Nissan Kicks 2019 Reviewed

The Nissan Kicks 2019 Reviewed: Price, Quality, and More

Drivers looking for a sporty crossover SUV that is both small but still roomy should look at the 2019 Nissan Kicks. This newest crossover to hit the market features an array of tech features and sound options, along with fun, stylish colors and trim packages. It’s a great, affordable option if you are looking for a new vehicle.

What Is the 2019 Nissan Kicks?

Nissan Kicks 2019 Reviewed

The Nissan Kicks is a compact crossover SUV first released in 2018 to replace the Nissan Juke. The 2019 Nissan Kicks has an impressive list of tech features that would make any young driver happy. This sporty crossover comes in fun colors and detailed styling with plenty of options to customize tech features to your liking.

With three different models available, the Nissan Kick offers Nissan Intelligent Mobility giving you forward-collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot warning.

Product Specs

The 2019 Nissan Kicks base model features a 7” touch screen display, SIRI Eyes Free, Bluetooth Hands Free Phone System, rearview monitor, and automatic emergency braking.

If you are looking for additional exterior features, the SV model, which is one step up from the base, features 17” aluminum-alloy wheels. It also has more advanced tech features such as a 7” advanced drive-assist display, Apple CarPlay, and Andriod Auto. The SR model, which is the top of line 2019 Nissan Kicks, has LED headlights, an intelligent around-view monitor, and a rear roof spoiler.

Perhaps the best thing about the 2019 Nissan Kicks is the 36 miles per gallon it gets on the highway. Due to its 1.6-liter engine, 122 horsepower, and only 2,700 pounds of weight, the Nissan Kick isn’t the fastest, but it is sporty.

Similar to other Nissans, this crossover SUV comes with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

Pricing

The Nissan Kicks is Nissan’s answer to the compact crossover SUV in the lower price range market ideal for younger drivers, singles, or young couples. The base model starts in the range of $18k and the SR model starts around $20k. The more features you customize, the higher the price point becomes, but overall, this is a very affordable option if you are looking to get into good quality, peppy crossover.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • 2019 BMW X4
  • 2019 Audi Q8
  • 2019 Lexus UX

2019 Nissan Kicks

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Exterior    4 Stars

The 2019 Nissan Kicks is a great-looking crossover. We love the floating roof effect that gives this vehicle its modern and stylish design. The SV and SR models offer 17-inch aluminum wheels while the base model comes with 16-inch steel wheels. All Nissan Kicks come standard with roof rails which adds another sporty touch to the design.

Interior    3 Stars

The interior features 5 seats with NASA-inspired zero-gravity seats. While it’s a small crossover, there is plenty of room if you wish the fold the back seats down giving drivers the option of hauling more stuff around town. With the seats down, you get an impressive 53 cubic feet of space.

Standard Features 4 Stars

One of our favorite things about this crossover is the standard features. The 2019 Nissan Kicks has three models, S, SV, and SR. All models come standard with the Nissan Intelligent Mobility features. The base model comes standard with cruise control, roof rails, USB connectivity, and of course AC.

Options 3 Stars

The SV model comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, better wheels, and a cargo cover. You also get automatic climate control and heated side mirrors. For a little bit more, the SR model comes with LED headlights and fog lights, and the biggest feature, the Bose audio sound system.

There is not a huge price difference between models, so depending on how much you think the features are worth, the SR gets you a slightly better looking and more comfortable vehicle.

Driving Experience 4 Stars

This crossover is fun to drive. It’s sporty and comfortable, and because it’s lightweight and has a peppy engine, it feels nimble to drive. It is only available in front-wheel drive, so it’s definitely something to think about if you live in locations where you might get a lot of snow or ice.

Pros

  • Very affordable for a brand new crossover SUV
  • Lots of tech features
  • Added safety features such as automatic emergency braking come standard
  • Great fuel economy

Cons

  • Only available in front-wheel drive
  • Less powerful than some of its competitors
  • No steering wheel paddles
  • Short wheelbase equates to less of a smooth ride

2019 BMW X4

The all-new redesigned 2019 BMW X4 is a luxury option in the crossover SUV market. This vehicle features an all-wheel drive train with 27 mpg on the highway. While it is certainly a sleek design with a comfortable interior, the 2019 BMZ X4 feels a bit cramped. It is well within the compact SUV specifications, but it truly feels more like a car than a crossover.

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You’d expect sleek lines and an elegant yet sporty design from BMW and that’s exactly what you get with the BMW X4. The exterior features adaptive full LED headlights, a spoiler, and a 19” wheel with run-flat all-season tires.

Interior    4 Stars

The interior of the BMW X4 features excellent quality with a simple design. The cargo space is lacking with only 50 cubic feet of space with the seats folded down.

