The Juke’s steering is quick to respond around town, making the car feel darty and nimble at low speeds. However, it weights up inconsistently as more lock is applied in corners, robbing the driver of confidence. All but entry-level Visia models come with variable steering that has three different settings, but all this really does is add more resistance to the wheel’s movements.
The front tyres also wash wide quite easily through faster bends, while the rear of the car doesn’t feel particularly stable during high-speed direction changes – not a desirable quality in a small family car.
The high-performance Nismo version is, again, a slightly sharper car to drive with less body roll in corners, but it still lacks the grip to compete with conventional hatchbacks such as the Ford Fiesta.