I finally I got the opportunity to take the Nissan Kicks out for a short road trip to Jaipur. It was strictly a business trip before you start asking about the places I visited and if I tried the local cuisine. The total distance was just a shade over 550km. We hit the highway early morning, and as the road was empty, we were cruising comfortably in the three-digit figures. If you have taken NH 48, you’ll know it’s not the smoothest tarmac that you’ll come across, at least between Delhi and Jaipur. It has a tendency of hiding deep, unforgiving potholes that could be your tyres’ worst nightmare. On top of that, the road has a lot of dips. But the Kicks refused to wallow and remained steady as a ship throughout the trip. So much so that my colleague on the rear seat was fast asleep and only woke up when we stopped for refreshments.
What was more impressive was that the Kicks remained planted at high speed. The hydraulic steering wheel, which does feel a tad bit heavy in city conditions, was very helpful on the highway, as it remained poised and didn’t feel unnervingly light. Throughout the trip, the only thing that kept bugging me was how could Nissan not give the Kicks a dead pedal. What did bring a smile on my face was that the Kicks returned nearly 18kmpl.
When it came: December 2019
Current Odo reading: 29,908kms
Mileage this month: 1,149kms
Fuel efficiency: 18km/l
What’s good: Fuel efficient, steady on the highway
What’s not: No dead pedal
Also read - Nissan Kicks Long Term Report: February 2020