Kicks offers good interior space, plenty of features, affordable pricing
restraint. The Ultranearfield system results in a true surround sound experience.
Regardless of trim level, the Kicks comes with: tilt and telescope steering wheel, cruise control, power windows and locks, A/C, 17-cm touchscreen, wireless connectivity, front collision warning with emergency braking, rear-view monitor and Nissan’s Easy-fill feature which provides an audible warning that you have reached the correct pressure when inflating the tires.
The Kicks is powered, sort of, by a 1.6-litre four producing 125 horsepower. Coupled with a continuously variable automatic transmission, performance is adequate, if not exactly scintillating. Under heavy throttle condi- tions, which happen frequently, the little engine is kept buzzing rather loudly at high revs.
But, there is no trouble keeping up with traffic and fuel economy can be impressive if the route does not include too many hills. I averaged about 7.5 litres per 100 kilometres for a week of mixed city and highway travel.
The good news is that this is
• Model: 2018 Nissan Kicks SR CVT
• Engine: 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, 125 horsepower, 115 lb.-ft. of torque, regular fuel • Transmission: continuously variable automatic
• NRCAN rating (litres/100km city/highway): 7.7 / 6.6
• Length: 4,295 mm
• Width: 1,760 mm
• Wheelbase: 2,619 mm • Weight: 1,214 kg
• Price: $22,798 base, $24,878 as tested, including freight • Competition: Chevrolet Trax, Ford Ecosport, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Kona, Jeep Renegade, Kia Soul, Mazda CX-3, Toyota C-HR
• Options on test vehicle: two-tone metallic paint, $285