Making its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the Nissan Juke sports a unique and innovative front-end design and swooping roofline.
The Nissan Juke was one of the originators of the sports-compact-crossover segment, featuring a relatively small footprint and a focus on driving fun rather than off-road ability, spawning a host of rivals.
The Nissan Juke underwent a mid-life upgrade in 2014, bringing with it revised styling, more efficient engines and enhanced technology.
Four specification levels are available in the Nissan Juke – the XE, SV, SV-Premium and the range-topping SVE.
My test car was a Juke SV-Premium model fitted with a refined and punchy 1.2-litre (DIG-T) turbo petrol engine, mated to a slick six-speed manual gearbox and capable of fuel consumption as low as 5.7-litres per 100km on an extra-urban driving cycle.
This superb engine produces 115bhp and 190Nm of torque, providing swift acceleration and excellent towing capacity for a car of its size.
The 0-100km/h sprint can be completed in just 10.8-seconds, while a top speed of 175km/h is possible – where permitted.
A Co2 emissions figure of 128g/km, leads to annual road tax of just €270.
Other engines available in the Nissan Juke include a 1.6-litre petrol (manual or automatic) and a 1.5-litre turbo diesel (manual only).
While equipment levels across the Nissan Juke range are impressive, the standard specification in my SV-Premium test car included six airbags, ABS & EBD & VDC, i-Key engine start/stop system, ISOFIX child seat anchorage points on two outer seats, and a CD player with six speakers and iPod connectivity.
There’s also a drive computer, AUX & USB sockets, automatic air-conditioning, cruise control with speed limiter, Bluetooth & audio streaming, rear view camera – and many more featues. Phew!
The Nissan Juke sits you high relative to the road, but with the seat at its lowest setting you can create quite a racy, laid-back driving position.
You can still see the bonnet, and the wing-top lights act as a good positioning guide.
The steering wheel adjusts for height, while the front and rear seats are very comfortable, with good support where needed.
Boot space is a commendable 354-litres with the rear seats in place, but extends to 1,189-litres when the rear seat rests are folded flat.
The Juke’s elevated stance, but relatively compact overall length (4,135mm), creates a superb driving experience, while leads to the conclusion that this is a fun car to take out on motorways, or meandering back roads.
Overall, the Nissan Juke is a great choice for those looking for a fun-to-drive small crossover.
Ten exterior colours are available, along with a raft of personalisation options in order to make your Nissan Juke as individual as you are.
Pricing for the Nissan Juke starts at a very reasonable €19,995 (ex-works), while the SV-Premium specification car I drove is priced at just €22,545 (ex-works).
Nissan’s 3-Year or 100,000km warranty comes as standard, but can be extended to five years as an optional extra upon request.
With excellent 191 deals available now, there has never been a better time to check out what the Nissan Juke has to offer.