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Old 11th August 2020, 23:59   #256
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Nissan Kicks 1.3 turbo-petrol first drive review by Autocar India
Really disappointing that the engine numbers doesn't translate to the ground. And that remote engine(and aircon) start on a manual is nice, but it will eventually trickle to their entire lineup. The car is now left without a real USP.

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Makes me feel either the Youtubers by have no idea what they are talking about, or Autocarís review is prejudiced. Not sure whether there is another way to look at it!
I'd side with Autocar on this one. Even ignoring the poor standards of those youtube "reviews", Autocar is the only one to have provided a 0-100 time so far. Everything else has been seat-of-the-pants illusions.
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Those numbers are worst than the 1.5L 115bhp Seltos MT. Other than the torque being almost equal this is quite a bad show for a Mercedes - Nissan engine of so called 156bhp :P. Hell even the Skoda 1.0L TSI would be a match in 0-100 run well not that much in the roll on timing though... Overall quite lackluster

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Makes me feel either the Youtubers by have no idea what they are talking about, or Autocar’s review is prejudiced. Not sure whether there is another way to look at it!
I will give benefit of doubt to YouTubers than mainstream media. The reason is:
1) These YouTubers have reviewed Seltos and Creta Turbo petrols, so they know what they are comparing with.
2) YouTubers have only one agenda, i.e. views. They cannot afford to give wrong or biased information, as it might backfire on their channel badly.
3) [Assumption] YouTubers don't get paid crazily for their reviews by Nissan.
4) These independent YouTubers may not be very technical but they sure don't hesitate to call out flaws instead of covering it up or downplay.
5) Few BHPians also did test drive, their thoughts are aligned with YouTubers.

Either Autocar had a bad day with given car or they are prejudiced.


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Maybe Autocar drove the NA model.
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I don't trust Autocar reviews. They have bias favouring some brands. Not just Autocar, all these magazines have biases. Independent, freelance YouTubers give better verdict.

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Performance figures not to Autocar India test standards.
This line is written in the last line of the review of Nissan Kicks published by Autocar in their website.

I think, we have bashed Nissan and to some extent, Autocar just based on the 0-100 kmph time alone.

I may or may not be correct, but I remember reading that the traction control system cannot be completely turned off, which prevents the car to be launched aggressively.

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Autocar seems to have struggled to get the car to launch properly. That or Nissan has given us an inferior engine or the ECU dumbs down the engine significantly with our crappy 91 RON fuel (unlikely).

The same engine in European 2nd gen Duster performs way better than what ACI have managed. 10.6s with very slow shifting. The pull through the gears is very strong too. 2nd and 3rd gear acceleration is considerably stronger than in a stock Linea T-Jet. Outright performance should be much better than the T-Jet's too.


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Autocar did mention the rev limiter in neutral and traction control affected the launch and hence the 0-100 numbers suffered. Similar issue they mentioned for Verna DCT too which reported rather leisurely 13 seconds to 100 for a powerful turbo petrol.

They mentioned the figures are not upto their usual standards. So the better evaluation can done by comparing the in gear acceleration and Kicks is almost at par with Seltos 1.4. Kicks is heavier too.


I don't think Autocar deliberately under figured the timings. Company may pay an agency to show optimistic numbers (again that is an assumption). Even if Autocar declares Kicks to be the fastest or to say the best car in its class it will hardly make any difference to the demand and response to the Korean rivals.

I recently bought a 1.5 N.A. Creta and deep down somewhere I know that I could have got a Kicks turbo for same money offering superior performance, better ride and handling setup and a more abuse friendly body. But the problem is more with the company than the car while taking a final call. So I don't think it is intentional from Autocar.

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I really don't understand the ruckus around 0-100 timings. It's not a practical measure anyhow. What really matters is the in gear speeds.
Even the Compass 2.0 MJD with 170 ponies and 350 NM of torque does 0-100 in sub 11 secs. Does it make it slow or less punchy in real driving conditions?
I am quite intrigued that we aren't even talking about it's ride and handling which is pretty good, definitely better than the likes of Creta/Seltos. In Indian driving conditions this makes a much bigger impact than just 0-100 sprints.
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I will give benefit of doubt to YouTubers than mainstream media
I think you are overestimating the intellect of the target audience of these YouTubers. Nothing is going to backfire for these YouTubers. India is such a big country that everything gets views, even garbage or worse than garbage content.

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I am quite intrigued that we aren't even talking about it's ride and handling which is pretty good, definitely better than the likes of Creta/Seltos. In Indian driving conditions this makes a much bigger impact than just 0-100 sprints.

I agree.. ride and handling suited for Indian roads doesnt necessarily mean high speed cornering stability(that too on a SUV). Hence the reason I really wish to TD the Nissan Kicks Turbo CVT and upcoming Renault Duster Turbo petrol as well.

0-100 sprints are (IMO) of lower relevance than in-gear accelerations.
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I really don't understand the ruckus around 0-100 timings.

I am quite intrigued that we aren't even talking about it's ride and handling which is pretty good, definitely better than the likes of Creta/Seltos.
Is it really inconceivable that people on a car enthusiast forum would be interested in acceleration from a standstill? More so when the only differentiator for the Kicks 2.0 is the engine and performance?

The excellent ride quality has been available with the N/A engine for 2(?) years now. Nothing new to discuss there.
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I really don't understand the ruckus around 0-100 timings. It's not a practical measure anyhow. What really matters is the in gear speeds.
In Indian driving conditions this makes a much bigger impact than just 0-100 sprints.
I agree. In-gear acceleration is more important but generally a car which has best 0 to 100 run will also be the car which will have best 40 to 80 or 60 to 100 in gear dash.
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Is it really inconceivable that people on a car enthusiast forum would be interested in acceleration from a standstill? More so when the only differentiator for the Kicks 2.0 is the engine and performance?
Well having a great 0-100 sprint shows only one side of the story and if that's the sole measure to judge a car's performance then Compass 2.0 should lack performance and Ciaz petrol (older one) should be a hoot . Also do you know the Compass 1.4 petrol is quicker to the ton (10.xx secs) when compared to the Compass 2.0 MJD? Does it make the 1.4 a better performer than the 2.0 ?


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The excellent ride quality has been available with the N/A engine for 2(?) years now. Nothing new to discuss there.
I get your point. However, the enthusiast in me does want to bring the ride handling factor while judging a car. If only a stellar engine could translate to an enthusiast delight then the earlier Verna Diesel with 128 PS should have been a hoot and a half!
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