If you want to lease a Motability Scheme car that blends into the background, we suggest you look somewhere else. The first generation Nissan Juke sold like hot cakes because it makes a visual statement, and its lofty-driving position meant that for the first time people could drive a SUV-style car for hatchback money. This second generation version of the Nissan Juke keeps the design extreme but adds more space, smarter looks, extra equipment, greater efficiency and plenty of great personalisation options. Nissan have also added the option of a frugal Hybrid engine, if you can stretch to it.
Nissan Juke models start at £0 Advance Payment for the DIG-T 114 'Acenta' manual. The automatic version is £299. The popular Juke Hybrid 'N-Connecta' automatic has been reduced, down to £1199. It was previously £1499 (section updated October 2023).
There's nothing quite like a Nissan Juke, part SUV, part sports coupe, part hot hatch - with a few bike and rallycar genes thrown in for good measure. It sounds an unpromising mix but against the odds, Nissan has made it work and in the original version of this car, defined once and for all what the market's smallest breed of crossover-class car should be like. Here's the second generation model.
What was most amazing about the original Juke was that a company the size of Nissan could build it. The usual procedure is for a maverick designer to come up with just such a concept only for company heads to shelve it, for customer clinics to reject it or for marketing pressure to water it down. Somehow the earlier Juke survived all of these potential trapdoors and this MK2 model remains singularly the most distinctive family car on sale today.
The second generation Juke range is primarily based around the 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder DIG-T 114 petrol engine we've already seen in Nissan's Micra supermini, with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Power stands at 114PS with up to 200Nm of torque available on overboost. Nissan claims 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds for the manual and 11.1 seconds for the DCT automatic variant, with both topping out at 112mph.
The alternative is a 1.6-litre Hybrid engine developing 143PS, using an electric motor fed by a 1.2kWh battery and mated to a clever 'multi-modal' clutchless auto gearbox. Nissan claims that with this powerplant, up to 80% of urban journeys can be conducted on electric power alone. All hybrid versions come equipped with Nissan's e-Pedal Step which, when activated, allows the movement of the car to be controlled using just the accelerator pedal. When the foot is lifted from the accelerator, moderate braking is applied (up to 0.15g) and will decelerate the Juke to a crawl (about 3mph).
Whatever your powerplant choice, at the wheel, long-time Juke owners will find the driving position is massively improved - there's at last a reach-adjustable steering wheel and smart Monoform sports seats are standard. In the manual model, the gear lever now sits more purposefully on the centre console and operates with a shorter throw.
Plus of course there's plenty of driver-assistance technology, primarily Nissan ProPILOT, the brand's semi-autonomous driver aid. This is capable of controlling the throttle, braking and steering while driving in a single lane on motorway-style roads. It's optional on N-Connecta trim cars and standard from Tekna grade upwards. In addition, the Juke gains intelligent automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, speed-limit and traffic-sign recognition, lane-keep assist and rear cross-traffic alert.
Yes, the Juke does still look like either something dredged up from the abyssal depths of the ocean or a fun, friendly and futuristic little runabout, depending on your perspective. Whichever camp you're in, you have to hand it to Nissan for not losing its resolve and watering this design down. Buyers of the original model will recognise this second generation version with its exaggerated wheel arches, rising window line, strong shoulders and a squat rear end. The full-LED circular headlights placed high on the front bumper reference those of the original Juke's, and feature a new Y-shaped signature. Above them sit new, slim LED daytime running lights that flank the nose and a narrow grille. This MK2 model is 35mm wider and 75mm longer nose to tail than before, but most significantly, the wheelbase has increased by 105mm. It certainly appears a larger, more spacious car.
The cabin delivers on that promise, with rear knee room increasing by 58mm and headroom growing by 11mm. Sitting on top of the revised fascia is a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, while some cars will also be available with a seven-inch colour driver-information display within the instrument panel. Out back, the hatch is 131mm wider than before and it accesses a boot that's now 422-litres in size, an increase of 68-litres over the first generation model (although this is reduced in the Hybrid version).
If you want to buy a new Nissan Juke outright, pricing starts at about £20,500, and it's considerably more for the new 1.6-litre Hybrid version.
Scope for exterior personalisation has always been key to Juke ownership, so this MK2 model can feel very bespoke if you want it to be. It's available in 11 different colours, with wheels ranging from 16-inch steel rims with covers to 19-inch alloys. Top-spec Tekna+ cars are available with contrasting finishes on the roof and mirrors, too.
Drivers also want cutting-edge media connectivity, so on-board Wi-Fi now appears, as do TomTom maps with live traffic and a voice-controlled Google Assistant on certain trim levels. The NissanConnect remote services app is now compatible with the Juke, allowing drivers to interact with their cars from wherever they are via their smartphone. Three optional interior schemes in orange, white or black introduce leather and Alcantara upholstery, too. All cars from Acenta grade upwards get the latest eight-inch infotainment unit as standard, while every car gets cruise control with a speed limiter function and high beam assist.
The second generation Juke retains its predecessor's reputation as being inexpensive to run thanks to its efficient 1.0-litre three cylinder engine and a 23kg reduction in weight over the previous generation version, despite this model's increase in size. The weight improvement is down to the use of more lightweight, high-tension steel in the body, plus the introduction of a new CMF-B Nissan/Renault Alliance platform, shared with one of its closest rivals, the second generation Renault Captur. All of this should mean a competitive set of running cost stats. From the manual 1.0-litre model, expect a WLTP-rated combined cycle fuel figure of 47.9mpg and a WLTP-rated CO2 figure of 134g/km. For the Hybrid, it's 54mpg and 118g/km. The Hybrid uses a 20PS belt starter/generator and always starts off in electric mode.
Service intervals are every 12 months or 12,500 miles, depending on which comes first, and all servicing and maintenance is included as a part of the Motability package.
You probably know the guy who complains that all new cars look the same but has nothing good to say when a brand like Nissan brings out something different and fresh. Don't be that guy. The Juke has deservedly carved itself a lucrative niche for itself as an inexpensive vehicle that drives well, is cheap to run, can be leased with a low Motability Advance Payment and which isn't afraid to assert its own personality. The design of the new Nissan Juke doesn't alter that fundamental appeal but smartening the looks, creating a bigger cabin, a bigger boot and adding more technology is bound to make the new Juke even more appealing to Motability customers.
It remains an unusual proposition, with an appeal that extends beyond the small crossover segment and also attracts the kind of Motability customers who might otherwise consider trendy small runabouts like the MINI Hatch and FIAT 500. Go take a test drive in new Juke and see for yourself.
People with a disability and carers who choose a new Nissan Juke through Motability will receive a brand new car, delivered by a Motability Specialist at a local Nissan dealership, complete with insurance, servicing and maintenance, full breakdown assistance, replacement tyre cover, windscreen repair or replacement cover plus a mileage allowance of 60,000 miles over three years.
This month, these Nissan Juke New models can be ordered through the Motability Scheme: