2018 Nissan Kicks Is Less Quirky Than The Juke, But Is It As Good Or Even Better?

Low budget rides don’t get the same exposure as posher vehicles on the internet, but that’s to be expected. Even so, the Kicks hasn’t been left behind, as it’s Nissan’s latest offering in the burgeoning subcompact SUV segment.

Said to have been developed with young buyers in mind, as a collaboration between the brand’s USA, Brazil and Japan branches, it’s the Japanese automaker’s smallest crossover and slots in the lineup under the Rogue Sport.

However, while it has been labelled a Juke replacement, Nissan says that’s not the case despite its subcompact size, affordable price and decent interior for the price paid.

Also Read: Nissan Kicks Juke Out Of The Range At The LA Auto Show

The Kicks kicks off (sorry, we just can’t help it…) from just under $18,000 in the United States, excluding destination and handling fees. All versions benefit from a 7-inch touchscreen color display, a customizable gauge cluster and automatic emergency braking, although the latter doesn’t come with a pedestrian-recognizing feature.

On the outside, it looks more conservative than the Juke, and things aren’t that bad inside, either. Despite the cheap plastics and limited optional extras, it’s quite okay for the price. DrivenCarReviews found the backseat to be quite roomy and the boot space decent, though the infotainment system’s interface was dubbed ‘rudimentary’.

The sole engine option for the Kicks is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 125hp (127PS / 93kW) and 115lb-ft (156Nm) mated to a CVT gearbox. As for what it feels like on the road, as well as the rest of the details, you’ll have to click on the video link right below.

  • Spyder Hole Fantome

    Low power linked to a shi%%y CVT = fail.

    • Salih Ahzem

      Even though I agree for most people who does not know what a CVT is and need cheap reliable transportation this kicks all the right boxes for the price…

      • Spyder Hole Fantome

        True. But for those of us who know better….

      • Jason Miller

        Most of the general population are clueless when it comes to CVT’s. My mom recently purchased a Sentra and had no idea that it was different when I told her, even after driving it for a few months.

        • Justin Spencer

          I rented a Sentra recently when my car was in the shop and I have to say the CVT wasn’t all that CVT-like in my experience. Not a bad car either for the price. I could see why she didn’t really notice much of a difference

    • Shobin Drogan

      Which is a similar setup to like 90% of other crossovers in this segment.

    • David Mitchell

      It depends on the CVT. The early CVT transmissions were terrible and strangled cars with small engines and outputs. These days CVT’s have improved in a huge way and no longer make cars like the Kicks gutless.

  • Lloyd Anthony D Peters

    I hate that the Juke had to die for this. I mean. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Juke. But at least it was interesting. I don’t care what color you make the Kicks, it’s boring as hell.

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