What is it?

The new Kicks Turbo with its new, 156hp turbo-petrol engine, guarantees to be the most fun-to-travel edition of Nissan’s SUV nevertheless. An SUV we’d been waiting to travel for a several months, our disappointment when we eventually handle to lay our hands on the car or truck, having said that was palpable. There are certainly no visual cues to inform us this is the new turbocharged edition no new bits on the exterior, no new stickers, not even a ‘Turbo’ badge. Even the inside is equivalent.

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Where by it is new, having said that, is under the hood. Co-created by Nissan, Renault and Daimler, this large-tech turbo-petrol engine has been built to switch punchy diesels. This is why it provides a substantial 254Nm from just 1,600rpm in this variety, and to make it experience punchy, fantastic focus was laid on minimal-velocity responses and minimal-electrical power airflow. The turbo employs an electrical wastegate for quicker responses, options a large-stress, direct-petrol-injection program (250bar), 6-gap injectors, its variable cams are electrically actuated and the engine also employs engineering from the Nissan GT-R – Mirror Bore Coating – that lowers friction.

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New 1.three-litre turbo-petrol engine is jointly created by Nissan, Renault and Daimler and makes 156hp and 254Nm


What’s it like inside of?

Even though there are no significant improvements to the inside of, the Kicks Turbo continues to be comfy and solidly crafted. The cabin has a near-indestructible, Duster-like vibe to it (anything feels crafted to last at least a ten years) and Nissan has presented the cabin a padded dash, comfy seats and a really able touchscreen.

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The dash feels crafted to last, but high-quality ranges are not really as fantastic as its Korean rivals.


There are a several less-than-amazing plastics, these types of as people on the decrease section of the dash, cup-holders are lacking up entrance, and with no USB ports at the rear, passengers will have to share the a person under the dash. Even now, they won’t be still left wanting for house in the rear, the rear bench alone is extremely comfy and even the boot is relatively massive and conveniently formed.

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Plenty of house in the back again and seat is comfortable, but there’s no sunroof


What kind of options does it get?

1st up, I want to use its coolest aspect. Regarded as Remote Motor Get started, it does what it suggests on the tin, and starts off the car or truck by means of a button on the important card. All you need to have to do is hold down stated button for about three seconds and, hey presto, the Kicks Turbo starts off up as simple as that. It, uniquely, is the initial car or truck to present this aspect with a handbook gearbox.

To use it, the car or truck demands to be parked in neutral with the handbrake up. And if you want the cabin cooled (of course you do), you need to have to have still left the air-con switched on. So as long as you are in range and can see your car or truck from your office environment or residence, you can get started it up and amazing the cabin. Even though this car or truck arrives with the NissanConnect app, Remote Get started can not be employed by means of your cellular phone nevertheless, and that’s a bit odd.

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eight.-inch touchscreen functions very well.


Nissan has also loaded the SUV with other package. The Kicks Turbo arrives with things like connected-car or truck tech and a 360-degree parking camera, as very well as things like voice recognition, idle cease-get started, computerized headlights, cornering lights, ESP, hill-get started guide, cruise regulate, rain-sensing wipers and LED headlamps. Even though options like cooled seats and wireless charging, located on competition like the Hyundai Creta, are lacking.

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Motor cease-get started section of the package.


What’s it like to travel?

There’s a trace of vibration at idle, especially when the compressor cuts in, and as I get into targeted traffic, the clutch feels a bit weighty. This, having said that, is soon forgotten. The Kicks Turbo pulls extremely very well when I eventually get a hole in targeted traffic.

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There’s a robust tug, even on a gentle throttle, the car or truck is normally straining at the leash, and far better still, what ever the velocity, it appears to be to have plenty of oomph in reserve. The floodgates only actually open when the engine gets into its mid-range, however. Get the turbo blowing, place your foot down, and the surge is so robust, the Kicks just shoots forward. This is specifically fun when you fly past vehicles that or else choose some scheduling to go, and what feels nicer still is that responses are quite instantaneous.

