CARNATOMY: Why the Nissan Juke is the car you didn't know you wanted

We'll admit it, the Nissan Juke is hard to place in a single car category. On the one hand, it's a nippy little urban version of a crossover, on another it's not small enough to be just for town driving. Oh, and it looks like it should have some off-road ability but it's more about SUV bling than 4x4 climbing. Confused? Well don't be, because you can't argue with its massive popularity.

The Nissan Juke is constantly in the top ten sales charts, so whatever Nissan were trying to do with it is definitely working. They've hit on a winning formula with the Juke precisely because it has created a category for itself – the one we like the most is "alternative supermini".

And it delivers on so many fronts. It's got the size to be a nimble drive, without getting too loose on tight corners. It's also got handling that feels sporty, and users are always talking about how comfortable it is to drive.

Why the 1.5 dCi N-Connecta?

For us, the Juke Diesel Hatchback 1.5 dCi N-Connecta 5dr is one of the best versions to go for if you're after all-round ability and great miles per gallon – which sit comfortably around the impressive 70mpg mark.

Dependable and safe

It's not the newest car on the scene, having been launch in 2010, but it has got staying power. Its dependability has been a key reason why – it regularly finishes up the year in many of the car magazine's top 100 reliable cars.

And if that's not enough, it's even got a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating! A big plus.

AND good-looking?

Take a look at the Juke and you'll know right away if it's the sort of thing you could see yourself driving. Go on, flick back up to the picture at the top of the article…see what I mean? Those lumps, bumps and curves are the reasons we love the Juke. There's something about those angular headlights, the black honeycomb grille, the high accented wheel arches…we could go on.

So, if you're looking for a bit of good-looking, town-driving, not-quite SUV bling that combines a nippy drive with a comfy interior, take a look at the Nissan Juke. We don't think you'll be disappointed.

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