Used Nissan Juke (Mk1, 2010-2019) review - What should you look out for?

Overall the Nissan is a robust and reliable choice, with very few potential pitfalls to catch out unwardy buyers

With strong build quality and a range of reliable engines, the Nissan promises to be a trouble-free option. Better still, any issues that do occur can usually be sorted fairly inexpensively.

Common used Nissan Juke Mk1 problems 

Air issues

The pipe to the air-con pump can shear, resulting in a lack of refrigerated air. Putting everything right can easily cost more than £500.

Paint problem

Early cars could suffer from the bumpers rubbing against adjacent panels because of the tight gaps; the result was damaged paint.


Check the panels on the side of the driver’s seat; splits are an issue, especially on leather-trimmed cars. The stitching can also split.

Build quality

The fixings for the parcel shelf are annoyingly fragile; they get broken so easily that some owners simply remove the shelf altogether.


The dash is easy to use and it’s comfy up front, but some interior plastics feel flimsy, and rear seat space is tight thanks to that sloping roofline. Boot space stands at 251 litres in 2WD models and 207 litres in 4WD cars. However, facelifted FWD Jukes offer 354 litres. 


A total of seven recalls is disappointing. The first, issued in December 2010, was due to brake fluid contamination. Another, in January 2012, was because some diesels could stall and not restart. 

There were two recalls because of potential fuel leaks (April 2012 and March 2013), while the possibility of an airbag expelling hot gases led to an action in February 2013.

Faulty engine start switches were behind a campaign in August 2015, then a July 2016 recall was due to faulty engine oxygen sensors.

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