Nissan Juke Review

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Nissan Juke.

Overview

Nissan has sacrificed practicality in favour of style with this compact SUV, but the car does come with a range of neat personalisation options. Also, the Juke also rates well when it comes to CO2 emissions.

From the outside the Nissan Juke has a bold design, which is very much like marmite – you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it.

“Although it looks modern and stylish in an urban way, the sloped roof and squashed front makes the body’s design look as though it’s been rushed. Put next to its Qashqai relative, the Juke looks as though it should be a hatchback.”

Cameron Hale, Moneyshake Car Reviewer

Interior

One thing you’ll notice about the Juke’s interior is that it doesn’t scream luxury space.

For starters, a drawback of its slick compact body is that taller passengers won’t have much head or legroom in the back. Furthermore, the sloped roof makes it just about comfortable for an average height adult, so you may want to consider the Juke’s rivals for better practicality.

The Dacia Duster is the standout competitor for a roomier rear passenger experience and an extra 91 litres of boot space, all for a cheaper asking price too.

Nevertheless, it’s much better news inside for the driver. The setup of the car puts you in a boosted position when you’re behind the wheel.

Visibility is rather good while looking out the front window. However, some people may struggle to get their best driving position in the Juke because the adjustable steering wheel can only be altered to go higher or lower, but can’t extend and retract for different reach.

Infotainment system and tech

As standard all Nissan Jukes come with a 5.8-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system. For Bluetooth and USB connectivity, you’ll need to upgrade to the Acenta trim.

In better news, DAB radio is a standard feature on all trim levels. It’s nothing to shout home about as far as graphics are concerned. Nissan haven’t used the tech-savvy, hi-resolution look one would associate with a modern car.

Reservations on appearance aside, the Juke’s infotainment system has an easy-to-use, logical layout which can’t be underestimated. For example, you have a set of shortcut buttons which mean that you can easily switch between key functions while you’re on the move.

In addition, the enlarged menu buttons make it clear to navigate through the multiple options. Most importantly of all, it’s intuitive and doesn’t feel clunky to interact with – a big bonus for a budget infotainment system.

Practicality

Space in the back of the Juke is a similar story to the cabin. The modest 354 litre boot highlights this; however, Nissan has thought of some handy versatility features that come as standard to improve on this.

Unlike other crossovers today, which offer adjustable boot floors as an optional extra, Nissan has included a fully adjustable boot floor as standard on all Juke models.

This means the floor can be lowered to make create a deeper space for items like prams, or it can be raised to make a nice flat load bay for heavier items. A whole host of packages and accessories are available for you to customise the Juke to exactly the way you want it. Right down to interior lighting colours and mudguards. If you like personalised touches to your car, these will come at an extra cost.

Some of these accessories are practical, too. A dog guard in the cargo area for your four-legged friend and a steel or aluminium load carrier jack up the Juke’s functionality. A removable tow bar is available. Better towing capacity would be needed for this, so you would need one of the 1.5 dCi engines.