Space & practicality

Nissan Juke review

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Nissan Juke
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10 Oct 2015 22:00 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:27

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Nissan Juke hatchback front space

Every model in the Nissan Juke range comes with driver’s seat height adjustment as standard. However, the low roofline and high driving position mean it feels a little more snug inside than, say, a Citroën C4 Cactus or Kia Soul. There is just about enough elbow room to avoiding brushing your passenger by accident – but only just.

The glovebox is a reasonable size, and there are two large cupholders in the centre console. The door pockets are not particularly long, but are shaped to take water bottles. There’s a small shelf with a grippy rubber base in front of the gearstick, which is perfect for your mobile. Taking all these features into account, it’s unlikely you’ll struggle to find space to stow your accessories.

Nissan Juke hatchback rear space

People in the front of the Juke enjoy relative comfort but those in the back who are above average height, do not. The roof is steeply sloped, so head room is really tight – even for teenagers – and the narrow, tinted rear windows and dark roof lining make you feel even more hemmed in.

The interior is too narrow to sit three across the rear bench in any sort of comfort, and the doors don’t open very wide. They cut into the wheel arches, too, so climbing in is tricky.

On the plus side, there’s a pair of useful, bottle-shaped door bins, and the central tunnel doesn’t obstruct the foot wells too badly, even in four-wheel-drive variants.

Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke hatchback seating flexibility

Some of the Juke’s rivals, including the Fiat Panda Trekking, come without a split folding rear bench, forcing you to choose between carrying passengers or extending the loading bay. Not so, the Nissan. All versions have this feature as standard.

Getting the seats to fold is fairly easy, and best done through the back doors. All you have to do to drop the backrests is push a few plastic buttons. The seats aren’t particularly heavy either, so repositioning them isn’t a struggle. However, unlike the Renault Captur, the rear bench doesn’t slide forwards and backwards to increase storage space or leg room.

The front passenger seat is not height adjustable.

Nissan Juke hatchback boot space

One of the biggest improvements made to the Juke during its mid-life refresh was the increase in the size of its luggage area. Barring the four-wheel-drive versions, every Juke now comes with an adjustable boot floor, and in its lowest setting you can just about fit a set of golf clubs or a buggy behind the rear bench.

If you fold the back seats down, the false floor removes the deep lip in the load bay, but the seat backs don’t quite fold flat.

The shape of the opening, the rake of the back seats and the intrusive plastic side panels also limits what you can fit in.

 

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There are 4 trims available for the Juke hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Visia
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...View trim
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Acenta
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...View trim
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Bose Personal Edition
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Tekna
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, particularl...View trim
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