Nis­san Juke

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

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

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