Nissan Juke Review 2022

Andrew Brady

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Andrew Brady

Nissan Juke
Nissan Juke

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"Now available with hybrid power"
  • Launched: 2020
  • Small SUV
  • Petrol, Hybrid

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Quick overview

Pros

  • Smart interior
  • Loaded with clever safety technology
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Hybrid model isn't as efficient as rivals
  • Still not the most spacious choice
  • The most affordable models are very basic

Overall verdict

On the inside

Driving

Cost to run

Prices and Specs

Common questions

Overall verdict on the Nissan Juke

"The old Nissan Juke was distinctly average yet still sold very well, so it almost doesn’t matter how good the latest model is. Fortunately, the new Nissan Juke is pretty good. The interior feels well-finished, and it’s more practical than ever. It’s better than the old Juke to drive, too, although neither the petrol or hybrid engines are particularly class-leading."

Nissan Juke Review 2022: front three-quarter photo

Nissan says electrified cars will make up 75% of its sales as soon as 2023. That's not such a bold claim for a manufacturer that's been selling one of the best-selling electric cars for the last decade – but it does mean big changes for its popular SUVs, such as the Nissan Juke reviewed here.


Don't worry, though. The changes are fairly minimal. We're not going to get an all-electric Nissan Juke (although the Nissan Ariya electric SUV is on its way), while the Juke won't even get the fancy e-Power setup that'll soon be added to the Nissan Qashqai range. Instead, the Juke will be offered with a conventional 'self-charging' hybrid system, much like you'd find in a Toyota Yaris Cross, Honda HR-V or Hyundai Kona Hybrid.


The system, which has been co-developed with Renault, combines a conventional 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, a 1.2kWh battery and a new automatic gearbox. The result, Nissan says, is a 25% boost in power yet a 20% drop in fuel consumption. Officially it'll return up to 56.5mpg.


If hybrid power isn't your thing (or you just want to save cash on the purchase price), you can still buy a more traditional petrol-powered Nissan Juke. This uses a little 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit which produces 114PS – much like similar engines used in rivals like the SEAT Arona and Ford Puma. This motor feels peppy enough around town, and is also relatively efficient, although it does start to feel out of its depth on the motorway. This engine's available with a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which is infinitely better than the CVT gearbox used in the old Juke.


It’s an easy car to drive around town, helped by a high seating position which gives you a clear view of the road ahead. High-spec models come with a 360-degree camera which helps when parking, too. On the open road, though, rivals are more refined, and both the Ford Puma and SEAT Arona feel more agile.


Engines aside, the Nissan Juke remains a very popular (and quirky) small SUV. If you're upgrading from the old Nissan Juke, you'll notice a significant step up in quality. No more does the Juke’s cabin look woefully plasticky and clumsily designed – it now feels relatively plush and looks pretty stylish too.


It’s also easy to get comfortable in the latest Juke. Not everyone could get comfy in the old model, thanks to a steering wheel that only moved up and down (rather than in and out). There’s plenty of adjustment in both the wheel and driver’s seat, now, so most people will be able to find a driving position that suits.


There’s significantly more space for rear-seat passengers now (the Juke measures just over 4.2m long and 1.8m wide), although the Juke’s curvaceous design means you’d be better looking elsewhere if you regularly carry people in the back. This is intended as a stylish city car, not a replacement for your family Ford Focus. Still, the boot’s pretty big – 20% larger than the old model, in fact and the Nissan Juke's boot space is a decent 422 litres. Note, though, that the hybrid model sees this drop to 354 litres.


The biggest challenge the Nissan Juke faces is the quality of its rivals. We rate the Ford Puma, Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Cross highly, while there are some excellent small electric SUVs on the market if you're looking to cut your petrol bill (take a look at the Hyundai Kona Electric as an example). Still, the Nissan Juke continues to sell in huge numbers, and it's certainly a better all-rounder than the previous model.


If you're looking for the older version, you need our used Nissan Juke (2011-2019) review.


Is the 2022 Nissan Juke right for you?

If you want a stylish small SUV, the Nissan Juke is a pretty good choice. It’s an easier car to justify than before thanks to its improved interior, but its slightly mediocre engine line-up limits its appeal. Still, if you mainly drive around town or you’re not fussed about effortless performance, you could certainly do worse. You could buy the old model.

What’s the best Nissan Juke model/engine to choose?

If you're looking to buy a brand new Nissan Juke, the hybrid model will add a negligible amount to your monthly payments and is probably worth the extra for its slightly improved performance and better fuel economy. If you're looking at a used example, though, the 1.0-litre is fine – particularly around town.


