Parkers overall rating: 2.4 out of 5 2.4
  • Easy to use
  • Infotainment feels outdated
  • Generally high quality, let down in a few areas

How’s the quality and layout?

Inside the Juke there’s clear influence from the Micra, with a strip of faux-leather or fabric across the dash, doors and centre console.

Personalisation is a big deal to Juke customers, so Nissan offers the fabric panels in the interior – either faux leather or Alcantara depending on trim level – in a range of colours. The orange is particularly striking, though we’d urge you away from anything that clashes too much with the exterior colour. A car with a red roof and exterior accents doesn’t mesh that well with a luminous orange interior. Then again, it’s nice to have the option if you do like that kind of thing. The choice is yours.

Nearly everything you touch has a solid feeling to it and we suspect it’ll hold up well with years to come. Go searching and you’ll find cheaper and nastier feeling materials though, such as the glovebox.

Infotainment and tech

The infotainment screen sits high and proud. It’s easy to use, with big clear buttons and a bright screen. Unlike with some modern cars, the heating controls are located on physical dials rather than buried on the menu, making it super easy to turn the air con on while on the move.

Most Jukes get sat-nav and smartphone connectivity in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Plus there’s an app for your phone, which allows you to lock and unlock the car as well as pre-load destinations and settings into the sat-nav, while also remotely monitoring consumables such as tyre pressures and fuel level. For the real technophiles, this can also be accessed through a Google Home smart speaker, allowing you to ‘talk’ to your car through your home.

It’s a shame the interface isn’t that good. The graphics look really old and the sat-nav has an overload of information, making it difficult to decipher instructions. Cars such as the Hyundai Kona and Ford Puma have easier to use systems, while the Skoda Kamiq’s is more up-to-date.

Comfort

  • Seats are impressively supportive 
  • Quiet on the move
  • Good levels of space 

The seats on higher-spec cars are quite comfortable, and they do offer plenty of adjustment, so everybody should be able to find a position that suits them. They’re supportive enough, if not quite as figure-hugging as those in some versions of the Skoda Kamiq and SEAT Arona.

As for refinement, engine and road noise are well contained, but we’ve had issues with wind noise from those large door mirrors, which can be loud enough to be distracting at motorway speeds.

If you opt for a Hybrid model, you’ll be treated to a bit of engine whine when accelerating harshly. There’s not much you can do about this, but at least it’s quieter than the Renault Captur, which uses a similar style of hybrid.