Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
A 115bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol is the only engine available at the moment. It’s gutsy enough if you keep the revs above 2000rpm, and if you work it really hard it can take the Juke from 0-62mph in 10.4sec.
True, equivalent engines in the rival Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Cross feel stronger, but not by a great deal. Other engines are likely to join the Juke line-up in the future, including a hybrid version, although Nissan has ruled out a diesel.
Suspension and ride comfort
So far, we’ve only driven the Juke on the roads around Barcelona and we’ve only tried it on enormous 19in alloy wheels – the biggest on offer.
These come as standard on Tekna and Tekna+ trims and, as is usually the case, the big wheels don’t do ride comfort any favours. On these wheels, the Juke jostles you around along uneven roads, while badly broken patches of Tarmac send noticeable shudders through the car.
Logic suggests that sticking with smaller 16in or 17in alloys should improve comfort, although we have our doubts if any version of the Juke will be as comfortable as a T-Cross.
Despite its lofty stance, the Juke doesn’t sway around through tight twists and turns like you might imagine. Granted, it’s no sports SUV, but compared with a Vauxhall Mokka X or Ford Ecosport, it corners really rather well.
The Kamiq and T-Cross offer a bit more grip when you’re really in a hurry, but the Juke’s steering gives you a reasonable sense of connection with the front wheels, yet is light enough to take the effort out of town driving.
Noise and vibration
Let’s start with the positives. The Juke’s 1.0-litre petrol engine is more refined than equivalent engines in the T-Cross and Kamiq, being both quieter and noticeably smoother.
The six-speed manual gearshift is also fairly precise and easy to use, while the clutch and brake pedals have a positive action that make the Juke easy to drive in stop-start traffic.
Unfortunately, quite a lot of wind and road noise makes its way inside the car. The latter was no doubt compounded by the enormous 19in alloy wheels fitted to our test car, but there’s no doubt some rivals are more hushed on the motorway than the Juke.