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2020 Nissan Kicks Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 13, 2020

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Nissan has a clear aim of targeting city dwellers with the 2020 Kicks CUV. The car tackles the intensity of the urban landscape with unique styling, roominess, personal technology, and street smart functionality. The affordable 2020 Nissan Kicks is up for sale, starting from $18,870.

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Pros

Affordable Pricing

Exceptional Fuel-Economy

Large Cargo Capacity

Cons

Unperceptive acceleration

No all-wheel drive

What's New?

For 2020, Kicks comes mostly unchanged with just the addition of Nissan Safety Shield 360 technology standard across the lineup.


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Exterior
Interior
Videos
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Styles

 2020 Nissan Kicks in Aspen White color  2020 Nissan Kicks in Brilliant Silver Metallic color  2020 Nissan Kicks in Cayenne Red Metallic color  2020 Nissan Kicks in Gun Metallic color  2020 Nissan Kicks in Super Black color
Aspen White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Nissan Kicks S

S

power
122 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular Unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$18,870


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $18,870 MSRP (31/33/36) 122 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
Continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Nissan Kicks SV

SV

power
122 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium Unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$20,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $20,500 MSRP (31/33/36) 122 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, Premium Unleaded
Continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Nissan Kicks SR

SR

power
122 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular Unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$21,120


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $21,120 MSRP (31/33/36) 122 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
Continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review


The 2020 Nissan Kicks presents more than practical subcompact crossover with an affordable price tag. Don’t be fooled by the tiny dimension of it, it is much more. With style everywhere, Kicks flex aesthetics and zip around the town with precise handling, comfort, and technology. Also, this affordable crossover is your chance to switch to a crossover segment. Priced economically at $18,870, 2020 Kicks offers next-level personalization options to play with.

Nissan hits the bullseye with the 2020 Kicks. Actually, the value for money trait is more than compelling for us to call upon it. Not so premium, but more than practical. The Japanese automaker has found a perfect alternative to its Juke. However, there is no need for more crossovers but there is a demand for it. The other Japanese automaker- Hyundai has brought a direct competitor in the form of 2020 Venue. Further, the sturdy C-HR from Toyota presents itself as an athletic option. Moreover, Ford Ecosport is also a key contender with Ford’s trademark appeal.

2020 Nissan Kicks Crossover Front View
2020 Nissan Kicks Crossover Front View
2020 Nissan Kicks Crossover Rear View
2020 Nissan Kicks Crossover Rear View

2020 Nissan Kicks Features

Nissan Kicks offers three trims for the 2020 model year: S, SV, and SR without many options scattered between. The base S starts at $18,870 and rides atop 16-inch wheels beholding active safety features, adequate connectivity options for a 7.0-inch touchscreen. Also, cloth upholstery comes standard with hard plastic interiors.

Moving up the ladder adds 17-inch wheels, Apple Carplay and Android Auto with automatic climate control and remote-start feature. The 2020 Kicks SV costs $20,500 (MSRP). Further, the table topper Kicks SR flaunts leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights, and a surround-view camera. No all-wheel drive is available and a single powertrain option is available across the lineup.

Trims

S

SV

SR

MSRP

$18,870

$20,500

$21,120

Key Features

Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection

Add/Upgrade from previous trim

Add/Upgrade from previous trim

 

Lane Departure Warning

Nissan Connect 7" touch-screen display

LED headlights with LED signature accents

 

Rear Automatic Braking

Android Auto

Sport cloth seat trim with orange accents and stitching

 

7" Touch-screen display

7" Advanced Drive-Assist Display

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

16" Steel wheels with wheel covers

Apple CarPlay

Intelligent Around View Monitor

   

17" Aluminum-alloy wheels

Integrated Dynamics-control Module - Active Ride Control, Intelligent Trace Control, Intelligent Engine Brake

One package is avialable- the SR Premium package with Bose audio system, premium seats with heated front seats and security system. Though it will cost you around $1000.

What do we recommend?

Skip the base for a brighter mid-level SV model which for $20,500 offers better content. The most intriguing and desirable ones are Apple Carplay, Android Auto, enhanced instrument cluster, bigger 17-inch wheels, and more driver-assistance technology.

