I HATE the fact that many cars look the same these days – although it is hardly surprising as manufacturers chase the motoring holy grails of maximum space and minimum fuel consumption.
So when a car really stands out I should be first in the queue to give congratulations… however, when it comes to this week’s test car I have to confess I was not too sure.
Radical is the best way to describe the compact crossover Nissan Juke, and it is certainly a car that sparks strong reactions from all who see it. The majority, I must say, positive – backed up by its undoubted sales success since first introduced in 2010… you only have to see how many are on our roads.
Then I thought it may be an age thing – with fans being the under-35s – but not so, as the majority of people I spotted in Jukes were the over-50s.
Undoubtedly price must be a big factor too, as the revised for 2014 range starts from just £13,400 for a car that manages to look quite a bit bigger than it actually is – mainly due to that elevated stance.
And while we are talking about saving the pennies, fuel consumption is also a big Juke selling point. Our 1.5 diesel model will probably remain the best seller, although there is an impressive all-new 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol turbo which can do 61.4 on the urban cycle and over 76 on a long run – giving a combined mpg of 70.6.
Prices start from £13,420 OTR for the 1.6 Visia five speed up to £21,300 for the Tekna spec DIG-T 190 with 4WD.
At the end of a week with the Juke I was won over, with my only gripes being a slightly choppy ride over big bumps and an infotainment screen which could be a bit bigger… oh yes, and I am still not totally convinced on that styling... but it sort of grows on you!
●● The 2014 Juke has new trim on the front bumper giving an even more rugged look