How to choose the best Nissan Juke for you

April 1, 2015 | By | In Buying Guides
How to choose the best Nissan Juke for you

The Nissan Juke is one of the most distinctive cars on the road, with its unique exterior styling and quirky colour-coded interiors. This attention-grabbing 4×4-style small car has won many fans, thanks to its unusual looks, punchy engines and low prices.

However, don’t think that you have to dig too deep to get a nippy, well-equipped model; even the entry level version packs plenty of kit – no wind-up windows for passengers in the rear here – along with a reasonable level of performance and economy.

We’ve sifted through the Juke range to find the models that will appeal most to those on a tight budget, those after the most bang for their buck and drivers who want the best-equipped model available.

The smart choice for those on a budget – 1.6 94 Visia

This may be the entry-level Juke – weighing in at £13,620 – but even Visia trim gives you niceties such as 16-inch alloy wheels and electric windows all around, while the 1.6-litre petrol motor is frugal and powerful enough for most small car drivers.

Equipped with this engine, the Juke can sprint to 62mph in a reasonable 12.0 seconds, while economy of 47.1mpg means that fuel bills shouldn’t cost you too much, while annual car tax will set you back £130. With air conditioning, six airbags, a CD player and auxiliary input for MP3 players/phones, split-folding rear seats and electric mirrors as standard, you shouldn’t have to venture far into the options list.

The smart choice for value for money – 1.2 DIG-T 115 Acenta Premium

This Juke may cost a hefty £3,100 more than the model above at £16,720, but it offers a more powerful and economical motor – which means that this car can sprint to 62mph in 10.8 seconds and return strong claimed fuel consumption of 50.4mpg – slightly cheaper road tax at £110 per year and a raft of extra equipment.

Standard kit on this model includes a touchscreen sat nav system, a digital radio with access to internet stations, climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control with a speed limiter function and even a colour reversing camera. Other toys include 17-inch alloy wheels, supportive sports seats, tinted rear windows and colour coded air vents, gear knob and centre console for an added sense of style.

The smart choice for technophiles – 1.5 dCi 110 Tekna

The Juke may be a small car, but opt for range-topping Tekna trim and it isn’t short of equipment, with luxuries like heated leather seats – with colour-coded piping – automatic headlights and wipers and electric folding door mirrors to the Acenta Premium’s already long list of kit.

This Tekna model also gains exta anti-collision safety kit, which can warn you about vehicles in your blind spots and prevent you from starying from your lane on the motorway. With a diesel engine under the bonnet this Juke is available for a substantial £19,165, though those who cover long distances are likely to recoup some of this with low running costs – claimed economy stands at an impressive 70.6mpg while car tax will costs you just £20 per year under current rules. Performance from this diesel engine is reasonable too, with the Juke accelerating from a standstill to 62mph in 11.2 seconds.

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