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Got to sit in a Juke today (but still no test drive).

I'm coming from a MINI Cooper.

I'm going to go with my negative impressions, and would like some input on those:

1) Felt really cramped and small compared to my MINI (which to those who don't have a MINI, this must sound shocking).

2) Was surprised at how hard/cheap the dash surrounds were. I was expecting them to be soft-touch for how they looked, but they are HARD.

3) Thought it was very weird how the steering wheel controls ride on the horn and that the spokes aren't fixed (and housing the steering wheel controls). Pushing buttons on a moving surface? Odd!! Do they trigger the horn at times, or do you have to press dead-center for that to occur?

4) Couldn't get a read on the seats. My MINI's sport seats are extremely supportive and form-fitting (for me!). Are these very supportive? I honestly couldn't tell. At first, I was afraid they didn't slide back far enough for me, which is a deal-breaker, but then I quickly realized the rear seats were folded down and blocked the seat travel, so once I put them up, I found there was adequate backward travel to allow me to extend my legs (phew!). Has anyone done a substantial road trip in their Juke yet? My MINI's seats are the best I've ever had. Zero fatigue even after many hours of driving. I know this is a BMW strong-suit though.

Now, as to the positives, I loved the exterior size and look and it seemed pretty solidly put together.

This was a base model, and so the steering wheel was HARD plastic. This was surprising too. I'm used to my soft leather one in the MINI. I would be getting the SL (aka Tekna more or less), so it will be leather. I'm going to wait to test drive when they have one of those in, for an accurate superficial "impression" of the car.

I'm not sure how I feel about the cheap stuff. I'm not sure if it matters or not. One doesn't generally touch the top of the dashboard, after all.

I'm going to drive a Countryman too, just for comparison, but I'm worried it will vastly outclass the Juke, even though I know that it probably won't drive as well, not to mention the fact that it's $5000 more! I really want to love the Juke though.

Strangely enough, on my way home, I saw a brand-new Juke parked a block from my house. I really appreciated that, because it gave me a real-world view of the shape and size compared to other cars. I liked that it was narrower than most, which I was worried about. It's a good fit in terms of size for life in my city. I love my MINI but I'm tired of being smaller than everyone and being disadvantaged in height at times (being behind SUV's, seeing around parked cars, etc...).
 

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I have to say I dont understand your issue with steering wheel controls they are no different from anything else on the market i have seen. The Juke does have flaws but it seems most of us have ignored them as its the looks that do it, after all there is nothing on the market like it, I have never owned a mini so caanot truly comment on them but I once tried one and thought the switches inside were cheap looking , so its each to there own, i havent done a long run so can't speak for the seats comfort either. What I would like to say is it looks as if your trying to find reason to Buy and not reasons not to buy which leads me to think maybe it isnt the right car for you, also be wary of comments on euro spec cars as they may differ from yours ie seats may be of different composite I dont know if this is true but you wouldnt want a UK driver saying yep they are great only to find yours are different and not so good etc etc
as for the countryman I think its ugly and NOT a proper mini for that not too mention its considerably dearer for similar spec
 

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Hi Darex
Thanks for your comments, I agree with you on the hard plastics in the cabin and I would also prefer the soft touch ones however the buttons on the steering wheel really aren't any different IMO to other marques I have driven
Space in the rear - yes - i agree also rather meagre on that front.
However, I would never in a million years swap my JUKE for a mini. The countryman really does look odd - looks as if its a mini on steroids and in my honest opinion not worth the additional 5k.
The juke is a marmite car - love it or hate it and if we all agreed on things - the world would be a terribly boring place
All the best
Fee
 

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1) the only time I've sat in a mini I felt so much lower than other cars on the road.
2) you get used to it. you don't need to stroke the dashboard. In higher spec models the steering wheel is leather and very comfortable.
3) no problem with the horn - its very central and far away from the controls.
4) once you adjust the seat to your style it is very supportive. I've got a weak back and find the seat good.
 

