Back in 2010, Nissan launched a quirky-looking subcompact crossover SUV that immediately divided public opinion. And ever since, motorists who want the same distinctive style and features, often as us about cars similar to the Nissan Juke.
Following its launch, the distinctive Juke soon surpassed all sales expectations, as the public quickly began to appreciate the car’s powerful performance, superior safety features and funky exterior design.
Engine wise, the 2017 Nissan Juke SV FWD with its 1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine offers plenty of speed and acceleration. It delivers a respectable 0 – 60mph time of 7.8 seconds and a top speed of around 130mph.
Safety wise, the Juke is fitted with five different types of airbags that offer comprehensive protection, especially in the event of a major side impact. Additionally, more recent models feature a low-pressure tire warning system, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, side impact beams and various cameras.
Perhaps the most popular feature of the Juke is its unique exterior. Showcasing chunky bumpers, large wheels and a curvaceous body, the Juke’s distinctive design is almost incomparable to any other vehicle seen on the roads.
The Nissan Juke was discontinued in 2017, replaced by the 2018 Nissan Kicks, another vehicle from the Japanese brand that has plenty to offer. The disappearance of the distinguished Juke however, has left a hole of sorts in the market, one that several other brands have attempted to fill with their SUV offerings.
Here is a list of 5 cars similar to the Nissan Juke, each of which have their own distinct features and personalities – and all available to finance or lease with Hippo Leasing.
The RAV4 is a compact crossover SUV created by Japanese automobile manufacturer, Toyota. First launched almost thirty years ago in 1994, it has enjoyed massive success in many markets around the globe. Fast forward to current times and the 2022 RAV4 is still going strong.
With its contemporary design and unique exterior elements, the RAV4 has set itself apart from many of its would-be competitors. Available in six trim levels, the mid-range XLE Premium model comes standard with a split bar front upper grille, 19-inch alloy wheels, LED projector headlights and daytime running lights, along with accent colours on the door handles, mirror caps and light bezels.
On the inside, higher end models of the RAV4 feature an ergonomically designed 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, situated in a commanding driving position. The cockpit is very spacious as is the rest of the interior, with the rear row of seating comfortably fitting three passengers. Durable hard plastics, are found throughout the SUV, however, soft-touch materials have been placed at almost all touchpoints.
The infotainment system in the upper range models of the RAV4 feature a top-quality, nine-inch touchscreen interface that provides access to full smartphone connectivity, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth and SiriusXM satellite radio.
The 2022 RAV4 houses a 203hp, 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Available in all-wheel-drive, this spritely SUV offers plenty of power with a 0–60mph time of 8.0 seconds and a top speed of 114mph.
Additionally, the 2022 RAV4 drives well, handles superbly, comes equipped with an array of safety features, and delivers an overall fuel economy of 32 mpg (all-wheel drivetrain).
The Renault Captur is a subcompact crossover SUV that made its debut in 2013 and is still going strong to this day.
The unmistakable presence of this athletic and dynamic SUV is complimented by its high ground clearance, two-tone body paint along with its signature C-shaped LED lighting. The exterior design has evolved over the years, becoming a little sharper and more muscular, without detracting from its well-balanced dimensions and overall handsome presence.
Internally, the spacious and functional nature of the Captur’s layout features supremely comfortable seats, covered with high-quality fabric. Soft-touch plastics and satin finishes can be found throughout the SUV, along with a compact steering wheel that allows for an improved view of the display panel. There is plenty of storage space on offer, including up to 1,275-litres of cargo room with the rear seats folded flat.
Technology wise, the Captur houses an EASY Link multimedia system that offers full smartphone connectivity. The system is accessed through either a 7-inch or a 9.3-inch touchscreen, depending on the model’s trim level. Free 4G connectivity for three years allows for automatic map and other effortless updates. Additionally, the MULTI-SENSE system allows the driver to choose between three driving modes and eight different colours for the ambient lighting.
The Renault Captur comes in both an E-Tech hybrid and in an E-Tech Plug-in hybrid. Both versions house a 1.6-litre petrol engine and two electric motors. The only difference is that the plug-in models have a 9.8kWh battery, whereas the hybrid model has a smaller battery that is recharged purely through regenerative braking and recovered energy from the petrol engine.
The Captur also comes with a wide range of standard safety and driver assistance features.
Next on our list is the Vauxhall Mokka. This subcompact crossover SUV with its unapologetically bright and quirky, futuristic looking exterior, features several radical design choices including its sculptured Eco-LED taillamps and front signature Vizor.
