The Nissan Juke is a real Marmite car – buyers either love it or hate it. At launch in 2010, the jury was out on whether it was a good move by the brand.
Customers were hooked, though – as proven by the bulging order books and the way the factory had to run flat-out to keep up with demand.
That honeymoon period is now over, with some flaws coming to the fore. But the Juke still makes a good used buy, and with a facelifted model on the way, prices are set to tumble.
The Juke arrived in September 2010, with a choice of 1.5 diesel or 1.6-litre petrol engines in naturally aspirated and DiG-T turbo forms. At launch there were Visia, Acenta and Tekna trims, with n-tec introduced in April 2013 to sit below Tekna.
Revised gearing arrived in September 2011 to improve economy and emissions, while an update to the 1.5 dCi in July 2013 gave a further boost, plus increased power and torque. The hot Juke Nismo, with its 197bhp turbo, arrived last year and is a fun hot hatch alternative.
As the Juke was the first of a new breed, all of its rivals are newer, so generally cost more. The MINI Countryman has proven a hit, with its neat cabin and great quality, plus optional four-wheel drive, but prices are high. The Peugeot 2008 has also been popular as it looks smart, is good to drive and comes laden with kit. It’s front-wheel drive only, though.
Meanwhile, the Vauxhall Mokka is a bit bigger than the Juke so is more spacious, but it’s disappointing to drive and too expensive. There’s a four-wheel-drive option, though, and equipment is generous.
|Model||Insurance group||Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Annual road tax|
|1.6T 4WD auto||19-26||37mpg||175g/km||£200|
|1.6T Nismo 4WD CVT||24||38mpg||169g/km||£200|
|1.5 dCi stop-start||16-17||61mpg||109g/km||£20|
All Jukes need a service every 12 months or 18,000 miles, apart from the 1.6T (12 months/12,500 miles). While the first three services for petrol cars are set at £176, £261 and £206, they cost £176, £337 and £231 for diesels.
The big one is the fifth service; it’s £341 for petrol cars, and £551 for diesels as the dCi has a cambelt. This needs renewing every five years or 90,000 miles. Fresh coolant is required every three years or 54,000 miles (at £35) and new brake fluid every two years or 36,000 miles (£30).