2023 Kicks vs 2023 Qashqai – Compact Crossover Comparison

2023 Nissan Kicks vs 2023 Nissan Qashqai cover art

At Greg Vann Nissan, we offer an extensive array of crossover SUV models, with the 2023 Nissan Qashqai and 2023 Nissan Kicks emerging as two of our most popular choices.  


Although these affordable Nissan SUVs might appear similar at first glance, they are actually tailored for distinct purposes. The competitive features of each model can make it hard to decide which one to pick! Explore with us the unique attributes of the Kicks and Qashqai and find out the ideal fit for you! 


Kicks vs Qashqai Comparison Chart


Price Starting from $24,434 Starting from $30,304
Seating Capacity 5 5
Trim Levels  Five trim levels  – S, SV, SV Special Edition, SR, SR Premium Three trim levels – S, SV, SL
Engine 1.6-litre DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine 2.0-litre DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower 122 hp at 6,300 rpm 141 hp at 6,000 rpm
Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
Transmission Xtronic CVT ® (Continuously Variable Transmission) Xtronic CVT ® (Continuously Variable Transmission) with manual shift mode
Selectable Drive Modes No Yes
Combined Fuel Economy 7.2 L/100 km 8.0 L/100 km
Fuel Tank Volume 41 L (9 Imp. gal.) 55 L (12. 1 Imp. gal.)
Cargo Volume with Rear Seats Up 716 litres (25.3 cu. ft.) 648 litres (22.9 cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume with Rear Seats Down 915 litres (32.3 cu. ft.) 1730 litres (61.1 cu. ft.) 
Exterior Colour Options Available in 7 different colours, including two-tone options Available in 7 different colours, uniform only
Moonroof (Sunroof) Not available Available


2023 Nissan Kicks


2023 Nissan Kicks parked near harbour

2023 Nissan kicks parked along a pier.

Comparatively, the 2023 Nissan Kicks is definitely more on the affordable side – while it offers the same seating capacity as the Qashqai and can comfortably accommodate five people, the starting price is much lower! 


The fuel economy is impressive – up to 7.7 L/100 km in the city and 6.6 L/100 km on the highway – a hard to beat performance while going easy on your budget! The Kicks engine provides 122 horsepower, which is more than enough for everyday commute around Cambridge and Ontario. 


2023 Nissan Kicks cornering highway ramp

2023 Nissan Kicks cornering a highway ramp in the city.

The interior dimensions of the Kicks 2023 are only slightly more compact than Qashqai’s, providing ample space for all passengers. Also, while the back seats are in the upright position, the cargo actually provides more storage room for your belongings than its rival does!


2023 Nissan Kicks interior

2023 Nissan Kicks interior.

With a choice of five different trim models, you have the ability to customize your car by adding the features you desire, aligning with your needs and budget. All Nissan Kicks trims come equipped with advanced safety technologies like the Safety Shield 360 and driving assistance, ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable driving experience even in challenging conditions.


The range of available color combinations give the Kicks a contemporary and personalized appearance. Whether you opt for attention-grabbing hues or the timeless dark shades, you have the freedom to select the style that suits your ride!


With all these distinct advantages, it’s not a surprise that the 2022 Nissan Kicks earned the title of The Car Guide’s favorite vehicle and best buy in the urban SUV segment!


2023 Nissan Qashqai


In comparison, the 2023 Nissan Qashqai is slightly stronger and bigger than the Kicks. It takes the lead with the 2.0L engine generating 141 hp and features All-Wheel-Drive (4×4 wheel drive) making it well-equipped for ventures even in the harsh conditions of Canadian winters. If you consider going off-road, Qashqai is definitely more prepared for the challenge than its smaller opponent. 


Through the available selectable drive modes, you gain the total control of your car’s performance. Opting for Sport Steer grants you remarkable responsiveness and an exhilarating ride, while choosing Eco Mode aids in energy and fuel conservation. The fuel efficiency remains remarkable for a mid-size SUV, with consumption rates of 8.6 L/100km in urban settings and 7.3 L/100km on the highway.


2023 Nissan Qashqai handling corner in the city

2023 Nissan Qashqai cornering an intersection in the city.


The array of drive assist technologies in the 2023 Qashqai including the innovative ProPilot Assist will help you stay in the flow with traffic and keep you centered in your lane. Safety features like the Intelligent Around View Monitor or Forward Collision Warning will make sure you arrive at your destination safe and sound.


Another advantage of the Qashqai is its impressive cargo volume enhanced by the practical Divide-N-Hide system, which maximises the usage of the space and helps to keep your stuff organised. With the back seats folded down, providing a spacious area of 1730 liters, it becomes very versatile for transporting large items or packing various recreational equipment!


2023 Nissan Qashqai cargo space

2023 Nissan Qashqai cargo space with rear seats folded.



Both the Nissan Kicks 2023 and the Nissan Qashqai 2023 offer distinct advantages tailored to different preferences and needs.


The Nissan Kicks is an ergonomic and budget-friendly crossover, catering to those seeking reliability and convenience without breaking the bank. As a compact city car, it’s designed to provide the comforts associated with SUVs while being cost-effective and practical for urban environments. This could be an excellent choice for those who prioritize fuel efficiency, easy maneuverability, and a comfortable driving experience in the city.


2023 Nissan Kicks driving in the city

2023 Nissan Kicks parked curbside.


On the other hand, the Nissan Qashqai appears to be more versatile and geared toward handling various challenges. It’s ideal for daily commute as well as longer trips, offering a powerful engine, a spacious and well-lit interior, and ample cargo space. The Qashqai might be better suited for those who require more space for their belongings, often embark on road trips, or need a vehicle capable of handling different terrains and scenarios.


2023 Nissan Qashqai driving in the city

2023 Nissan Qashqai driving in the city.


Which of the Nissan SUVs aligns more with your lifestyle?


If you have any inquiries or are interested in test-driving our models, we would be delighted to welcome you to Greg Vann Nissan. Our team of experts is prepared to assist you in selecting the perfect match for your needs.


You can find more information in the 2023 Nissan Kicks Brochure and the 2023 Nissan Qashqai Brochure. If you’re interested in one of these new cars for sale, be sure to check out our inventory!

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