Nissan Juke: Review

Launched in 2010, the Nissan Juke was an immediate hit with the public due to its quirky, individual style. The Juke is a supermini/SUV crossover that shook up the industry, forcing its rivals to start making similar styled smaller SUVs. It was redesigned in 2014 to freshen up its looks and make it more practical.

They did this by making the boot bigger and adding more equipment. The Juke is great as it offers drivers the chance to own a crossover at an affordable price. It also makes for a fantastic cheap car leasing choice if you’re looking for a ride with individual style and loads of tech, for a reasonable price.

The best engine, if you’re going for economy, is the 1.5 litre diesel. It’s a powerful engine, if a little noisy. It’s cheap to run with an impressive economy of 67.3mpg and 104g/km CO2 emissions. This means that road tax is only £20 a year. The turbocharged engine means you gets some really great performance and nifty acceleration that you don’t get from the petrol engines. The only downside being that it’s a bit noisier.

The Juke has a high driving position, and the suspension is fairly comfortable as long as you’re not driving over potholes. However, steering is a little on the light side. In our opinion, the best model to go for is the diesel hatchback 1.5 dCi Acenta 5dr.

When it comes to the interior design, it’s just as funky as the exterior. The centre console is stylish and comes in a variety of colours. There’s loads of space for the driver and front passenger, and the steering wheel is height adjustable. However some of the materials used don’t feel as high quality as they could be, making parts of the interior feel a bit cheap.

Also the cabin noise and cramped rear-seats mean that the Juke probably wouldn’t suit you if you have passengers for extended periods of time during long journeys. Rival cars such as the Vauxhall Mokka and the Peugeot 2008 are more practical with bigger boots and more backseat space.

The Juke makes up for this however, by coming well-equipped with some pretty decent features. Even the basic models get air-con, electric windows, alloy wheels, body coloured mirrors and an adjustable driver’s seat. We've seen some pretty cool modified Nissan Juke's driving around like these:

If you’re looking for even more spec, then the next trim level up ‘Acenta’ gives you larger wheels, climate control, cruise control, chrome door handles, Bluetooth, and a leather steering wheel and gearstick. If that still isn’t enough, then the top-spec Tekna will also include luxury leather seats, sat nav and glossy black finishes for extra added classiness.

So if you’re looking for a car lease that is radically styled, quirky, and is a unique combination of supermini and SUV, then the Juke is the car for you.