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First Drive: 2018 Nissan Kicks 

MONTREAL, QC: With a series of tiny crossover car buyers approaching to boost some 60 per cent by 2020, Nissan is adding a 2018 subcompact Kicks as a sixth member of a CUV/SUV team.

Canada will positively be a primary marketplace for this Mexican-made five-seater, due to Nissan’s claimed best-in-segment fuel economy and cost for a Kicks.

My co-driver during a new media launch aptly described a Kicks as an “honest” vehicle, definition that for a money, it gets a pursuit finished in a appreciative and efficient manner.

The Kicks is formed on a 2014 judgment shown in Brazil that was desirous by a merriment of a Carnival in Rio and it positively retains a suggestion of a eventuality in a choice of 5 extraneous hues. And for an additional $150 we can have a roof finished in white, black or orange for a two-tone effect.

But what is going to pull a many courtesy is cost.

There are 3 trim models – S starting during $17,998, SV during $20,898 and SR during $22,798.

First Drive: 2018 Nissan Kicks First Drive: 2018 Nissan Kicks

But don’t consider a Kicks is a “stripper” to get to that cost point.

The bottom “S” is propitious customary with Intelligent Emergency Braking (IEB) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Bluetooth hands-free and Siri eyes-free, rear-view camera, seven-inch touchscreen, Easy Fill tire vigour warning, journey and energy thatch and windows.

Other customary apparatus includes Traction Control System (TCS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA), front disc/rear drum Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and electric energy steering.

The toptrim SR includes an Integrated Dynamic-Control Module (IDM) featuring Intelligent Active Engine Brake, Active Intelligent Trace Control and Active Ride Control, to assistance yield a aloft turn of pushing enjoyment.

SR also offers Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM) versed with Moving Object Detection (MOD).

Kicks S class comes with 16-inch steel wheels, with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels customary on Kicks SV and SR grades mounted with 205/60R16 all-season or 205/55R17 all-season tires respectively.

First Drive: 2018 Nissan Kicks First Drive: 2018 Nissan Kicks

I enjoyed a really pleasing day of pushing in and around Montreal during a Canadian press introduction, notwithstanding ongoing sleet showers, during times utterly intense.

What finished it pleasing was being teamed with long-time co-worker Eric LaFrancois who hails from Montreal’s south seaside in a city of Chambly and who betrothed me a far-reaching accumulation of highway styles and points of seductiveness along a way.

The initial thing we beheld was how a Kicks roughly leapt brazen from launch.

It was partly due to a assertive “tip in” speed of a CVT and since a Kicks is sincerely light during 1,215 kg (2,674 lb) ensuing in a really good power-to-weight ratio notwithstanding usually have 115 lb/ft of torque.

Crossing a Champlain Bridge, a Kicks was nimble adequate to understanding with a bolt of Montreal rush hour traffic, that smoothed out as we streamer south in a rain.

Noise from a factory-fitted tires was conspicuous due to a “sizzle”, definition a sound that comes from tires on soppy cement during speed. We resolved some-more costly after-market boots would substantially be value considering.

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Otherwise normal highway pushing was though occurrence or complaint, solely a engine seemed to run out of exhale when asked to pass during above highway speeds.

Suspension and braking is finished by MacPherson struts with front brakes adult front and a torsion lamp with drums during a rear. Simple and effective, they also meant reduce prolongation costs.

In a dim red with black tip and roof rails, a SR chronicle we were pushing was good versed with Prima-Tex fake leather seats with orange stitching and other amenities including a Bose Personal Plus Sound System with 8 speakers including one in a driver’s headrest.

This is a kind of sound complement you’d design to find in cars during twice a cost and includes 6.5-inch Bose Super65T speakers in any front door, cross-firing 1.0-inch tweeters in any A-pillar and 5.25-in wide-range speakers in any back door.

The Bose PersonalSpace Control underline is built into a infotainment system’s audio settings, giving passengers tractable listening options from front-focused sound to a wider, some-more enveloping experience.

At a Kicks media briefing, Nissan officials described a sound peculiarity as “immersive,” that substantially sets a bar for audio in a sub-compact crossover segment.

First Drive: 2018 Nissan Kicks First Drive: 2018 Nissan Kicks

Also environment a customary is a claimed best-in-segment fuel economy of 7.2/6.6/7.7L/100 km city/highway/combined.

I saw my present readout rebound between 6.7 to 7.8 during a brew of in-town and delegate roads, that we suspicion was flattering good.

Another thing we beheld was interior newcomer volume, that includes claimed best-in-class for front legroom.

The interior was good laid out though where we would have approaching a tachometer was a vast fuel readout display. we know complicated record does not concede a engine to over-rev, though we still like to see what my engine is doing.

Interestingly, a back liftgate was designed so a reduce mouth is high adequate to concede a six-foot high chairman to bucket a load area though carrying to bob over.

What we resolved from a ride-and-drive was Kicks is a really crafty pierce on Nissan’s partial to indurate a CUV/SUV position in a changing Canadian market, generally when it comes to crossovers.

For a cost and a content, a 2018 Nissan Kicks is going to be really appealing to Canadians — quite first-time new car buyers.


2018 Nissan Kicks 

BODY STYLE: Sub-compact crossover

DRIVE METHOD: Front-wheel-drive, seven-step invariably non-static delivery (CVT)

ENGINE: 1.6-litre inline four-cylinder (125 hp, 115 lb/ft)

FUEL RATING: 7.2/6.6/7.7L/100 km city/highway/combined

CARGO CAPACITY: 716 litres (25.3 cu ft) behind second row

TOW RATING: Not recommended

PRICE: S, $17,998; SV, $20,898; SR, $22,798

WEBSITE: Nissan.ca

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