You’ve already learn concerning the diesel model of the Nissan Kicks and would comprehend it as a cool, rugged and well-rounded crossover. This time across the focus is on the petrol mannequin. In spec, the Kicks petrol is similar to its cousin from Renault, the Captur. The 2 fashions use the identical 1.5-litre H4K petrol motor that makes 106hp and 142Nm of torque. Given how humdrum the Captur petrol felt, we didn’t count on a lot of the Kicks petrol, however we’re glad to report the information is sweet.
Fireplace up the engine and you’ll respect its stage of refinement. The petrol mill rumbles softly beneath the hood and the sound stage is admirably low. Getting off the road is a clean affair and, at gradual speeds, the engine is raring to reply to gentle accelerator inputs. What’s good is that the engine feels extra rounded than it does within the Captur, and Nissan’s tweaks have accomplished it a world of excellent. The place the Captur petrol can really feel underwhelming, the Kicks builds velocity extra keenly. Certain, it isn’t what you’d name mild on its ft and its engine isn’t precisely punchy like a turbocharged unit, however you don’t really feel a scarcity of energy in on a regular basis driving. Energy is available in easily after 2,000rpm and it pulls cleanly till about 5,500rpm. The cabin, nonetheless, does get noisy when prolonged.
Its mild clutch and nice gearbox additionally assist the expertise. The 5-speed handbook gearbox is a ratio down on the diesel’s 6-speed unit however is kind of good to function. The gates are nicely outlined and whereas the throws are quick, there’s a surety in shifts that makes shuffling via gears quite good. Nonetheless, a CVT auto, one thing Nissan specialises in, would have made the Kicks petrol much more city-friendly. It drives with confidence on poor roads and is steady at excessive speeds, although there’s a firmness to the setup always. Apparently, we did discover the petrol’s steering to really feel a bit ‘looser’ than the diesel’s on the straight-ahead place.
Spec to spec, the Kicks petrol is about Rs 1.5 lakh cheaper than the diesel, making it good worth. The one kicker is that the petrol SUV is simply accessible in base XL and mid-spec XV trims, and doesn’t get the XV Premium and XV Premium+ choices. This implies the petrol Kicks misses on some frills like a 360-degree parking digicam, hill-start help, LED headlamps with auto perform, cruise management, amongst others. And naturally, no leather-lined sprint and seats for the petrol Kicks both. That stated, the petrol XV doesn’t really feel bargain-spec with its 17-inch alloys, auto local weather management, reverse digicam and slick eight.Zero-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Kicks’ all-black dashboard (embellished with fake carbon-fibre trimmings) and cloth seats don’t look half unhealthy both. Seat consolation is sweet and there’s loads of room within the again too, despite the fact that a Hyundai Creta is roomier nonetheless.
Talking of which, there isn’t any actual rival for the Kicks petrol within the Creta vary. It slips proper in between the cheaper, however lesser-equipped Creta 1.6 E+ and the far pricier SX. So whereas the vast majority of patrons will gravitate to the well-entrenched Creta, it’s actually value your whereas giving the Kicks petrol a critical thought. It’s among the many nicer petrol-powered midsized SUVs on the market.