Nissan has launched the new Kicks BS6 in India at a starting price of Rs 9.5 lakhs
The Nissan Kicks which has been struggling to find its footing in the hugely popular mid-premium crossover segment in India has been received the BS6 upgrade. The Japanese automaker is hoping that in its second innings, the compact crossover would have better chances against its extremely popular South Korean counterparts, the all-new Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.
Now that all these SUVs are BS6-compliant, it is time to revisit the spec comparison. Starting with dimensions, the Nissan Kicks emerges as the longest, widest and tallest of the lot which is quite surprising since it looks more compact than its rivals. As far as ground clearance is concerned, the Nissan leads again with 210 mm against the Kia and Hyundai’s identical 190 mm.
In other words, we feel that the new Creta and Seltos have a better road presence owing to their bolder design languages. The Seltos emerges as the better looking product of the three but then looks are subjective. Some would be impressed by the new Creta’s non-conformist design elements. In comparison, Kicks’ design language is rather conventional but it does possess a sporty and youthful character.
BS6 Kicks vs Creta vs Seltos – Interiors
Considering all these crossovers primarily target young urban audience, they are equipped with tech-laden, well equipped and well-made interiors. Just like their exterior designs, the trio’s dashboards have distinct flavours. The Seltos adopts full black color theme while its Hyundai sibling settles for slightly lighter grey tone. Both cars can be specified with dual-tone beige color scheme. The Kicks gets dual-tone dark brown and black appointments. Despite being based on the same platform, the Seltos and Creta settle of different dashboard layouts. The latter is equipped with a largest color MID display in the segment.
BS6 Kicks vs Creta vs Seltos – Features
In terms of equipment, all the three products in this comparo offer a comprehensive touchscreen infotainment system with modern connectivity features. The Creta offers wireless smartphone charging while the other two feature 360-degree parking camera. The Korean SUVs up the premium game with front ventilated seats and sunroof. Common features on top-end variants include leather upholstery, automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, day/night interior rear view mirror, etc.
BS6 Kicks vs Creta vs Seltos – Safety
All the three cars are packed with decent level of safety features, but again, the Korean models have an upper hand. The fully loaded Kicks is equipped with four airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC with traction control and Hill start assist. The Creta and Seltos offer 6 airbags, all the electronic nannies found on the Kicks plus tire pressure monitoring system and rear disc brakes.
BS6 Kicks vs Creta vs Seltos – Engine & Mileage
|Engine||1.5 / 1.4||1.5 / 1.4||1.3 / 1.5|
|Trans.||6MT / IVT / 7DCT||6MT / IVT / 6MT / 7DCT||6 MT / CVT / 5 MT|
|Power||115 / 140||115 / 140||156 / 106|
|Torque||144 / 242||144 / 242||254 / 142|
|Mileage||16.8 / 17.1 / 16.8||16.4 / 16.3 / 16.1||16.3 / 14.1|
|Trans.||6MT / 6AT||6MT / 6AT||–|
|Mileage||21.4 / 18.3||20.8 / 17.8||–|
In its BS6 avatar, the Nissan Kicks has ditched its ageing 1.5-liter diesel engine. Nissan has replaced the oil burner with a new 1.3-liter turbocharged petrol motor which is tuned to develop an impressive 156 hp and 254 Nm of torque, making it the most powerful motor in this segment. The motor can be had either with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-step CVT with a manual model. The old 1.5-liter naturally aspirated petrol motor producing 106 PS and 142 Nm of torque has been carried forward with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The 2020 Hyundai Creta’s range-topping petrol motor is a 1.4-liter turbocharged unit which is good enough for 140 hp and 242 Nm of torque. It is available exclusively with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The base 1.5-liter naturally aspirated petrol motor develops 115 hp and 144 Nm of torque. It can be had with a 6-speed MT or a CVT. The Creta is also available with a 1.5-liter diesel engine option which has 115 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 6-speed MT and a 6-speed torque converter AT.
The Kia Seltos shares its powertrain lineup with the Hyundai Creta. The only difference is, the 1.4-liter turbo petrol motor can also be specified with a 6-speed manual transmission.
BS6 Kicks vs Creta vs Seltos – Price
|Base P MT||9.99||9.89||9.5|
|Base D MT||9.99||10.34||NA|
|Base P AT||14.94||14.09||13.45|
|Base D AT||15.99||13.54||NA|
|Top P MT||16.16||16.29||13.9|
|Top D MT||15.79||15.34||NA|
|Top P AT||17.2||17.29||14.15|
|Top D AT||17.2||17.34||NA|
The Nissan Kicks has the cheapest entry level price point at INR 9.5 lakh while the cheapest Seltos and Creta variants would set you back by INR 9.89 lakh and INR 9.99 lakh respectively. The top-end variants of both Seltos and Creta exceed INR 17.3 lakh while the fully loaded Kicks is priced at INR 14.14 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom.
The Nissan Kicks may miss out on certain premium bits but as the prices indicate, it’s top-on-the-line variant is significantly more affordable than those of its rivals but it offers all the most important features. The addition of the new turbo petrol motor is expected to boost its appeal among the Indian audience.
The Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta have been sitting on order backlogs to the order of several thousands while Kicks doesn’t enjoy the same kind of popularity. As several car dealers across the country resumed operations after the prolonged lockdown, they have been witnessing significant number of booking cancellations as due to negative buyer sentiment. The auto industry is projected to recover from the pandemic emergency as more and more people are expected to seek private and hygienic means to transport.