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Hi Darex, i changed from a cooper s for tekna dig t, had it for 3 days and absolutely love it, it is much roomier than a mini the seats in my juke are better i prefer the feel of the steering wheel shape alough the cruise contol buttons take up quite a. bit of room, dash is ok, not being funny but the worst thing about my mini dash was the rattles,,, dont miss that, only downside,,,, mpg
 

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I guess my observation with the steering wheel switches is that they sit on the horn pad, which moves, not on some immobile part of the wheel. In the MINI, only the central area moves and the buttons are on the rigid spokes. That's all.

Actually, the Euro spec Jukes are extremely similar to ours, but for tiny details, like package options. It is reasonable to compare them (just like our MINIs, which are virtually identical).

You have me wrong. I am extremely keen to love the Juke. I want to prefer it to a MINI (Countryman or otherwise). I just want something as nice as what I have, if not better. I am not your typical American car buyer. I wouldn't have enjoyed my manual transmission MINI so much for the past 6 years, if I were. I love quirky, agile, gadget-laden, small cars. That's why the Juke is so attractive to me :). I think people that buy larger cars than they NEED are nuts. The Juke can't help but be more accommodating than my MINI, and I found my MINI to be extremely practical and commodious.
 

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I see what you mean by the steering wheel controls sorry i misunderstood you at first,
I cant speak for others although I am certain most would agree as I said before the Juke is flawed in some areas namely hard plastic and a few basics that seem to have been overlooked like heated mirrors illuminated switches but its the individuality of it that attracted me though that won't last as long as I hoped as its proving very popular, I hope you decided to buy one and enjoy as much as mos of us do but only you can truly decide if its right for you.
 

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I seem to be the only person in the world not bothered about what plastic the dashboard is made of!
 

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Stormrider said:
I seem to be the only person in the world not bothered about what plastic the dashboard is made of!
I'm not bothered. As I said, who strokes their dashboard?
 

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The mirrors on my Tekna haven't iced up yet despite the crazy temperatures. The dash? Who cares? This car is the best I ever had in 36 years.
 

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It'll be worth moving from a Mini to a Juke just for the sane instrumentation alone. How can the most important gauge in the Mini be as big around as a basketball and also be almost impossible to use? Stuff like that doesn't happen by accident, my friends. It took quite a bit of clever engineering to accomplish.

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I bought the car purely for its looks then opted for the spec (Acenta sport) that suited my needs and finances. Some things are better than my previous VW Eos some are not. You pays your money and takes your chances. To me cars are like women they are never perfect but you have to love em for what they are, plus theres always the trade in option when you fancy a new model
 

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I like the fact I'm higher up than in a mini, plus I love the quirky looks and the price as well, each to their own, deffo not bothered about the plastics they all scratch eventually.
 

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LOL. My MINI doesn't have that. I have the Nav screen there, and the speedo where it belongs next to the tachometer, above the steering. Even back in 2005, I wasn't ever enamored with that big centrally-mounted speedometer
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You've all convinced me. No Countryman for me. I have already arranged for a proper test drive of 1.6 DIG-T "SL", manual-transmission (~= "Tekna"), upon when they get one in!
 

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Had a mini for a short while when I lived in the UK. Was a fun to drive little car full of little quirks some of which were pretty **** annoying. Was pleased when I got rid of it though for something more practical ... a Ford Escort 1.6 16 valve 5 door. The joy at having trunk space and the option to fold down the backseats for larger loads and knowing when I slapped it down a gear and hit the gas it did actually did accelerate and held the road a million times better than the Mini did.

The Juke is never going to be a Mini (thank goodness) Its got downsides to it sure but those downsides are minor. When you get a Juke you get something that different from anything else on the road. Something that really can really move, that hold the road like glue especially in AWD mode. Turns on a dime and turns heads.

You should consider the AWD CVT rather than the manual. Never had a CVT before but its nice and when your in the mood you can always stick it in 'manual' mode. The AWD is a worthwhile addition if purely for the additional road holding AWD-V gives and it gets rid of what I consider the worst thing about the Juke , the torque steer / pull to the right when gunning it from the lights ;)
 

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{quote]You should consider the AWD CVT rather than the manual. Never had a CVT before but its nice and when your in the mood you can always stick it in 'manual' mode.[/quote]
No manual mode option in the UK.
 
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