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Nissan Qashqai Or The Nissan Juke?

Used Nissan Qashqai - What Do You Need to Know?

Nissan Qashqai

When the latest generation Nissan Qashqai was tested for its Euro NCAP rating back in 2014 it scored higher than any other vehicle in its class, and that is just one of the reasons the Qashqai remains at the top of the table when it comes to crossover SUV’s.

● Brilliant visibility

● Resale value is pretty low

● Designed with sporty lines

● Newer versions now only have five seats.

● Extremely economical for its class

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Used Nissan Juke - What Do You Need to Know?

Nissan Juke

The Juke is the Qashqai’s smaller sibling in the Nissan line-up. It’s distinctive design means that there are many motorists who absolutely love the Juke. It’s true that some view the funky high-placed headlights and low-slung, wide rear-end as quirky and stylish while others are not so keen.

● Economical engine choices

● The design is fairly divisive

● Near perfect safety rating (5 stars in EURO NCAP testing)

● Quite a lot of hard plastic in the cabin

● Low carbon emissions mean cheaper tax

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A Short History of the Nissan Qashqai and Nissan Juke

The Nissan Qashqai and Nissan Juke models are both highly competitive stablemates that deliver on practicality and a good driving experience. The Qashqai is larger and the vehicle’s overwhelming sales success is an indication of just how influential it has been. Before the Qashqai there really wasn’t a successful crossover.

After attracting a niche following since its arrival onto the UK market in 2010, we are now waiting to see if it continues to grow in popularity or plateaus in the coming years.


In a way, the Nissan Qashqai and Juke models are like chalk and cheese. Whereas the Qashqai is easy on the eye with smooth streamlining, tinted rear windows, smart alloys and LED daytime running lights, the Juke takes a slightly more brash route in design terms.

The frog eye light clusters at the front give the Juke its character, while a wide rear end ensures this Japanese made crossover has an unmistakable silhouette.

‘Dare to be different’ is the Juke’s strapline and more than 21,000 buyers did exactly that in the first half of 2015 alone, which suggests this alternative option is settling very comfortably into the mainstream.

Really it’s a testament to Nissan that these two vehicles are selling so well and helping the Japanese manufacturer to grow faster than any of the other top ten brands.

Nissan Qashqai - What Should You Look Out For?

● Do you like to use your electric key? Most people do but the Qashqai will sometimes disagree. If the driver’s side doesn’t open then the electric motor is gone.

● Listen for a rattling noise at the back of the car. You might be listening to a shock absorber failing.

● There’s also an issue with Qashqai's where the vehicle jumps forward without much throttle persuasion. This is the Electric Control Unit lacking a software update. It’s free from official dealerships but the seller should be sorting it out.

Nissan Juke - What Should You Look Out For?

● Check the air conditioning is putting out cold air. The connecting pipes are prone to break on the Nissan Juke and will need replacing.

● Don’t be too worried if first and fifth gear feel stiff when the car first starts up. The Juke’s gearbox likes to warm up in a lot of models.

● We have had reports of a lack of power when the Juke is first getting going. The most common cause is an oxygen sensor issue.

How Do They Compare on Driving Dynamics?

The latest generation Nissan Qashqai is lighter, lower and wider than the original model and that is apparent when it comes to performance.

The car is more grounded which means it can be pushed hard into bends. It is fitted with chassis control which uses a range of electronics to keep the car in check. There is next -to-no body roll and an efficient suspension system irons out any road creases.

The older models are still pretty good on the road and, unless you're expecting a really sporty drive, it’s unlikely you will be disappointed.

The Nissan Juke has precise steering and great road-holding which makes it great fun to drive on open roads. Drivers can select from ‘sport’ or ‘eco’ driving modes with the former sharpening up responses considerably.

But for real thrill seekers, the Nissan Juke Nismo RS has a stiffer suspension along with a limited slip differential which helps you power into bends with less wheelspin. On the downside, cars featuring the CVT automatic transmission can be slower and quite noisy when pushed hard.


The Qashqai is an easy car to drive, which is a compliment in many ways. Getting the ideal driving position is simple because there is plenty of seat and steering wheel adjustment available. The elevated driving position is good for all round visibility, which is vital in a vehicle that will often feature on the school run and comfort levels for all occupants is high.

The Juke actually looks bigger on the outside and can be a little disappointing when it comes to interior space. There is room for two adults in the back, but three would be too much of a squeeze. Once again the elevated driving position is good for all-round visibility.

Storage options are good on both cars with the Qashqai boasting a boot capacity of 430 litres, increasing to 1,585 litres with the rear seats dropped down. The Nissan Juke can accommodate 354 litres increasing to 1,189 litres with the seats folded away.

As an option, both cars can be fitted with Nissan’s Safety Shield system which introduces many additional safety features to the cars, such as blind spot monitoring, driver attention alert, around view monitoring, moving object detection and forward collision warning.

New Nissan Qashqai and Nissan Juke Models

Engines and gearboxes

The Qashqai is available powered by a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines. If the owner plans to clock up motorway miles then the diesel options will be best with the 1.6-litre proving best for towing.

If, however, the car will be used for lots of stop/start city driving, the 1.2-litre petrol engine will prove more economical. The Nissan Qashqai is available with two or four-wheel drive along with a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes.

The Juke shares many engines with the Qashqai, but a fire-cracking Nismo RS model powered by a 1.6 DIG-T 218 bhp engine is one for the purists out there. It propels the Juke to 62mph from a standing start in 7.0 seconds and has a top speed of 137 mph. The Juke is also available with two- or four-wheel drive, along with manual or automatic transmissions.

Nissan Qashqai models are available in trims called Visia, Acenta, N-Tec, N-Connecta, 360 and Grey Edition with new prices ranging from £18,545 to £29,350, and used prices ranging from £6,000 up to £20,000.

Trim levels on the Nissan Juke are similarly available in Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta, Tekna and Nismo RS. Prices new range from £14,320 to £24,610, however, a used Nissan Juke can be purchased for between £940 to £13,000.

If you know the registration number there are tools available to check the tax such as the gov.uk tax rate calculator.

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