In terms of trim level, we'd avoid the basic Nissan Juke Visia. It's worth hunting out a Nissan Juke Acenta for the eight-inch infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) alone, as well as a handy rear-view camera and 17-inch alloy wheels. The Juke Tekna is the car for tech fans, with a Bose sound system and full suite of driver-assistance tech, while the top-of-the-range Tekna+ looks the fanciest with its two-tone paint and 19-inch alloy wheels.

What other cars are similar to the 2022 Nissan Juke?

While the Nissan Juke was a pioneer of the small SUV market, the segment is now flooded with some very competent competition. If you’re considering the Juke, you should also look at the latest Renault Captur. It shares a platform with the Juke, but has less divisive styling and a wider selection of engines to choose from.


The latest Peugeot 2008 is another really good alternative, with a bold interior, while the Ford Puma is the compact SUV of choice for people who enjoy driving. Volkswagen Group has some very strong rivals in the form of the Skoda Kamiq, Volkswagen T-Roc (and smaller T-Cross), and the SEAT Arona. The Citroen C3 Aircross is a comfortable choice, meanwhile, while the Honda HR-V is a very versatile option - although it feels a bit dated alongside newer alternatives. Don't discount the sporty Mazda CX-3 or stylish Fiat 500X either.

Comfort and design: Nissan Juke interior

"While the old Nissan Juke was pretty cramped and claustrophobic inside, the latest model is much better."

Nissan Juke 2020 front interior

Rear-seat passengers in the Nissan Juke benefit from these improvements the most, as they’ll get nearly 60mm of extra legroom and another centimetre of headroom. Every little helps - but it still doesn’t feel like the most spacious choice.


Things are better in the front. You sit high up (not to be taken granted in a compact SUV, see the Skoda Kamiq’s hatchback-like driving position), while there’s plenty of adjustment in the seats and steering wheel. Unfortunately, adjustable lumbar support isn’t available with the Nissan Juke, but we’ve found the seats to be fairly supportive over long journeys. The boot can carry up to 422 litres of luggage, which compares well against the SEAT Arona (400 litres) and the 455 litres you get in the Renault Captur.


Most Nissan Jukes come with an 8-inch infotainment system, which also comes with navigation on higher-spec models. This is an easy system to use, although its graphics aren’t as sharp as you’d find in the Skoda Kamiq or Volkswagen T-Roc. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, though, which is useful.

Quality and finish

While the old Nissan Juke's interior offered a catalogue of hard plastics, the only hard materials you'll find in the new one are on the tops of the doors and in the lower reaches of the cabin – hardly unheard of at this price point. The main sections of the Juke's dashboard, though, are made from expensive-feeling squidgy materials. 


Mid-range Juke N-Connecta models feel a bit posher thanks to their leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob, plus their ambient interior lighting. Top-spec Juke Tekna+ models give you the option to choose from interior colour packs including Engima Black, Energy Orange or Light Grey with half-leather seats. 

The Nissan Juke range kicks off with Visia model easily spotted by its old-school stereo. It's got a tiny non-colour screen and lacks most of the useful features fitted to the infotainment screens on the rest of the range, although you do get a small TFT display between the dials on the instrument binnacle. 


Acenta models are a lot more like it. They have a proper eight-inch infotainment screen and it comes fitted with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can use your phone's apps on the car's big screen – instantly giving you access to things like Google Maps, Waze and Spotify. N-Connecta models add to that with a seven-inch TFT display between the dials on the dashboard. 


Tekna models keep the same infotainment, but add a Bose stereo which has eight speakers including two in the front seat headrests that are designed to envelope you in sound. 

Space and practicality: Nissan Juke boot space

The Nissan Juke's seat gets lots of adjustment, as does the steering wheel, so you'll find it easy to get a comfortable driving position and there's loads of room for another tall adult on the front passenger seat.


Where this new model marks itself out from the old car is in rear-seat space. Its longer wheelbase means tall adults get more knee room – two six-footers will fit in the back seat – although the Juke's sporty roofline means they won't have loads of headroom. There are three seats in the back, but you'll struggle to fit three adults abreast without wedging them in permanently. 


When it comes to fitting a child seat, you get ISOFIX point on the two outer rear seats so it's easy to get a seat locked in place, although if it's bulky, you may need to slide the front seat forward. High-end versions of the Juke also get ISOFIX mounts on the front passenger seat. 


If you have a baby, you'll appreciate the Nissan Juke's sizeable 422 litre boot space – which is bigger than you get in a Volkswagen Golf. Its high load lip makes it a bit of a pain to load, but you do get an adjustable boot floor to make up for this and, with it in its highest setting, you have space to hide the parcel shelf underneath. Fold the back seats down – they split 60:40 – and you'll have room to carry an adult's bike. 


