There is something about the SUV class of cars that is understandably mysterious. It is, to begin with, segmented in a way that even industry players cannot quite explain.
Of course, we know of the big SUV, mid-size compact, subcompacts and a litany of a few more. It all depends on whom you as by the end of the day. One thing, however, is clear – competition is cut-throat and there is the desire to make outstanding machines from all quarters.
The Nissan Kicks lies in what may be called tiny-SUV class. It is a practical choice with plenty of personalities. Its powertrain is a simple setup: a 125-hp four-cylinder drives the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT); all-wheel drive is not available.
It stands out for efficiency rather than swift. The fact that the Kicks comes standard with features such as automated emergency braking and a touchscreen infotainment system at its low base price is impressive, although this aspect brings it in line with key rivals instead of one-upping them.
Nissan Connect attached to the Kicks is intuitive and easy to learn. All Kicks models come with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth connectivity; two different premium audio systems are optional, as is onboard Wi-Fi.
This is a small budget-friendly car that is not only functional but also very practical. The tweaks we’ve seen for 2019 will no doubt help greatly in pushing it a little further up.
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