Nissan Juke (2010 – 2019) Review

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Nissan Juke (2010 – 2019) At A Glance

3/5
Honest John Overall Rating
The Nissan Juke is let down by poor boot space and cramped rear seats, but scores well for its raised driving position and value for money.

+Loads of choice when buying used thanks to its popularity, bold styling, decent value for money.

-Poor practicality, lacklustre 1.6-litre engines, increasing number of automatic gearbox failures.

Insurance Groups are between 11–20
On average it achieves 79% of the official MPG figure

The Nissan Juke - you can’t miss it. The bold styling is matched by big sales, which means the Juke is a common sight on the roads of Britain. Its success mirrors that of the larger Nissan Qashqai, although the Juke comes with crazy styling and some interesting design features on the inside. Launched in 2010, the Juke was a pioneer in the competitive compact crossover segment, with rivals offered by just about every mainstream manufacturer since. 

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If you were asked to name five famous dukes, we’d forgive you for mentioning the Nissan Juke. It’s up there with Daisy Duke, the Iron Duke, Duke Nukem and the Duke of Edinburgh. Probably.

To paraphrase Ms. Spears, the Juke was very much a case of ‘oops, Nissan did it again’, with the compact crossover adopting a similar approach to the Qashqai, albeit on a smaller scale. The recipe is fundamentally the same: take a small car platform, raise the right height, give it funky styling and improve the practicality.

We’ll come back to the issue of practicality in a moment, but it’s fair to say that Nissan didn’t hold back on the styling. Even now, a decade on from its launch in 2010, the Juke looks bold, striking, crazy and weird. You might not like it, but you can’t accuse Nissan of dialing it in.

It’s pretty bold on the inside, especially in models equipped with some of the many personalisation options. A centre console inspired by a motorcycle fuel tank is one thing. Colouring it red or yellow is another. Amazingly, you could get door mirror caps, fog light surrounds and alloy wheel accents to match.

So far, so bold, but what about the practicality? Not great, to be honest. The boot space on the early cars was comically poor, but things improved as part of the 2014 facelift. That said, it’s still no better than average, while sloping roofline and the shape of the rear windows combine to make it feel claustrophobic in the back.

It just goes to prove how far the compact crossover has come in a decade. The likes of the Seat Arona, Skoda Kamiq and Honda HR-V demonstrate that small doesn’t have to mean impractical. In most respects, the Nissan Juke is outdone by its modern rivals. The all-new Juke represents a major step forward.

Which could render the rest of this review pointless. Time to stream some old episodes of The A-Team – don’t pretend you’re not thinking about Daisy…

Not so fast, because the Nissan Juke has some things going for it. It’s cheap, with prices starting from around £3000.

It’s also fun to drive, in a strange kind of way. The ride is a little uncomfortable and the steering is numb – uncomfortably numb, then? – but it’s quite enjoyable to chuck around in the city. Avoid the lacklustre 1.6-litre engine, as the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine delivers the best blend of performance and economy.

Alternatively, the 1.5 dCi diesel engine is excellent if you intend to take your Juke on long motorway trips. We wouldn’t recommend it, because the Juke feels noisy and unrefined at high speeds. Stay within the city limits, Tina.

It’s not perfect, but what is? It’s one of the cheapest used compact crossovers on the market, and you’re unlikely to lose it in a crowded car park, especially if you get one in Sun Light Yellow or Ink Blue. Read on to find out more. We love it when a plan comes together.

Ask Honest John

If my daughter and granddaughter swap cars, what documentation needs doing?
"My daughter has a 2018 Nissan Juke in very good condition, while my granddaughter has a 2017 MINI - also in very good condition. But she would like a bigger car as she has an 18-month-old baby. They think it's a good idea to exchange cars but although they are both in favour of this, other family members are not so sure. Would they need formal documentation to do this and what potential pitfalls could come into play with this type of exchange? My granddaughter's insurance is due 2 November so probably needs to decide soon as to whether this is a good idea or not. We do realise that both vehicles be appropriately insured. Many thanks. "
They will need to tell the DVLA and their insurers they're doing this as they need to become the registered keeper on each other's cars. Insurance costs are likely to change due to a number of factors (insurance group of the vehicles, the driver's individual risk etc) too. I would advise them each to do research into the situation before/if they decide to do this: https://www.gov.uk/sold-bought-vehicle
Answered by Georgia Petrie
I've had my car serviced by the dealer every year. Should they help with a big repair bill?
"I purchased my Nissan Juke in August 2014. It has been serviced by the dealership every year. On my latest service, I was told the noise I was experiencing was due to the gearbox - which needed replacing at a cost of £5000+. The car has only done 23,700 miles. Any suggestions as to what I can do?"
I'm sorry to read about the problems you are experiencing with your car. Sadly, at six years old, you will not have any legal recourse with the dealer that sold you the car. It might be worth asking them to help with the repair costs (Nissan may be willing to contribute towards the repair). Otherwise it may be better to get a second opinion from an independent gearbox specialist who is a member of Fedauto.co.uk.
Answered by Dan Powell
Is it a good time to buy a new car?
"I have a 2011 Nissan Juke (petrol, manual), which I love, but it has now done 50,000 miles. I'm thinking of trading it in for a newer one. Is it a good time to do this with the showrooms just reopening? Many thanks. "
If you're not in a rush, it might be worth waiting. There's a shortage of new cars at the moment (due to factories closing) yet quite a lot of pent-up demand, so there aren't the good deals available you might expect. Add to this the hassle of buying and test driving a car while following social-distancing guidelines, and it makes a lot of sense to wait a few months. That said, showrooms are now open so there's nothing stopping you looking for a new car. And, if you're happy to buy remotely, there are lots of companies and websites offering delivery to your door. The new Nissan Juke is a significant step on from its predecessor - we'd recommend it.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Why does my car make a whistling noise when I accelerate?
"I drive a Nissan Juke auto 2014. It passed its MoT with no advisories and had a full service two months ago. However, I notice that upon acceleration there is a loud whistling/ chirping sound under the bonnet. There seems to be no problems with the car but this is really grating on my nerves now. Do you have any idea what it could be?"
This reads like a cracked or damaged hose. The sound is probably that of air escaping. I would suggest you get it checked.
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a Nissan Juke (2010 – 2019) cost?

Buy new from £15,532 (list price from £18,555)