Segment-wise the Juke is hard to place, with its supermini-style heavily complemented by the best parts of an SUV.
But what, on paper, look like complete polar segment opposites combine well to create an incredibly stylish, practical crossover that’s attracted a massive following since the Juke’s launch in 2010.
One guarantee that the Juke will always deliver on is that it’ll never fail to turn heads thanks to its creative exterior design.
Straight away people will notice its compact-but-muscular frame, which is covered with strong contour lines on its wheel arches, front and rear headlamps, and on its flanks.
The car’s design can be labelled as something of a bonus for owners, as its ‘skeletal’ frame helps impart a sporty feel to the Juke.
Its sporty design hasn’t happened by accident, and has instead been created to complement the car’s impressive powerful engines that make the car one of the most fun, refined small cars to drive today.
It’d be easy for people to discard the Juke as having a cramped interior on first sight.
The opposite is true, however, with the Juke boasting an interior that has an incredible number of practical credentials, with the car’s almost eccentric design complemented by a sculpted internal design.
The Juke’s futuristic-looking interior hasn’t just been built with style in mind. The design also imparts a high level of practicality for the owner, with drivers helped by an immense centre console featuring touchscreen satellite navigation technology (on the Acenta trim) and more.
The inside of the Juke is unashamedly large in design, seating passengers of all shapes and sizes in comfort. Safety equipment on the Juke is also pretty generous, with standard features including anti-lock brakes, six airbags, active front head restraints and Isofix child seat anchoring points
The Juke has also scored an impressive five stars from independent automotive safety body Euro NCAP, which makes it a good choice for families looking for a practical, safe vehicle for their needs.
Throughout the cabin are a number of key storage compartments which should please motorists looking for a car to help with daily family life. Accentuating those cubby holes is the ability to lower the Juke’s rear seats to accommodate larger loads.
Boot space stands at 251 litres with the seats up, but additional features such as storage points under the floor and others throughout the cabin.
Four-wheel-drive options are also available on the Juke to give the car enhanced grip both on- and off-road, making it one of the most practical crossover options currently on the market.
Three trims are available on the Nissan Juke: Visia, Acenta and Tekna.
Entry-level Visia features an impressive amount of standard options, including 16-inch alloy wheels, a CD stereo featuring MP3 compatibility and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
In addition, the Acenta trim includes privacy glass for the rear windows, the aforementioned touchscreen centre console and a rear-view reversing camera which can be a lifesaver in difficult parking situations.
Top-level Tekna adds leather upholstery, automatic headlights, heated front seats and many other technological enhancements.
We’re big fans of the Acenta trim though, and feel it offers everything people need from a practical crossover such as the Juke. The Acenta trim on the Juke is available from £17,195.
On the road
The Juke comes with two petrol options alongside a 1.5-litre diesel offering. The turbocharged 1.6-litre option is our recommendation amongst the petrols thanks to the sporty drive it offers.
On the road the Juke is a fun car to drive – even more so if you opt for the turbocharged offering with its powerful 187bhp.
The diesel is surprisingly efficient despite its aggressive 189bhp output, able to return 55mpg. CO2 emissions are still relatively high though, no matter what type of engine is chosen with no Juke coming below the 120g/km CO2 mark.
Wind and road noise is minimal in the cabin on motorways thanks to the Juke’s refined frame, and its soft suspension offers a smooth, rewarding ride.
Overview of the Nissan Juke
Prices for an entry-level Visia Juke start from £12,995 which we regard as excellent value for money, especially when taking into account how reliable Nissan-built models typically are. The Juke will last for a long time, and won’t likely go out of style anytime soon.
We love how the Juke seamlessly blends practicality for everyday tasks with one of the sportiest drives we’ve ever found in a compact SUV.
The Juke’s style won’t be to everybody’s tastes, we admit. But we’ve fallen in love with its eclectic design that doesn’t shirk any practical responsibilities.
The Nissan Juke is a fantastic investment for families that want one of the most creative crossovers to ever hit the market to complement their daily lives, or people that want a fun, sporty drive from a supermini.
The Juke doesn’t have too many direct rivals at the moment in its segment save for the Vauxhall Mokka, Chevrolet Trax and Peugeot 2008. A number of rivals are set to appear later in 2013, though, including a rumoured challenger from Kia.
Nissan is also set to release a Nismo version of the Juke later on this year, though, which is a tribute to the manufacturer’s racing heritage. If power and speed are what you’re looking for, it may be best holding off until the Juke Nismo hits the market.
If you’d like to learn more about the Nissan Juke, contact Perrys Blackburn Nissan dealership today.