The all-new 2020 Nissan Juke is a funky little five-seater SUV. The last time I drove a Juke back in 2018 they looked rather more eccentric with an upturned nose!
This new model is rather more like the Toyota C-HR crossed with the previous Juke. With its rear door handles hidden in the rear window details and more chiselled rear features.
Looks aside, let's find out how the Nissan Juke fares when we put it through a week with my family and through our BabyDrive testing!
The Juke is small! That's our first observation. With our daughter in her forward-facing child seat, my husband at 184cm can sit in the front passenger set BUT introduce a rear-facing child seat or capsule and it's another story! Only I can sit in front of her and I'm 162cm! It's a similar story with this size of SUV, as seen in the Mazda CX-30, Hyundai Kona and Toyota C-HR.
The ceiling in the back is not too low so actually travelling in the back is not too bad. Space is tight so only two child seats fit and there is definitely no room between the two seats for anyone to sit.
Storage in the cabin of the Juke is very minimal, especially in the back where there is just a shelf in the back of the central console box and door bins.
In the front things are slightly improved with cup holders and a good size glove box and door bins.
I'm not a fan of the interior of the Juke, the shiny silver/grey plastic used in the central console feels cheap and flimsy and like it would scratch and mark easily.
In the boot, storage is quite good for a small SUV and it will hold ten shopping bags. That's comparable to the Toyota C-HR and Mazda CX-30 which also hold ten shopping bags. The Hyundai Kona holds nine bags and the Hyundai Venue holds eight. For comparison, the traditional hatchback shaped VW Polo which holds seven bags.
I found a twin side-by-side pram fits in the boot with the parcel shelf removed and five shopping bags and the other sizes of pram and stroller all fitted with the parcel shelf and varying amounts of shopping (see detailed storage section below).
There is a great seatbelt removal visual in the driver's display screen, which lights up green to tell you exactly who has got their seatbelt fastened in the front and rear seats, which is very handy. Also on the driver's display screen is the distance to empty in km which is really handy as a parent.
The distance to empty display becomes extra important as a parent because getting fuel with a baby is a whole new world of difficult. If they are screaming in the car you definitely do not want your journey prolonged with a fuel stop! If they are asleep the turning off of the engine, doors opening and locking and unlocking, then re-opening the doors and closing, starting the engine again, beepers going off because you haven’t got your seatbelt on when you start the car or because you blink in the wrong direction, do you take them out of the car when you go in to pay? If you do will you get them back in the seat again or will they have a complete meltdown and you’ll be stuck on the fuel station forecourt with a screaming baby!! Hopefully you are starting to gather the anxiety that what was once a simple fuel stop can be for a mum!!!!
For this reason the distance to empty display can let you know if you have enough fuel to make it home with bub and then go out and get fuel another time when you will not have to take bub with you.
The media system in the Nissan Juke is basic and one of the latest Nissan systems but it's still not very user friendly, so it's good news that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are there to make using it sooo much easier!
The reversing camera screen in the Juke is VERY milky and hard to see clearly. This seemed to be the case no matter what light you are in and made reversing, parking maneuvering in school car parks etc really difficult.
The cruise control in the Nissan Juke really runs away with itself especially on undulating roads and at lower speeds.
Overall I found the 2020 Nissan Juke to be a quirky and compact BabyDrive, the boot space is good and the addition of Apple CarPlay helps that media system be more user friendly.
The Nissan Juke scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2020 and comes with six airbags as standard. Both front passengers get front and side chest airbags and side head curtain airbags extend to the rear side passengers.