Which variant of 2020 Nissan Kicks Is Most Value For Money?

Which variant of 2020 Nissan Kicks Is Most Value For Money?

Read on to find out which variant of the 2020 Nissan Kicks is the most value for money. Here we compare the prices of the 2020 Kicks’ variants and the features to tell you which variant is the most Value For Money (VFM). Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and fuel efficiency of the 2020 Nissan Kicks with its competitors and other C-Segment SUVs.

 

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What Is The Price Of 2020 Nissan Kicks?

The new Nissan Kicks costs between Rs. 9.5 lakh and Rs. 14.15 lakh. It’s available with a 1.5-litre normal and a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine. The normal petrol engine is available in XL and XV variants. The turbo petrol engine is available in the XV, XV Premium and XV Premium (O) variants. The Kicks turbo with a manual transmission costs Rs. 1.85 lakh more than the normal petrol engine. This engine with a CVT automatic transmission is available in XV and XV Premium variants and costs about Rs. 1.5 lakh more than the comparable MT variant. Unfortunately, the top variant is not available with the automatic transmission. The premium Nissan is charging for the turbo petrol engine over the non-turbo engine and that of the automatic transmission is higher than usual.

2020 NISSAN KICKS | PRICE LIST

EX-SHOWROOM INDIA  | JUN 2020

 

XL

XV

XV Premium

XV Premium (O)

1.5 PETROL MT

Rs. 9,49,990

Rs. 9,99,990

1.3 TURBO-PETROL MT

 -

Rs. 11,84,990

Rs. 12,64,990

Monotone - Rs. 13,69,990

Dual Tone - Rs. 13,89,990

1.3 TURBO-PETROL CVT

 -

Rs. 13,44,990

Rs. 14,14,990

 -


Is The XL 1.5L Variant Of 2020 Nissan Kicks Worth Buying?

The base XL variant at Rs. 9.5 lakh is the most affordable one. It comes with only a 1.5-litre normal petrol engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. Its notable features include:

  • Mandatory safety kit (2 front airbags, ABS, parking sensors)
  • Remote central locking
  • Rear defogger
  • Music system
  • Automatic AC with rear AC vents
  • Electrically adjustable outside mirrors
  • Tilt steering
  • Cooled glovebox
  • LED DRLs
  • Reading lamps
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Internet-connected features

For its price, it has a decent kit on offer. However, we’d recommend considering the XV variant instead. Let’s see why.

NISSAN KICKS 1.5 XL | SAFETY & ENTERTAINMENT FEATURES

Rs. 9,49,990 | EX-SHOWROOM | JUN 2020

Safety

Entertainment

Dual Front Airbags

Front Seatbelts w/ Pretensioner & Load Limiter

Audio System

ABS w/ EBD

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock

MP3/AM/FM/CD, AUX, USB & Bluetooth Connectivity 

Rear Parking Sensors 

Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

Front & Rear Speakers 

Front Seatbelt Reminder

Day/Night IRVM

High-Speed Alert

Rear Defogger

Central Locking

 - -

 

NISSAN KICKS 1.5 XL | FUNCTIONAL & STYLE FEATURES

Rs. 9,49,990 | EX-SHOWROOM | JUN 2020

Functional

Style

Auto AC W/ Rear AC Vents

Front Armrest

Body Coloured Bumpers

ORVMs w/ Turn Indicators 

Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

Front & Rear Height Adjustable Headrests

Body Coloured Outer Door Handles

LED DRLs

Front & Rear Power Windows w/ Driver One-Touch Up/Down

Cooled Glovebox

R16 Steel Wheels w/ Full Wheel Covers

Shark Fin Antenna 

Tilt Steering

Parcel Shelf

Inside Door Handle in Chrome 

Integrated Spoiler

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

2 Power Outlets

Black Interior Scheme

 -

Nissan Connect Connected Car Technology 

Remote Keyless Entry

 - -

Driver & Co-driver Sunvisor w/ Vanity Mirror 

Tinted Glasses 

 - -

Reading Lamps 

Map & Trunk Lamp 

 - -


Is The XV 1.5L Variant Of 2020 Nissan Kicks Worth Buying?

