The Nissan Juke’s cabin may have looked pretty ‘out there’ when it was launched, but that was almost 10 years ago and there are plenty of more modern rivals that do it all much better these days
The Nissan Juke’s interior might have looked pretty sharp when it was launched back in 2010 but its left-field design’s starting to look a little try-hard in the face of slicker, more modern alternatives.
The centre console comes absolutely plastered with buttons and knobs and the 5.8-inch touchscreen in Bose Personal Edition models looks like it’s been shoehorned in place between the two oversized air vents.
The Juke’s deeply recessed analogue speed and rev-counter dials make it feel sportier than most small crossovers but the sheer number of hard, brittle surfaces and cheap-looking trims mean it lags some way behind the more grown-up Citroen C4 Cactus in the style stakes.
It’s not all bad news, however. If you’re more into bold colours than staid minimalism the Nissan’s numerous personalisation options could be right up your street. You can get colourful trims on the doors, centre console and around the air vents and high-spec Tekna models get supportive leather seats with colourful contrasting piping.
The Juke’s glossy body-coloured centre console is designed to look like a motorcycle fuel tank – what it’s doing in a small family car’s interior is anyone’s guess…
Entry-level Nissan Jukes are best avoided. These Visia cars don’t even come with Bluetooth connectivity or a USB plug and their minuscule orange and black stereo display would have looked out of date in the nineties.
Trade up to an Acenta car and you get Bluetooth and USB connectivity but the best infotainment system only comes in Bose Personal Edition models and above. This 5.8-inch display doesn’t have particularly high-resolution graphics but its menus are much more logically laid out than those in a Fiat 500X.
The Nissan Juke also gets set of physical shortcut buttons to help make switching between key functions on the move as easy as possible. Its conventional volume knob is much better than the annoying on-screen buttons you get in a Mazda CX-3, too.
You’ll have to pick a Bose Personal Edition model or above if you want satellite navigation. It’s relatively easy to punch in a destination and swiping across the screen to preview your route feels pretty intuitive, too.
Pairing your phone using the Bluetooth connection is simple but you can’t get the Juke with either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring. As a result, you can’t use any of your phone’s navigation or music streaming apps through the car’s built-in screen.
The stereo’s pretty disappointing, too. Entry-level cars come with just four speakers – you’ll have to fork out for a Tekna model or above to get a six-speaker system – and there’s no option to upgrade to a big-name stereo like the optional Bose system in a Renault Captur.