Apart from the new personalisation features and exterior details, the revised Juke gets new front and rear bumpers and redesigned upper headlights incorporating LED daytime running lights. The grille also sports the new Nissan family look, with a large central 'V' finished in chrome. Door mirrors now include LED repeaters and cameras for the Around View Monitor.
Additionally, there are new colour options and a new range of 17 and 18-inch alloy wheels, the latter with coloured plastic inserts.
The exterior personalisation options include colour highlights for the mirror caps, side sills, roof spoiler and door handles. Headlight surrounds and parts of the bumpers can also be ordered in contrasting colours. As ever in cases such as this, there’s a fine line between an attractive end result and an aesthetic outrage, so choose carefully.
The interior personalisation options are less risky but follow the same pattern of colour splashes where possible, with the centre console, door trims and various other details available in white, black or yellow. The NissanConnect service is now available to allow drivers and passengers connection to the internet. More important is the increased luggage compartment, with 40 per cent more volume (it reaches 354 litres, now) and better practicality, with a two level removable floor. Once inside the Juke, the new painted parts are difficult to miss, depending on the chosen colour, dark glasses may be needed.
The 1.5 dCi Diesel engine offers the best blend of decent economy and strong, punchy low-rev torque. The click-clacking gearshift is a joy to handle and the slightly higher driving position only lacks steering wheel rake adjustment to be close to perfect. True, rear visibility is poor, to the extent that parking sensors and the rear camera are essential if you want to keep the rear bumper scratch-free.
The Tekna version driven was equipped with the larger 18-inch wheels so the ride suffered on poor surfaces. However, the balance between available torque and grip is good enough to have some fun with this car. Turn-in is quick, as long as you keep the Dynamic Control in Normal mode.
In Sport mode, the throttle gives a quicker response but the steering gets a little too heavy. Even so, the suspension lets you play with the car from corner to corner in a way no other small crossover can, although this isn't news. As with the overall styling, Nissan hasn't fixed what wasn't broken.