The Intelligent SUV
About the CarThe Kicks is a redesigned and re-engineered model just for India. It's meant to be a more premium alternative to their Terrano SUV, and it packs in a few segment firsts to uphold that more-premium claim, over the whole segment too! Under the skin, it's a mix of some of the best of what we've come to expect from cars of the Renault-Nissan alliance.
Exterior of the CarWhile the Kicks in most other markets around the world is based on the same platform as the Micra, this one inherits the Duster’s tough DNA, and is based on an updated version of the M0 platform that also underpins the Renault Captur. However, like the Duster, the Kicks has a proper SUV stance with its tall upright cabin, a flat bonnet and tough body cladding, all of which give it a beefy, macho appearance. What has also helped is that a lot of the design work and final detailing has been carried out in India and, truth be told, the designers have managed to blend the edgy detailing and robust architecture quite nicely.
Design elements like the sleek projector headlamps that flank the signature V-shaped grille, the sharp cuts on the flanks, the boomerang-shaped tail-lamps, the 17-inch diamond-cut alloys and the roof rails, all work well. And so do the blacked-out pillars, which along with the two-tone orange and silver paint scheme are a unique combination. In terms of size, the Kicks is also larger than the Creta in every dimension. It is also 55mm longer and 32mm taller than the Captur.From a drive technology point of view, the Nissan Kicks has a Hill Start Assist feature, Vehicle Dynamic Control (Nissan's name for a stability program) as well as a 360-degree camera for reversing and driving into tight spots. The camera works until the vehicle crosses 10 kilometres per hour. The 'All Round View' feature is a first-in-class USP and is really useful in tough situations. As for drivability, the road to Bhuj was very straight and level for the large part so there was not much one say on the handling front. Ride quality however on the few bumpy, rather undulating asphalt was better than one would have expected, although these were factory fresh cars.
Interior of the CarNissan seems to have gone the distance to lift the appeal of the interiors. The chocolate brown leather cladding on the dash gets white contrast stitching, the door pads are beautifully finished, there are brushed silver accents and you even get quilting on the leather seats that lend a premium touch. What really gets your attention, however, is the new 8.0-inch floating touchscreen that not only looks good, but is smooth, slick and performs well. Also attractive are the ‘butterfly-type’ meters that flank the digital speedometer and then there’s the steering that’s nicely built too.
What is it like to Drive
Variants of Nissan Kicks
|Variants||Petrol (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)||Diesel (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)|
|XL||₹ 9.55 lakh||₹ 10.85 lakh|
|XV||₹ 10.95 lakh`||₹ 12.49 lakh|
|XV Premium||Not Available||₹ 13.65 lakh|
|XV Premium+||Not Available||₹ 14.65 lakh|