Childre Nissan Compares 2020 Nissan Kicks VS 2019 Volkswagen Golf Near Warner Robins, GA

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2020 Nissan Kicks

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2019 Volkswagen Golf

Safety Comparison

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Kicks SV/SR are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Automatic Emergency Braking in the Kicks as “Superior.” The Golf Alltrack scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Kicks SR has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Golf Alltrack only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Kicks SV/SR’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Kicks and the Golf Alltrack have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Kicks the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 105 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Golf Alltrack was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty Comparison

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Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Kicks 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Golf Alltrack. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Golf Alltrack ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Kicks’ corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Golf Alltrack’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 66 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Kicks’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 16 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Kicks gets better fuel mileage than the Golf Alltrack:

MPG

Kicks

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4-cyl.

31 city/36 hwy

Golf Alltrack

Manual

1.8 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

Auto

1.8 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Kicks has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Golf Alltrack’s (34.1 feet vs. 35.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 700 pounds less than the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

The Kicks is 11.1 inches shorter than the Golf Alltrack, making the Kicks easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Kicks has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Golf Alltrack uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Kicks has 2.1 inches more front headroom and 2.5 inches more front legroom than the Golf Alltrack.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Kicks SV/SR has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Kicks has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Golf Alltrack only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Kicks’ available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Golf Alltrack’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Kicks owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Kicks will cost $1205 to $2855 less than the Golf Alltrack over a five-year period.

The Kicks will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Kicks will retain 47.01% to 47.03% of its original price after five years, while the Golf Alltrack only retains 38.44% to 40.76%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Kicks will be $8600 to $15506 less than for the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Nissan Kicks outsold the Volkswagen Golf/GTI by 63% during the 2019 model year.

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