Nissan Juke vs Nissan Qashqai: costs
These siblings are two of the best-known SUVs on the market, but is it a case of bigger is better when choosing between them? Wefind out...
Buying and owning
Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security
You’d be forgiven for seeing the price difference and dismissing the Nissan Qashqai; after all, £4000 is hardly small change. However, if you look at the total cost of ownership over three years, the Nissan Juke’s higher insurance premiums and pricier servicing help to shrink the difference in your pocket to around £2500, even though you’ll pay less to fuel it.
Opt for a PCP finance deal instead of buying outright and it’s no surprise that the Juke will cost you less per month. However, the difference isn’t enormous. Sign on the dotted line for a four-year contract with an initial deposit of £3000 and a 10,000-mile annual limit and the Juke will set you back £257 per month to the Qashqai’s £314.
It’s a similar story if you’re a company car driver aiming to keep benefit-in-kind tax payments low; again, the Juke is around £54 per month cheaper, assuming you’re a 40% rate tax payer. You can halve that if you’re in the 20% bracket.
Both cars come with plenty of kit, including cruise control, privacy glass, electrically folding and adjustable heated door mirrors and keyless start. With its higher trim level, though, the Juke adds a few more luxuries, such as heated front seats, a heated front windscreen and an upgraded Bose sound system.
Meanwhile, you get a decent roster of safety equipment in both cars, including automatic emergency braking (AEB), blindspot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance and a system that monitors driver alertness.
Euro NCAP hadn’t released a full appraisal of the latest Qashqai’s crash protection credentials at the time of writing, but the Juke scored five stars (out of five) when it was tested in 2019, receiving strong marks in most areas.
As for reliability, neither car featured in the 2021 What Car? Reliability survey. However, Nissan as a brand came a lowly 27th (out of 30 manufacturers) in the overall league table, so don’t expect Toyota-style dependability.
To give you some peace of mind, both come with a three-year (or 60,000-mile) warranty as standard, and this can be extended for an additional charge.
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