Nissan Kicks BS6 Long Term Reports

By Team autoX | on October 24, 2021
Long Term Report: November 2021

It’s just been two months living with the Nissan Kicks and it has already made me realise why car buyers ignore it. And the reason is, the Kicks can’t market itself properly! You see, there’s a famous quote 'Jo dikhta hai wo bikta hai' and that means unless and until you see or hear about a product, you aren’t likely to buy it. The Kicks has a similar problem. On one side, it has flashy rivals from Korea and Germany, while on the other its own sibling, the Magnite, makes it look a bit dated. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a handsome looking vehicle, but it does look a bit anonymous, and that doesn’t work in this segment. I hope Nissan gives the once over that it’s due for - the Kicks facelift is already out in global markets, so it’s only a matter of time.

As for its underpinnings, I still believe the Kicks is the closest to being called an SUV despite having a monocoque body. There’s an air of sturdiness in the way it rides and handles over bad roads. But the rest of the package needs some refinement. Like the interior feels a bit dull, especially in this CVT version, and the plastic quality has to be improved. I’ve no complaints about its engine, suspension and space, to be honest. I quite enjoy driving it.

However, there’s one big issue with the car that has come to my notice recently. The wheels are out-of-balance and at high speeds, it's become a major concern. In fact, the violent kickback from the hydraulic steering and the wobbling wheels make driving at triple-digit speeds a nerve-racking affair. So, that’s to be fixed asap. Oh, and this car enjoys drinking fuel. As in, the moment you floor the throttle, you can see the fuel gauge needle drop! But then that’s the disadvantage (or fun) of having a 150+bhp SUV.

  • LOGBOOK

When it came: September 2021

Current odo reading: 7,399kms

Mileage this month: 645kms

Fuel efficiency: 9km/l

What’s good: Robust underpinnings

What’s not: Wheels are out of balance

Long Term Report: October 2021

Nissan Kicks 1 3 Turbo CVT Long Term Report October 2021

Say hello to the Nissan Kicks 1.3 Turbo CVT, which has just become a part of our long-term fleet. Yeah, we know it’s a bit of a thing of the past, given the arrival of newer entrants like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, and the recently launched VW Group twins – the Taigun and Skoda Kushaq. Still, there is no denying that the Kicks has its strengths, and that’s what we’re hoping to explore in the coming months.

First things first, I didn’t know that the CVT version of the Kicks is not available with the top-of-the-line XV Premium (O) variant. Instead, it’s offered in XV Premium trim, which makes do without goodies like dual-tone paint, a 360-degree camera, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, leather seats, a soft-touch dashboard top, and more. So, yes, the car does look and feel a bit plain, especially in comparison to its rivals. Having said that, it’s still decently kitted out because you get all the features that you’d probably need in a car – LED projector headlamps, keyless entry and start/stop, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen, which comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The screen is crisp and the touch response is great, but for some reason, it doesn’t switch to dark mode while using Android Auto at night, with headlamps on. So, every time I’ve to manually switch to dark mode from my phone’s developer settings.

But these are small issues, and quite frankly, they don’t bother me much because of the way the Kicks drives. The 1.3-turbo petrol motor is a gem, thanks to its strong and linear torque delivery throughout the rev range. It doesn’t actually feel like a turbo engine – there’s no sudden ‘kick’ when you floor the accelerator pedal. The CVT gearbox does take some fun away from the equation, with its rubber-band effect; however, overall, I prefer it to the manual version for its effortless and seamless shift quality. So, the best thing about the Kicks? Well, it has got to be the ride quality – it’s supple and unbelievably sturdy over bad roads. I don’t think there’s any other car – except for its cousin, the Renault Duster – that offers such good ride quality in the segment. Overall, I’m warming up to the Kicks already, although its fuel efficiency, considering the rising cost of petrol, is definitely a bummer.

  • LOGBOOK

When it came: September 2021

Current odo reading: 6,754kms

Mileage this month: 540kms

Fuel efficiency: 9km/l

What’s good: Ride quality, engine

What’s not: Plain design, heavy drinker

Read more:

Nissan Kicks Long Term Report: March 2020 

2020 Nissan Kicks launched

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