2018 Nissan Kicks, Urban Chic

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One year after the Canadian launch of the Qashqai, Nissan is introducing a stylish urban crossover that is sure to turn heads: the Nissan Kicks.

Nissan is keenly aware of the importance of music and connectivity in the overall ownership experience sought after by a majority of millennials. Both S and SL versions are equipped with standard 6-speaker infotainment systems, while the SR is equipped with a Bose 8-speaker system, including two in the driver’s seat headrest. As our Kicks experience was behind the wheel of the SR, we experienced the richness and enveloping sound of the Bose system.

Pricing is also key to seducing the younger, connected demographic. Nissan is positioning the Kicks as the most affordable compact crossover. With an MSRP of $17,998 for the base S version, $20,898 for the mid-range SV, and $22,798 for the top-of-the-line SR, the Kicks covers all the bases. By dishing out a modest $150, SV and SR buyers can stand out by selecting one of five two-tone roof/ body colour combinations.

Kicksing Around Town

Powered by a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine mated to a CVT transmission, the Kicks has 125 hp and 115 lb-ft. at its disposal. The tight steering is responsive and nimble, ideal in tight parking situations, narrow back alleys and ever-present tricky roadwork deviations as well.

When the open road beckons, the additional speed required for highway on-ramps and overtaking slower-moving vehicles are best tackled by activating the shifter-mounted “Sport” mode, which raises both CVT shift points and fuel consumption, while lowering the noise level during passing manoeuvers. Road handling and cornering are performed with assurance. Despite its diminutive size, the Kicks is unfazed by lateral winds.

A detailed version is available in our printed version.

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