What kind of chemistry do you have with your car? Love it? Loathe it? Let us know and you could win a £300 John Lewis voucher | No thanks

Nissan Juke (2010–)

Last updated 8 June 2019

Radical looks turn heads. Appealing mix between a hatch and an SUV. Seats four in comfort. Impressive direct injected 190PS 1.6-litre turbo drives well.
Small Boot. Gloomy back seats. Standard 1.6 petrol noisy on motorway. High number of CVT transmission failures. 4WD dropped in 2014 revamp. DPF problems common on 1.5 dCi. 1.2 DIG-T engine oil sensitive. Must have oil service at least every 12,000 miles.
Updated 8 June 2019

Report of failure of XTronic CVT transmission of 2012/62 Nissan Juke at 34,000 miles. (Car bought used 5 months before at 29,000 miles.) 73 dated faults reported since January 2011 (37 CVT failures)....

Read more


The quirky and unusual Juke has proved a huge success and become one of the most popular crossovers around. So what's the secret? Well the looks make a big difference. It's unlike anything else on the road with it's striking front end and angular design.

But the good news is that this isn't all form over function. The Juke not only looks great, it's also comfortable inside, good to drive and reasonably practical too. It's described by Nissan as a cross between a compact SUV and a sports car. So it looks the part but still gives you good versatility when you need it.

The interior is sporty and unique, featuring the clever Nissan Dynamic Control System on top models which switches from climate control to a drive control function. There's also a motorcycle fuel tank-inspired central console, as well as plenty of scope for personalising the cabin with different colour trims and finishes.

It drives well with responsive steering although the ride is a touch on the bouncy side as is often the case with smaller crossovers. The Juke was revised in 2014 and although it doesn't look very different on the outside there are some significant changes under the skin.

The suspensions and steering have been revised so the Juke is now far better when it comes to ride quality. The steering is well weighted and there’s little in the way of body roll through corners even when you push on. It's also far more refined and quieter at speed.

The 2014 facelift also saw the introduction of a new 1.2 DIG-T engine. It suits the Juke perfectly thanks to its peppy nature and decent low down torque while official economy is more than 50mpg. The rest of the engine range has been tweaked to be more economical including the good 1.5 dCi diesel although the 1.6 non turbo petrol engine is disappointing and best avoided.

Nissan Juke 1.6 DIG 2010 Road Test and Video

Nissan Juke Nismo 2014 Road Test

Nissan Juke 2014 Road Test including 1.2 DIG-T

Nissan Juke Nismo R 2015 Road Test

Owners' reviews

Good road clearance, high mpg, but no 4WD & too many negatives
Does the job
Comfortable car.... notchy gearbox....
Love this car!
Plenty faults. No support from nissan
Brilliant all rounder
List Price from £15,505
Buy new from £10,890
Contract hire from £137.20 per month

Ask Honest John

Value my car