BEAUTY IS SKIN DEEP FOR THE JUKE NISMO
ON the face of it, the Juke Nismo is little changed aside from those red details and a unique design of 18in alloy wheel upgraded from the normal Juke's 17s, but a lot has gone on under the skin recently that goes largely unsung.
The same goes for the incredibly well-specified interior, which is subject to the same red detailing as the outside.
The front seats are a signal of intent. The large side bolsters on the red-stitched cloth seats don't hinder entry and you can slide into position like in any other car, but once you lean back they hug your sides oh-so-snugly.
It's a perfect fit for the average-to-slim figure and leaves you in no doubt that there's more to this Juke than meets the eye.
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The interior is flowing, stylish and different, with a comfortably and purposefully shaped gear knob.
The only real let-down is the lack of reach adjustment for the steering wheel, but at 5ft 10in tall, I found the driving position fine.
A 10bhp power increase over the standard 190-horsepower Juke doesn't seem like much and it isn't, but strides have been made in the outright handling thanks to a mechanical limited-slip differential between the front wheels, as well as stiffer... well, more or less everything.
But the really impressive bit is that where most manufacturers "sport suspension" simply rattles your fillings out, the Juke rides firmly but compliantly, taking speed bumps in its stride thanks to significantly better damping characteristics than you'll see in most other places.
Combined with good steering, a flat attitude through corners and engine tuning that encourages you to aim for the 6,250rpm redline, the Juke Nismo can build up a remarkable flow through and between bends.
Performance wise it can reach 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds, with a top speed of 134mph.
Some problems with the Juke can't be sorted with styling, though, and the boot is still on the small side.
There's enough rear passenger space to thoroughly shame a Mini, though, and rear doors to allow people to get at it.
Short gearing and a close set of ratios means that the Juke Nismo cruises at high-ish revs, but can handle up-shifts sooner around town, keeping revs and fuel consumption lower.
It's civilised and composed at low speed and gives a better view ahead from its higher driving position than its rivals.
Everyday life for young adults for three or more years would be no problem.
Although you couldn't say the Juke Nismo had everything, it does away with what the target audience doesn't need and gives them more of what they want.
The more you drive it, the more impressive it becomes.