In the Nissan Juke Hybrid, the batteries are positioned underneath the boot floor. That means passenger space isn't affected, but overall luggage space does drop to 354 litres.


In terms of smaller storage space, you get big door pockets up front and a place to put your phone, but the glove box is small and so are the pockets in the rear doors. All in all, a Volkswagen T-Cross's interior is easier to keep tidy.

Handling and ride quality: What is the Nissan Juke like to drive?

"The Nissan Juke has raised suspension that gives you a feeling of safety that you don't get from a small car the same size."

Nissan Juke Review 2022: driving

That's handy when you're trying to negotiate a route through bustling city streets, although the Nissan Juke's sloping nose and the restricted view out the back means it's not the easiest SUV to park. That said, only the basic model does without a reversing camera and Juke Tekna versions go a step further with a 360-degree camera.


That camera comes as part of a safety pack that means the Juke can more or less drive itself on the motorway – accelerating, braking and steering you in lane as long as you keep your hands on the wheel. But even if you go for a high-spec car, the Juke isn't at its best on the motorway where it suffers from wind and tyre noise. The ride can also jostle you about on poor surfaces especially if you go for a car with 19-inch alloy wheels.


The pay off for that ride is that the Nissan is safe and predictable in corners with little of pronounced body lean that you might expect from a taller car like this. Truth be told, though, it isn't a huge amount of fun, if you want a small SUV that can have you grinning like a Cheshire cat, you'll want the Ford Puma. 


What engines and gearboxes are available in the Nissan Juke?

The 2021 Nissan Juke was initially offered with just one engine: a little 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol unit with 117PS. It could be combined with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.


The manual gearbox in the Juke is fine, although the gear change doesn’t feel as precise as you’d get in a Ford Puma, for example. The dual-clutch gearbox is much better than the CVT transmission that was used in the old Juke, although it does hamper performance (on paper, at least).


With the manual gearbox, the 1.0-litre engine can hustle the Juke to 62mph in 10.4 seconds. That’s quick enough, if far from ground-breaking (the equivalent Skoda Kamiq is around half a second quicker). This extends to 11.1 seconds with the automatic gearbox. For comparison, a Skoda Kamiq 1.0 DSG accelerates to 62mph more than a second quicker.


A hybrid version, badged the Nissan Juke Hybrid, arrived in 2022. This pairs a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to produce a combined 143PS – enough to provide 0-62mph acceleration in around 10.1 seconds. It's still not that quick, but it's around town that the Juke Hybrid is in its element. The 1.2kWh battery allows the Juke Hybrid to set off under electric power alone. It won't run for any significant distance on electricity (unlike plug-in hybrid alternatives like the Renault Captur E-Tech PHEV), but Nissan says you can theoretically reach 34mph before the petrol engine is required to kick in.


One novelty of the Nissan Juke Hybrid (which comes as standard with a clever 'multi-model' automatic gearbox) is the addition of an e-Pedal button which, like in the Nissan Leaf electric car, ramps up the regenerative braking and slows the car down as you lift off the accelerator. Unlike in the Leaf, though, the deceleration isn't that noticeable and we reckon you'd struggle to drive about town without touching the brakes.

Refinement and noise levels

As we mentioned earlier, the Nissan Juke can get quite noisy on the motorway so if you'll do a lot of long drives, you might want to avoid cars with 19-inch wheels which project the most noise into the cabin. The 16 and 17-inch wheels are quieter and, for the matter, a little bit more comfortable. You'll also have to contend with some wind whistle but at least Nissan's tiny 1.0-litre engine is barely noticeable over the din of the wind and road. 


The hybrid model is very refined at lower speeds, particularly as it can set off in traffic under electric power. If you're heavy with the accelerator, though, the 1.6-litre petrol engine springs into life with a fairly intrusive roar – a pure-electric alternative like the Hyundai Kona Electric is a much better choice if you're seeking serenity.

Safety equipment: How safe is the Nissan Juke?

The Nissan Juke scored five stars when it was tested for safety by Euro NCAP under 2019's tough test conditions and it's one of the safest small SUVs you can buy as a result. Even the basic model comes with lane departure warning, traffic-sign recognition, lane assist and emergency call, which will call help if the car's involved in an accident.


Juke Tekna models add a host of big car features including active cruise control, rear cross traffic alert – which will stop you reversing into oncoming traffic – and driver alertness detection that'll warn you when you need to take a break. 

MPG and fuel costs: What does a Nissan Juke cost to run?

"The Nissan Juke Hybrid officially returns up to 56.5mpg in WLTP fuel economy tests, while the 1.0-litre petrol manages 47.9mpg with the manual gearbox and 46.3mpg with the auto transmission."

