Nissan Juke (2010–2019) review - Reliability and Safety

No major issues with the Juke’s reliability, while safety is excellent owing to good technology and a commanding driving position

Despite the plastics feeling cheap in the Juke, Nissan’s reliability is largely excellent – all models are built at the firm’s Sunderland plant – and the car should be sturdy enough to stand up to daily wear and tear.

All the engines in the Juke – some of which it shares with Renault – are proving very reliable, with the it finishing 54th of all cars in our 2017 Driver Power reliability survey, whereas the equally ageing Skoda Yeti finished second.

Higher end cars get an advanced dashboard-mounted screen, which shows a range of information such as cornering G-force. Unfortunately, as the Nissan Juke is essentially a small family crossover, it all seems a bit pointless.

Thanks to its five-star Euro NCAP rating, the Juke is also one of the safest cars around – and considering it was tested before the 2014 update added features like Safety Shield, that’s an encouragement. It scored especially well for adult occupant safety (87%) and child occupant safety (81%).

Safety Shield, which is standard on Acenta and optional on N-Connecta, comprises lane departure warning, blind spot warning, and a sensor that detects people or animals moving behind the car.  Six airbags are standard across the range, including driver, passenger, side impact and curtain.

Warranty

Nissan’s warranty is the same for all cars and covers three years or 60,000 miles – whichever comes first. It includes touring assistance, meaning hotel accommodation is covered if occupants are stranded as a result of a breakdown, and it covers a replacement vehicle if appropriate in the same circumstances. The paint warranty is three-years long too, though the mileage is unlimited, while the corrosion warranty is up to 12 years, also unlimited mileage. 

Servicing

While some manufacturers offer multiple service visits for a one-off payment over the life of the car, Nissan operates a simple fixed price policy per service. For petrol models a minor service is around £149 and a major one about £219, and for diesels that’s bumper up slightly to about £159 and £249. 

Every service includes one year’s roadside assist, a free courtesy car, and the dealership will even send you a video outlining any problems so you can assess it before additional work is carried out. 

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