Nissan Juke interior

The Juke’s interior looks and feels good quality, but although its infotainment system is much better than the previous model’s, it isn’t as easy to use as in some alternatives.

Style

Nissan understands the importance of style and personalisation with small SUVs and the new Juke offers just that. You can choose between different seat colours and there are three different themes available on Juke Tekna+ models that change the colour of the dashboard, doors and armrest as well as the seats.

Importantly, whichever version of the Juke you buy you get a good quality interior. OK, so there are some scratchier plastics lower down, but there a large slab of soft touch plastic that runs the length of the Juke’s dashboard, the doors are covered in soft materials and the Juke’s switches all feel substantial. It’s a shame you don’t get a leather-trimmed steering wheel or gear knob as standard in Visia or Acenta models, though.

The three air vents on the dashboard look like exhausts from miniature jet engines and the combination of straight edges and flowing curves makes the likes of the Skoda Kamiq’s cabin look pretty dull indeed. Sure, there’s a fair amount of easy-to-scratch glossy black plastic on the dashboard and centre console, but this is balanced out by numerous shiny metal-effect inserts that make the Nissan Juke feel sportier inside than most small SUVs.

All Jukes get Nissan’s sleek new Monoform seats with a single-piece backrest – similar to those you can get in plenty of hard-core sports cars. In entry-level Juke Visia cars these are cloth, but as you move up the range they become faux-leather (in Tekna guise) and eventually real leather, as well as being more figure-hugging and sportier in design.

N-Connecta cars add a 7-inch TFT driver display and keyless entry and start, plus an electric handbrake, while Tekna cars have a thumping Bose sound system, plus heated front seats and a heated windscreen. Tekna+ upgrades are largely cosmetic, while Premiere Edition cars have leather and Alcantara seats and an even higher-grade Bose audio system with speakers in the front-seat head restraints.

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Infotainment

Entry-level Juke Visia models get a very simple system which is made up of a monochrome screen and menu shortcut buttons. It’s all a bit 90s stereo so isn’t much to look at but is at least easy to use, and DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB and aux connections are included.

However, from second-rung Juke Acenta trim, there’s a new infotainment system made up of an 8.0-inch touchscreen and menu shortcut buttons, plus comes with DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and even Google Assistant. It’s a marked improvement on what went before, proving responsive to touch and visually impressive, although Skoda and VW still have the edge with their more easier to fathom native menus.

The built-in sat-nav that you get as standard in N-Connecta models and above is fairly easy to use, but the maps look a little washed out and can’t hold a candle to the Waze and Google Maps imagery you get when you connect your phone using the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features.

It’s also disappointing that Nissan doesn’t let you add fully digital driver’s dials as an option, given VW and Skoda do. Instead, the Juke gets a small digital screen between its analogue dials from N-Connecta trim via which you can scroll through trip info, see its Pro Pilot semi-autonomous driving status and changes some of the car’s settings.

From Acenta trim you also get use of Nissan’s connected services. This includes things like Google Assistant which can be used as an advanced voice control, weather info and a smartphone app which allows you to see car statuses or take remote control of some of the Juke’s functions such as locking and unlocking or flashing its lights to find it in a carpark.

Those who love their music will certainly love Nissan’s upgraded Bose sound system which comes as standard from Tekna trim. Not only does it sound fantastic, but it also comes with cool-looking Bose speakers in the car’s headrests which really do improve the listening experience.

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