Nissan Juke 1.6 DIG-T - iDrive

It feels like a blood-engorged but fearsome beast

Price: from £12.995 (£16,045 as tested)

Engine capacity: 1.6l petrol or 1.5l diesel (V16)

Power output (PS@rpm): 190@5,600 (petrol)

Top speed (mph): 109 to 134mph

0-60 mph (seconds): 8 (petrol), 11.2 (diesel)

Fuel economy (mpg): 37.2 t0 55.4

Looking out my upstairs window the other morning I noticed the postman taking a good, hard look at the Nissan Juke parked outside.

First, he copped the little cross-over's butch profile, all haunches, curves and exaggerated wings. Then he checked out the front end, where the face is like that of a mythical vampire frog, its headlamps made to look all incisor-like and snarly, like the dogs he has to deal with down my way. He then, still baffled as if by an indecipherable postcode, proceeded the few feet to the beetle-backed rear of this little car, where he read the badge, “Juke”. And the obscurantist DiG-T. He then continued on his rounds, glancing back in disbelief. All through my week with the Juke I got funny looks.

Still, I’m used to that... Had my postman got inside the Juke (and I was almost tempted to nip out and offer its services), he would have been no less dismayed. Big moulded lumps of metallic red plastic designed to look like painted metal, of the kind we used to see on cheap cars years ago, dominate the centre console, while the black cloth upholstery also had a sanguine tinge to it. The colour scheme lent the Gothic theme to the car, this slight feeling that you are sitting within the blood-engorged belly of a small but fearsome beast. So, you get the picture: an innovative piece of design that attracts stares from postal delivery staff. It is all part of Nissan’s mission to reimagine itself, if not the world of motoring, by creating ever more improbable “cross-over”vehicles, crosses, in varying proportions, between saloons, sports coupés and SUVs (only some Jukes have four-wheel drive). The Juke is thus the smaller sibling of the Qashqai, a runaway success for Nissan and still in the UK Top 10 of best-sellers (and made in Britain, too). The point is to offer punters in an overcrowded market something different to the usual Corsa or Fiesta. What you need to know is that the Juke rolls around much more than a Fiesta or Corsa, and is therefore a less sporty and controlled drive, though it is also, perversely, more fun when driven with the sort of spirit the Royal Mail’s van drivers usually bring to their job. Plus the Juke treats kerbs and speed humps alike with contempt. All of which rather suggests that the Post Office should put in a bulk order for Jukes. It’d look striking in pillar-box red.

THE COMPETITION

There really isn’t anything quite like the Juke; the Mini Countryman Kia Soul, Toyota Urban Cruiser and Skoda Roomster approximate to it in concept and function, of which the Kia is the most funky and the Mini the most pricey.

Sport
England's women celebrate after their 3rd place play-off win against Germany
Women's World CupFara Williams converts penalty to secure victory and bronze medals
Arts and Entertainment
Ricardo by Edward Sutcliffe, 2014
artPortraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb go on display
News
newsHillary Clinton comments on viral Humans of New York photo of gay teenager
Arts and Entertainment
The gang rape scene in the Royal Opera’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s Guillaume Tell has caused huge controversy
music
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Spanish Speaking

    £17000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

    Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - German Speaking

    £17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

    Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Japanese Speaking

    £17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are fluent in Japanese a...

    Recruitment Genius: Graphic Designer - Immediate Start

    £16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

    Day In a Page

    The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

    Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

    Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
    Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

    'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

    Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
    Compton Cricket Club

    Compton Cricket Club

    Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
    London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

    Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

    'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
    The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

    The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

    It helps a winner keep on winning
    Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

    Is this the future of flying?

    Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
    Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

    Isis are barbarians

    but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
    The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

    Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

    Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
    Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

    'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

    Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
    Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

    Call of the wild

    How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
    Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

    'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

    If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
    The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

    The science of swearing

    What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

    Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
    Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

    Africa on the menu

    Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
    Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

    Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

    The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'