Once we get on to the freeway, the engine pulls cleanly all the way past 5,500rpm, and listed here much too, being on the gasoline feels fantastic, as the Kicks Turbo pulls forward smartly. However, the ramp-up in overall performance flattens as the engine gets closer to 6,000rpm. Not like VW’s 1. TSI or Kia’s 1.4 T-GDi, this engine is more of a slugger, with most of the work done in the mid-range. I would like the top rated stop was a bit more robust however managing this 156hp engine to the redline is mildly disappointing.

So how speedy is it? Even though we did carry out a check, the -100kph time of eleven.85sec for this handbook edition (there’s a CVT-car on present as very well) doesn’t paint an precise photograph. The traction regulate program could not be switched off and then, to make matters even worse, there was a rev lock. So, as an alternative of powering away from rest with its entrance wheels spinning, the Kicks Turbo only limped off the line.

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In-gear moments, exactly where the launch doesn’t make a difference, do give a far better indication of the speed. 20-80 in 3rd can take eleven.16sec – not much too considerably off the ten.05sec recorded by the lighter, 140hp Kia Seltos which, by the way, does -100 in a blistering eight.96sec.

2020 Nissan Kicks 1.three turbo-petrol MT overall performance (as tested)*
-10kph .seventy nine sec
-20kph 1.ninety one sec
-30kph 2.68 sec
-40kph three.40 sec
-50kph 4.27 sec
-60kph 5.65 sec
-70kph 6.71 sec
-80kph seven.92 sec
-90kph 9.84 sec
-100kph eleven.eighty five sec
-110kph 13.seventy nine sec
-120kph 15.83 sec
-130kph eighteen.36 sec
-140kph 21.65 sec
20-80kph (in 3rd) eleven.16 sec
40-100kph (in fourth) twelve.67 sec

The Kicks Turbo also is not in its element in cease-get started targeted traffic. The clutch is a bit weighty, the gears from time to time need to have an added shove, and then there’s that minimal bit of turbo lag to contend with. Absolutely sure, you can easily travel all around these challenges, but then it clearly is not as gentle, uncomplicated or as refined to travel as something like a Creta or a Seltos.

How comfy is the Nissan Kicks Turbo?

With its 200mm of floor clearance and the difficult, Duster-derived suspension that’s tuned for rough roads, the Kicks is just excellent over bad surfaces. There is a trace of stiffness in the springs, and you do experience some of the sharper-edged bumps. But the journey is flat, there is pretty much no bounce and, considering the fact that the suspension feels sturdy plenty of to travel flat-out over even a rally phase, you tend to just keep your foot down.

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What’s also specifically good, especially with this 156hp motor under the hood, is that it feels nicely planted in corners. Whatsoever roll there is, is very well contained, but there is a reasonable sum of torque steer when you are challenging on the throttle, and, at moments, it tramlines or follows ridges in the street. Even now, the steering has plenty of experience, switch-in is really constructive and you can truly string jointly a set of corners and appreciate them. It’s so considerably fun, it even feels like a bit of a rally hero on a gravel phase.

Ought to you acquire a person?

There’s minimal question, the Turbo is easily the best Kicks nevertheless. Thrilling to travel over fantastic and lousy roads, it features uncomplicated-to-access overall performance, a chassis that’s keen to engage in, and a difficult and sturdy build. The cabin is a comfy area to invest time, it is very well appointed, and it is even fairly equipped.

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No Turbo badge at rear this just could the ultimate ‘sleeper’ it has more than plenty of grunt to shock.


It does fall behind competition like the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta is some areas. The cabin is not as sophisticated, refinement is not as fantastic, it is not really as very well equipped and it doesn’t perform as strongly possibly. In truth, for all its headline quantities, the overall performance of the Kicks is not as amazing as we predicted it to be, and until you go for the optional CVT, the weighty clutch and gearshift indicate it can take a bit more energy to travel in targeted traffic.

What places the Kicks back again on an even keel with its two Korean rivals, having said that, is the truth that it is roughly Rs 2 lakh more cost-effective. It may perhaps not be for absolutely everyone, and it may perhaps still be a bit rough all around the edges, but does the Kicks Turbo have what it can take to present a credible substitute, at a more inexpensive selling price? Totally. 

* Functionality figures not to Autocar India check specifications.

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