Nissan Juke review - Interior, design and technology
The Nissan Juke’s interior is vastly improved, but it doesn’t feel as solidly built as rivals’. At least connectivity is good
The second-generation Nissan Juke is clearly recognisable as an evolution of the original compact crossover. The car’s slim daytime running lights and oversized headlamps mimic the old version’s, while the pronounced haunches and hidden rear door handles are another nod to the original. It’s grown, but the benefit is an interior that is bigger in every direction.
Based on the same platform as the Renault Clio and Captur, the new Nissan Juke shares plenty of common parts with its French friends. The Captur is more intelligently packaged, however, offering things like a sliding rear bench and up to 536 litres of boot space. Still, there’s much to like about the Nissan’s interior, including a logically laid-out dashboard and lots of adjustment in the driver’s seat.
The Juke perhaps doesn’t feel as well built or high-quality as a Skoda Kamiq, but there’s loads of kit and the dials are easy to read. The large central touchscreen isn’t the most responsive, but at least you get physical shortcut buttons along the bottom of the screen, and you can use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (Acenta and above) to bypass Nissan’s sub-standard infotainment set-up.
If you go for Tekna trim, you get Nissan’s Advanced Safety Shield. This offers various semi-autonomous features such as the firm’s Intelligent Around View Monitor, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. In Tekna guise, the Juke will take care of the steering, accelerator and brakes, monitoring its surroundings for smooth motorway driving.
Elsewhere, even entry-level Visia cars get LED lights, a DAB radio, cruise control and traffic sign recognition. Acenta builds on this with 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear-view camera and Nissan’s eight-inch touchscreen with smartphone connectivity.
N-Connecta features keyless go, a leather trimmed steering wheel and climate control, while Tekna and Tekna+ pile on the kit with 19-inch wheels, a Bose stereo and a Heat Pack with heated seats and heated windscreen.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The Nissan Juke’s infotainment system isn’t as intuitive or as responsive as the best set-ups in the supermini class, but at least it’s packed with functionality; all but the very cheapest Visia model gets a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
We’d step up to at least the Acenta to get this kit. Doing so also gives you access to NissanConnect Services, as well as a useful (if slightly grainy) reversing camera. That rear window isn’t the biggest, so this could come in handy when parking in tight spots.
We love the Bose Personal Plus Audio System on Tekna and Tekna+ grade cars. This set-up features speakers set into the front headrests, which means you not only get a much clearer sound, but it’s less harmful to your hearing. The quality is really very good, and works well no matter what kind of music, radio or Podcast you like to listen to.
In this review
- 1Nissan Juke reviewOnce a trend-setter, the Nissan Juke now plays catch-up with a bunch of rivals it helped to inspire
- 2Engines, performance and driveNissan’s engineers have tuned the Juke for UK roads, but the engine and gearbox lag behind the best in this class
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Juke offers decent economy and is relatively cheap to insure, although average CO2 emissions will count against it
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe Nissan Juke’s interior is vastly improved, but it doesn’t feel as solidly built as rivals’. At least connectivity is good
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceMuch more practical than before, the new Nissan Juke should offer all the space a small family might need
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Juke is very safe, while the old car’s peerless reliability record bodes well