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The Kicks gets ABS, EBD and Brake Assist as standard

Safety and After Sales Service – Nissan is offering dual front airbags, ABS and EBD as standard in the Kicks. The range topping variant also comes with four airbags and Hill Start Assist. The Kicks also comes with ISOFIX mounts. The Kicks has scored 4 stars in Global NCAP tests but since the India-specific model is based on the Duster platform, it remains to be seen how well it performs in a crash test. Nissan has an average after sales network in India but the cost of ownership of the Kicks is expected to be pocket friendly.

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The Kicks should be ready to face the stiff competition

Verdict – After driving the India-spec Nissan Kicks we feel that it is a viable competitor in the segment if priced well. Yes, it misses out on certain features that the Hyundai Creta offers but on the other hand it offers some unique features of its own and a premium appeal on the inside. Now if you are an enthusiast and considering a car in this segment, you need to sample the Kicks because you’ll love the way it moves compared to its Korean rival. However, you won’t get the SUV stance that people in our country admire, it is more of a crossover with SUV inspired elements. It misses out the convenience of an automatic transmission as well.

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It gets auto LED projector headlamps

What’s Cool

* The interior feels premium with the soft touch dashboard
* It is a practical crossover with spacious interiors and boot
* The diesel engine is punchy yet fuel efficient
* Great driving dynamics along with practical ground clearance

What’s Not So Cool

* It is big in size but appears small due to the crossover styling
* There is no automatic transmission on offer
* Some of the parts will remind you of the Renault Captur

Alternatives: – Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Renault Captur, Tata Harrier

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There are unique styling elements for the youthful appeal

Nissan Kicks Specifications

* Engine: 1461cc, 4-Cyl, Diesel | 1498cc, 4-Cyl, Petrol
* Power: 108 HP @ 3850 RPM | 105 HP @ 5600 RPM
* Torque: 240 Nm @ 1750 RPM | 142 Nm @ 4000 RPM
* Transmission: 6-Speed MT | 5-Speed MT
* Fuel Consumption: 13-17 km/l | 10-13 km/l
* Fuel Type: Diesel | Petrol
* Tyre Size: 215/60/17
* Suspension: McPherson Strut with Lower Transverse Link (Front), Twist Beam (Rear)
* Brakes: Disc (Front), Drum (Rear), ABS
* Safety: 4 Airbags, ABS, EBD, Hill Start Assist, Brake Assist

Nissan Kicks Dimensions

* Overall length x width x height: 4384 mm X 1813 mm X 1649 mm
* Wheelbase: 2673 mm
* Turning Radius: 5.2 metres
* Ground Clearance: 210 mm
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 50-litres
* Boot Space: 400-litres

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The Nissan Kicks looks quirky from some angles

Testers’ Note:

“The Kicks is a very important car for Nissan as they haven’t launched anything new in the affordable segment for nearly 5 years. Personally I am not a fan of styling as this car doesn’t scream SUV but it is like a jack of all trades, it has well appointed premium feel interiors, punchy performance from the K9K oil burner and brilliant dynamics. If Nissan manages to price it competitively, the Kicks could be the comeback car for Nissan.” – Javeid Khan, Deputy Editor, MotorBeam.

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