The mid-range SV model adds a powered glass moonroof; XM satellite radio; push-button ignition on the key fob; the neat I-CON control system with automatic temperature control; premium cloth seat trim; and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
And the top-of-the-line SL model adds a navigation system with a 5-inch touch-screen monitor and XM traffic information; a six-speaker system for the stereo including a separately powered Rockford Fosgate subwoofer; a USB port; leather seats with heated front seats; fog lights; and automatic headlights.
Torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive can be added to all three trim levels. The navigation system plus the upgraded speakers and USB port can be ordered separately as an $800 option package, as it was on our car. That USB connection will work with an iPod, but it doesn’t work with an iPhone; for that, you have to use the auxiliary port instead.
Though the 5-inch navigation touch-screen display isn't the largest, it gets high marks for intuitive controls. The auto-zoom to show intersection detail when the car stops is a particularly neat detail. And the XM satellite radio system displayed all song info without chopping off track titles, as so many seem to do.
The better stereo provided a clean sound, with great depth on the bass. And the speed-sensitive volume can be adjusted to vary more or less depending on riders' preferences, which not every car offers. The maps for the navigation system are contained on an SD chip that slots into the unit, conserving precious cargo-deck space that doesn't have to hold a cassette full of DVDs.
Instead, however, the owner's manuals are strapped to the back of the rear seat, occupying almost the same amount of space as that missing disk-cassette.
Finally, we liked the illuminated front sill plates that spelled out "JUKE" in bright red letters whenever the door was opened. That would be a very cool standard feature. We were startled to see, however, that as an option it cost $280. Not one we'd have ticked.