Nissan Juke Review
The Juke's wackiness comes from Nissan’s late-1980s special projects offshoot, the Pike Factory. It put out the Pao, S-Cargo and Figaro, all retro-looking with a modern twist.
Not that there’s anything retro about the Juke, which is a real-world version of the Qazana concept car created in Nissan’s London studio. The final version of the Qazana starred at the 2009 Geneva motor show and was nearly production ready.
A smaller, cheaper car attracts a younger buyer, and the Juke plays to that audience. Its style is more exaggerated than that of today’s mainstream cars, and it takes the notion of crossing over in a whole new direction, plundering the gene pools of SUVs, sports coupés and, in the cabin, even motorcycles.
The engine choice is simple: a turbocharged 1.2-litre, naturally aspirated 1.6-litre and a 1.6-litre turbo make up the petrol range, while a Renault-sourced 1.5-litre diesel is also available. Trim levels are slightly more confusing, starting with Visia, then Acenta and N-Connecta, then range-topping Tekna. For those looking for a bit more of a sporty edge, the Nismo RS is available too.
The novelty in the line-up is a four-wheel-drive model with the 1.6-litre petrol turbo engine and a CVT gearbox. It is available only in Tekna trim models, however.
Whether the mix creates a car capable of multi-disciplinary miracles, or whether each attribute is fatally compromised by every other, is open to debate.