What is it?

The new Kicks Turbo with its new, 156hp turbo-petrol engine, guarantees to be the most enjoyable-to-drive version of Nissan’s SUV nonetheless. An SUV we’d been waiting around to drive for a handful of months, our disappointment when we last but not least manage to lay our fingers on the car or truck, nonetheless was palpable. There are absolutely no visual cues to convey to us this is the new turbocharged version no new bits on the exterior, no new stickers, not even a ‘Turbo’ badge. Even the inside is identical.

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In which it is new, nonetheless, is underneath the hood. Co-made by Nissan, Renault and Daimler, this substantial-tech turbo-petrol engine has been developed to replace punchy diesels. This is why it delivers a significant 254Nm from just one,600rpm in this type, and to make it really feel punchy, wonderful emphasis was laid on reduced-speed responses and reduced-electricity airflow. The turbo takes advantage of an electrical wastegate for faster responses, characteristics a substantial-tension, immediate-petrol-injection procedure (250bar), 6-gap injectors, its variable cams are electrically actuated and the engine also takes advantage of technologies from the Nissan GT-R – Mirror Bore Coating – that lowers friction.

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New one.three-litre turbo-petrol engine is jointly made by Nissan, Renault and Daimler and produces 156hp and 254Nm


What is it like inside?

When there are no substantial improvements to the inside, the Kicks Turbo stays comfortable and solidly created. The cabin has a in the vicinity of-indestructible, Duster-like vibe to it (anything feels created to past at least a decade) and Nissan has given the cabin a padded sprint, comfortable seats and a extremely capable touchscreen.

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The sprint feels created to past, but top quality concentrations are not quite as good as its Korean rivals.


There are a handful of considerably less-than-spectacular plastics, such as individuals on the reduced component of the sprint, cup-holders are lacking up front, and with no USB ports at the rear, travellers will have to share the a person underneath the sprint. However, they won’t be remaining wanting for area in the rear, the rear bench itself is really comfortable and even the boot is relatively significant and conveniently shaped.

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Plenty of area in the back and seat is comfortable, but there is no sunroof


What form of characteristics does it get?

Initial up, I want to use its coolest characteristic. Regarded as Remote Motor Commence, it does what it claims on the tin, and commences the car or truck by way of a button on the key card. All you need to do is keep down said button for about a few seconds and, hey presto, the Kicks Turbo commences up as uncomplicated as that. It, uniquely, is the first car or truck to provide this characteristic with a manual gearbox.

To use it, the car or truck requirements to be parked in neutral with the handbrake up. And if you want the cabin cooled (of program you do), you need to have remaining the air-con switched on. So as extended as you are in assortment and can see your car or truck from your office environment or residence, you can start out it up and amazing the cabin. While this car or truck comes with the NissanConnect app, Remote Commence just cannot be used by way of your telephone nonetheless, and which is a little bit weird.

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eight.-inch touchscreen operates well.


Nissan has also loaded the SUV with other package. The Kicks Turbo comes with things like related-car or truck tech and a 360-diploma parking digicam, as well as things like voice recognition, idle quit-start out, automated headlights, cornering lights, ESP, hill-start out guide, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers and LED headlamps. While characteristics like cooled seats and wi-fi charging, located on levels of competition like the Hyundai Creta, are lacking.

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Motor quit-start out component of the package deal.


What is it like to drive?

There is a hint of vibration at idle, specifically when the compressor cuts in, and as I get into traffic, the clutch feels a little bit large. This, nonetheless, is quickly overlooked. The Kicks Turbo pulls really well when I last but not least get a hole in traffic.

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There is a robust tug, even on a gentle throttle, the car or truck is typically straining at the leash, and greater nonetheless, whatever the speed, it seems to have loads of oomph in reserve. The floodgates only actually open when the engine will get into its mid-assortment, nevertheless. Get the turbo blowing, put your foot down, and the surge is so robust, the Kicks just shoots forward. This is significantly enjoyable when you fly previous automobiles that in any other case take some preparing to go, and what feels nicer nonetheless is that responses are really instantaneous.

