Nissan earlier unveiled the 2019 Kicks compact SUV in India, which is slated to be launched in January 2019. The new Nissan Kicks will make its entry in a very competitive segment where the Hyundai Creta and its stylish and well-packed sibling, Renault Captur have already made their position of being segment leaders. Nonetheless, the upcoming Nissan Kicks itself will come with a blend of looks, space and feature, but is it enough to take out the segment’s best-seller out off its position? Let’s find out in this on-paper comparison.
Nissan Kicks India is bigger as compared to its international version with its overall length of 4,384 mm, which is 89 mm longer than the model sold as a crossover in the international market. It is larger than its counterparts as well. Kicks is built on the same platform as the Captur, which is M0 platform and hence has the same wheelbase, and is bigger than Creta’s 2590 mm wheelbase. It is just the height where the Creta stands tall, where as all the other figures are on Kicks’ side.
Both Renault Captur and Nissan Kicks feature the same engines – 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines, where the petrol unit makes 105 bhp of maximum power and on the other hand, the diesel version develops 108 bhp.
Here, Nissan Kicks specifications are the same as the Renault Captur’s, and both are offered with a manual transmission – 5-speed manual for the petrol variants and a 6-speed manual gearbox on the diesel one.
The Hyundai Creta features a bigger 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engine, which is more powerful than its counterparts. The 1.6-litre petrol makes 121 bhp of maximum power and 151 Nm of peak torque, while the 1.6-litre diesel unit makes 126 bhp with 260 Nm of top torque. There is a smaller 1.4-litre diesel engine as well that makes 89 bhp with 220 Nm, and is offered with a 6-speed manual only. Moreover, the plus point for the Creta is that both the engines are with a 6-speed manual and automatic transmission.
It is clear that Hyundai Creta here takes on the Nissan Kicks and Renault Captur with its bigger engines and transmission option.
6-speed manual & 6-speed automatic
6-speed manual & 6-speed automatic
Cabin and Features
In terms of equipment, Nissan Kicks 2019 gets LED headlamps with auto headlamps function and tail lamps and so does the Captur, but the Creta misses out these features. The Nissan Kicks interior comes packed with loads of features, like an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, hill hold control, hill descent control, brake assist, keyless entry, and a 360-degree camera view. The Creta and Captur surely come with a smaller 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity with a reverse camera display, and hill hold control and hill descent control are not offered; however, Hyundai Creta features traction control. The Kicks and Captur do have absence of some features, like a sunroof and wireless charging.
Value for Money
Speaking of the pricing, the Hyundai Creta price in India starts at Rs. 9.50 lakh for the petrol version. The smaller diesel engine version gets an introductory price tag of Rs. 10 lakh and if we speak of the bigger diesel one, the base variant is tagged with a price of Rs. 13.84 lakh and goes really high to Rs 15.10 lakh, and Hyundai also offers automatic transmission on the top-end variants. Though, the top-spec Hyundai Creta petrol is tagged at Rs. 13.66 lakh that makes the huge margin between the prices of the petrol and diesel versions of the model.
On the other hand, the Renault Captur price in India starts at Rs. 10 lakh for the petrol and this range goes up to Rs. 11.70 lakh, whereas the diesel variants are priced within a range of Rs. 11 lakh and Rs. 13.25 lakh, definitely affordable as compared to Creta that has a price difference of over Rs. 1.8 lakh. There is no Platine variant on the Captur’s petrol, due to which it loses out on features like two airbags, leather upholstery, hill start assist and ESC.
Speaking of the 2019 Nissan Kicks price in India, expect it to get an introductory price of Rs. 9.5 lakh, being positioned above the Terrano SUV. The range variant of the Kicks diesel can be expected to touch a price of Rs. 15 lakh, which surely will undercut the prices of Creta, but not Captur, as it has low pricing due to some missing features that can be taken into consideration.