Kicks of­fers good in­te­rior space, plenty of fea­tures, af­ford­able pric­ing

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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

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