small and is only available in the two highest trim levels, N-Connecta and Tekna. A modified version of this engine with even more power (215bhp) sits under the bonnet of the Juke Nismo RS hot hatchback.

If you want a diesel Juke, you have one option: the 1.5-litre dCi. It’s a little noisy on the move, but performs reasonably well and is head and shoulders above any of the petrols when it comes to fuel economy, returning just over 70mpg as long as you drive gently.

 

Fuel

Mpg

Bhp

0 - 62mph

top speed

1.2 DIG-T

Petrol

48.7 - 49.6mpg

113bhp

10.8s

111mph

1.6

Petrol

47.1mpg

93bhp

12.0s

104mph

1.6

Petrol

46.3 - 47.1mpg

115bhp

11.5s

106mph

1.6 DIG-T

Petrol

43.5 - 47.1mpg

187bhp

8.0 - 8.4s

124 - 134mph

1.6 DIG-T

Petrol

38.2 - 39.2mpg

215bhp

7.0 - 8.0s

124 - 137mph

1.5 dCi

Diesel

68.9 - 70.5mpg

108bhp

11.2s

109mph

Nissan Juke Trims 

Trims: Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta, Tekna, Nismo RS

The Nissan Juke range is quite straightforward compared to some rivals, with four regular trim levels – or versions – plus the range-topping Nismo RS hot hatchback.

Visia is the cheapest model, available as a two-wheel drive only with either the basic 1.6-litre petrol engine or the 1.5-litre diesel. You get a full set of airbags, a CD stereo with an MP3 player socket, 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, split-folding rear seats and electric windows all round as standard.

Next up is Acenta, which adds Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, 17-inch alloys, darkened rear privacy glass, front foglights, a leather steering wheel and cruise control to the mix. The 1.2-litre turbo engine also becomes available here, but not the 1.6-litre turbo.

The N-Connecta majors on in-car technology, with a 5.8-inch touchscreen sat-nav system, DAB digital radio, a reversing camera, power-folding heated mirrors, automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers. It also has sports seats and the option of personalising the interior with custom colours, plus it’s available with any engine save the most basic 1.6-litre petrol.

The Tekna includes all the N-Connecta’s features and available engines, but also adds the Nissan ‘Safety Shield’ system, with sensors to warn you of cars nearby when changing lane and a 360-degree camera to help with parking. It has comfortable heated leather seats, too.

At the top of the range, the Nissan Juke Nismo RS model gets its own 215bhp version of the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, as well as a host of visual enhancements inside and out to set it apart from the regular Jukes. Sports suspension, upgraded brakes and 18-inch alloys also feature.

Nissan Juke Reliability and warranty 

The Nissan Juke was rated a reasonable 71st out of 200 cars for reliability by owners in Auto Express magazine’s 2015 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. Less impressive was its build quality result: 177th out of 200. So while the Juke shouldn’t leave you stranded at the side of the road, it may not put up very well with the rough and tumble of family motoring. Warranty-wise, you get a fairly standard three years or 60,000 miles of cover, which is okay, but the rival Hyundai ix20 is more impressive in this regard, covering you for unlimited mileage for up to five years.

Used Nissan Juke 

The Nissan Juke’s love-them-or-hate-them looks and less-than-stellar practicality mean it isn’t as popular on the used market as more conventional rivals, so its residual values suffer as a result. Depreciation is particularly steep in the first year of ownership (more than a quarter of the original value in the case of our top pick for families, the Juke 1.2 DIG-T Tekna), so a low-mileage, year-old Juke can be a real bargain. The small Nissan is a popular rental car, however, so watch out for examples that may have been used and abused by numerous drivers despite their short life.

With some cars, the high-performance versions are sought after by enthusiasts and so hold their value better than the more humdrum models in the range. That doesn’t really hold true for the Juke, though, as the Nismo RS isn’t as highly rated by keen drivers as the Ford Fiesta ST or Vauxhall Corsa VXR. A three-year-old example approaching 50% of its new value does give you a lot of performance for your money, however.

Prices below show typical BuyaCar discounts for our pick of new and used models. Scroll down further for the very latest new Nissan Juke deals or search for all new and used Nissan Juke offers.

 

List price

BuyaCar new

1 year old

2 years old

3 years old

Best for performance

Nissan Juke 1.6 DiG-T Nismo RS

Price

£21,990

£19,743

£17,190

£14,070

£12,765

Save

10%

22%

36%

42%

Best for families

Nissan Juke 1.2 DiG-T Tekna

Price

£18,280

£16,443

£13,340

£11,755

£10,300

Save

10%

27%

36%

44%

Best for economy

Nissan Juke 1.5 dCi Visia

Price

£15,830

£14,287

£11,900

£10,580

£9,275

Save

10%

25%

33%

41%