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. It remains one of the most popular cars in the UK, even though many other car makers have now followed in its footsteps.
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.
Cars in this market have a tough brief to fill. They need to be compact, and take up no more space on your driveway than a conventional hatchback, but they also need to be practical for families, safe and reliable. A modicum of off-road capability is a bonus, too.
The Juke combines its smart and quirky looks with lots of on-board technology, a decent engine line-up, reasonable fuel economy and lots of personalisation options - features which Nissan hopes will tempt buyers away from their conventional hatchbacks.
Would the Nissan Juke make sense as your next car, then? Read on to find out.