Next to your common or garden hot supermini, which requires a spot of rear end freefall in order to get in, the high hip point of the Nismo RS makes it a doddle to get into.
It would be wise, though, to savour this lack of aggravating knee-bending because it’s one of the few areas in which the Juke can claim a clear advantage over the segment’s more conventional offerings. Certainly the interior space is nothing to get particularly excited about when you consider the car’s size advantage over most superminis.
Rear passengers can expect to be no more comfortable than they would be in the five-door Renault Clio RS. Front occupants are better catered for – or at least they were in our test car, in which a pair of handsome Recaro seats had replaced the standard sports affairs.
The sight of them, though, establishes the incongruity which somewhat hampers the Nismo RS’s overall appeal. As supportive as the optional pews are, their aggressive appearance seems at odds with the humble crossover cabin and, as you still sit very high, the sensation of an enhanced relationship with the road is never really forthcoming.
Elsewhere, the interior lurches from good (the tactile suede trim) to bad (the nasty shiny finish to the centre console and dash) without ever really convincing you that the transition from standard placid Juke to testy RS is anything more than skin deep.
As before, Nissan’s Dynamic Control System – the tech which provides a modest choice of Eco, Normal and Sport modes – is merged with the switchgear for air conditioning, meaning you have to make do with reading telemetry from the Juke’s smallest display (an app allowing you to ‘cast’ additional information to an iPad has never materialised).