Used Nissan Juke
The emergence of the Nissan Juke began back in 2009 when it appeared as a concept car going by the name of Qazana.
Production began in 2010, with Jukes being built at a UK plant and the first examples shipping out to customers in late September of the same year.
Nisan was initially reserved in its predictions for sales of the Juke, although strong performance in Japan and high demand in both Europe and the US proved that this was going to be a bit of a hit.
The approved used Nissan Juke is what's known as a 4x4 crossover, although most of the models sold in the UK stick with standard two wheel drive and are hardly likely to ever actually venture away from the tarmac.
The distinctive good looks of the Juke, combined with its competitive pricing, have helped to endear it to UK buyers and you can find a number of attractive second hand examples for sale if you want to avoid picking one up brand new.
Bang for your buck
You can accuse the Nissan Juke's design of being many things, but boring is not one of them. It is chunky and bold like all good 4x4s, but manages to squeeze in sportier elements to keep things sleek where it counts.
This makes it quite difficult to pigeonhole the Juke, because it has deliberately been built to straddle several different market segments without definitively settling in one particular area.
It may be larger than many other superminis on the outside, but it is suitable compact within and features a relatively compact 250 litre boot. The styling inside is modern and quirky, as well as being rugged enough to withstand family usage.
Engine options include a base model 1.6 litre petrol unit, a 1.5 litre diesel and turbo powered range-toppers that give you performance equivalent to that of competing hot hatchbacks.
What you'll pay
From new even the most basic Nissan Juke for sale costs the best part of £14,000, but you can make a real saving if you instead opt for a used example that is only a couple of years old.
Prices start from around £9,000 for the basic 1.6 litre petrol iteration, with the various trim options playing a role in determining how much you'll have to pay.
What to check
Nissan's reputation for reliability is well earned and is not shaken by the British-built Juke, which is robust and has so far proven to be undemanding on the wallets of its owners.
Check to see that the car has been taken for its appropriate services and has all the stamps and paperwork to prove any claims about its history.
Look out for parking damage, tire wear and the usual interior signs that it has been through the wars so that you can adjust your offer to suit.
Nissan isn't the cheapest manufacturer when it comes to replacement parts, but the popularity of the Juke means that there is at least plenty of competition. You might be forced to pay main dealer prices if the car is still under warranty if replacements are required, but hopefully this reliable range will not let you down for many years to come.
How it drives
While the Nissan Juke for sale may not be an off-road maestro in spite of its looks, it does have the benefit of being designed to combine comfort and fun handling into a great driving experience on urban highways and country lanes alike.
The clever four wheel drive system is not present on many Juke models, but it offers intelligent application of power to each wheel for those who desire it.
The 11.5 second sprint to 60mph offered by the basic 1.6 litre iteration is not the quickest, but the turbo-charged Nismo edition provides a much more competitive 7.8 second rating.
If you are looking for fuel economy, the diesel delivers a combined 57.6mpg score, while even the turbo will be able to achieve 40mpg if you drive it carefully.
The Nissan Juke is an appealing little brother to the Qashqai and proves that you can really win over a wide audience with styling, while pleasing enthusiasts with a driving experience that doesn't have to make compromises.