It’s at least partially Nissan's doing that the compact crossover hatchback has become Europe’s biggest automotive market growth area.
Inevitably, that success cleared the path for a second-generation Juke. And given how much more competition there is for this one than there was for its predecessor, you can bet that it'll be a few years before we see the third generation, set to go electric.
Plenty is different about the car this time around. Whereas the original had a specially adapted chassis used only by Nissan, this one is based on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s CMF-B platform, which also underpins the likes of the Dacia Sandero, Renault Clio and Renault Captur.
Diesel and four-wheel-drive powertrains have been ditched in favour of a more modern petrol unit, sending its power exclusively through the front wheels.
Inside, it has a much bigger boot – almost doubling the original’s tiny 251-litre capacity to 422 litres – as well as extra passenger space and more upmarket materials.
The Nissan Juke range at a glance
The second-generation Juke was launched in 2020 with a lone choice of engine, the 1.0-litre turbo petrol three-pot that’s also used in the Sandero and Clio, here producing 112bhp. It’s available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
It was joined in 2022 by Renault’s E-Tech hybrid powertrain, which combines a four-speed unsynchronised dog ’box with a 48bhp electric motor, a 20bhp starter-generator and a 93bhp naturally aspirated 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.
Trims range from Visia up through an unusually swollen mid-range of three intermediate steps (Acenta, N-Connecta, Tekna) and culminate at Tekna+, which comes with 19in alloy wheels, two-tone paint and part-leather seats as standard. N-Connecta cars have sat-nav, a rear parking camera, cruise control and LED headlights.