The Nissan Juke leaves the US car market opening the way for a new compact crossover – 2018 Nissan Kicks.
In its appearance the Nissan’s family features are clearly viewed, in particular a V-Motion grille, boomerang lights, a ‘floating’ roof (first seen on the Murano). 5 two-colour body variants and 12 personalization elements for exterior and interior are offered.
Inside there are Zero Gravity seats with fabric or Prima-Tex artificial skin upholstery (also used on the steering wheel and gear lever). Plastic element are present in abundance too.
The Kicks is surprisingly spacious with its 716-liter trunk. There is enough space and comfort for rare passengers.
The car‘s engine is a 1.6-liter aspirated V4 with 127 hp and 156 Nm of torque. Not powerful, but efficient one with its only 6.5 l / 100 km on highways, 7.6 l / 100 km in cities and 7.1 l / 100 km in the mixed cycle.
With CVT and front-wheel drive the Nissan Kicks is faster than the same class vehicles due to the low weight of 1,212 kg (the lightest in the class). Thanks to the rear multi-link suspension, the car is perfectly controlled on smooth surfaces.
The basic S trim level includes a 7-inch multimedia touchscreen, responsive and easy-to use. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available from the SV trim level (middle). There are three USB-ports and a good stereo system. Optionally you can get Bose acoustics.
The Kicks is the only $18,000-priced SUV, which is equipped with an automatic emergency braking system. For the SV configuration blind zone monitoring and collision avoidance systems are added.
The top SR trim level also provides a security system. Its competitors with similar safety functions (the Toyota C-HR or Hyundai Kona) cost over $25,000.The initial version costs from $17,990. The top car’s price with Premium pack is $21,290.
We can add that this model of Nissan is agile and easy-to-drive. It may be a good alternative to the outgoing Juke.