Nissan Juke Review 2023
Nissan Juke At A Glance
The Nissan Juke has grown up. It's now more spacious than before, has a much smarter interior and comes fully loaded with technology to keep you safe on the road. It's now quite a convincing small SUV – but does it have what it takes to tempt buyers away from the Ford Puma, Renault Captur and Skoda Kamiq? Read our full Nissan Juke review to find out.
It's fair to say the original Nissan Juke was a triumph of style over substance. It didn't even look that good in our eyes – but it still sold by the proverbial bucketload.
Fortunately, when the second-generation Nissan Juke went on sale in 2020, the brand had clearly listened to existing owners and addressed their key concerns. Based on the same platform as the Renault Captur, the Juke is now fractionally bigger than before. It's the length between the front and rear wheels that has changed the most significantly, meaning there's now a very useable amount of room inside – including a big boot and space for rear passengers.
Standard equipment is also impressive, provided you avoid the entry-level Nissan Juke Visia. Acenta models and above get an eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is positioned high on the dash and is easy to use without relying too heavily on touchscreen operation (the graphics do look a bit dated, though).
Buyers get the choice of two engines – a little 1.0-litre DIG-T petrol (a three-cylinder unit with 117PS) or a new hybrid model which pairs a 1.6-litre petrol with an electric motor.
Although it's not particularly sprightly, the smaller unit should be fairly efficient and is a match for similar entry-level engines found in alternative small SUVs. It's available with a six-speed manual gearbox or an impressive seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which ought to be a lot more reliable than the CVT used in the previous Nissan Juke.
If you're in the market for a new Nissan Juke, though, we'd recommend looking for a hybrid model. It's more refined around town than the petrol as it can run under electric power alone at speeds of up to 34mph – not for any great distance, mind (for that, you'd be better looking at a plug-in hybrid alternative like the Renault Captur).
No matter which engine you choose, the Juke's been designed to be stiffer than the Captur, although it's not as fun to drive as a Ford Puma. It does feel a bit firm over uneven road surfaces but it's a lot less floaty than, say, a Citroen C3 Aircross.
With prices starting at less than £20,000, we reckon the Nissan Juke represents impressive value for money. Even the highest-spec models won't break the bank, with top-of-the-range Nissan Juke Hybrids only just nudging £30,000. Having said that, we're struggling to find an area in which the Juke really excels. It's a very competent all-rounder, but is that enough in a class that also includes the Volkswagen T-Cross, Toyota Yaris Cross and Ford Puma? We're not so sure.