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-Roc are 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 tried the Juke on enormous 19in alloy wheels – the biggest available.
These come as standard on range-topping Tekna and Tekna+ trims and they don’t do ride comfort any favours. On these wheels, the Juke isn't horrendously uncomfortable, but you are jostled around along any road that isn't perfectly smooth.
Logic would suggest 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 easygoing as a Kamiq or T-Roc.
Despite its lofty stance, the Juke doesn’t sway around through tight twists and turns as much as you might imagine. There's a reasonable amount of grip, too.
That said, the Kamiq and T-Roc are more enjoyable to drive, mainly because their steering systems give you a better sense of connection with the front wheels.
Noise and vibration
Let’s start with the positives. The Juke’s 1.0-litre petrol engine is quieter than equivalent engines in the T-Roc or Kamiq, even if you do hear some strange whistling noises from the turbocharger when you drive with any vigour.
The six-speed manual gearshift is relatively light, but the gearshift in a T-Roc or Kamiq is noticeably more precise, and those cars are also easier to drive smoothly in stop-start traffic thanks to their more feelsome clutch pedals.
Unfortunately, a fair amount of wind and road noise also makes its way inside the car. The latter was no doubt compounded by the enormous 19in alloy wheels fitted to the only cars we've driven so far, but there’s no doubt some rivals are much more hushed on the motorway than the Juke.