I don’t really like getting into the look or design of a vehicle because I strongly believe that ‘one man's nightmare is another man's dream’. But in this case, Nissan should have gone back to the drawing board to simply clone the international design. Sadly, it just blends into the crowd and that’s a definite no-no in India. Moving beyond that, the Kicks does have some impressive features, like its ride quality. Believe it or not, this Nissan SUV, or crossover or whatever you want to call it, has one of the best suspension setups in the segment.
Now, what I’m going to say might sound like I’m throwing a lot of mechanical terms at you, but to know the reason behind its magic-carpet-like ride, I have to tell you about the McPherson strut with coil in the front along with the rear torsion beam with coil springs work in tandem to neutralise bumps, ditches, and undulations on the road. No matter how deep the pothole is or whether you’re driving at low or high speed, there is no spine-busting thud, as the Kicks manages to carpet virtually everything. It also remains poised and stable on both straight-lines and turns – there is hardly anybody roll. It may not win the best design award, but it certainly offers a comfortable ride.
When it came: December 2019
Current Odo reading: 28,759kms
Mileage this month: 1,294kms
Fuel efficiency: 15.3km/l
What’s good: Ride quality, stable on turns
What’s not: Design not for everyone
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