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Hyundai Venue or Nissan Kicks: Which Is Best?

Hyundai Venue or Nissan Kicks: Which Is Best?

The Hyundai Location and the Nissan Kicks are two sub-compact crossovers that offer affordability and fuel economy. By the way, they are the two cheapest SUVs on the market.

These vehicles are essentially reinvented versions of the accent and the Versa Note, two subcompact hatchbacks that have been discontinued in recent years due to a shift in consumer trends. Are you looking for a used car? Okay, but should you go for the Venue or the Kicks?

First, power is not the deciding factor here. With 122 horsepower and 114 ft-lb of torque, the Kicks wins out a hair above the Venue, with 121 horsepower and 113 ft-lb of torque. The latter is the only one with a manual transmission, if you like that sort of thing. Otherwise, it’s a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for both.

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The Kicks proves to be the most economical, with an average consumption of 7.2 l/100 km compared to 7.5 l/100 km for the Venue (or 7.8 l/100 km for the manual version).

They both only come with a front-wheel drive. Plus, their handling is similar and they both received a four out of five star rating in the NHTSA’s crash tests.

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But the biggest difference you see when you enter. The Kicks is slightly longer than the Venue and this has a big impact on the cargo space. The trunk can handle 716 liters, while the Venue only has a capacity of 528 liters. However, the cabin is about the same size: 2 624 liters in the Kicks and 2 602 liters in the Venue, meaning the latter makes up for its small trunk with roomier front seats.

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Finally, you should know that a used Hyundai Venue generally costs less than a Nissan Kicks in the same condition. And since the Venue was introduced for model year 2020, part of the 5 year/100,000 km warranty remains. Launched two years earlier, the Kicks only came with a 3-year/60,000-mile warranty. The powertrain is covered in both vehicles for 5 years/100,000 km.

However, if you like options, the Kicks will make you happier as there are more examples available. In other words, you are more likely to find one that fits your needs and budget.