You can’t deny that the Nissan Juke looks like nothing else on the road today. The compact, five-door SUV has divisive styling, and just like its bigger brother the Nissan Qashqai, has blazed a trail in the crossover class that other manufacturers have since followed.
The Juke's driving position and radical styling appeals to buyers looking for something more than your run-of-the-mill hatchback. Most people don’t need four-wheel drive, which is why the majority of Juke models sold are front-wheel drive.
You can equip your Juke with one of a range of petrol and diesel engines, with the most economical being the 1.5-litre dCi diesel. It's punchy but a little noisy when you stretch it. The 1.2-litre DIG-T turbo is our pick of the petrol thanks to its smooth power delivery and decent fuel economy. It also suits the Juke's playful personality rather well.
There's a more powerful 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol in the range, as well as a 1.6-litre dCi diesel reserved for the ‘Xtronic’ four-wheel-drive versions. However, even though the Xtronic model has more grip, it's still better suited to on-road driving.
Despite the Juke's radical looks, it's an unrewarding car to own and drive. Its overly light steering and uncomfortable ride make it a chore to handle and the automatic CVT gearbox does little more than strangle performance and make the car noisier.
At least it's well equipped. Entry-level Visia models feature alloy wheels, electric windows, air-conditioning and driver's seat height adjustment. Our pick is the mid-range Acenta trim, which throws in larger alloy wheels, climate control and a more upmarket feel to the interior. Top-spec Tekna models add rather expensive and unnecessary luxuries like leather sports seats.
The Juke's body shape does less for practicality than you might expect – it's very cramped inside. Even children sitting in the back might become uncomfortable on long journeys. The boot is small, too.
It is safe, however, as demonstrated by a full five-star crash-test rating from Euro NCAP. Standard safety kit includes ISOFIX child-seat points, anti-lock brakes and tyre-pressure monitoring. Go for the Acenta Premium or above and Nissan's Safety Shield pack throws in blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and a 360-degree camera system. Owner satisfaction is pretty low, though: the Juke finished in a disappointing 138th place out of the top 200 cars surveyed in our Driver Power 2015 customer satisfaction survey.