2020 Nissan Kicks Engine and Performance

A daily drive to work or weekend getaways with your loved ones need to be accompanied by a comfortable yet well-grounded driving companion. Nissan has surely considered the monotonous urban scenarios while equipping the 2020 kicks with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine to mill out 122 hp. Nissan kicks is adequately powered but miss out on the occasional driving thrill to set the mood on high. 

The shifting duties are fulfilled by the standard continuously variable transmission, also referred to as Xtronic transmission by the automaker. The transmission is quiet, unlike other CVT’s and drives the front wheel. No all-wheel-drive is offered, though you may not miss this part if ain’t a frequent all-weather road runner and it will also help you save on fuel.

Models

Nissan kicks S

Ford Ecosport S

Hyundai Venue SE

Toyota C-HR LE

MSRP

$18,870

$20,485

$17,250

$21,295

Engine

1.6L Inline-4

1.0L Inline-3

1.6L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Transmission

Continuously variable-speed automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed Manual

Continuously variable-speed automatic

Power

122 hp @ 6300 rpm

123 hp @ 6000 rpm

121 hp @ 6300 rpm

144 hp @ 6100 rpm

Torque

114 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

125 ft-lbs. @ 6000 rpm

113 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

139 ft-lbs. @ 3900 rpm

However, under the hood, the 2020 Kicks provide a sustainable solution but some extra power may be needed for making it a thriving car in the segment. Push the pedal tight to get the engine revving across the passes or up-hill. The others in the line, if driving athletic Toyota C-HR or Ford EcoSport might make you feel inferior in such scenarios.

How fast is the Nissan Kicks?

Sometime or the other, we all encounter a situation wherein we feel like pushing the limits. The Nissan Kicks powertrain lacks that vigor but that’s not something to be irked about. Definitely, the engine is not high-revving but being disciplined is a positive trait, Isn’t it? The 1.6-liter mill is quiet and efficient that dash to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds. The time isn’t exceptional but enough for the need. Greedy? That’s not advisable.

2020 Nissan Kicks Crossover Front View
2020 Nissan Kicks Crossover 0-60 MPH In Just 9.7 sec

The transmission makes for a perfect partner and enhances the performance of the engine. The timely-shifts and quiet character suffice the purpose. The engine is potent to perform if you wish to push the limits.

Models

Nissan kicks S

Ford Ecosport S

Hyundai Venue SE

Toyota C-HR LE

0-60 MPH

9.7

10.4

9.9

11

Quarter mile

N/A

16.5

17.8

18.4

Engine

1.6L Inline-4

1.0L Inline-3

1.6L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.4

7

N/A

N/A

The 2020 Hyundai Venue seems to an identical twin performer of Nissan Kicks. With such subcompact crossovers making their way in time, it feels that young and early-bird earners have what they desire and what could be the perfect companion, to begin with.

What about the ride and handling of the 2020 Nissan Kicks?

The 2020 Nissan Kicks prioritizes comfort over anything else. Every Kick will definitely kick the happy hormone to drive you through your hectic day. The Nissan kicks is nimble and unusually fun to throw around but on twisty turns, it is more cautious to provide that thrill. Going through the rough pavement the suspensions are tuned to absorb it all, no matter what. The steering is accurate and direct, but the lack of feedback may ask you to be attentive until you get used to it.

2020 Nissan Kicks Crossover
2020 Nissan Kicks Crossover Rear View

Despite the crossover stance, the 2020 Kicks is a front-wheel-drive. Thanks to the light-weight frame that kicks tips 2600 pounds on the scale. As a result, Kicks is relatively bright and offers adequate speed around the town. Most Kicks ride atop 17-inch wheels that allow for a comfortable ride and precise handling. 

On the urban streets, the 2020 kicks feel right at home. Handling is fine, maneuverability unexpectedly better with breezing u-turn character, thanks to the tight turning radius and fairly hatch dimensions.

How is the Braking Performance of Nissan Kicks?

On-road, Nissan kicks is one of the most affordable mini-crossover. With front-discs and rear drums speaks to its low price, but braking performance remains unaffected. The light-weight construction allows the automaker to use smaller brake pads than other SUVs. But that makes for indefinite stopping distance.

2020 Nissan Kicks Crossover Brakes
2020 Nissan Kicks Crossover Front Brake is 10.2 in.

Model

Nissan kicks S

Ford Ecosport S

Hyundai Venue SE

Toyota C-HR LE

Brake Front(in)

10.2

12.2

11

11.8

Brake Rear(in)

8

11.8

10.3

11.1

Curb weight(lbs.)