Here, the front grille, headlights and badge are seamlessly integrated into a single sweeping design component, underscored by the SUVs font air vents. Striking wheel, roof, bonnet and side window trim options are available – allowing for a degree of customisation.
The GS Line is the Mokka’s sporty trim level. The interior features of this model include a 10-inch colour touchscreen with Satellite Navigation and full smartphone connectivity. The cockpit also includes a 12-inch digital instrument panel, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and electric climate control.
The 2022 Mokka is equipped with several airbags and ISOFIX points for child seats. Automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, road-sign recognition, adaptive cruise control and a 180-degree rear-view camera are all fitted as standard.
The 2022 Mokka comes with a choice of three engines, two being petrol and one being diesel. The 130hp petrol engine delivers a respectable 0-60mph time of 9.2 seconds, has a fuel economy of 51.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 126g/km. Offering three driving modes namely Sport, Eco or Normal, the Mokka delivers a dynamic driving experience in a funky looking package.
The Mazda CX3 is a subcompact crossover SUV that features an uber stylish and curvaceous exterior design. With its long bonnet, sleek profile, short overhangs and striking good-looks, this Mazda certainly has a premium feel to it. The most recent generation features a beautifully designed, large front grille complete with chrome accents, along with an elegantly sloping roofline that bestows the CX-3 with a muscular edge.
On the inside, the luxurious nature of the CX-3 continues with high-end materials, quality design elements and well-crafted features prominent throughout. The comfortable driver’s seat is equipped with electronic adjustment and a memory function, and is perfectly positioned to take in the car’s surroundings as well as the road ahead.
Tech wise, the CX-3 comes with a standard 8-inch infotainment display that is controlled through a console mounted rotary knob. Trim levels above the base model include full smartphone connectivity, wireless charging, a 12-speaker Bose sound system, SiriusXM satellite radio and a head-up display. This well-equipped SUV also comes with a sophisticated suite of safety and driver assistance features.
Mazda have provided three engine options for the CX-3 – A 2.0-litre, a 2.5-litre four-cylinder, and a turbocharged 2.5-litre. The all-wheel drive option that comes with the latter two engines are coupled with a six-speed manual transmission. The turbocharged version produces 250hp, and allows the CX-3 to surge from 0-60mph in an impressive 5.6 seconds. The most fuel-efficient engine option however is the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder that has an EPA rating of 28mpg.
Providing a composed and responsive ride – even on the corners and over rough roads – the CX-3 is easy on the eye, well-equipped and plenty of fun-to-drive.
Last on our list is the Kona – a subcompact crossover SUV produced by South Korean car manufacturer, Hyundai.
The five-seater Kona has established itself as a top contender in the small SUV segment thanks to its abundance of exterior and interior features, along with its reasonable price tag.
The exterior design of the 2022 Kona is sleeker and sharper than previous generations – bestowing this SUV with a sporty presence. An elongated hood and narrow LED headlights add to the performance focussed look of the car, however, it’s the upmarket N-Line models that get all of the bells and whistles. These include a sportier grille, additional faux intakes, a faux rear diffuser with a dual-exit exhaust setup, along with 18-inch alloy wheels and body-colour cladding.
Hyundai have created a comfortable, functional and user-friendly environment within the Kona, with all buttons and controls perfectly placed for optimum performance. The attractive cabin features a dashboard that has been slightly tilted towards the driver for easy access, along with fabric upholstery and faux aluminium accents. A 4.2-inch display in the instrument cluster and an eight-inch infotainment display are equipped as standard in the base models.
Available on the N-Line, and fitted as standard with the exclusive Limited trim, is a 10.5-inch touchscreen display that provides access to sat nav, full smartphone connectivity, SiriusXM, HD Radio and the eight-speaker sound system.
As far as powertrains go, the 2022 Kona comes with three different petrol engines. The base engine is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder option that generates 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. This is coupled with a new CVT called Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT).
A 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo is available for the N-Line and Limited trims, and can produce 195hp and 195lb-ft of torque. This option is paired with a seven-speed EcoShift, dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The exclusive Kona N comes with a turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine that provides 280hp and 289lb-ft of torque, and is available with an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. This high-performance engine allows the Kona N to accelerate form 0-60mph in a mere 4.9 seconds.
The Kona is a great sporty compact SUV that offers an abundance of quality features, a responsive performance and an array of safety features, all for a very reasonable price.