If you’re looking for an entry-level compact crossover, this news should be worth your while. Nissan has given its smallest crossover, the Kicks, a mild midlife update by adding a few extra features than before. However, the Nissan Kicks retains the 1.6-litre 122 hp inline-four naturally aspirated engine, mated to a CVT unit, making it one of the most fuel-efficient crossovers you can buy.
For the new 2023 model, the Nissan Kicks is available in three trim levels – base spec S, mid spec SV and top spec SR. We’ve listed all of Nissan’s features in these three trim levels and help you know which one is worth buying for the money you’re asking for versus its competitors.
Basic specification Nissan Kicks S
Launched for $20,290, the Nissan Kicks S is a variant that doesn’t give you the feeling of a bare-bones base variant, as it comes with all the essentials you’d want in a car. Starting with the safety equipment, it comes standard with Nissan Safety Shield 360. The list includes front, side, curtain and knee airbags, vehicle dynamics control and traction control. It also has an automatic emergency braking system with pedestrian detection, automatic rear braking, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, rear intersection warning and rear sonar.
Step inside and the Nissan Kicks S cabin welcomes you with a fair amount of equipment. The list includes audio, Bluetooth and cruise control buttons on the steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen audio system with six speakers, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, a rearview monitor, a start-stop push button, three USB ports and 6 – Manually adjustable driver’s seat. The exterior looks a bit basic with halogen lighting all around, darkened door handles and hubcaps for the 16-inch steel rims.
Mid spec Nissan Kicks SV
The Nissan Kicks SV has come in at $22,150, and for about $2,000 more than the base spec S variant, it gets a host of visual add-ons and features. The exterior now looks a bit more modernized with additions such as 17-inch alloy wheels, body-colored door handles and silver roof rails and a heating function for the rear-view mirrors. The cabin also gets a few extra features, such as a 7-inch color display in the instrument cluster and a slightly larger 8-inch touchscreen audio system with Sirius XM satellite radioApple Car Play and Android Auto.
Additional features offered in this variant include electronic parking brake, remote engine start, intelligent cruise control, center console armrest with storage and intelligent driver alertness. It also has an integrated dynamic control module with active ride control, intelligent tracking control and an intelligent engine brake.
Top specification Nissan Kicks SR
While the top-spec SR variant of the Nissan Kicks isn’t quite as generously loaded and exceeds our expectations, it ticks all the boxes without missing the must-have features. On the outside, it looks a bit more stylish with black painted rear-view mirrors and roof rails, body-coloured bumper inserts, a dark chrome front grille and a rear spoiler. It also gets LED bulbs for low beam function, LED fog lights and LED turn signals on the door mirrors.
The interior of the Nissan Kicks SR feels more luxurious and premium than the lower two variants, with more features such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control and a unique pattern for the seat upholstery. The list of additional features in this cab includes automatic climate control and an all-round view monitor. This variant costs $22,850 – just $700 more than the mid-spec SV.
The party doesn’t end here, though, as Nissan has introduced two optional packages exclusively for the SR variant. The first is the ‘Premium’ package, which comes with optional kit such as a premium BOSE audio system with eight speakers, Prima-Tex leather seats, heated front seats and steering wheel, and a tonneau cover. There is also a ‘Technology’ package, which includes: NissanConnect Telematics Services, OTA updates for the head unit firmware and a Wi-Fi hotspot. You can purchase either or both for an additional cost.
The Best Nissan Kicks Trim to Buy
Nissan has done a good job of distinguishing all three variants with well-defined features. But if you ask us, it’s the top-spec SR variant worth buying. Priced at $22,850, it’s $2,700 more expensive than the base-spec S variant and just $700 more than the mid-spec SV variant. And it justifies this premium cost with the kind of features it comes with.
Also, the top-spec SR variant is the only one in the lineup to be offered with the two optional packs – Premium and Technology – making the Kicks feel even more up-to-date.