Nissan Juke Nismo: Hot hatch group test

It might not be a hot hatch in the traditional sense, but the Nissan Juke Nismo shouldn't be dismissed so quickly

From the smallest to the tallest. Hop up into the Juke Nismo and it all starts rather well; the steering wheel feels great and has soft Alcantara in the right places (although you can’t adjust the reach), the seats are comfy and there’s a manual gearbox to play with. You also have a wonderfully commanding view out, with two little transparent frogeye domes protruding from the bonnet in front of you.

Just as the Mini shares an engine with the 208, so the Juke shares its four cylinders with the Clio, and it’s certainly quick enough down the road. However, where the Clio (which has a different inlet manifold, turbo and ECU) sounds purposeful and has myriad burbles, chuffs and parps to make you smile, the Nissan sounds terrible. It has no bass – despite an exhaust the size of the Channel Tunnel – just a nasal whine like a particularly boring washing machine.

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Engine In-line 4-cyl, 1618cc, turbo
Power 197bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 184lb ft @ 2400-4800rpm
Transmission Six-speed manual gearbox, front-wheel drive
Front suspension MacPherson struts, coil springs, dampers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension Torsion beam, coil springs, dampers, anti-roll bar
Brakes 296mm ventilated front discs, 292mm solid rear discs, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Wheels 7 x 18in front and rear
Tyres 225/45 R18 front and rear
Weight (kerb) 1306kg (claimed)
Power-to-weight 153bhp/ton
0-62mph 7.8sec (claimed)
Top speed 134mph (claimed)
Basic price £20,395


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