The XV 1.5 variant of the Nissan Kicks costs Rs. 10.0 lakh, which is Rs. 50,000 more than the XL’s price tag. For this sum, the major additions are:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Rear armrest
  • Rear wiper
  • Rear camera
  • Fog lamps
  • Steering-mounted controls

The XV variant adds a lot of features for a modest incremental cost of Rs. 50,000. Hence, this is a fantastic value and our top-recommended variant in the entire 2020 Kicks lineup.

NISSAN KICKS 1.5 XV | FEATURES OVER XL VARIANT

Rs. 9,99,990 | EX-SHOWROOM | JUN 2020

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Rear Parking Camera

8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System 

Rear Armrest w/ Cup Holders 

Satin Chrome  Body Side Cladding 

Rear Wiper 

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Front Seat Back Pocket 

Skid Plates

Front Fog Lamps

Voice Recognition

 -

R17 Alloy Wheels

Steering-mounted Controls

 -

Roof Rails


Is The XV 1.3L Turbo Variant Of 2020 Nissan Kicks Worth Buying?

The XV variant of the Kicks is also available with a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine options. With the manual transmission, it costs Rs. 11.85 lakh - Rs. 1.85 lakh more than the XV 1.5. Not all of that sum goes towards the mechanical upgrades. Besides more power, torque and 6-speed manual transmission and an optional CVT automatic, The XV 1.3L automatic costs Rs. 13.45 lakh, which is another Rs. 1.6 lakh more than the XV turbo manual. The notable additions for the XV turbo are:

  • ESP
  • Traction control
  • Auto-start stop
  • Remote engine start
  • Push-button start/stop and keyless entry (Automatic only)
  • Remote engine start (Automatic only)

The XV turbo variant doesn’t add enough extra features or enough performance to justify the premium over the XV 1.5L variant. It’s not a value for money upgrade over the XV 1.5L. The XV turbo automatic offers an even weaker value proposition as the price jump of Rs. 1.6 lakh is more than usual for its segment.

NISSAN KICKS 1.3 XV | FEATURES OVER KICKS 1.5 XV

Safety

Functional

Vehicle Stability Management System

Idle Start/Stop 

Electronic Stability Control 

Remote Engine Start (CVT only)

Traction Control System 

Smart Card for Keyless Entry (CVT only)

 -

Push Button Start/Stop (CVT only)


Is The XV Premium 1.3L Turbo Variant Of 2020 Nissan Kicks Worth Buying?

The XV Premium turbo costs Rs. 12.65 lakh with the manual and Rs. 14.15 lakh with the automatic transmission. This XV Premium is Rs. 80,000 and Rs. 70,000 more expensive the XV variant’s manual and automatic transmission flavours, respectively.

For this reasonable price hike over the overpriced XV turbo variants, you get the following features:

  • LED projector headlamps
  • Hill-start assist
  • Remote engine start (for MT also)
  • Push-button start/stop with keyless entry (for MT also)
  • Electrically-foldable outside mirrors
  • Cruise control

While these features somewhat justify the premium over the XV variant, they can’t justify this premium over the XV 1.5L. Just like the XV turbo, the XV Premium turbo (with manual/automatic) is an expensive upgrade and not a good value for money.

NISSAN KICKS XV PREMIUM Turbo | FEATURES OVER KICKS XV Turbo

Rs. 12,64,990 | EX-SHOWROOM | JUN 2020

Safety

Functional & Entertainment

Style

LED Projector Headlamps

Remote Engine Start (MT)

Trunk Garnish Chrome 

Hill Start Assist

Push Button Start/Stop (MT)

Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel 

Smart Card for Keyless Entry (MT)

Leather-wrapped Gear Shift Knob with Chrome Finish 

Electrically Foldable ORVMs

 -

Cruise Control 

 -
 -

Front Tweeters (2 Nos) 

 -


Is The XV Premium (O) 1.3L Turbo Variant Of 2020 Nissan Kicks Worth Buying?

