While the Nissan Qashqai has been stealing all the headlines, it's important not to overlook the other cars that the Japanese manufacturer have been busy producing, including the great value for money Nissan Juke. While the Qashqai is a combination of a 4x4 and a hatchback, the Juke is a combination of a SUV and a supermini with plenty of space for all the family. To find out if this is the car for you we've taken it for a test drive...
Styling and image
The Nissan Juke is a funky looking car aimed at those who want something a little bit different. It's large bonnet design and eye-catching front headlights ensure this car stands out from the crowd. All Juke's come as five-door cars but they look more like a three-door as the rear door handles are disguised next to the windows. The result is a car which looks smaller than it actually is but with a refined style, available in a variety of classic colours including black, white and red.
Interior - Is the Nissan Juke a good family car?
Inside you'll find a spacious and comfortable car. The driver has a high seating position, with adjustable seat and steering controls so you'll have no trouble finding a position you are comfortable with and which offers great visibility. There's a good amount of space in the rear and adults can sit back there quite comfortably. The car comes with ample amounts of storage throughout the cabin, including a large central console. Boot space can vary between 200- 354 litres depending on the model. With the seats down you can gain up to 1,189 litres. Whilst the Juke has plenty of room, if you need more room you may need to consider a bigger family SUV.
There are five trims available including Visia, Acenta, Acenta +, N-Tec and Tekna. With these you will get a variety of accessories including Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Look out for limited edition versions including the Kuro and the Shiro, and the Ministry of Sound model which comes complete with 8GB Apple iPod Touch.
Performance and economy
The Nissan Juke comes with a 1.2 petrol engine, a 1.6 petrol engine offering 116bhp or the turbo-charged 187bhp and a 1.5 diesel engine offering 108bhp. The diesel is the most economical offering 55mpg, compared to the 47mpg that the petrol provides. If you are looking for reliability then, like all Japanese cars, the Nissan Juke delivers.
Ride and handling - Is the Juke a 4x4?
The Nissan Juke comes as either 2WD or 4WD and is a nippy car offering agile steering but with a firm ride. There are three driving modes to choose from - Eco, Normal and Sport, which adjust the responsiveness of the throttle and steering depending. It's also a really safe car scoring the maximum five stars on the Euro NCAP safety tests. Fitted as standard are Isofix child car seat points, six airbags and anti-whiplash headrests.
Here at Carbase we have an extensive range of used Nissan Juke vehicles for sale. Prices range from £7,499 (at time of review) and finance deals are available.