Nissan Juke Nismo: first car in new range is 'quirky and fast'

Jan 24, 2013

What the motoring press is saying about the Nissan Juke Nismo SUV

Price: £19,995

Pros: well-priced, unique styling, lots of character

Cons: noisy engine, no reach adjustment for steering wheel, rolls around in corners

4.1/5, CarBuyer
"The Nissan Juke Nismo is a high-performance version of the standard Nissan Juke, and the first in a new range of Nismo-tuned Nissans to be sold in the UK. Aimed at the MINI Countryman Cooper S, it uses the same 1.6-litre turbocharged engine as the standard DIG-T model, but tuned to produce an extra 10bhp for a total of 197bhp. Available with either front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox or four-wheel drive with a CVT auto, the Juke Nismo feels lively to drive, but is comfortable enough to be used every day - despite suspension that's 10 per cent stiffer than the standard car."

4/5, Auto Express
"Not only does this car cap the highly-successful Juke range, but it kicks off a whole line-up of Nismo road cars - and it's an encouraging start. From the manic power delivery of the turbocharged engine to the extrovert styling, the Juke Nismo is a car that doesn't take itself too seriously - it isn't too stiff or too loud to be used everyday, either."

3/5, What Car?
"If you want something that's quirky and fast, but that doesn't cost a fortune to buy and run, the Nissan Juke Nismo is worth considering. It has rewarding performance, and its rarity factor and extrovert looks will appeal to some. However, there are faster and more efficient hatchbacks that are much cheaper - if not as well equipped."

4/5, MSN Cars
"Anyone expecting Nismo to arrive in Europe spitting flames and tearing strips off of the likes of Renaultsport is perhaps going to be a little disappointed. But as a brand-building exercise explicitly designed to have wide-reaching appeal, this Juke makes a fine entrance for Nissan's sporting champions."

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