The XV Premium (O) turbo variant of the Nissan Kicks 2020 is available only with a manual transmission. It costs Rs. 13.7 lakh for the monotone paint job and Rs. 13.9 lakh with a dual-tone option. With the monotone colour option, it’s Rs. 1.05 lakh more expensive than the XV Premium turbo MT. Notable additions in the XV Premium (O) variant’s feature list include:

  • Automatic headlamps
  • Automatic wipers
  • Front thorax airbags
  • 360-degree camera
  • Rear fog lamps
  • Leather seat covers and armrest
  • Black and brown interiors
  • Soft-touch dashboard

This is again an expensive upgrade over the XV Premium variant and no recommended as it offers poor value for money.

NISSAN KICKS XV PREMIUM (O) | FEATURES OVER KICKS XV PREMIUM

Rs. 13,69,990 | EX-SHOWROOM | JUN 2020

Safety

Functional

Style

Side Airbags

Auto Headlamps 

Black+Brown Interior Scheme

Around View Monitor Display (AVM) 360 Camera 

Follow-me-home Headlamps 

Leather-wrapped Soft-touch Dashboard 

Front Fog Lamps with Cornering Function 

Rain Sensing Wipers 

Leather Seat Upholstery

Rear Fog Lamp

Console Storage Lamp 

Leatherette Door Pad Armrest Front & Rear

 - -

Leatherette Front Armrest

 - -

Floating Roof with Dual Tone Styling (optional) 


Which Variant Of the 2020 Nissan Kicks Is The Best Value For Money?

Let’s recap how the various 2020 Kicks options stack up starting with the 1.5-litre petrol engine option. The XV variant here is an easy pick not just for this powertrain option but in the entire Kicks lineup. It offers the best bang for the buck.

KICKS 1.5L PETROL-MANUAL VARIANTS | RECOMMENDATION

EX-SHOWROOM | JUN 2020

Variant

Price

Recommendation

XL

Rs. 9,49,990

Better upgrade to Kicks XV

XV

Rs. 9,99,990

Best value for money. Top recommended for budget buyers.

If you absolutely want the performance of a turbo petrol engine in the Kicks, then we’d suggest you get the XV turbo variant. The XV Premium and Premium (O) variants are expensive upgrades.

KICKS 1.3L PETROL-MANUAL VARIANTS | RECOMMENDATION

EX-SHOWROOM | JUN 2020

Variant

Price 

Recommendation

XV

Rs. 11,84,990

Top recommended

XV Premium

Rs. 12,64,990

Not a value-for-money upgrade, but worth considering

XV Premium (O)

Rs. 13,69,990

Expensive upgrade


If you want the Kicks with the automatic transmission, then your options are limited to the turbo petrol engine only, which is an expensive upgrade over the 1.5L variant, to begin with. If you are after the performance, then consider the manual transmission as CVT is not known for offering good performance especially with torquey, turbocharged engines. Not to mention, the CVT automatic transmission option itself if priced quite high even for a C-segment SUV.

KICKS 1.3L PETROL-AUTOMATIC VARIANTS | RECOMMENDATION

EX-SHOWROOM | JUN 2020

Variant

Price 

Recommendation

XV Premium

Rs. 13,44,990

An expensive upgrade over manual transmission. Performance seekers better buy manual transmission only

XV Premium (O)

Rs. 14,14,990


What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 Nissan Kicks Petrol?

Now, let’s take a look at the Kicks’ engine performance to see how it compares against other C-segment SUVs starting with the normal petrol engine. This engine makes 106PS of power - 9PS less than the Creta and Seltos twins. But they make their power about 900rpm higher in the rev range. Similarly, the torque output of the Korean SUVs is 2Nm better than the Kicks’ but it comes at 4500rpm. The Kicks’ 1.5L engine makes its peak torque at 4000rpm. Since their torque output is comparable, everyday drivability should be similar in all of these SUVs.

