Nissan Juke RS Nismo Road Test

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Every now and again a manufacturer introduces a vehicle that transcends their original intentions. Austin and Morris did it with the Mini, VW with the Beetle whilst Skoda managed it with the Yeti. Similarly, Fiat with their original and now modern 500 have done so whilst without any doubt, Nissan has done the same with the Juke. So what is it they have in common? Each one of them is distinct, looks that set them apart from the rest of the run of the mill clone like offerings. So like them or loathe them each one is an automotive success and long may it remain so.


Nissan launched their Juke on an unsuspecting public back in 2010, pre-sales already strong even before the first Juke had even appeared in the showrooms. Reason being the Juke was different which, when allied to Nissan’s reputation for reliability and reasonable value for money meant existing and potential Nissan customers were immediately drawn to it. And buyers have been drawn to the Juke ever since, the fact it’s available as a 2WD, 4WD, petrol or diesel, manual or automatic along with comprehensive trim levels all contributing to the Juke’s popularity.


In many ways the exact classification of the Juke isn’t as precise as it could be. As much an SUV as it is a crossover the description of a steroidal hatchback is probably more in keeping. The addition of an enhanced ride height, bulbous yet squared off arches, rounded contours, bug eyed, twin level front Xenon lighting, a deeply sculpted rear with oversized arrow head lights are at best described as unusual. But then along comes Nissan Motorsport or Nismo RS and the Juke becomes even more extreme.


A larger rear spoiler, contrasting grey side mouldings with red inserts, a deeper more pronounced front splitter and 18” multi-spoke alloys shod with 225/45 lower profile rubber with vented discs and red brake callipers set within. Stiffer independent MacPherson struts and coils on the front, a torsion beam rear axle with coil spring on the rear and the Juke takes on even more intensity. The interesting aspect is that by emphasising the Juke’s already unusual appearance, it actually works, this little motor embracing the sporting overtones it was probably never intended to actually have.


Inside the cabin, high backed, torso hugging Recaro style racing seats trimmed with dark grey alcantara and deep red side bolsters accommodate the front passengers. At times difficult to climb into but comfortable once installed. There are even the appropriate slots for the top straps of a four or six point racing harness should you feel inclined to fit them. Rear passengers still get the alcantara treatment but with a more conventional rear 60:40 split seat along with a split floor, 354 litre boot or 1,189 litres with the rear seats folded. Probably not something that enters a Nismo buyer’s mind there’s also a 1,200 towing max should the urge to haul a trailer ever come into play.


Whilst the faux suede extends to door inserts, instrument shroud and tick rimmed sports steering wheel complete with a red ‘straight ahead’ indicator, it’s the fact the wheel disappointingly adjust for rake only. Gloss black inserts and Nismo badge surrounding the centre column and dash, the rest of the trim whilst textured is hard an unyielding. Nissan’s now familiar 5.8” central screen provides satnav, CD and DAB radio controls whilst large knurled controls and switches manage the climate.


Focusing purely on the Nismo, drive is sent to the front wheels only the transverse mounted 1,618cc 4-cylinder turbo charged and intercooled petrol unit developing 218hp and 280Nm of torque. This means the Nismo RS hits 62mph in 7 seconds exactly and onwards to a 137mph maximum, where permitted of course. Mated to a 6-speed gearbox that’s best described as unbending and precise rather than slick, the driver can engage three performance related engine modes of ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Eco’ via the Nissan Dynamic Control System. Eco as the name suggests backs everything off and is best suited to motorway use, Normal capitalises on the engine’s torque characteristics whilst Sport ensures the full effect of the turbo system is to the fore.


With a capacity of 46 litres, dependant of your driving style, you can expect around 360 miles per tank of unleaded or about 26.9 average mpg. Or, if you’re looking for economy, don’t bother with the Nismo RS, there are other Jukes far kinder to the planet and your wallet. The Nismo is about driving enjoyment with a decent hint of practicality since despite the performance and ersatz racing nuances this sprightly little Nissan still remains a functional hatchback….just!


Performance SUV’s tend to be the larger examples but the Nismo breaks that unofficial rule. The ride is noticeably firm yet tolerable, the handling instant whilst the overall performance is certainly entertaining. Select ‘Sport’, click into 1st and hit the throttle and the Juke scrabbles into action, the single chrome embellished tailpipe rasping its intent. The all round view is excellent whilst the wing mounted front lights easily define the extremities of the vehicle as the flashes by. Keep your foot in and make your way through the ratios and the Juke redefines compact SUV, positively encouraging you to explore exactly what it’s actually capable of.


But beware, the Nismo RS overflows with torque steer to a degree the steering wheel twitches hard to the left between gear changes. Once you’ve determined your cornering speed, stick with it or the Juke will plough its own and at times unexpected furrow, lift off understeer fluctuating between entertaining and worrying. Under normal driving conditions the Juke’s interesting handling traits remain suppressed but do take care when enthusiasm kicks in and it will, the Nismo tempting you at every opportunity.


Raw automotive insanity aside, this is a crossover to enjoy. Why shouldn’t there be a small practical, family hatchback that stands out from the rest, has its own dedicated following and at times needs restraining with a straightjacket. And at £26,540 it’s not badly priced although the insurance will preclude many would be owners, Nissan currently withholding the actual group the Nismo RS falls into.


In respect of general Juke ownership, the Nismo RS is the model most buyers would like but common sense will direct them towards one of the more conventional models. But if your repressed hooligan still clamours to get out, this sporty little Nissan hatchback could well be what you’ve been looking for, the outside world all the while thinking you’ve bought a sensible little car!





By; Mark Stone