Nissan Juke Hatchback (2014) Review

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The Juke continues Nissan's successful run in the SUV segment. However, it now faces stiff competition from newer rivals such as the Citroen C3 Aircross and the Hyundai Kona.


Let's face it, the Nissan Juke is simply superb on the outside. Such a unique exterior design is a breath of fresh air in a sea of similar-looking cars.

This small crossover can definitely turn heads and it looks striking from all angles. At the front, there's a wide and thin grille that incorporates the Nissan logo, four separate headlights (two for the DRLs and two for the dipped/high beams) and a scattering of chrone.

And guess what? The rear of the Juke is just as good. Every single aspect of it is eye-catching.


Okay, the interior of the Juke might've been fresh and extravagant eight years ago but nowadays most rivals offer interiors with better quality. The centre console is also rather cluttered with buttons, dials, switches and so on. In most other dashes, these buttons, dials and switches have been hidden in the infotainment system.

Unfortunately, there's a lot of hard and scratchy plastics present in the cabin leave a bad taste.

Still, there's a decent amount of room inside, especially for those sitting at the front. The overall layout of the cabin is not that bad and you do get the benefit of the raised driving position that's typical for SUVs.


It's obvious that Nissan opted for comfort over sportiness with the Juke. The steering is nice and light, while the suspension is leaning towards the softer side, although bigger potholes have the tendency to top upset the Juke.

In corners, this small SUV feels competent and body roll is minimal. But you still wouldn't want to push it to its limits due to the lack of feel that's associated with the light steering.

And when it comes to engines, the Nissan Juke comes with quite a few options, including both petrol and diesel units. The list of standard engines ranges from 1.2 to 1.6-litres, while the Nismo variant of the Juke adds a turbocharger to the regular 1.6-litre petrol and a four-wheel drive system to attract performance-orientated buyers.


Those sitting at the front will find the Juke a fairly comfortable place to be with decent head and legroom. It's probably worth mentioning, though, that many competitors offer more cabin space.

At the back things look a bit more cramped though since rear passengers might feel a bit claustrophobic due to the sloping roofline.

And when it comes to boot capacity, the Juke offers a okay(ish) luggage capacity. With 354-litres (or 1,189 litres if you fold down the rear seats) of boot space, it's quite decent but still lacking behind cars like the Renault Captur that boasts 377-litres or 1,235 with the seats folded up and down, respectively.

On the other hand, Juke's engines are generally quite economical and environment-friendly. Well, apart from the punchy Nismo version. Fuel efficiency ranges from 44 mpg to 71 mpg and real world efficiency sits at 25 to 60 mpg.

As a small SUV, insurance isn't too bad and all variants falls between insurance groups 12 and 22.


There's five different trim levels — Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta, Tekna and Nismo RS — and there's not a massive amount between them. As with most Nissans, standard equipment is impressive and even the entry-level Visia gets air conditioning, alloy wheels and even neat LED daytime running lights.

Further up the Juke trim level range, more exclusive and fancy gadgetry is available like bigger alloys, infotainment system with a touchscreen and DAB digital radio, sat nav, cruise control and Bluetooth.

There's even the optional Tech Pack that adds stuff like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and Xenon headlights. That definitely gives the Juke more upmarket feel.

Euro NCAP Safety Rating

  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 87%
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 81%
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 41%
  • NCAP Safety Assist % 71%

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