Parkers overall rating: 3.7 out of 5 3.7
  • Stylish dash is easy to use
  • Infotainment feels a little outdated already
  • Generally high quality, but let down in a few areas

The Juke’s interior was another major area of improvement tackled for this Mk2 model, and thankfully it’s been a mostly successful regeneration. Where the old car felt plasticky and outdated, this new one feels more substantial and higher-quality, with a straightforward design made stylish with careful application of interesting materials. There are still a few areas which have us asking whether they will stand up to the test of time, but this could be down to the early examples we've driven.

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 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. 

Regardless, the high-set centre console places the gear lever within easy reach of the steering wheel, and the large infotainment screen sits proud atop the dash – though not so high as to be a distraction when driving. It’s placed above physical climate control dials that are also easy to reach and easy to operate.

The infotainment display is the latest Nissan unit and it’s certainly full-featured, but the interface leaves a little to be desired when compared with the superbly straightforward items found in rivals such as the Hyundai Kona or Kia Stonic. Some functions are trickier to use than they should be, and the built-in navigation displays an overload of information, making it unnecessarily difficult to see the correct instructions.

Meanwhile, the dials and gauges are large and clear, and higher-trim cars get a seven-inch display in the instrument cluster – it’s a shame that there’s no option for a fully digital panel like you’ll find on some rivals, but some may prefer these as they are easier to read.

Equipment levels are pretty generous, with all cars receiving air-conditioning, full LED lights front and rear, cruise control and DAB radio. Step up the range for climate control, heated seats, adaptive cruise control and Nissan’s ProPilot system. Top-spec cars do feel lacking in luxury kit though, as they don’t get items such as electrically adjustable seats, multi-zone climate control or wireless charging – items becoming commonplace on some rivals like the Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur (both also featuring much larger screen sizes and crisper graphics).

Quality has taken a leap forward, and the centre console feels well-built, with plush materials for the most part. However, a few items really do spoil this impression of quality, beginning from the moment you unlock the car – the key is the same insubstantial plastic item used across the Nissan range, and it feels cheap.

That said, the panels across the dashboard that come in a variety of materials and colours do add an extra dose of interest - jump behind the wheel of some rivals and you're met with a sea of grey. It's refreshing that Nissan has kept the Juke's original character inside and focused on the important things. 

The halogen interior lights look as though they’ve been taken straight from a ‘90s supermini, while the steering wheel is something of a button-fest. These are small complaints, but they prevent the car from feeling like a truly upmarket rival to the likes of the Volkswagen T-Cross, which gets all the basics right.

Comfort

  • Seats are impressively supportive 
  • But the ride depends on the spec
  • Avoid top-spec 19-inch alloys 

The Juke’s ride strikes a good balance between handling and comfort. It remains flat in the corners and grips well, but also deals effortlessly with potholes and speed bumps around town.

However, that's only on models with wheels like the one in the picture above. Opt for a Tekna or Tekna+ trim and the car comes with 19-inch alloy wheels. While these look great, they really upset the Juke's ride and it becomes fidgety and fussy on all but the smoothest surfaces.

Its high-speed ride is less impressive, with road imperfections transmitted to the cabin. Sharp shocks at speed tend to set the suspension bouncing, too – not uncomfortable, but a little annoying - especially as a rear-seat passenger.

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 did have an issue with wind noise from those large door mirrors, which was loud enough to be distracting at motorway speeds. Nissan says this was a result of poor door sealing on the pre-production models we were driving, and that it will be fixed for customer cars.