The cabin benefits greatly from the focus imposed by Nismo. The designers’ aim was to add simplicity, perceived quality and a strong sense of purpose. In all three, they’ve succeeded. And they’ve done so without removing the underlying character of the Juke’s cockpit, which remains appealingly distinctive.
The darker trim on the transmission tunnel, centre stack and headlining make the cabin look and feel quietly upmarket, without clamouring for visual attention.
Your gaze is allowed to fix instead on the more important functional parts of the interior, such as the multi-modal Nissan Dynamic Control System (NDCS).
Positioned just ahead of the gearlever, it allows you to tweak throttle response and steering effort levels, and cycle through trip computer information, with the same switchgear that is used to change the climate control settings.
Eye-catching, too, are the tactile Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel and the generously supportive suede sports seats, while the ‘Nissan Connect’ nav system has been enhanced for the Juke Nismo. It has a decent-size screen (5.8 inches), is well detailed and even integrates with Google so you can plan a route in advance or access an expanded points of interest database with live fuel prices and weather information.
Nissan's standard audio is a six-speaker system that’s more than respectable – although we suspect that it’ll take a technological back seat when Nissan’s Nismo app is released. The shortcut buttons and a touchscreen interface make it easy to navigate, and there are also steering wheel-mounted controls to help you out.
Full Bluetooth connectivity is standard. It’s quick and easy to connect with and audio call quality is good. Functionality will also expand to include the ability to use your iPad as an auxiliary display screen (once you’ve downloaded that app), to relay extra instrumentation or connect to social media.
There isn’t a great deal of rear passenger space – plenty of regular superminis offer more – but the raised hip point makes getting in and out more easy than it might be. The driving position is high, but many won’t mind, although it is slightly poorer for the lack of reach adjustment on the steering column. Nissan is a regular offender on that charge, for which there is little excuse these days.
That apart, there’s plenty to like about the Juke Nismo’s interior. This isn’t a very practical car, but hot hatch clientele probably won’t expect much on that front. Equipment levels are generous, but so they should be for the price, and there’s just enough go-faster flavour to whet the appetite. So far, then, so good.