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Wards Auto Lists Kicks Among Some Very High-Dollar Company

2019 Nissan Kicks interior

The Kicks is a stunning new compact crossover from Nissan. It's value packed, fun to drive, highly efficient, and shockingly spacious.

Not surprisingly, the Kicks has proven quite popular, too. Since going on sale in 2018, over 7,000 Kicks have been sold in Canada, and March 2019 was its best month yet. 


Of all the reasons people flock to the Kicks, however, the cabin may well top the list. That explains why Wards Auto just put the Kicks on its list of 10 Best Interiors for 2019. Not only is the Kicks the most affordable vehicle among the 10 winners, it was more affordable than any of the vehicles nominated for Best Interior contention in 2019. Other winners included the Bentley Continental GT, BMW M850i, Lincoln Nautilus, Volvo V60, and Mercedes-Benz A220. But the Kicks, with a starting price of $17,998, was right in there with them.


Here are 15 factors cited by Wards Auto as evidence that the Nissan Kicks deserved to be listed with these high-priced vehicles.


1. Value: The Kicks, whether at $17,998 for the S or $20,998 for the SV or $23,098 for the SR, doesn't pull any punches. It's a ton of vehicle for the money.


2. Bose Personal Plus Audio: There are speakers in the headrest thanks to the SR's Bose PErsonal Plus Sound System. Spend the money on the sound system; get the Kicks for free. (Spend hundreds of thousands more and you likely still won't get a system with this quality.)


3. Around View Monitor: A bird's-eye view of your parking situation is perfect at the grocery store, in town, in your garage. Nissan's Around View Monitor is standard on the Kicks SR.


4. High Quality Stitching: The orange stiching that's slathered throughout the Kicks' cabin, says Wards gives "the Kicks a decidedly upscale look and feel."


5 Colour: Differentiating dashboard shades, quilting fabric, adding contrasting stictching - all of these are factors that make sure the Kicks cabin could never be accused of being dour or gloomy.


6. Headroom: What kind of hat are you wearing? Whatever it is, the Kicks has room for it. There are 41 inches of headroom up front; 39 in the back. 



7. Cargo Volume: It's not just the Kicks' 716-litre cargo area that'll make you forget this is a small crossover. It's the depth and width and height, meaning you can lay big suitcases inside the Kicks in a variety of directions.


8. Ergonomics: Material quality and features only go so far. You want everything to be positioned properly. In the Kicks, controls are an easy reach, seat height is just right, and there's plenty of adjustability for drivers of different sizes.


9. Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel: The upgraded steering wheel and shift knob in the Kicks SR play an important role. After all, what part of the car do you touch most often?


10. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto: Both the Kicks SV and Kicks SR include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility at no extra cost.


11. Rubber-Lined Cupholders: If you're going to trust your morning brew to a cupholder, it had better have the strength to hold your mug tightly. The Kicks' rubber-lined cupholders are perfectly grippy and easy to clean, as well.



12. Climate Controls: Adjusting the temperature in a car shouldn't be complicated. In the Kicks, says Wards, the climate controls are "simple and straighforward, trimmed with brushed-metallic knobs.


13. Second-Row 60/40 Split: There's a great deal of flexibility in the Kicks interior. Take the Kicks' 716-litre cargo area and expand it, either by folding down one Kicks seat, two Kicks seats, or the entire rear seat. Now you have 914 litres of cargo capacity.


14. Soft Surfaces: In addition to the liberal stitching, Wards says the soft surfaces surrounding the instrument panel are "befitting a more expensive vehicle."


15. Comfortable Seats: Cars are at the heart of modern adventures. But that adventure can be miserable if you're uncomfortable. Nissan spends a lot of time focusing on seat comfort, and Kicks owners reap the rewards.


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