Now in general, a good looking SUV is defined by its boxy dimensions and muscular proportions. The Kicks is neither of these and yet manages to look quite good.
For starters, it’s quite a large car. In fact, it’s wider and longer than the current benchmark - the Hyundai Creta. The front gets the Nissan V-motion grille, a butch looking skid-plate and nicely placed fog lamps that also act as cornering lamps. However, it’s from the rear that the Kicks looks the best. There’s a surprisingly rakish rear windscreen and those protruding boomerang tail lamps round up one of the funkiest looking heinies out there. Overall, the Kicks comes across as a very smart looking car that is sure to connect with the millennials that Nissan is looking to rope in.
The radical exteriors follow to the insides as well. The dashboard layout looks good and Nissan has used the right combination of colour and materials that make it look and feel very welcoming.
What is immediately noticeable is that Nissan has used soft-touch materials abundantly especially in the centre of the dashboard, door armrest and the centre armrest. The cab-forward design means the dashboard extends quite a bit making the cabin feel roomier. Another brilliant addition is the eight-inch touch screen infotainment system which is chiselled beautifully.
With 210mm of ground clearance, the Kicks has got plenty of suspension travel and it works extremely well. Ride quality of the Kicks is fantastic and it feels extremely pliant. The suspension is quiet and goes about absorbing undulations with nary a squeak. And with such a tall stance it does not roll excessively when pushed into corners.
The Kicks comes with plenty of features that make it innovative and convenient. The floating eight-inch infotainment screen does not have the best resolution but comes with all the connectivity options like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and BT connectivity. Heck, you can even connect your smartwatch to it. You also get rain-sensing wipers, engine start/stop button and then some. But the Kicks main party piece is the first-in-class around view monitor.
There are cameras on all four sides that offer a 360-degree view of the surroundings. Different modes also allow you to choose from a list of camera views depending on the situation. This makes parking even in the tightest of spots an easy affair.