As soon as we get onto the freeway, the engine pulls cleanly all the way previous five,500rpm, and below also, staying on the gas feels wonderful, as the Kicks Turbo pulls forward smartly. Even so, the ramp-up in performance flattens as the engine will get closer to 6,000rpm. Contrary to VW’s one. TSI or Kia’s one.4 T-GDi, this engine is additional of a slugger, with most of the function finished in the mid-assortment. I desire the top rated finish was a little bit stronger nevertheless operating this 156hp engine to the redline is mildly disappointing.

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one.three makes peak energy at five,500rpm.


So how rapid is it? When we did carry out a take a look at, the -100kph time of eleven.85sec for this manual version (there is a CVT-car on provide as well) does not paint an precise photo. The traction control procedure could not be switched off and then, to make issues even worse, there was a rev lock. So, as a substitute of powering absent from relaxation with its front wheels spinning, the Kicks Turbo only limped off the line.

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In-equipment periods, where the start does not make a difference, do give a greater indication of the tempo. 20-80 in 3rd usually takes eleven.16sec – not also far off the ten.05sec recorded by the lighter, 140hp Kia Seltos which, incidentally, does -a hundred in a blistering eight.96sec.

2020 Nissan Kicks one.three turbo-petrol MT performance (as examined)*
-10kph .79 sec
-20kph one.ninety one sec
-30kph two.sixty eight sec
-40kph three.forty sec
-50kph 4.27 sec
-60kph five.sixty five sec
-70kph 6.71 sec
-80kph 7.92 sec
-90kph 9.eighty four sec
-100kph eleven.eighty five sec
-110kph 13.79 sec
-120kph 15.eighty three sec
-130kph 18.36 sec
-140kph 21.sixty five sec
20-80kph (in 3rd) eleven.sixteen sec
forty-100kph (in fourth) twelve.67 sec

The Kicks Turbo also isn’t in its aspect in quit-start out traffic. The clutch is a little bit large, the gears sometimes need an excess shove, and then there is that small little bit of turbo lag to contend with. Sure, you can conveniently drive around these issues, but then it plainly isn’t as gentle, effortless or as refined to drive as a little something like a Creta or a Seltos.

How comfortable is the Nissan Kicks Turbo?

With its 200mm of ground clearance and the rough, Duster-derived suspension which is tuned for rough streets, the Kicks is just amazing over inadequate surfaces. There is a hint of stiffness in the springs, and you do really feel some of the sharper-edged bumps. But the trip is flat, there is practically no bounce and, considering that the suspension feels sturdy adequate to drive flat-out over even a rally phase, you are likely to just maintain your foot down.

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What is also significantly good, specifically with this 156hp motor underneath the hood, is that it feels properly planted in corners. What ever roll there is, is well contained, but there is a honest amount of money of torque steer when you are difficult on the throttle, and, at periods, it tramlines or follows ridges in the highway. However, the steering has loads of really feel, convert-in is quite optimistic and you can really string collectively a established of corners and delight in them. It’s so a lot enjoyable, it even feels like a little bit of a rally hero on a gravel phase.

Ought to you invest in a person?

There is small question, the Turbo is conveniently the greatest Kicks nonetheless. Thrilling to drive over good and bad streets, it provides effortless-to-entry performance, a chassis which is prepared to participate in, and a rough and sturdy create. The cabin is a comfortable spot to spend time, it is well appointed, and it is even fairly equipped.

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No Turbo badge at rear this just could the greatest ‘sleeper’ it has additional than adequate grunt to shock.


It does tumble powering levels of competition like the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta is some spots. The cabin isn’t as complex, refinement isn’t as good, it is not quite as well equipped and it does not carry out as strongly either. In truth, for all its headline quantities, the performance of the Kicks isn’t as spectacular as we anticipated it to be, and unless of course you go for the optional CVT, the large clutch and gearshift mean it usually takes a little bit additional energy to drive in traffic.

What puts the Kicks back on an even keel with its two Korean rivals, nonetheless, is the truth that it is somewhere around Rs two lakh less expensive. It may well not be for absolutely everyone, and it may well nonetheless be a little bit rough around the edges, but does the Kicks Turbo have what it usually takes to provide a credible different, at a additional very affordable rate? Completely. 

* Performance figures not to Autocar India take a look at specifications.

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