In this article, we are comparing the Nissan Kicks against the segment benchmark Hyundai Creta
Nissan is going to launch the much-awaited Kicks in early January 2019 and it is going to compete against the segment benchmark Hyundai Creta. The India-spec Kicks is based on the M0 platform of Renault Duster, which helps the company to lower the cost as it is already localized and the production of Kicks has already commenced in the Chennai plant. In this article, we are going to compare the Design, features and specs between Kicks and Creta.
Hyundai Creta Vs Nissan Kicks: Dimension
When we compare dimensions, the Kicks is one which comes out on top as the compact SUV measures 4384 mm length, 1813 mm width, 1649 mm height and the wheelbase is 2673 mm. The Creta on the other hand measures 4270 mm length, 1780 mm width, 1665 mm height and 2590 mm wheelbase. The ground clearance of Creta is 190 mm but the Kicks gives 210 mm, which is same as the Duster but the boot volume is exactly the same on both models at 400 litres.
|Dimensions||Nissan Kicks||Hyundai Creta|
|Length||4384 mm||4270 mm|
|Width||1813 mm||1780 mm|
|Height||1649 mm||1665 mm|
|Wheelbase||2673 mm||2590 mm|
|Ground Clearance||210 mm||190 mm|
|Boot Space||400 litres||400 litres|
Hyundai Creta Vs Nissan Kicks: Design
Nissan already sells Kicks in the global market but the India-spec model is slightly different as the company has given new front bumper along with some sheet metal changes. The signature front grille is carried over from the global model with swept-back headlamps and a black plastic cladding running across the body for SUV look.
The mirrors are placed on the door rather than on A-pillar with integrated indicators in it. The Kicks come with 17-inch alloy wheels like Creta and the rear get boomerang shape for tail lamps along with a new bumper. The roof rails can carry up to 100 kgs and the company is offering dual tone colours.
The Creta gets an SUV design theme with the new signature grille of Hyundai and new bumper at front. The side design is simple and the company has given machine cut alloy wheels. The rear gets a new bumper in the updated model along with tweaked tail lamps. Overall, the Creta gives more road presence when compared to Kicks.
Hyundai Creta Vs Nissan Kicks: Interior
Nissan has given an all-new design theme for the interior and it gives a premium feel for the cabin as the company has given leather finish for the dashboard with soft-touch materials. The highlight of the centre console is a floating touchscreen infotainment system and a new three-spoke steering wheel but the instrument cluster comes from Captur with a digital speedometer.
The interior design of Creta is familiar as the model is in the market since 2015 and the quality of materials is top notch. The meter console gets analogue tachometer and speedometer with a big screen in the middle, which gives lots of information for the driver. Overall people will prefer this conventional setup over Kicks.
Hyundai Creta Vs Nissan Kicks: Features
Both Kicks and Creta come with some segment first features as the former come with 360-degree camera system along with LED projector headlamps (Captur come with full LED headlamps) and 8-inch touch screen infotainment system while the Creta offers a 7-inch system as both offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity options.
The climate control system comes as standard on Kicks while Hyundai offer it in top variants only. The Creta come with segment first features like wireless charging for the smartphone, smart key, electrochromic mirror and electrically adjustable driver seat along with a sunroof, which is not offered in Kicks.
Both these compact SUV come with keyless entry, push-button start, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, cornering lamps, shark-fin antenna cooled glove box, multi-function steering wheel and alloy wheels. Hyundai and Nissan will offer dual airbags along with ABS and EBD on all variants, while the top-end model comes with more advanced features like hill start assist.
Hyundai Creta Vs Nissan Kicks: Engine
Hyundai and Nissan offer both petrol and diesel engine option with their respective models but the Korean manufacturer offer an automatic option with both engines while Nissan is expected to offer it in future and the entry-level model of Creta is also available with smaller 1.4 L engine, which is aimed at buyers who are looking for mileage.
The 1.5 L H4K petrol engine on Kicks produces 106 PS of power at 5,600 rpm and 142 NM of torque at 4,000 rpm. The diesel is also the same 1.5 L K9K unit, which puts out 110 PS at 3,850 rpm and 240 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. These engines are already used by both Renault and Nissan in various models as the petrol engine come with a 5-speed manual and 6-speed manual gearbox for the diesel model.
|Petrol||Nissan Kicks||Hyundai Creta|
|Engine||1.5 H4K||1.6 L Dual VTVT|
|Displacement||1498 cc||1591 cc|
|Number of Cylinder||4 cylinder||4 cylinder|
|Power||106 PS @ 5600 rpm||123 PS @ 6400 rpm|
|Torque||142 Nm @ 4000 rpm||151 Nm @ 4850 rpm|
|Gearbox||5-speed manual||6-speed manual/auto|
The 1.6 L petrol engine in Creta produces 122 hp at 6,400 rpm and 151 Nm of torque at 4,850 rpm. The 1.6 L diesel engine puts out 126 hp at 4,000 rpm and 260 Nm at 1,500 rpm, the 1.4 L diesel engine from Elite i20 comes with 89 bhp and 220 Nm. These engines are mated to a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox. We can expect Kicks to return same efficient as Creta.
|Diesel||Nissan Kicks||Hyundai Creta|
|Engine||1.5 K9K||1.6 U2 VGT CRDi|
|Displacement||1461 cc||1582 cc|
|Number of Cylinder||4 cylinder||4 cylinder|
|Power||110 PS @ 3850 rpm||127 PS @ 4000 rpm|
|Torque||240 Nm @ 1750 rpm||260 Nm @ 1500 rpm|
|Gearbox||6-speed manual||6-speed manual/auto|
Hyundai Creta Vs Nissan Kicks: Price
The entry-level petrol model of Creta has priced at Rs. 9.50 lakh and the top end diesel at Rs. 15.10 lakh (both price, Ex-Showroom). If Nissan can price the Kicks aggressively below Creta, then the company has a winner in hands for sure and hopefully, they will introduce the automatic model as the segment demand it, which might improve sales also.