Driving position and dashboard
If you’ve ever driven an original Nissan Juke (‘10-19), you might well have been frustrated by the fact that its steering wheel only adjusted for height and not reach.
That was a real bugbear for some drivers, so you’ll be pleased to hear that the steering wheel of the latest Juke does move in and out. Combined with well-positioned pedals and a comfortable seat, this makes it easy to get comfortable behind the wheel.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
The view out of the front and diagonally out of junctions is actually quite good. That’s partly because you’re perched relatively high up, but also because the windscreen pillars are helpfully slender.
Less impressive is the view back over your shoulder. The blame for this lies with the chunky rear pillars and small rear screen, although you’ll get a reversing camera to help out with parking if you go for Acenta trim or above.
Go for Tekna or Tekna+ trim and that camera is upgraded to a 360deg monitor that gives you a bird’s eye view of the car to make manoeuvring in tight spaces even easier.
Sat nav and infotainment
Entry-level Visia trim gets you a rudimentary infotainment system that looks like a throwback to the early noughties. However, despite its tiny monochrome screen, you do get Bluetooth, a DAB radio and a USB socket.
Even so, we’d recommend upgrading to at least Acenta trim, because it gives you a much more modern 8.0in touchscreen with Apple Carplay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. Meanwhile, N-Connecta trim and above adds a built-in sat-nav with live traffic information.
The graphics on the touchscreen could be sharper and there’s often a delay between you touching the screen and anything happening. Some of the icons are a little small to hit accurately on the move, too. On the plus side, the eight-speaker Bose sound system that comes on Tekna and Tekna+ models is really punchy by class standards.
This is one area in which the latest Juke has taken an enormous leap forwards compared with the original model.
True, so far we’ve only sat inside a range-topping Tekna+ edition, but in terms of build quality and, on the whole, material plushness, the Juke is up there with the best small SUVs.
The metal turbine-style air vents feel surprisingly upmarket and make a satisfying click when you switch them off. In fact, it’s only the hard plastic on the tops of the doors that lets the side down a little.