Handling is decent, and body roll is well managed. The steering is overly light, though, which means you always feel disconnected from the driving experience.
In terms of the engines, an entry-level 1.6-litre 93bhp kicks things off. It’s underpowered, and even if you opt for the automatic transmission which adds a further 19bhp, it still feels that underpowered.
The 187bhp 1.6-litre turbo is the liveliest petrol engine. It’s more economical than the entry-level model, and can do 0-62 in just 8.0 seconds.
There is only one diesel engine available, a 1.5-litre dCi. We like it – performance is solid. It gets you from rest to 62 in 11.2 seconds and has good acceleration. It won’t set your pulse racing, but it suits the cars quirky nature.
In terms of running costs, the Juke falls behind rivals by not offering any tax-free engines. Still, the sole diesel can return 70mpg and costs just £20 a year to tax. The petrol engines aren’t too bad. But the best they can offer is the 50mpg returned by a 1.2-litre turbocharged engine.
Nissan updated the interior in 2014. But while they made the boot bigger, they didn’t tweak much else. As a result, the materials are starting to look flimsy and dated. It’s such a shame, too, because this is a funky interior that caught the eye a few years back. There is plenty of colour, but it’s fast become old hat. It’s like an old tribute act in Vegas that’s no longer relevant.
Worse still, scratchy, hard plastics are everywhere.
And despite looking beefy from the outside, this is a family car that your kids will soon outgrow. It’s aimed at young families, but young families don’t always stay so young so long. The back seats are too small, and the roofline is too low.
Still, the boot has been extended to 354-litres – if you stick to the two-wheel-drive model. Go for the four-wheel-drive version and you get 251-litres of boot space. Hmm.
Ford – £15,400 – £18,900
Nissan – £14,600 – £23,000