Nissan pretty much invented the supermini-derived SUV/crossover class when it launched the first Juke back in 2010. It offered butch, if slightly caricatured ‘off-road’ styling, a pleasingly elevated view of the road, and looked nothing like the boring old hatchbacks or mini-MPVs that it rivalled at the price.
The second-generation Nissan Juke is clearly recognisable as an evolution of the original compact crossover. The car’s slim daytime running lights and oversized headlamps mimic the old version’s, while the pronounced haunches and hidden rear door handles are another nod to the original. It’s grown, but the benefit is an interior that is bigger in every direction.
The driving position is far more adjustable than before; you sit low, and the steering wheel now moves fore and aft, as well as up and down. Visibility is fine out the front, but the small side windows and rear windscreen can make parking more of a challenge that it needs to be.
In terms of cabin storage, there are some large door bins and a sizeable glovebox, but the cubby between the front seats is only just big enough for a modern smartphone and the small area ahead of the gearlever is little better.