Price-wise, the Nissan Juke competes more with the likes of the Audi A1 and Alfa Romeo Mito than more run-of-the-mill superminis. However, compared to the Audi, the Nissan comes well-equipped and without the plethora of options Audi dealers will attempt to throw at you.
Residuals are currently proving to be slightly above average, as there is strong demand for used Jukes. The only concern on the horizon is how well its looks stand the test of time. More tangible are the running costs, with competitive insurance groups and servicing required once a year or every 12,500 miles.
And, for once, our tests showed that the official combined economy figure of isn’t wholly unrealistic for the 1.6. The Juke returned an impressive 46mpg on our touring route in Eco mode and 41.1mpg in Normal. The average for the whole test was 36.5mpg.
The turbo’s average mpg is adequate for its performance, but knocked by 3mpg if you opt for the four-wheel drive version (very few buyers have). The diesel promises more impressive economy and emissions, but again they are competitive with the class norm rather than startling.
The 1.5-litre diesel is, as you’d expect, the leader when it comes to economy. The claimed 57.6mpg is achievable if you’re careful, and with CO2 emissions of 129g/km it’s environmentally friendly, too.