Snapshot: The new compact SUV - Nissan Kicks recently launched and this what we think which variant is best for you and why you think about this compact SUV to buy in 2019.
Nissan Kicks has moved the brand a step ahead in the Indian market in the compact SUV segment. To directly take against the current segment best-seller – Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks comes as an SUV from the company’s international lineup. The price in India starts from Rs. 9.55 lakh and compared to the Creta’s top-end manual version, the former can be owned without shelling out extra Rs. 1 lakh. So let’s find out what more the Kicks’ package includes and whether you should buy the new Kicks this year or not.
Good Presence with Feature Packaging
With its dimensions being longer and wider than the segment’s best-seller Hyundai Creta, the car’s road presence is something well-off. The signature V-motion grille adds more masculinity to the model and going to the side profile, the Kicks is way longer than its rivals and especially if we compare it to Creta, it is more than 100 mm longer.
If we talk about the exterior, the Nissan Kicks images speak a lot more about it. The car gets LED projector headlamps with daytime running lights, where the integrated spoiler and roof rails along with dual-tone blacked outside rear view mirror give a striking appearance to the car. Even the body side cladding with satin adds more charm when seen running through.
The top Nissan Kicks model is priced at Rs. 14.65 lakh (ex-showroom), and the interior welcomes with splendid leather upholstery, where you find a nicely running leather slab on the dash and a floating 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system in between. Everything seems nice bolted all together. There is a difference of Rs. 1 lakh between XV Pre Option and XV Pre variants, where this price difference also makes some changes in the Nissan Kicks features list.
The Nissan Kicks features some add-ons, like four airbags, a 360 degree camera (segment-first), rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, follow-me-home headlamps, front and rear fog lamps, whereas the XV Pre variant, which is priced at Rs. 13.65 lakh, gets two airbags, fabric seats but misses out on automatic headlamps along with the follow-me-home headlamps feature. Both the variants also get hill start assist, push button start/stop, keyless entry and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
If we talk about the standard feature, the model comes packed with dual front airbags, power windows, driver’s side seat height adjustment, brake assist feature, powered mirrors with integrated indicators and automatic climate control along with rear AC vents.
And if we talk about Hyundai Creta, there are features like wireless charging, sunroof and electrically adjustable 6-way driver’s side seat, which are not available on the Kicks and more interestingly, there are still some features that Creta misses out, like auto headlamps, follow-me-home headlamps, rear defogger, brake assist, voice command, etc.
Mechanically, offers the new Nissan Kicks SUV in both petrol and diesel fuel options. The petrol version is a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine that makes around 105 bhp of peak power with 142 Nm of torque and the engine comes paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The diesel version gets a 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit, which is a tried-and-tested engine that also caters the Duster SUV. The diesel engine produces 108 bhp of maximum power with 240 Nm of top torque. The diesel engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The company surely plans to add a Nissan Kicks automatic version to its model range, most likely an X-Tronic CVT that also serves on the duster, but on later stages.
Which Variant Should It be?
The top variant seems a good packing with extra features just like an icing on the cake, though it is Rs. 1 lakh pricier than the XV Pre variant.
You surely have to shell out a bit more cash to get a better deal compared to the lower model, but it comes with many bells and whistles, such as electrically adjustable and foldable outside rear view mirrors, cruise control, push-button start, front fog lamps with cornering function, auto headlamps, follow-me-home headlamps smart card keyless entry, ECO mode, automatic climate control with rear AC vent, one-touch up and down driver side window with anti-pinch device, while for the safety, you get four airbags, hill start assist control, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), around view 360 degree camera display with rear parking sensors, and safety alerts like airbag status, automated crash alert, geo-fencing function, tow away alerts, speed alerts, curfew alerts, etc.
Aren’t all the Nissan Kicks specifications and features impressive? Nonetheless, Nissan also offers a three-year free maintenance package, which can be extended to five years, making your choice even better and hassle-free.