What is it?
The all-new Nissan Juke, of which we’ve driven one variant before – a not especially pokey diesel variety, sampled abroad.
This version is a tad more relevant to the Juke’s supposed purpose of being a crossover between an SUV and – get this – a sports car. A 1.6 turbo with 188bhp provides what should be a hot-hatch level of shove.
At a touch over £17,000, the 4.1-metre-long Juke is of hot-hatch price and length, too, yet funkier looking than most. The styling cuts some width from the rear cabin and the boot, but I suspect not drastically enough for it to be a deal breaker. The cabin’s cutely designed, too.
Do you feel, though, slightly unsettled about the idea of a cross between an SUV and a sports car? Me too. From a marketing viewpoint, I can see the appeal. But from an engineering or driving perspective, you can imagine the compromises.
What’s it like?
It’s certainly no full SUV. This test Juke is a front-wheel-drive model with road tyres, but at 1300kg and 1570mm it’s still heavier and taller than something sporting ought to be.