Compact SUVs have become a new trend in the automotive world. With Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta currently ruling the market, one must think that there is no better compact SUV currently. But that’s not true. Nissan’s latest induction into the arena, the Kicks is something that must turn the heads of real SUV lovers. But what does the Nissan Kicks offer on the table that makes it a good buy? Let’s find out!
Most Powerful Engine in the Segment
The Japanese workhorse is the most powerful one in the segment. It is a 1.3-litre HR13 DDT turbocharged petrol engine. It produces 153.8hp of power and a peak torque of 254Nm. The engine has a unique cylinder coating, straight away derived from the legendary Nissan GT-R. Just for the reference, Kia Seltos’ 1.4-litre turbo GDi petrol engine produces 138hp of power and a peak torque of 242Nm.
X-Tronic CVT with 7-speed M-mode
Nissan is known to have introduced most advanced transmissions across ages. This time also, the advanced X-Tronic CVT makes driving easy whether you are driving in a bumper to bumper traffic or a highway. The CVT offers 40% less friction resulting in increased fuel efficiency and good acceleration response. And if you plan to test the SUV off the road, you can switch to 7-speed M-mode and let the adrenaline rush flow.
NissanConnect with 50+ features
“Connectivity and Convenience comes standard with every Nissan.” You can always remain connected with your Kicks with the NissanConnect. It offers over 50+ features such as geofencing, chauffer alerts, way to my car, automated roadside assistance, tow-away alert and track and much more. Nissan Kicks has got you covered!
First-in-class 360-degree camera
With four cameras on the Nissan Kicks Turbo, you can get to know your surroundings with a complete view on the 8-inch infotainment screen. The first-in-class 360-degree camera ensures that you are aware of your surroundings which Nissan calls ‘360-degree convenience’.
Safety at its best
SUV’s full form according to Nissan is SAFE-U-V. With Graphine under armour body, ABS with EBD, 4 airbags, advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Impact Sensing Door Unlock, Rear Defogger, emergency stop signal, speed-sensing door lock and the list goes on. Nissan Kicks, especially the turbo variants, are equipped with a lot of safety features which make this SAFE-U-V a must buy.
Nissan Kicks is the most Value for Money compact SUV. Why? It comes loaded with features like automatic AC, rear AC vents, cruise control, auto headlamps, follow-me-home headlamps, cooled glove box with illumination, 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Support, Voice recognition, steering mounted controls, Intelli-sense Suspension with I-SPVT and the list goes on. You will miss the sunroof though.
Best-in-class Ground Clearance
The Nissan Kicks has a ground clearance of 210mm. For your reference, Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta 2020 has a ground clearance of 190mm. Bumpy roads, potholed roads or offroading terrains, Nissan Kicks can tread on easily.
Advanced i-SPVT Technology
Nissan Kicks has got all the modern tech it could have. The advanced i-SPVT technology makes sure that the compact SUV remains on road even on sudden swerves and sharp corners. This system limits the car body motion which ensures that you remain in command of your car.
Best-in-class Least Turning Radius
Indian roads are not meant for SUVs, especially the small lanes. Well, with the Nissan Kicks, you don’t need to worry about turning the SUV as it has a turning radius of 5.2m. This is the best-in-class least turning radius which ensures that Nissan Kicks is easy to turn even on tough ones.
And the final one! Let’s take a look at the variant wise price of the Nissan Kicks.
Engine Variant Price* 1.5-litre Petrol XL Manual ₹9,49,990 XV Manual ₹9,99,990 1.3-litre Turbo Petrol (MT) XV ₹11,84,990 XV Premium ₹12,64,990 XV Premium (O) ₹13,69,990 XV Premium (O) Dual Tone ₹13,89,990 1.3-litre Turbo Petrol (CVT) XV ₹13,44,990 XV Premium ₹14,14,990 *Ex-Showroom
So, I am pretty impressed with the compact SUV, are you? Let us know in the comments section below.5