Nissan Kicks Review
Car Tested: Nissan Kicks; Road Test No. 995; Test Location: Dubai
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 11-15 lakhs (est.)
The Nissan Kicks can shake up the compact SUV segment with its feature loaded cabin
Nissan might not be known for its SUVs in the Indian market but globally, it has a slew of SUV offerings. While most people will recall the word Godzilla when you say the word Nissan, the Japanese automaker has a lineage in SUVs, right from the popular Juke and Qashqai to the X-Trail, Murano, Pathfinder and of course the flagship Patrol. We headed to Dubai to experience four Nissan SUVs, the most relevant one for India being the Kicks which is due for launch in January 2019.
Exteriors – The Nissan Kicks which we see here isn’t the exact car that will be launched in India, instead, for the Indian market, Nissan will make a host of changes including a bigger car in dimensions with bigger wheels too. While the car we drove looks more crossover than SUV, the company will offer a bigger car with bolder SUV elements for the Indian market. The traditional Nissan SUV elements can be seen here, right from the headlights to the grille and of course the body side moulding. What really looks nice is the floating roof and the chrome treatment on the grille which we reckon will also make it to other places in the car like the door handles and tail gate (our test car was a lower trim).
Interiors – The interior of the Nissan Kicks gets the all-black treatment (beige likely for India) and looks quite sporty with the nice to hold 3-spoke steering wheel. There is good amount of space both at the front as well as the rear with plenty of storage bins too. In fact, this is a car which is a proper 5-seater thanks to generous interior room. Like I said earlier, the test car was of a lower trim and thus lacked features but Nissan will load the Kicks with plenty of equipment including keyless entry, push button start, automatic climate control AC, auto dimming inside rearview mirror, reverse parking camera with sensors, projector headlights and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the likes.
The practical cabin and feature list will be the USPs of the Nissan Kicks
Nissan will also equip the Kicks with first in segment features like a 360-degree camera and a LCD display for the instrument cluster, obviously, these features are for the top trim. We are hoping a sunroof and leather seats will also make it to the long features list. The boot of the Kicks is generous and can accommodate a lot of luggage, the seats split fold too to further improve load carrying capacity. Quality inside the cabin is good and everything feels well put together.