The Nissan Juke is the small SUV that kick-started the trend for jacked-up, small cars. It was designed as an alternative to conservative small hatchbacks such as the Ford Fiesta and has been a huge success thanks, in part, to its distinctive looks.
Today it faces a lot of competition from a varied selection of cars that includes the Kia Soul, Vauxhall Mokka and Citroën C4 Cactus. The Juke still looks a tempting option, though, because it comes with plenty of kit and holds its value well. It’s much less expensive than more conventional choices such as the Ford Focus, too.
It also combines its smart looks with lots of on-board technology, a decent engine line-up, reasonable fuel economy and lots of personalisation options. However, the Juke is expensive when compared with its rivals and, despite having strong residual values, it’s not that cheap to run.
It’s pretty lacklustre to drive, too, with a choppy ride, noisy engines and fairly poor body control. It’s not that practical, either, with cramped rear seats and a small boot.
Consequently, it’s hard to recommend. However, if you simply must have one, then go for the 1.2-litre turbo DIG-T 115 petrol version in Acenta Premium trim.