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What is the Nissan Juke?

The Nissan Juke is a compact crossover SUV – launched back in 2010, it was one of the very first cars to offer buyers a high-riding, style-led alternative to a conventional supermini hatchback.

A junior sibling to the popular Nissan Qashqai, the Juke is instantly recognisable thanks to its unusual styling, and is often available in a bright range of colours and trims.

Though it was one of the first small crossovers, it didn’t take long for the rest of the industry to catch up, and there are now a large number of rival models, including the Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008, Mazda CX-3, Ford EcoSport, SEAT Arona, Volkswagen T-Cross, Kia Stonic and Hyundai Kona.

At-a-glance 2019 Nissan Juke specs

  • Top speed: 105-114mph
  • 0-62mph: 11.2-12.5 seconds
  • Fuel economy: 33.6-49.6mpg
  • Emissions: 123-166g/km CO2
  • Boot space: 354-1,189 litres

Which versions of the Nissan Juke are available?

The Nissan Juke range is currently much reduced from what it once was, with now only one petrol and one diesel engine offered – a 1.6-litre with 112hp and a 1.5-litre with 110hp, respectively.

You can get a CVT automatic gearbox version of the petrol (though we wouldn’t necessarily recommend it), which otherwise uses a five-speed manual; the diesel is a six-speed manual only.

Nissan Juke rear

The Juke is now only available with front-wheel drive, though previously four-wheel drive models were offered, alongside a wider range of petrol engines including turbocharged 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre variants.

Similarly, there were high-performance Juke Nismo and (later) Juke Nismo RS models – small SUV equivalents to a supermini hot hatch – but these have been discontinued as well.

What is the Nissan Juke Nismo?

Although no longer available, the Juke Nismo models do warrant some closer inspection – and could prove a tempting used buy since there is no current equivalent from any rival.

Powered by a 1.6-litre DIG-T turbo petrol engine, the original version – simply badged Nismo – came with 190hp, while the later Nismo RS was punched up to 218hp in manual gearbox front-wheel drive form, or 214hp as a four-wheel drive CVT automatic.

Easily identified by their body kits, spoilers and red Nismo detailing, these were fun cars to drive, but always felt like they had a little too much power for the chassis to handle.

  • Watch our Nissan Juke Nismo video review

Nissan Juke styling and engineering

The Nissan Juke is not what many people would call a pretty car – but its unusual design ensures that even causal observers will have an opinion about its appearance, which at least means it will never be accused of looking boring.

An ever-changing selection of coloured accents for the exterior allows owners to further personalise the car.

On the inside things are even more exciting, if anything, with a gearlever surround modelled after a motorbike’s fuel tank (odd coming from a car company that doesn’t sell bikes) and a little digital display below the main infotainment touchscreen showing secondary control and engine information.

Shame the plastic quality is so cheap, and the sloping roofline means the rear seats are cramped and claustrophobic, even for children.

The Juke is built on the Nissan B0 platform – a stretched version of the Nissan-Renault B platform. This means it’s related to models as diverse as the Nissan Note, Nissan NV200 van, Renault Captur, Renault Clio, Dacia Sandero and Dacia Duster.

Is the Nissan Juke good to drive?

For a high-riding crossover, the Nissan Juke does a good job of managing to be nimble and grippy – making it good fun on the right road.

However, that road really needs to be rather smooth, as Nissan has achieved this agility by making the suspension stiff, so the Juke isn’t a comfortable car on bumpy surfaces (which is obviously most of them in the UK).

The diesel is the faster of the two engines; despite having less power it goes 0-62mph in 11.2 seconds versus the petrol’s 12.5. Naturally, it’s also the most fuel efficient – but weirdly isn’t available in combination with the top Tekna trim level.

How much does the Nissan Juke cost?

As a model that is very much on the older side now, it shouldn’t be too hard to find a deal on a Nissan Juke – and indeed, we’ve seen discounts of up to a third on even the entry-level version.

If you’re looking to finance your next car, however, the Juke isn’t as competitive as some rivals, with pricing that is merely okay rather than exceptional.

Want to find out what other buyers think? Read our comprehensive Nissan Juke owners' reviews.

Nissan Juke Model History

Nissan Juke Model History

There are no previous Nissan Juke models.

In fact, the Juke was one of the first compact crossover SUVs of any kind, and an effort by Nissan to innovate in the supermini segment in order to replicate the success it achieved with the Qashqai in the larger family car sector.