Nissan Juke Review 2022: side profile

During our time with the Juke Hybrid, we saw late-40s MPG with minimal effort, which is pretty good but still a long way short of what you could get in a Toyota Yaris Cross (which reaches up to 64mpg in official tests). If you can charge a car at home, it might be worth looking at the plug-in hybrid Renault Captur E-Tech, too, as this can travel up to 30 miles in electric-only mode (great for the commute or school run).


Like all diddy little 1.0-litre turbocharged engines, the entry-level unit could be a lot thirstier than its official figures in the real world. That's because it needs working hard to build speed – drive carefully, though, and it should be relatively efficient.

How reliable is a Nissan Juke?

The latest Nissan Juke is too new for us to have any real idea of its long-term reliability, but its dual-clutch automatic transmission ought to be a lot stronger than the old CVT auto gearbox. That was a particularly weak point for the previous model in terms of reliability. 


Nissan performs pretty mediocrely in the HonestJohn.co.uk Satisfaction Index, with an average reliability score of 9.04.

Insurance groups and costs

The cheapest Nissan Juke to insure will be the 1.0-litre with the manual gearbox in Acenta trim, as this sits in insurance group 13. With its bigger 1.6-litre engine, the Nissan Juke Hybrid could be a little more expensive to insure, although insurance groups are yet to be confirmed.

VED car tax: What is the annual road tax on a Nissan Juke?

All versions of the Nissan Juke pay road tax of £215 in year one and £150 every year thereafter. 

How much should you be paying for a used Nissan Juke?

"The Nissan Juke only went on sale last year, but its popularity means you'll still have plenty of examples to choose from."

Nissan Juke Review 2022: central console and infotainment

You can expect to pay as little as £15,500 for an Acenta model – which was £19,000 new – with 5000 miles on the clock and while a Visia model will be about £500 cheaper, its basic spec means it is best avoided. 


Tekna+ cars sit at the top of the Nissan Juke range and will set you back nearly £25,000, but you stand to make a £4000 saving on an ex-demonstrator carrying a few hundred miles.


The Nissan Juke Hybrid is too new for examples to filter down onto the used market, but new prices start from around £27,250 in N-Connecta trim. The range tops out with the Nissan Juke Hybrid Tekna+, which starts from a smidgen over £30,000.

Trim levels and standard equipment

The Nissan Juke range starts with the Visia model. This is pretty basic, with its 16-inch steel wheels, cloth seats and DAB radio with four speakers. It also gets a 4.2-inch digital instrument display and LED headlights (with daytime running lights). Driver-assistance tech includes cruise control (with a speed limiter), a lane-departure warning system and traffic sign recognition.


The Nissan Juke Acenta starts from around £19,000 when new and adds desirable features like 17-inch alloy wheels, an 8-inch touchscreen media system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and a rear-view camera.


For those after a more premium choice, the N-Connecta trim level features a bigger seven-inch digital instrument display as well as a navigation system. It comes with keyless entry and start as well as an electric handbrake with auto-hold function. Automatic climate control is a nice feature, as is a leather steering wheel and shift knob - not to mention interior ambient lighting.


A new Nissan Juke Tekna starts in the region of £22,500 when new. It comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, a heated windscreen and a fancy Bose audio system. It also comes with the Advanced Safety Shield Pack, with a 360-degree camera, Intelligent Driver Alertness, Blind Spot Intervention, Rear Cross-Traffic alert, Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist and Moving Object Detection.


Topping the range, Tekna+ models look a bit more special, with two-tone paint and various contrasting body inserts (on the front and rear bumpers and side skirts). Interior finishes are also available in a variety of colours (Enigma Black, Energy Orange or Light Grey).


For a limited period, there’s also a Premiere Edition. This comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, two-tone paint (Pearl Black with Fuji Sunset Red roof and door mirrors), the exterior personalisation pack (Fuji Sunset Red inserts on front bumper, rear bumper and side skirts), interior personalisation pack (Enigma Black leather & Alcantara seats). The Bose surround sound system is standard, too.


Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Nissan Juke a reliable car?

Older Nissan Juke models with the CVT automatic gearbox could be troublesome, but the latest Nissan Juke ought to be a lot more reliable.

Dan Harrison

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Is the Nissan Juke good on fuel?

The Nissan Juke is pretty frugal for an SUV, especially as there's now a hybrid model available with official fuel economy of up to 56.5mpg.

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Should I buy a Nissan Juke?

The stylish Nissan Juke is a very desirable small SUV. Don't dismiss rivals, though – we'd recommend the Ford Puma, Skoda Kamiq and Toyota Yaris Cross.

Andy Brady

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