2017 Kia Niro vs Nissan Juke

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The 2017 Kia Niro and Nissan Juke are both subcompact SUVs, but the the similarities stop there. While the Niro has great fuel economy and a spacious, high-quality interior, the Juke is its cheaper, sportier, quirkier competitor. They appeal to very different kinds of drivers. Before you hit the dealership, check out our comparison guide. We’ll help you decide which subcompact SUV is right for you.

2017 Kia Niro vs Nissan Juke

Interior Comfort & Style

The Kia Niro outdoes the Nissan Juke in style and comfort. Because the Niro is wider than the Juke, it’s also more spacious in leg and head room and boasts more cargo capacity. Comfortable heated cloth or leather seats sit high giving riders plenty of outside visibility. The interior has some hard plastics but not as much as in the Juke.

In almost every way, the Juke is cramped compared to the Niro. Because of its slanted roof, the Nissan Juke has little in the way of back seat head room. As a result of the roof, the cargo capacity is also lacking. Because of its narrower profile, the Juke may be easier to maneuver in tight spots, but that benefit comes at the cost of interior space.


The Niro is a connected driver’s dream, but great for anyone who wants to enjoy the drive. With the Kia UVO infotainment system, you’ll get a 7-inch touchscreen (along with more traditional buttons and knobs for drivers who don’t love the touchscreen). The good news is that the touchscreen is easy to use, with a user-friendly layout that’s pretty as well. Drivers or passengers can connect their smartphones using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and take calls using the Bluetooth connectivity that comes standard on all models. Kia pile son the technology perks with a rearview camera, satellite radio (standard!), and USB ports for charging those devices you’re connecting. Those who are interested in upgrading can also opt for a navigation system, real-time traffic updates, and a more impressive audio system.

The Juke has much of the same tech as the Niro, with a touchscreen, Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging, a rearview camera, and push-button start. However, the touchscreen is smaller and the Juke’s infotainment system is option rather than standard.

Fuel Economy

The Kia Niro dominates the crossover SUV market in terms of fuel economy. The Niro’s hybrid technology is the reason for this, but drivers may not care why they are getting an astounding 51/46 mpg. One estimate puts the annual gas price for the Niro at $650, better than any in its class.

By comparison, the Nissan Juke ekes out only 26/31 mpg. The Juke’s smaller fuel tank and less impressive fuel efficiency means you’ll stop at the pump quite often. Unlike the Niro, though, the Juke has an all-wheel drive option, which will appeal to some drivers.


Newer vehicles like the 2017 Kia Niro do not always have crash test results from the NHTSA, but the Niro offers a host of safety features. Front and side airbags come standard, as on most new vehicles, and you can add on optional safety features, like emergency braking, blind-spot monitor, and forward-collision and lane-departure warning.

While the Juke’s and power might entice drivers to test the limits of their sporty SUV, its poor safety rating might urge caution. The Nissan Juke performed poorly on safety tests, especially in the head-on collision test.

Learn More about the Kia Niro

Though the 2017 Nissan Juke is sporty and quirky, a poor safety rating and cramped cargo and passenger space make it a tough sell against the Kia Niro. In everything but performance and base model price, the 2017 Kia Niro meets or beats the Juke. With its roomy cabin, standard tech features to keep you connected, and impossible-to-beat fuel economy, the Niro outclasses the competition.