The Nissan Juke was one of the first compact crossovers to hit the market and remains as popular as ever. The styling might not be to everyone’s tastes, but its peppy performance and crossover practicality make it a great alternative to more conventionally-styled cars.
Since its launch, lots of other manufacturers have fielded their own compact crossovers, so we’ve put together a list of the 10 best alternatives to the Juke. Use our new car deals page to get the best savings on any of the cars featured here.
The Fiat 500X is the SUV in the Italian brand’s expanding 500 range. It combines the retro appeal of the 500 supermini with the practicality and versatility of a small SUV. You’ll find a roomy interior with space for four adults, along with a boot that’s roughly the same size as the Nissan’s.
It’s fun to drive, too – critics praise the limited body roll and compliance over bumps. The 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine offers power when it’s needed but its relatively small capacity allows fuel consumption to be kept to a minimum. There’s a 2.0-litre diesel for those that want more grunt, but it won’t be as quiet or refined as the petrol.
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Costing just under £10,000, the Dacia Duster seriously undercuts many on this list. While it’s reliable and good value for money, you won’t find the same creature comforts as the Nissan and cheap plastics feature throughout most of the cabin. When it comes to practicality, however, the Duster has the Juke trumped – its 475-litre boot is far more practical and rear passengers won’t feel as claustrophobic.
There are only two engines to choose from – a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel. The petrol is the cheaper option because the diesel is only offered on the higher trim levels. It’s worth stretching to the diesel if you can, though – it’ll return over 60mpg compared to the petrol’s lowly 40 and feels much stronger on the move.
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The Peugeot 2008 is based on the smaller 208’s platform so, although it looks chunkier, it’ll be just as easy to drive. Its styling is toned down compared to the Juke but that’ll suit some buyers better. Interior equipment is good – cruise control and air conditioning are standard on all models. Seats are comfortable and, thanks to the high body, there shouldn’t be any complaints from passengers.
While the 2008 handles and drives reasonably well, it can’t compete with the Juke in the fun stakes. All the engines are refined on the move, capable of over 50mpg, and you’ll pay no road tax if you choose the 1.6-litre diesel. With 360 litres of boot space, ample passenger room and minimal running costs, the 2008 makes a sensible purchase.
Using our Peugeot 2008 deals page, you can find the best savings on a new one, direct from the UK’s top Peugeot dealers.
Like the Juke, you’ll either love or loathe the quirky looks of the Ford EcoSport. The tall, boxy body gives off a more off-road-biased look, even if its natural home is in the city rather than off the beaten track. On the plus side, the driving position is extremely high, improving all round visibility.
There are three engines on offer borrowed from the Fiesta line-up. The EcoSport’s extra weight means they don’t feel as nippy, however – something not helped by the inherent body roll. On the plus side, you get generous levels of specification with the most basic Zetec models getting reasonable equipment.
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The Renault Captur is one of the most spacious and stylish crossovers on this list. It’s a close relative of the smaller Clio but, thanks to a taller body, there’s lots of room inside for passengers and their luggage. Clever sliding rear seats mean you can have up to 477 litres of space if you sacrifice rear legroom. Bluetooth, cruise control and air conditioning are standard on all models.
Both the 0.9-litre and 1.2-litre petrols offer nippy performance around town, making the most of the excellent handling characteristics it shares with the Clio. For pure economy, the 1.5-litre diesel is capable of 75mpg and is free to tax, too.
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The Vauxhall Mokka is the company’s first attempt at a small crossover vehicle and, while it might not be as fun to drive as the Juke, its handsome looks and well-appointed interior make it a good all-rounder.
The interior is well-made and feels better quality than Ford’s EcoSport. Equipment includes DAB radio, climate control and automatic headlights and wipers on all models. Priced from £16,000, it’s more expensive than some rivals here so be sure you need the space before signing for it.
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Citroen C4 Cactus
The Citroen C4 Cactus’ individual styling is made even more unique by the addition of its ‘Airbumps’. They don’t just look pretty – they help you avoid dings and scratches in busy car parks. Inside, the individuality continues – the handles for the doors and glove box would look equally at home on a handbag.
There’s lots of room for four people although, like the Juke, rear passengers may feel a little claustrophobic because you can’t fully open the windows. With the back seats down, there’s 1,170 litres of space, compared to the Nissan’s 1,189. All engines are economical and powerful enough for the job thanks in part to the C4 Cactus’ low weight.
Our Citroen C4 Cactus deals page will find the best offers straight from trusted Citroen dealers across the country.
The Suzuki Vitara is more conventionally-styled than some rivals, giving it a more rugged look. Thanks to the high ground-clearance and a range of torquey engines, it’s the one to go for if you regularly head off-road. Priced from around £14,000, it’s a budget off-roader, and this shows inside – the interior is a little plain compared to some rivals.
The 375 litre boot means there’s enough room for most people’s needs. It’s nice to drive, too, drawing influenced from the dainty Suzuki Swift. The raised body isn’t affected by body roll, either, so it should be just as easy to drive on faster roads as it is when off the beaten track.
For the best deals, use our Suzuki Vitara deals page to get offers from Suzuki dealers across the UK.
Costing around £3,000 more than the Juke, the Mazda CX-3 is a slightly pricier alternative but, for the price, you get a car that’s just as fun to drive. Beneath the stylish exterior you’ll find an interior very similar to the Mazda 2.
Things are just as good under the bonnet with a 1.5-litre diesel and a 2.0-litre petrol offering a refined drive. This is helped by the CX-3’s excellent handling – it feels nimble and compliance in all situations. In terms of practicality, the fabulous looks impede marginally on cabin space – 350 litres is acceptable, but far from the best in class.
To find the best price on a new one, our Mazda CX-3 deals page will help you get a great deal from the best dealers.
The Jeep Renegade is a sensible yet stylish crossover with chunky American looks reminiscent of older Jeeps. Thanks to its upright body, passenger space is more than acceptable and it feels sure-footed on the road. There’s one petrol and three diesel engines to choose from – all returning impressive economy figures.
If you opt for the 2.0-litre diesel, you’ll get the four-wheel-drive system that helps it go further off road than many rivals. It isn’t quite a match for the Land Rover Discovery Sport but, for peace of mind, you can be sure it’ll deal with muddy tracks and slippy slopes with ease.
For the best deals, our Jeep Renegade deals page offers you savings straight from the UK’s Jeep dealer network.