The upside of every 1000rpm translating to less than 20mph in top gear in the normally-aspirated 1.6 is that you don’t have to drive at licence-threatening speeds to feel like you’re getting somewhere.
A prominent induction growl on acceleration helps the sporting tone, so you don’t mind much that the 0-60mph time is a leisurely 10.3sec (itself 2.3sec slower than the perky turbo version needs). The 1.6-litre engine is also available with stop-start, offering improved fuel economy at 48.7mpg.
Select Sport though the Dynamic Control System and the eagerness of the throttle response masks the fact that low-end torque isn't great and that hills often need a downshift and a lot of throttle.
Engage Normal mode and the screen shows a torque indicator. Throttle response has now gone soft, as if the Juke has gained 200kg, but ultimately the same power is available. It’s hard to see why you would ever choose this sluggish-feeling mode in normal driving.