Nissan Kicks vs Renault Duster - The two cross giant stand in the same ring

Nissan Kicks vs Renault Duster - The two cross giant stand in the same ring

Crossovers came in as the new ‘it’ thing in the auto market a while ago, and its popularity score is still going strong till date. The reason for such high success we feel is the segment’s dual benefit nature that equally takes care of power and pricing factor. Attracting mostly SUV lovers, looking for a somewhat affordable pick that satisfies their passion for power - crossovers are here to stay and dominate for long.

Analysing the market trend that weighs heavily towards the crossover segment, automakers around the globe are busy introducing or updating their respective players in the field. One such automaker holding substantial ground in the UAE cross market is Nissan with its dynamic kid, Kicks. But, as a matter of fact, no matter how reliable a car is or how high its sales figure are, there’s always a competitor matching (or trying to) its virtue.

In the UAE, Nissan Kicks experience a strong vibe of competition from many, but the one we have chosen today to go against it is the well known Renault Duster. Duster is a popular name in the crossover segment and is considered as a probable pick by prospective customers.

If you are a prospective car buyer or an auto enthusiast, wondering which crossover to buy? Or Which amongst the two is better off? Here is a one-on-one comparison between Kicks and Duster that might help you land on a conclusion.

Round 1 - Power & Performance

Renault Duster and Nisan Kicks engines

Nissan Kicks is tuned with a 1.6-litre mill that churns out a maximum power output of 119 PS. But what’s interesting is in combination with its advanced engine tech the car delivers apt efficiency, thanks to its unique piston coating and lightweight design. The said mill is paired with a D-Step CVT transmission that holds the engine at an ideal speed. Infused with advanced driving dynamics, Kicks efficiently battles rough roads and delivers trill on every twist & turn.

Renault Duster, on the other hand, is fitted with a bigger 2.0-litre 16V engine delivering power output of 136 PS. Available in both 4x4 and 4x2 modes, Duster can take over the trickiest of road conditions. Duster also offers Auto mode that stays true to its name and automatically distributes torque between front and rear axles.

VERDICT - In terms of power, its Renault Duster that comes packed with a bigger mill and therefore a high power figure. However, in terms of performance, both cars are backed with driving tech that helps them deliver best in challenging road conditions.

Round 2 - Design Language

Renault Duster and Nisan Kicks cabin

Nissan Kicks flaunts a floating roof design that gives a detached roof impression. Other highlighting points in Kicks design language includes a bold-V grille and wraparound visor giving the car Nissan GT-R look alike front fascia. On the dimension front Kicks measures 4,295mm X 1,760mm X 1,590mm (L X W X H) with a wheelbase and ground clearance of 2,620mm and 200mm respectively.

Renault Duster comes packed with a hardened character that's assisted by its warrior style. Be it from any angle front, side, or rear Duster stays true to its rugged appeal. Its dimension sheet reads as follows - 4,315mm X 1,822mm X 1,690mm (L X W X H) along with a wheelbase of 2,673mm and ground clearance 205mm.

VERDICT - On the dimension front, Duster is the clear winner, providing greater comfort, offering more legroom, and headroom. Also, for rough terrain, Duster’s higher ground clearance makes it a more suitable option.

Round 3 - Features

Renault Duster and Nisan Kicks features

Nissan Kicks is loaded with many connectivity, technology, comfort, and versatility features all working together to make you feel close to home. To its long list of features are included Nissan Navigation System, Bluetooth Hands-free System, USB input, full-colour digital
Information binnacle, and intelligent key with push-button ignition. Talking about comfort and convenience features, Kicks offers automatic climate control, follow me home feature, zero gravity seats and more.

Renault Duster also comes packed with many useful and reliable features. The Media Nav 2.0 multimedia system takes care of the entertainment with a 7-inch touchscreen while the other aspects of passenger comfort are taken care by equipment like cruise control, one-touch driver window, front and rear cup holders.

VERDICT - On the interior front, Nissan Kicks seems to win with its high-tech features and plush interior. Duster, on the other hand, provides all basic amenities with its rather standard looking cabin.

Round 4 - Capacity & Safety

Renault Duster and Nisan Kicks safety

Like all crossovers, Kicks too is a five-seater and offers a 432-litre cargo volume. Giving excellent ride confidence, Nissan has integrated Kicks with ‘Nissan Intelligent Mobility’. The said system bring along some amazing safety features like Moving Object Detection, Advanced Airbag System, Vehicle Dynamic Control, ISOFIX, Intelligent Engine Control, Intelligent Ride Control, Intelligent Trace Control and more.

Duster also comfortably seats five adults and offers an extensive boot capacity of 475-litre. On the safety front, Duster offer Anti-lock braking system with emergency brake assist, electronic stability control, tyre pressure monitoring, protecting vehicle occupants, and ISOFIX system.

VERDICT - On the safety front, Nissan is the clear winner with its long list of features but it losses to Duster on the boot capacity front.

Round 5 -Price

Nissan Kicks is available in the UAE market at a starting price of AED 61,950. Whereas, Renault Duster, on the other hand, holds a rather affordable starting price tag of AED 49,000.

Conclusion -

The picture is clear, isn’t it? We’ll keep it short and crisp and won’t keep you hanging long for the answer. Between Kicks and Duster, it’s all the matter of priority. While the Kicks offers top interior and safety features, Renault Duster backfires its competitor with a dominant mill and a fantastic cargo space. Not to forget, Duster holds the more affordable price tag.

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