Parkers overall rating: 3.7 out of 5 3.7

Should you buy a Nissan Juke?

If you’re in the market for a compact crossover – and let’s face it, many, many people are – the new Nissan Juke is a fine choice. It stands out among its competitors thanks to its quirky yet smart looks, low running costs and easy driving dynamics, but it’s also practical and well-equipped enough to appeal to head as well as heart, where the previous model fell short in these areas.

As with most cars of this type, mid-spec models offer the best combination of value and equipment – we’d be happy to go without items such as ProPilot semi-autonomous tech to save a few pounds, for example. Happily, even low-spec cars look good – they have full LED lights as standard and can be specified in a range of smart two-tone paint finishes. This also means you avoid the large alloy wheels. They may look great, but they make the Juke more uncomfortable on the move.

As far as choosing an engine goes, it couldn’t really be more simple. With just one option on offer, your only choice is between automatic and manual gearboxes – we’d opt for the six-speed manual every time. There is no performance or ultra-frugal hybrid version currently on offer - which might limit some of the Juke's appeal - but for most buyers, the small SUV offers much of the same formula as before.

The Juke’s many, many competitors can offer more in different areas – the Citroen C3 Aircross is bigger, the Toyota C-HR more frugal but more expensive, the Kia Stonic has a longer warranty and the Audi Q2 more premium. But as an all-rounder, the Juke has plenty going for it - it's just not exceptional in any area.

Its limited engine range, sluggish performance and occasionally cheap-feeling interior are points to note, but they’re overcome by its practicality, equipment and economy.

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