2639

3021

2557

3300

60-0 MPH (ft.)

140

N/A

N/A

N/A

The brakes are responsive enough but other rivals show more authority. The brake pedal is light but feels squishy at the same time. The nose-dive was nowhere around and Kicks maintains the line on emergency braking.

2020 Nissan Kicks Fuel Economy

Showing phenomenal fuel-economy ratings, Nissan Kicks behaves more like an economy car than an SUV. The engine is resourceful and at no point asks for more than it needs. The front-wheel-drive and the CVT help attain such milestones.

Though the smaller fuel tank of 10.8 liters limits the cruising range still the exceptional efficiency manages 335/389 miles through city and highway respectively.

Model

Nissan kicks S

Ford Ecosport S

Hyundai Venue SE

Toyota C-HR LE

MPG (city)

31

27

27

27

MPG (highway)

36

29

35

31

MPG (combined)

33

28

30

29

Fuel Capacity (gal.)

10.8

13.8

11.9

13.2

Range (Cty/Hwy)

335 / 389 miles

373 / 400 miles

N/A

356 / 409 miles

Competitors rate lower, mostly. The Hyundai Venue gets 30 mpg combined with the manual 6-speed manual transmission. The Ford Ecosport and Toyota C-HR trails at 28 mpg and 29 mpg combined respectively.

2020 Nissan Kicks Interior

The 2020 Nissan Kicks reflects on its low-budget character, proudly. The interior material might not excite you and falls flat. The hard plastics and cheap carpeting reconfirm that 2020 Nissan Kicks is built to a budget. However, the hatch-looking Kicks is more than what the facts confirm. 

The interior comfort closes down on any doubts with ample room both in front and rear. With excellent head and shoulder room, Kicks allows for all-adult seating both in front and rear. However, seating three adults at the back would be more optimistic. 

2020 Nissan Kicks Crossover Seats
2020 Nissan Kicks Crossover Rear Seats

Getting in or out is easy with a large door opening and a high seat bottom for both front and rear passengers equates to easy entry/exit. The seats sit high than the cars of yesteryear and adjust to recline, tilt and have fore-aft for the most comfort. The outward visibility remains excellent, thanks to a large greenhouse. The rear visibility is a bit more challenging due to thick c-pillar. 

Model

Nissan kicks S

Ford Ecosport S

Hyundai Venue SE

Toyota C-HR LE

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

40.7/53.0/43.7

39.6/53.3/42.9

39.4/53.9/41.3

38.1/49.0/43.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.5/53.2/33.2

37.5/51.3/36.7

38.6/53.7/34.3

38.3/52.5/31.7

What all technology does the Nissan Kicks feature?

Lately, technology for entertainment and convenience to keep the drive engaging has become an unavoidable feature. The 2020 Nissan Kicks has in-store everything to make to keep the journey fulfilled. Nissan Connect may not be among the most appealing infotainment system on the market today, but it is intuitive and user-friendly. A 7.0-inch touchscreen comes standard on all models which is large but on the face of the sun turns dark. 

2020 Nissan Kicks Crossover Infotainment Screen
2020 Nissan Kicks Crossover Has a 7.0-inch Touchscreen Infotainment Screen

Standard on all models is a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, and front/rear USB ports. Available technology upgrades will add a Wi-fi hotspot, Google and Apple mirroring technology and a premium audio system. Except the base, Kicks features Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibility which also comes in handy for your navigation needs.

Key Infotainment Features

  • 7" Advanced Drive-Assist Display
  • 7" Touch-screen Display
  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth
  • Bose Personal Plus Audio system with 8 speakers
  • Three USB ports and Auxiliary input jack

How practical is the cargo of Nissan Kicks?

Behind the rear-seats, Nissan Kicks offers 25.3 cubic feet of cargo space which is spacious. The 60/40-folding seats expand the space to 53.1 cubes, useful for loading tall or bulky items. Though the rear seats do not fold completely flat. 

2020 Nissan Kicks Crossover Cargo Space
2020 Nissan Kicks Crossover Behind Rear Row 25.3 cu ft.

Model

Nissan kicks S

Ford Ecosport S

Hyundai Venue SE

Toyota C-HR LE

Behind Rear Row (ft. Cube)

25.3

20.9

18.7

19.1

Behind 1st Row (ft. Cube)

53.1

N/A

31.9

N/A

Both figures are above average, though the rivals herein are compact which allows Nissan Kicks to score better. The practicality of Nissan Kicks makes it an ideal choice at an affordable price.

