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Nissan Juke 2013 review

Overall towcar rating


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Key information

  • Transmission: Manual
  • Year of manufacture: 2013
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Engine size: 1.5litres
  • Solo fuel economy: 55 miles per gallon
  • Towing fuel economy: 34 miles per gallon
  • Kerb weight: 1350 kg
  • Nose weight: 75 kg
  • Body type: SUV

Towcar summary

What's good?

nippy, easy to park, comfortable seats and elevated driving position

What's bad?

not very much boot capacity. Engine a bit noisy at slow speed but Ok cruising.

Would you recommend it?


Towing performance *****

How well does it tow?

very well with a Bailey Orion 400-2. No probs up hills and on hill start. Cruises well.
We carry as much as poss in the car rather than the van to maximise traction and outfit performance.

Solo performance *****

What's it like without the caravan?

fast, powerful enough and good fuel economy

Reliability *****

Anything to look out for?


Practicality ****

Is it easy to live with?

Good driving experience

Buying experience *****

Did you buy it new or used?


Where did you buy it?

Franchised dealer

What was the seller like?

very helpful


All opinions, facts and figures are those of the reviewer. Caravan Talk accepts no responsibility for accuracy of the content.


Sep 17 2013 12:40 pm
We too are using a Nissan Juke and at present tow a 91 Elddis Whirlwind XL..Our juke was new in January of this year and we have the Tekna spec with the 1.6 petrol engine and automatic transmission..Solo the car is brilliant, quick when needed, the Tekna spec is superb giving us the heated leather seats, air-con, sat-nav, colour parking cameras etc..superb when negotiating the tow-ball.. ..Fuel consumption is very good both solo and when towing. We had plenty of power in reserve for motorway overtaking and could comfortably cruise at the legal towing limit.. .Having towed in the past with a variety of cars such as V8 Rovers, BMW 7 Series and a number of different Range Rovers I must confess that having now down sized were most impressed with the Juke, its looks may be an acquired taste to some but we love it and were most happy with it as a towcar..In fact its a joy to drive either way.. .Incidentally I fitted the towbar and electrics myself on a Saturday, no big deal tho the removal of the large one piece rear body/bumper section could be a puzzle to some..lol.. .Me being a retired mechanic had no probs however.. .Towbar kit from A1 Towbars, way cheaper than Nissan and an exact fit.. .
    • vulcan7 and alfiemag like this
We tow a Compass Kensington 360/2 2000 with a 2014 Nissan Juke ntec diesel 1.5. MTPLM is 1050 kgs so not a heavy van and well under the the 85% recommendation by 150 kgs. To that end it tows like a dream. No problems at all with acceleration or hills or any other aspect of towing. When we decided to return to caravanning I changed from a juke Acenta 1.6 petrol to the 1.5 diesel and because I love the Juke so much the van had to fit the car. It does that perfectly and we are very happy with our choice of small car and small caravan. That said the Juke would happily tow anything up to 1200 kgs, and when towing our minnow you are aware that the Juke has plenty of pulling power in reserve, which still leaves a lot of new and used vans out there for a Juke owner.
    • vulcan7 likes this

While I don't tow with a juke my daughter has just bought one and I do drive It when I can.  I must say it would tow a light caravan like mine without problem. Its a 1.2 dig petrol but pulls in every gear like a much bigger engine.  Its very well equipped even built in sat nav/dab radio.  Yes don't let the looks put you of it's a nice little package !

Mar 01 2015 10:56 pm

Saw a Juke yesterday as I came out of Sainsburys, Newcastle under Lyme. What struck me was why the enormous rear wheelarches, when they could've been included in the body and the rear seat made much wider? 

We have a juke in the family and I personally hate it. The styling isn't to my taste but that isn't my problem.

The driving position feels disconnected.

The huge wheel arches means the interior space is tiny for such a big car.

Boot space is appalling it's not much different to our old Aygo.

Because of it's size parking is really difficult to judge.

I've drove the 1.5 diesel and it felt gutless


It might be a marmite car, some will love it, some will hate it I guess.

I never thought about towing with it.