The 2012 Nissan Juke, it looks like a 2-door coupe but has the functionality of a 4-door.

When the Nissan Juke was revealed, people couldn’t help but talk. It’ll make you look twice with its unique design, a sculpted hood and twin front lights inspired by rally cars, giving the Juke eyes after dark. With the best of both worlds, the Juke offers the look of a 2-door sport car and the functionality of 4-door. Rear door handles are subtly worked into the design keeping them out of sight and creating the sports-coupe sleekness. a subcompact hatchback that stands out in a segment where that’s not easily done.

Red Nissan Juke

Under the tough skin, the 2012 Nissan Juke holds some surprising cards. A small 1.6L four-cylinder engine is standard, but thanks to turbocharging and direct injection it cranks out 188hp. Connected to a manual transmission or an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT), the four-cylinder turbo makes the Juke one of the quickest, small cars around while being a gas conservative. The Juke boasts a sport-tuned suspension, quick steering and an available torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system that combine to provide entertaining handling.

The underlying structure is related to Nissan’s other small cars. Plus, plenty of high-end features such as standard Bluetooth and iPod integration and available keyless ignition/entry, leather upholstery, heated seats, a navigation system and a back-up camera. It is available with instrument display similar to the Nissan GT-R; it lets you adjust the calibration of throttle action, steering assist and transmission shift schedule as well as seeing various readouts like turbo boost or lateral g.

Nissan Juke Interior 2012 Nissan Juke Console

A front-wheel-drive Juke with the CVT went from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, and impressively quick time for this class of car. The Juke’s EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings range from 24-27 mpg city and 30-32 mpg highway depending on the drivetrain.

Young drivers and the young at heart should find a lot of likable qualities in the 2012 Nissan Juke. Compared to other small hatchbacks, it offers considerably higher fun factor.

Nissan Juke S Base White Nissan Juke SV

The four-door hatchback is available in three trim levels: base S, the well-equipped SV and the leather-lined SL. Standard equipment includes 17” alloy wheels, full power accessories, cruise control, keyless entry, air-conditioning, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a tilt steering wheel, a trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker stereo and CD player, iPod integration, an auxiliary audio jack and steering-wheel-mounted controls.

For some the 2012 Nissan Juke appearances may not be a perfect fit but it does own the market among the young at heart and definitely its qualities will grow on you given the chance.