2011 Nissan Juke: Practically Useless Trunk
April 25, 2011
I once called the Nissan Juke "the new face of ugly," and I still think that. But styling is ultimately not my biggest beef with the Juke. Unlike the Mini Countryman, which has a sliding back seat that allows for a useful trunk or a useful back seat, the Juke has a fixed back seat that doesn't really allow for either.
There is zero room behind me when I drive, and as for the trunk, that paltry amount of items was too much for the Juke as the tailgate failed to close. Now, compare that above picture to the one of our VW GTI after the jump. Different items to be sure, but they were larger and more voluminous.
(Yes, the back seat is lowered, but not for the items shown. I'm not cheating here, I promise. Also, since you'll probably ask, there is quite a lot of legroom behind me in the GTI).
The reason for this limitation in capacity is the Juke's chopped roofline, as you can see by the below picture. Not only does this prevent you from carrying around bulkier items that would normally fit in a hatchback or small SUV, but it also limits rear seat headroom (should your legs be able to fit).
With the seats raised, the Juke has only 10 cubic feet of cargo space and the maximum is 36 cubes. For comparison, the Countryman has between 12.2 and 16.5 cubic feet depending on where the seats are and 41.3-cube max. The GTI is 12.4 and 46, respectively.
Sorry, I just don't get the Juke. It may be reasonably priced (which is obviously something the Countryman can't claim), but you're giving up a lot of practicality to sit high and drive something that looks like the result of an alien frog mating with an insect.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 5,225 miles
Follow me @jriswick