Standard Features    5 Stars

Even if this crossover is on the smaller side, we love the standard features that include a panoramic moon roof, a 12-speaker audio system, and Apple CarPlay. As far as standard safety features, the BMW X4 has front and rear sensors, forward collision warnings, and automatic emergency braking very similar to the 2019 Nissan Kicks.

Options    4 Stars

Options include satellite radio, Wi-Fi hot spot, and an upgraded Harman Kardon sound system with 16 speakers.

Driving Experience    4 Stars

The driving experience you get from the BMW X4 is on par with the luxury BMW sedans. It’s all-wheel-drive and suitable for all weather conditions.

Pros

  • Standard run-flat tires
  • All-wheel drive
  • BMW’s iDrive Information system

Cons

  • Feels tight inside, less like a crossover and more like a sedan
  • Very little cargo space
  • Expensive

2019 Audi Q8

This all-wheel-drive, turbocharged V-6 engine crossover is both practical and luxurious. The sporty exterior design balances the sleek interior dash that houses an array of tech features. While this is quite an expensive crossover option, it does rack up points in all the features it offers. Unlike the Nissan Kicks, the Audi Q8 does score poorly on fuel economy. It gets 22 mpg on the highway.

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The 2019 Audi Q8 offers adaptive chassis packages, which include air suspension and four wheel steering, the cold weather package, and the towing package. This vehicle has every climate and terrain in mind and allows you the option to choose which is best for you.

It also has a great appearance. It looks like a rugged crossover but still has the refinement of an Audi.

Interior    5 Stars

The interior features heated seats and a panoramic sunroof. The Q8 has touch screens in the center console and on the dashboard. There is not as much space as the larger SUV Audi models, but the Q8 is roomier than the BMW. The back seat is also a split-folding rear bench which is a nice feature when you need to haul people and cargo.

Standard Features    4 Stars

The impressive standard features on the Q8 include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with wireless charging and the Virtual Cockpit, which is a digital gauge cluster.

Options    4 Stars

As with the BMW, you have the option of upgrading the audio system to a Bang & Olufsen system. The higher models offer massaging seats, four-zone climate control, and dual-pane glass.

Driving Experience    4 Stars

We love that the Q8 is all-wheel drive and comes with adaptive cruise control and stop-and-go technology. The standard forward-collision warnings, blind-spot monitoring, and automated emergency braking are similar to the Nissan Kicks and something we’d expect in this range of crossover.

Pros

  • Luxury SUV with every feature available
  • All-wheel drive
  • V6 engine provides lots of power

Cons

  • Top of the price bracket
  • You’re paying for some features you’d probably never use
  • Ranks low for fuel economy

2019 Lexus UX

Rounding out our alternatives to the Nissan Kicks is the 2019 Lexus UX. This compact crossover features a bold front grille and sleek design. It has an in-line, 2.0L engine with 169 horsepower. Like the 2019 Nissan Kicks, we like the impressive 37 mpg highway fuel economy.

It has a 10-speed direct-shift continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive only option.

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Exterior    3 Stars

The Lexus UX features triple-beam auto-leveling LED headlamps and a power tilt-and-slide moon roof. It has a sleek design but doesn’t feel sporty enough to be in the crossover family.

Interior    4 Stars

What the Lexus UX lacks in the exterior it does make up for it on the interior. The UX has Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. The tech features include Google Assistant and Smartwatch integration and 4G WiFi hotspot.

It seats 5 and has decent cargo space. We like the dual climate control and the memory system for the seat placement.

Standard Features    3 Stars

The driver-inspired cockpit comes standard on the UX as well as most of the tech features including Apple CarPlay. Voice Command and SIRI Eyes Free and USB smartphone connectivity are also included on the base model.

Options    4 Stars

We love the option for the kick sensor on the rear door that allows the door to open automatically when it senses your foot.

Driving Experience    3 Stars

This has a smaller engine than some other competitors in this price range. While it’s peppy enough and can compete with the Nissan Kicks, for the price of the Lexus, we expect a little more.

Pros

  • Nice features like the automatic rear door
  • Moon roof and roof rails come standard
  • Split rear seat for added cargo room

Cons

  • Front wheel drive only
  • No option for upgraded sound system
  • Not ideal in inclement weather and no additional weather packages

https://www.lexus.com/models/UX

Conclusion

The 2019 Nissan Kicks offers many of the same tech features and design elements as its more expensive competitors. We love the Nissan Intelligent Mobility that gives you forward-collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot warnings.

We give the 2019 Nissan Kicks 4 stars. It’s a great entry vehicle in the compact crossover market and offered at an affordable price. It gives you all the comforts you’d expect such as Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto while giving you sporty elements like the roof racks and 17” aluminum-alloy wheels.

If you’re looking for a new compact crossover that’s affordable, safe, and comfortable, we suggest you look at the 2019 Nissan Kicks.

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