NISSAN KICKS vs COMPETITION

NORMAL PETROL ENGINE SPECS

 

Nissan Kicks

Renault Duster

Hyundai Creta

Kia Seltos

Displacement

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

Cylinder

4

4

4

4

Capacity

1498 cc

1498 cc

1497 cc

1497 cc

Maximum Power

106PS @ 5600rpm

106PS @ 5600rpm

115PS @ 6300rpm

115PS @ 6300rpm

Peak Torque

142Nm @ 4000rpm

142Nm @ 4000rpm

144Nm @ 4500rpm

144Nm @ 4500rpm

Transmission

5-Speed MT

5-Speed MT

6-Speed MT & CVT

6-Speed MT & IVT

Claimed FE

14.1kmpl*

14.26kmpl

16.8kmpl & 16.9kmpl

16.5kmpl & 16.8kmpl

*Unofficial

The 2020 Kicks turbo engine makes 50PS more power and 112Nm of extra torque over the 1.5-litre normal petrol engine. In typical turbocharged fashion, its torque peaks much sooner than the normal petrol engine’s - at 1600rpm vs 4000rpm.

Compared to the Seltos and Creta turbo, this engine makes 16PS more power and 12Nm of extra torque. It’s worth noting that the Kicks’ is not only making more power but it’s also making it 500rpm sooner. This indicates that the off-peak torque spread could be better in the Kicks turbo. Clearly, the Kicks turbo is a better performer than the Creta and Seltos’.

Its unofficial fuel efficiency figure of 16.3kmpl is on par with its rivals.

NISSAN KICKS VS COMPETITION

TURBO PETROL ENGINE SPECS

 

Nissan Kicks

Hyundai Creta

Kia Seltos

Displacement

1.3-litre

1.4-litre

1.4-litre

Cylinder

4

4

4

Cubic Capacity

1330 cc

1353 cc

1353 cc

Maximum Power

156PS @ 5500rpm

140PS @ 6000rpm

140PS @ 6000rpm

Peak Torque

254Nm @ 1600rpm

242Nm @ 1500-3200rpm

242Nm @ 1500-3200rpm

Transmission

6-Speed MT & CVT

7-Speed DCT

6-Speed MT & 7-Speed DCT

Claimed FE

16.3kmpl*

16.8kmpl

16.5kmpl

*Unofficial

What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 Nissan Kicks?

The Nissan Kicks is the longest C-segment SUV in its class and it also has the longest wheelbase. That should mean that it has better cabin space than its rivals. Its ground clearance is also the best in class at 210mm. However, its boot space is the lowest while its sibling, Renault Duster, has the biggest boot of 475 litres.

NISSAN KICKS VS COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Nissan Kicks

Renault Duster

Hyundai Creta

Kia Seltos

Length

4384mm

4360mm

4300mm

4315mm

Width

1813mm

1822mm

1790mm

1800mm

Height

1669mm

1695mm

1635mm

1645mm

Wheelbase

2673mm

2673mm

2610mm

2610mm

Boot Space

400-lt

475-lt

433-lt

433-lt

Ground Clearance

210mm

205mm

190mm*

190mm*

Fuel Tank

50-lt

50-lt

50-lt

50-lt

Tyre Size

215/65 R16

215/60 R17

215/65 R16

205/65 R16

215/60 R17

205/65 R16

215/60 R17

*Unofficial

What Are The Colour Options Of The 2020 Nissan Kicks?

The 2020 Kicks is available in the following 6 colour options:

  • Silver
  • White
  • Grey
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Red
  • White with black roof (XV Premium (O) DT only)
  • Grey with orange roof (XV Premium (O) DT only)
  • Red with black roof (XV Premium (O) DT only)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lakshya Khanna

Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he's mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He's usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars editorial team.

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