The Nissan Juke's funky dimensions have certainly proved a hit with buyers looking for an SUV-like supermini. A chunky choice for people who might otherwise go for the Ford Fiesta or MINI Cooper, the 4x4-styled Juke has a sense of personality that comes at a lower price point than other compact SUVs. Just remember that its high driving position doesn’t change its supermini nature – this is not a practical estate car.
The Juke is offered in five main specifications – entry-level Visia, Acenta, Acenta Premium, n-tec and top-of-the-range Tekna – but only comes with a choice of three engines, including the performance-focused Nissan Juke Nismo. So there's a 1.5-litre diesel and three 1.6-litre petrols (with or without a turbocharger). Only one specification level actually comes fitted with four-wheel drive, however, and even then you can only specify it with a CVT automatic gearbox.
The Juke's supermini origins are more fully revealed by the small amount of boot space, while taller passengers will find it cramped when they finally manage to squeeze into the back. Having said all that, equipment and accessories are generous, and the 197bhp 1.6-litre Nissan Juke Nismo offers some genuinely good performance, plus an even more distinctive exterior with big bumpers and larger alloy wheels.