Nissan Kicks was introduced in the Indian market around January 2019 and was made famous for its legendary 360 degrees parking camera in the segment and also at the price point offered at that time. Kicks were offered in SUVs and a crossover segment with attractive engine configurations. But before continuing, Welcome to the next blog of the Let’s Review Series.
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Nissan Kicks is powered by two petrol engine options, The first one is a 1.3L Turbocharged unit which is enhanced with Nissan GTR’s cylinder coating tech making it more reliable towards practicality. The engine is capable of producing 156PS of power along with a torque output of 254Nm. Along with this, there’s also a 1.5L H4K petrol engine option which can produce a maximum power of 106PS of power with the torque of 142Nm.
Talking about the transmission options on offer the 1.5L unit gets only a 5-speed manual transmission option while the 1.3L Turbo petrol engine is mated with a 6-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission option.
For more specs refer to the Quick Spec’s sheet as under:
Starting with its front profile, the design is actually very clean and classy with a smaller chrome surrounded grille along with the decent lights which contain a projector LED setup along with halogen indicator lamps. The bumper is also very decent looking and features halogen fog lamps which aid in cornering functions as well. The Nissan logo at the center of the grille contains the camera which aids in that 360 degrees parking tech.
The side profile is also good and features a dual-tone finish with orange roof, black A, B, and C pillars along with the ORVMs that are finished in gloss black. The body cladding also runs across the vehicle and also the alloy wheels are finished in dual-tone.
Coming to the rear profile, it is good actually but the tail lamps and all other lamps are halogen units including the rear fog lamp which is placed below on the bumper just above the skid plate. There’s also some amount of chrome treatment just above the number plate below the Nissan logo along with a reverse parking camera which also aids in 360 degrees view.
Starting with its Dashboard, it is finished in dual-tone color treatment, the center in which is equipped with an 8-inch infotainment system the main highlight of which is the 360 degrees camera which of course comes under the budget. The AC controls are placed right below this infotainment system and are automatic too.
Coming on to the Driver’s side, the steering wheel features mounted controls for the audio system which seems to be minimal. It is also adjustable for height specific only not for the reach. However, the calling controls are placed behind the steering via a Joystick. The instrument cluster happens to be a basic unit and is totally analog except for the display for the speedometer and the one more to show the basic information about the vehicle.
The central console contains a minimal amount of storage space and doesn’t feature a wireless charging pad. But is equipped with a standard 12V charging socket as well as a USB charging socket too.
The roof does not feature any sort of sunroof but features a mic which is placed at the center in the front compartment. Also, the seatbelt reminders are just placed at the top of the IRVM which is not an auto-dimming unit.
Coming on to the rear compartment, it is actually decent with quite a good amount of legroom, knee room, headroom, and at last the under-thigh support is also good. The rear Ac vents are also provided along with a standard 12V charging socket just below it. The rear seats also feature an armrest with twin cupholders and quite a decent quality leather stitching.
The boot space happens to be also good with a capacity of 400L.
Well, Nissan Kicks happens to be the largest vehicle from Nissan in India and comes under the SUV segment but still, it does have many limitations which are mentioned as below:
- Sunroof: Well, no sunroof is the biggest obstacle in the sales figures of this vehicle as its competitors do features a sunroof.
- No Auto-Dimming: Nowadays even the hatchback segment features Auto-Dimming in IRVM but Nissan Kicks which even comes under the SUV segment does not feature this, which is really disappointing.
- No Digital instrument cluster: Digital instrument cluster which happens to be a must feature for SUVs nowadays is not there in Kicks which really makes this vehicle, not a value-for-money option.
- Rear Profile: The rear profile of this vehicle can be more appealing if the rear taillamps featured LED units in place of Halogen ones.
No doubt that the engine is really good on this particular vehicle as it features a Turbocharger in a 1.3L engine and also the overall appeal of the car looks good both from exteriors and interiors.
But if you’re looking for a value-for-money option then Nissan Kick’s should not be on your list as there are vehicles that provide more convenience, features, looks, appeal, premiumness in the same price bracket.
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Credits: All the images have been taken from Nissan’s official website.