The Juke started the entire supermini crossover segment, but rival manufacturers have since created equivalent models that offer far more space and flexibility than the Juke, and are cheaper to run. The Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 are two such cars.
A 2014 facelift saw the Juke improved markedly, with a bigger boot and a greater emphasis on technology – much of it safety-related. Add the great visibility that the high-set shape provides and the Juke remains an appealing small car, if a compromised one.
The Nissan Juke was the car that established the ‘mini-SUV’ sector. With its supermini-sized dimensions, raised ride height and funky styling, it was unlike any car that came before it when it arrived in 2010. While the larger Qashqai was designed to replace Nissan’s family cars, the Juke is sold alongside the Japanese firm’s other small cars, the Micra and Note.
There are a number of Juke models available, kicking off with the basic Visia. Further up the range, there’s Acenta, N-Connecta and Tekna trims, while the Nismo RS is the sporty version of the Juke, although it’s not quite the sporty hot hatch the name would lead you to believe. N-Connecta is the equivalent of the older N-tec, and it arrived in 2014 when the Juke facelift was revealed. This and the Tekna models are well equipped, with kit such as 360 degree cameras, keyless go and LED running lights.