Key Interior Features

  • 6-Way Manual Driver’s Seat
  • 4-Way Manual front passenger’s seat
  • Sport Cloth Seat Trim with orange accents and stitching
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Chrome Interior Door Handles and Parking Brake Button
  • Automatic Temperature Control
  • Push Button Ignition
  • Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • Rear Door Alert

2020 Nissan Kicks Exterior

From the outside, the 2020 Nissan Kicks presents a stylish first impression and sustain the appeal. The unique grille, available LED headlights and sloping roofline presents an expressive sense of style and substance. Further complementing the bold design are the wheel arch fenders and the rising character line on the bodysides. In addition, dark lower body trim magnifies the body height, highlighting the high ground clearance.

2020 Nissan Kicks Crossover Three Quarter View
2020 Nissan Kicks Crossover Three Quarter View

The 2020 Kicks comes in a spectrum of seven body colors along with optional two-tone paint schemes.

Model

Nissan kicks S

Ford Ecosport S

Hyundai Venue SE

Toyota C-HR LE

Curb Weight(lbs.)

2639

3021

2557

3300

Length(in)

169.1

161.3

159.1

172.6

Width(in)

69.3

69.5

69.7

70.7

Height(in)

62.4

64.8

61.6

61.6

Ground clearance(in)

7

N/A

6.69

5.9

Wheelbase(in)

103.1

99.2

99.2

103.9

Track width(in) F/R

N/A

N/A

61.2/61.6

N/A

Key Exterior Features

  • Led Headlights with Led signature accents
  • Intelligent Auto Headlights
  • Chrome/Dark Chrome Grille
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • Roof Rails

2020 Nissan Kicks Safety

For 2020, Nissan has made Nissan Safety Shield 360 standard across all trims for better safety, security and driver convenience. It provides six technologies which includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning, radar-based Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Assist along with standard 10 airbags. In addition, Rear Door Alert is now standard on Kicks SV and SR grades, while Kicks SR includes standard Intelligent Around View® Monitor.

The 2020 Nissan Kicks gets a mixed scorecard with quite many highs than lows. The NHTSA rated the 2020 Kicks with four stars, while Kicks sailed through the IIHS crash tests. Being the Top Safety Pick, SR managed a good crash-test score. The Kicks S and SV models due to headlights misses out to qualify for the same.

Key Safety Features

  • Airbags
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • LATCH System
  • Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System
  • Side door guard beams

2020 Nissan Kicks Competition

Nissan Kicks Vs Ford Ecosport

The 2020 Nissan Kicks stacks up against the Ford Ecosport. In terms of comfort, passengers in the backseat will prefer Ford Ecosport for better legroom but in front the story goes opposite. For some, if bigger is better, Nissan Kicks wins here with a slightly longer dimension. Also, Kicks turn out to be a better financial choice but in terms of power is a lot less than the Ford.

Nissan Kicks Vs Hyundai Venue

The 2020 Hyundai Venue seems to be an identical twin of the 2020 Nissan Kicks in terms of utility and behavior. The two share a lot of similarities including power and performance. But Nissan Kicks surpasses the 2020 Venue with better cargo capacity, roomier interiors, and unmatchable fuel economy. However, Kicks lack some desirable features which allow Hyundai to score better. Though both cars are equally potent, it will be a difficult choice. P.S- Hyundai offers an unmatchable warranty.

Nissan Kicks Vs Toyota C-HR

The Toyota C-HR features a long list of standard features and above-average reliability ratings but still couldn’t make it to a good SUV list. The cramped interiors and drab styling along with lack of practicality are to be blamed. The powerful engine of C-HR doesn’t result in any better acceleration and drones throughout. Additionally, the Nissan Kicks cost way less than the Toyota C-HR for everything better.

2020 Nissan Kicks Final Verdict

The 2020 Nissan Kicks comes with slightest of changes and we were not disenchanted with what is on offer at such an affordable price. For youthful drivers or others on budget when things look black and white, Kicks brings expressive styling, plenty of room and abundant technology. However, shoppers looking for neck-snapping acceleration or a spirited driving may have to look for costlier options.