|There's nothing at all like the Juke, and it's very, very good! (Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press)|
Nissan is certainly forging new ground with its Juke, in the same way that it did with the sporty EX35 when its luxury brand Infiniti took on BMW's X3 et al in the premium segment. Nissan aptly names the Juke's all-new segment Urban Sport Cross, and when put up against other compact crossovers it's understandable why the Japanese brand felt it needed its own classification.
First and foremost it's a lot smaller. At 4,125 mm (162.4 inches) long, the Juke is about 50 cm (20 inches) shorter than its own Rogue, which is already classified as a compact crossover. It's even shorter than the Versa hatchback by 18 cm (7 inches), but it's 10 cm (4 inches) longer than the cube. To put it into perspective outside of the Nissan family, the Juke is about 35 cm (14 inches) shorter than a Mazda3 and 25 cm (10 inches) shy of a Toyota Matrix, and about 14 cm (5 and a half inches) longer than the upcoming Mini Crossman. <Read More>