Nissan Juke (2010 – 2019) Review

Nissan Juke (2010 – 2019) At A Glance

2/5
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, high 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. 

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.

If you're looking for the newer version, you need our Nissan Juke review.

Ask Honest John

Can you recommend a replacement for a Nissan Juke?
"I’m looking to replace a petrol Nissan 2015 Juke in Tekna trim. My wife now needs an electric handbrake. I’d like good all round visibility and a raised driving position, LED headlights and, if possible, parking sensors (although I realise these can be an aftermarket fitting). My original thought was a new Dacia Sandero Stepway in Prestige trim. Our budget is less than £20,000. What else (probably secondhand) should I consider?"
We'd recommend a Mazda CX-3. It's a similar size to your Juke with a high seating position, LED headlights and an electronic parking brake across the range. SE-L models and above get parking sensors, while the Sport Nav has a reversing camera. Also consider a Honda HR-V. You'll get a late example of the last-generation model within budget. Look for an SE, EX or Sport model for front/rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. It comes with an excellent manual gearbox while the latest examples had LED lights as standard across the range.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's wrong with my Nissan Juke CVT?
"My 2013 Nissan Juke 2013 Automatic stopped working as my wife was driving it and does not operate in drive, only in reverse. I was told it might be gearbox oil but my local Nissan dealer says the transmission is faulty and it'll need to be replaced at a very high cost. The car was only purchased four months ago from a small car dealer. It has done 34,500 miles. What should I do next? Does Nissan have any sort of responsibility to fix this?? "
We have received lots of reported automatic gearbox problems with the old shape Nissan Juke. I would suggest taking the car back to the dealer and insisting that they put this right or give you a refund for the car, minus a fair deduction for the usage you have already had from the vehicle. The dealer can be held responsible for any serious faults that develop within the first six months. This is because the problems are deemed 'present or developing at the time of sale'. For your consumer rights, see: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/how-to-reject-a-car-your-consumer-rights/
Answered by Dan Powell
Should I buy the automatic Nissan Juke for motorway commuting?
"I'm 24 and I'm looking to buy a new or secondhand car. A lot of my driving is on the motorway and do at least 10k miles a year. I'd like an automatic as it'll be easier in motorway traffic for me, and I was looking at getting a Nissan Juke. Do you know if it's a good car and will fit with what I need? Are there any other cars that are similar in size to the Juke? Thank you."
The old Nissan Juke is a funky looking car, but I wouldn't recommend buying one due to its ever-increasing list of automatic gearbox failures: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/nissan/juke-2010/good The new Juke is highly rated, however, I'd struggle to choose it over the excellent Ford Puma: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/ford/puma-2020
Answered by Dan Powell
Does the Nissan Juke suffer gearbox issues?
"Are you aware of the Nissan Juke (2013) having gearbox problems? My father's has failed at only 21,000 miles and Nissan is trying to tell me they aren’t aware of issues with this gearbox. "
Lots of reported CVT problems with the Juke. You can see them all here: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/nissan/juke-2010/good Sadly, due to the age of the car, I do not think you will be able to force Nissan to pay for the repairs. It may be quicker and cheaper to take the car to an independent garage. I would suggest taking it to a member of Fedauto.co.uk
Answered by Dan Powell
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