New Nissan Juke Debuts, Starts At £13,420

What am I looking at?

A very yellow example of the updated Nissan Juke - still one of the most popular crossovers on the market.

What's new?

Not a lot, but the changes do freshen up the car a little. If you liked the previous Juke you'll like this one too, though it won't change the opinions of those who were less keen on the previous model, either.

Visual upgrades amount to new Nissan 370Z-style front driving lights (the high-mounted ones atop the bonnet), redesigned front and rear bumpers, and slightly redesigned rear light clusters. There's also a few new paint shades to choose from - including the bright hue shown here - and a few more personalisation options. Perhaps most useful is that the boot is now 40% bigger than before.

Nissan Juke rear

Tell me about the powerplants

It's largely the same as before, here. Two longstanding petrol units 1.6 litres in capacity - turbocharged and non-turbo, and there's a 1.5 dCi diesel too. The latter is the economy choice, naturally, and the non-turbo petrol 1.6 serves as the entry-level unit.

A new addition to the range is the 1.2 DIG-T 115. The turbocharged unit produces 112 horses and achieves 51 mpg combined, with usefully low tax. We're fond of it in the larger Qashqai, so in the Juke it should be quite a handy little engine. What hasn't returned just yet is the NISMO model, but we expect that to follow in due course.

Nissan Juke interior

Anything else?

Trim levels continue as before: Visia, Acenta, Acenta Premium and Tekna. Visia gets 16-inch alloys, aircon, a CD player with AUX-in, and daytime running lights. Accenta gives you 17-inch alloys, Bluetooth, USB, climate control and tinted rear glass. Accenta premium adds NissanConnect satnav, apps and smartphone connectivity, with extra interior personalisation options.

Opt for the turbocharged 1.6 in this trim level and the wheels grow another inch, and keyless entry becomes standard. Tekna offers leather seats, auto headlights and Nissan's Safety Shield, a pack full of high-end accident avoidance tech.

Nissan Juke stitching

What's the damage?

13,420 for the least-powerful, 1.6-litre Visia. Accenta starts at 15,320, Acenta Premium at 16,470, and Tekna from 17,670. The cheapest 1.2 turbo will set you back 15,320 in Acenta trim, the cheapest diesel is the same in entry-level Visia spec, and turbocharged 1.6 models begin with Acenta Premium trim at 18,020.

Any alternatives?

Several. The Renault Captur is closest, sharing one or two of the Juke's engine options and starting at a tempting 12,495.

The Peugeot 2008 is a good choice too, beginning at 12,995. Ford now offers the 14,995 Ecosport in this class, but frankly we wouldn't bother - it's a wholly disappointing car to drive.

As you start to climb the Juke ladder, the 15,999 Vauxhall Mokka, 16,605 Skoda Yeti and 16,620 MINI Countryman all become rivals.

Nissan Juke lights

In a line:

Quirky crossover will continue to sell in droves.

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