Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Stiffer suspension

To sharpen the Juke’s handling, the Nismo version has been fitted with stiffer suspension and the steering is more precise than before.

Despite its outlandish bodywork the Nismo isn’t hugely different from the standard Juke. It doesn’t offer a giant leap in power and performance in the way that, for instance, an AMG Mercedes does over a standard model.

Nissan says the Juke Nismo is all about accessible performance and it is priced accordingly, at less than £2,000 more than the regular Juke Tekna. The relatively mild increase in power means the Juke’s emissions and economy figures remain unchanged, too.

For those looking for a more extreme step in performance there is a faster and more powerful version of the Juke Nismo on its way by the end of 2013. For now though, the Juke Nismo stands as a warm-up act for the European Nismo model line.

Read the full Nissan Juke Nismo review to find out more.