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Nissan Kicks: super complete report

Today we are publishing here on Notícias Automotivas the report of our reader Rodrigo, who has been buying a brand new 2018 Nissan Kicks SL 2018 since April . See your super complete text below: Choice of new vehicle After 8 years of use and 100,000km driven with the Fiesta Sedan Rocam 1.6 (I took 0 km), I decided to change it for two reasons: – The vehicle was starting to make frequent visits to the private mechanic due to natural wear of the parts. – With the expected arrival of a new member of the family, I needed a safer vehicle, as the Fiesta didn't have front airbags and I don't think the structure is a great safety. Virtues We went to know and test-drive Virtus. Highlights : The TSI Engine really is all they talk about. A lot of torque already at exit and resumptions. Well-positioned in-cabin multimedia center with Android Auto and Car Play, 5 stars at Latin Napa. Insanely large space for those in the back seat. Generous trunk. Rear camera and front and rear parking sensor. Notable negative points : The front seats are very low, even with the height adjustment for the driver. I don't particularly like the very low driving position (similar to New Fiesta). The passenger seat is even lower. My wife, who is short, could hardly see over the dashboard. On the test drive, I noticed that the automatic transmission does not allow you to maintain a slightly higher elevation (eg 4,000 RPM) for a certain period of time. It automatically shifts into gear. In this case, the gearshift tolerance for manual changes is noticeable; trunk with a gooseneck system, which ends up taking up part of the space; when you start to release the brake, the “creeping” is very strong, which can be risky when doing maneuvers; and no roof safety straps for all passengers. kicks Initially I considered the Nissan Kicks SV + Pack Safety 1.6, however, as soon as I arrived at the dealership I noticed that there was no multimedia center in this version, only the radio. So, immediately, I went to see the SL version. In this version there were several items of my preference: Automatic CVT (no bumps), economical engine, good internal space, 6 airbags, traction and stability controls, uphill starting assistant, trunk with good capacity, Isofix, digital air conditioning, multimedia center, twilight sensor, camera 360º, leather seats, illuminated trunk and glove compartment, elevated front seats (compared to Virtus), opening and closing the windows using the key, opening and closing the doors and trunk without the use of the key, system of button ignition, steering wheel with height and depth adjustment, windshield wiper with variable intermittent control. My wife and I did the test drive in the vehicle and immediately observed the comfort while riding, probably due to the suspension calibration, together with the quality of the seats, the silence on board and the exceptional functionality of the 360º camera. But not everything is perfect. It lacked the armrest for the driver, the speed controller (autopilot), volumetric alarm, Android Auto and, despite having two 12V outputs, there is only one USB output. Nissan Kicks – Positives 1) The silence in the cab related to engine operation . The engine's acoustic insulation is very good, both at low and high revs. 2) The front seats are very comfortable and minimize the perception of road irregularities. 3) Well-calibrated suspension , including the actuation of the electronic assistants, providing a feeling of safety on curves and minimizing the perception of irregularity of the roads. Compared to compact vehicles, it is clearly noticeable that it tends to shift the body less in curves with uneven ground. On the lanes with many recapped parts, comfort is much greater. Although the suspension is calibrated for comfort, the body is stable in corners. 4) Have 6 airbags and front seat belts with pretensioner . Although Latin Napa has classified the vehicle with 4 stars, this amount of airbags can provide greater safety in case of side accidents. 1) The silence in the cab related to engine operation . The engine's acoustic insulation is very good, both at low and high revs. 2) The front seats are very comfortable and minimize the perception of road irregularities. 3) Well-calibrated suspension , including the actuation of the electronic assistants, providing a feeling of safety on curves and minimizing the perception of irregularity of the roads. Compared to compact vehicles, it is clearly noticeable that it tends to shift the body less in curves with uneven ground. On the lanes with many recapped parts, comfort is much greater. Although the suspension is calibrated for comfort, the body is stable in corners. 4) Have 6 airbags and front seat belts with pretensioner . Although Latin Napa has classified the vehicle with 4 stars, this amount of airbags can provide greater safety in case of side accidents. To know more click the button below.
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