Should you buy a Nissan Juke?
For plenty of buyers, practical considerations don’t really factor into the purchase of a Nissan Juke. It’s a compact crossover with eye-catching styling, and few such combinations can elicit such a reaction from the UK car-buying public.
The Juke’s been around for quite a few years now – some even credit it with the stratospheric rise in popularity for the compact SUV segment in Europe, much as its larger sibling the Qashqai affected mid-sized family crossovers. There’s no denying that it feels its age somewhat, however.
The Juke isn’t very spacious, with a cramped boot and small rear seats that feel claustrophobic and dark. The interior in general is a weak spot – features that seemed cutting-edge and stylish a decade ago now appear dated and flimsy.
The Juke is decent to drive, though, even compared with far more modern rivals. It grips well into corners, handling impressively for a car of its type. The 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine is flexible and efficient, but the petrol engines are also worth considering if you don’t drive many miles.
We’d advise against entry-level Visia trim, as heading up the range can net you some great kit such as a Bose sound system. Range-toppers can be expensive, though, but luckily Nissan dealers are usually happy to cut a great deal, with large deposit contribution discounts and generous PCP finance plans on offer.
The Juke’s oddball looks have been described as everything from quirky to downright ugly – it’s a real marmite car, and many buyers will choose it despite its shortcomings or discount it despite its strengths based only on its appearance.