While the Juke is generously equipped, it is also more expensive than most of its rivals. However, it holds its value better than anything else in the class which should mean lower monthly payments on a PCP or, if you’re one of the few people who buys on HP or with cash, more of your money back when you sell it.
Servicing costs are slightly higher compared with cars from brands such as Renault and Kia.
The 1.2-litre turbo petrol and 1.5-litre diesel in particular are reasonably economical but not the best in the class. No version of the Juke dips below the 100g/km barrier that would make it VED-exempt. The faster petrol, four-wheel-drive and automatic variants are all considerably less efficient, too, and will raise your tax bills. If you do a high mileage, they’re best avoided.
Nissan has a policy of ring-fencing the best kit, so you have to step up to a higher trim level if you want to secure certain gadgets or luxuries. This means that while Visia trim appears to be good value, with its all-round electric windows, 16in alloy wheels and manual air-conditioning, it does without Bluetooth, USB connectivity, front foglights and a multi-function steering wheel.
We’d recommend the Acenta Premium version which has a huge kit list that includes a touchsceen sat-nav and media system, cruise control, a reversing camera and sports seats.
Top-spec Tekna versions add leather, heated front seats, lane departure warning and blind-spot indicators, but are also quite pricey.
Nissan Juke reliability
In the latest JD Power customer satisfaction survey Nissan did worse than its rivals, among them Kia, Skoda and Vauxhall. However, the Juke itself performed well, with fewer problems reported than the class average, and it placed inside the top five for the small car class.
A three-year, 60,000-mile warranty is standard, but many rivals offer better deals. For example, Renault offers a four-year warranty, and free servicing and roadside assistance, while all Kias come with a class-leading, seven-year warranty on major mechanical parts.
Nissan Juke safety & security
Testing body Euro NCAP has made its crash tests more stringent, but under the previous system the Juke earned a five-star rating, scoring highly for everything except pedestrian protection.
Although it lacks hill-hold assist, the reasonably priced Tech Pack includes a 360-degree parking camera, lane keep assist and a moving object detection system – handy when you’re backing out of a driveway. There’s a less expensive Safety Pack that includes the 360-degree parking camera and lane keeping assistance, too. Few cars in the Juke’s price range and class are offered with such an extensive range of safety equipment.
Thatcham Research also rates the Juke as one of the most secure cars in its class.
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This basic trim is only available with the asthmatic 1.6-litre petrol or slow 1.5 diesel. It comes with a reasonable amount of kit, including air-con, but doesn’t get a DAB radio, Bluetooth or USB connectivity.
A decent step up from the Visia, this version comes with useful kit including Bluetooth and USB connectivity, climate control, foglights, a leather steering wheel and gearknob, and cruise control. It’s reasonable value for money.
Our pick Acenta Premium
This is the trim level we’d aim for. It does cost a bit more than the Acenta but you get an awful lot more kit as standard including a touchscreen media and navigation system, a DAB radio, a colour reversing camera and the Safety Pack.
This highest trim will be a step too far for most budgets. It does come with leather seats, heated front seats, keyless entry and start, and other luxury goodies but it’s too expensive, particularly when compared with family hatchbacks offering more space.
Only available with the high-powered 1.6-litre petrol engine, the Nismo is the flagship Juke. It has a unique steering and suspension set-up, plus a bodykit and a suede interior with Nismo-specific detailing.