Nevertheless, the Juke is both practical and comfortable inside – and smart-looking fabric choices and some thoughtful touches serve to deliver an ambiance befitting of its price and character.
On the road the Nissan proves to be a competent car. Its steering is comparitively precise and quick to react, it's easy to maneuver and it comes to a stop from speed without fuss.
The ride quality, however, isn't quite what some buyers might hope. In line with the Juke's purported slight sporting and youthful nature, it's quite stiffly sprung. While it consequently doesn't lean to an unpleasant extent in corners, and handles in a capable fashion, it does unfortunately tend to crash and jar over bumps.
Elsewhere, it's much as you might expect. The economical 1.5-litre diesel engine can be coarse when pushed hard, and always feels slightly agricultural, but it serves up plenty of low-end torque and rarely leaves you wanting.
The Juke's six-speed manual transmission offers up a short, notchy throw; although occasionally slightly obtrusive its overtly mechanical action does make the Nissan feel a little more involving to drive.
A neat-looking 'Dynamic Control System', mounted in the console ahead of the gearlever, also allows the driver to tailor the Juke's throttle responses and to view various readouts.
It's an interesting feature – and it does make a difference to how the Juke responds – but its display is otherwise mounted too far out of your eyeline to be of any practical use.
Should I buy one?
The Nissan Juke is a certainly worthy of consideration if you're in the market for a compact crossover.
Besides being an affable car to drive, with a spacious interior and a wide array of equipment, it's also competitively priced. An entry-level diesel Skoda Yeti, with far fewer creature comforts, costs £18,055.
The more recent Citroën C4 Cactus does offer similarly standout styling compared to the Juke and, in equivalently specified form cost around the same, but many buyers will likely prefer the fact the Juke is a known quantity.
Alternatives such as the Dacia Duster may further be of interest, and are far cheaper, but offer a much less resolved and polished package.
Buyers set on a Juke, however, should probably consider opting for one of the more refined petrol-engined variants. Even more so if you're not going to be commuting substantial distances each day.
While the gruff diesel grants the Juke an additional air of rough-and-ready urban off-roader, the quieter and smoother petrol powerplants make it a more pleasant prospect on a daily basis.
The Juke would benefit from a softer ride too but, regardless, it's still quite hard to fault its overall appeal – especially when you consider its price tag and generous equipment levels.