Review and Test Drive: 2019 Nissan Kicks SR

By Jonathan Spira on 5 March 2019
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The uncomplicated Nissan Kicks was unveiled in 2014 as a concept car and was introduced in 2018 in the United States as a replacement for the quirky Nissan Juke. Similar to what Nissan offered with the Juke, buyers can customize the appearance of their Kicks by adding a front lip finisher, side mirror caps, door handle covers, and rear roof spoiler if desired.

Our Deep Blue Pearl 2019 Nissan Kicks SR with a Fresh Powder white roof arrived at our offices on a sunny winter day. The Kicks is decidedly less trendy than the Juke but it’s also better looking and less polarizing.

The top-of-the-line SR comes with LED headlights with signature accents, a 360° monitor, a rear-roof spoiler, and an upgraded interior.

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The Kicks comes standard with a multitude of features despite its low price. This includes a standard forward collision warning, automated emergency braking, and a touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay. Blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert are optional.

DRIVING THE 2019 NISSAN KICKS SR

Inside the Kicks were comfortable and supportive charcoal cloth sport seats with orange accents and stitching. It was surprising that Nissan doesn’t have any power adjustments for the seats although the driver’s seat did have a six-way manual adjustment and it was easy to achieve a comfortable and safe driving position. The large door pockets are very handy to have.

The rear is surprisingly roomy for two adults. Storage space for smaller items, however, is at a premium in the back. With the rear seat folded down, the Kicks shifts into SUV mode and can haul seemingly unlimited cargo.

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