Step into the Kicks and you are greeted by an all-black cabin. Once inside, you realise just how much space the Kicks has to offer. And if you recollect, I did mention that the car is petite in its dimensions. So despite its size, the Kicks actually turned out to be quite spacious. The cabin is particularly airy and the driver seat gives you a good all-round view. You can see the end of the hood which makes it easier to judge and the sloping roof doesn’t mar the rear-view vision.
The dashboard has a clean layout with a 2-DIN system taking centre-stage. The climate control unit sits below the screen and all the buttons have been laid out thoughtfully and well within easy reach. The binnacle of the instrument cluster gets a multi-function display that reads all the necessary information from fuel-economy, distance to empty, the trip-computer et al. The Kicks in India will get all the bells and whistles including power-adjustable and folding mirrors, push-button start, rear-view camera with parking sensors and central locking.
Coming to the seating, the Kicks makes you feel at home in an instant and I am saying this after driving the Patrol and the X-Trail. The seats, wrapped in two-tone fabric, are comfortable and with the firm cushions, it should be good for long hauls as well. Even the second row is quite spacious and the quarter glass on the rear window makes it a little more airy.
The India car will get AC vents in the back as well, along with the bottle holder and 12V socket. All the doors have bottle holders and some additional storage space and the Kicks gets a decent sized glove box along with twin-cup-holders in the front. Speaking about stowage, the boot space is huge. It is 432 litres with the parcel tray on and thanks to its not-so-high stance and flat loading lip, it is very convenient to use as well.