What's the used Nissan Juke hatchback like?
Despite their diminutive size, small SUVs have been hugely popular, with the original Nissan Juke being one of the most prominent choices. Thing is, it had a number of flaws that made it hard to recommend, plus numerous rivals arrived during its tenure, such as the Seat Arona, that beat the Juke in almost all areas. This latest Juke, however, is a huge improvement over what went before, and can be had for thousands less than a brand new one.
There's nothing overly complicated regarding engines because there's only one: a turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol. To begin with, it had 115bhp, but this was dropped to 112bhp for 2021 onwards to improve emissions. A choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is available.
Performance is similar to most rivals' 1.0-litre engines, but many of those said competitors also offer a greater choice of more powerful alternatives. Still, the handling is safe and surefooted, even if the steering could be a little quicker and more precise. Stick with smaller 17in alloys in order to have a more comfortable time, because the bigger 19in wheels bring out the worst in its busy ride, which isn't a patch on the more compliant Skoda Kamiq. Wind and road noise are also greater than you'll find in a Volkswagen T-Roc.
Inside, the driving position is easy to set right, and the interior materials, especially on the higher-end trims, are pleasingly plush with swish features including Alcantara trim on the dashboard and seats, gloss black plastics and chrome-rimmed air vents.
There's a decent driving position thanks to a steering wheel that now can be adjusted both in and out, as well as up and down. Leg and head room are fine for those in the front, but head room is merely sufficient in the back for tall people, and they may have to duck to get in due to the sloping roofline. Weirdly, the boot is almost as big as that of the Nissan Qashqai, but a Kamiq, T-Roc and even the Ford Puma beat the Juke for luggage capacity.