The 2018 Nissan Kicks is the latest SUV to join the Nissan lineup, a lineup that already boasts an SUV for every need and every budget. With the Kicks, you get the most affordable crossover in Canada, and plenty of other features to go with. Check out our detailed Nissan Kicks review here or have a look at the following reviews.
The 2018 Nissan Kicks, a compact crossover built and bred for urban life, is just that. It makes no grand illusions about what else it may actually do.
There’s no all-wheel drive or even a fancy engine cover under the hood, nor is there a huge amount of power in that engine. Forget about an optional heated steering wheel. Oh, and there are drum brakes in the rear.
Despite all that, the Nissan Kicks is quite simply an affordable runabout with some attitude – bold looks and a class-exclusive available Bose sound system if you opt for the top trim. The specially designed Bose system includes an amp and eight speakers (two of which are found directly in the driver’s headrest to really give you that premium audio experience).
Tagged one of Canada’s most affordable compact crossovers, the all-new Nissan Kicks might carry a small price tag, but don’t be fooled by the $17,998 entry price. It’s far from cheap when it comes to amenities and design.
Even in top trim, the 2018 Nissan Kicks SR hits below the $23,000 mark, with little in terms of options save for the two-tone roof/body colour combo that will add an extra $150 to the bill. Looking at its competition, that’s inexpensive – The Globe and Mail
For its modest starting price, the Kicks S includes an automatic transmission (it’s a CVT, but it’s programmed to mimic automatic gear changes and isn’t completely bland), air conditioning, power locks and windows, cruise control, remote keyless entry with push-button start, a back-up camera, Bluetooth connectivity, three USB ports, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and a seven-inch colour touchscreen. About the only luxuries missing are heated seats, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity; those are standard on the SV and SR. Because the Kicks is based on the Versa platform, what you cannot get is all-wheel-drive; though this is common in this segment, Nissan offers AWD on the similarly sized (and priced) Qashqai – Driving.ca
Also setting the standard is a claimed best-in-segment fuel economy of 7.2/6.6/7.7L/100 km city/highway/combined.
I saw my instant readout bounce between 6.7 to 7.8 during a mix of in-town and secondary roads, which I thought was pretty good.
Another thing we noticed was interior passenger volume, which includes claimed best-in-class for front legroom.
The interior was well laid out but where I would have expected a tachometer was a large fuel readout display. I know modern technology does not allow the engine to over-rev, but I still like to see what my engine is doing.
Interestingly, the rear liftgate was designed so the lower lip is high enough to allow a six-foot tall person to load the cargo area without having to stoop over.
What we concluded from the ride-and-drive was Kicks is a very clever move on Nissan’s part to solidify its CUV/SUV position in the changing Canadian market, especially when it comes to crossovers – Wheels.ca
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