I appreciate the fact that Nissan went with such an unconventional design on the Juke, but I would have liked to have seen some it's powertrains borrowed for the Kicks. 125hp isn't going to make for the most thrilling driving experience.
It all comes down to experience and perspective, which none of them have. It becomes even clear once regular owners come along and correct them.Take most reviewers with a grain of salt. Most are spoiled from driving expensive luxury & sports cars on winding canyon roads and race tracks; while forgetting the common folks driving more affordable cars to and from work, stuck in rush hour traffic. Of the reviewers, Alex on Autos is more down to earth.
In the Kicks category of cars, fuel efficiency sells better than more horsepower. Where the Kicks nails it is in the packaging of the SV & SR. You get the important stuff that make that everyday commute much more pleasant. Stuff that one would usually find in luxury cars - Smart key, blind spot alert, 360 surround cam, remote start, premium stereo, etc.
Who knows, if the Kicks is a big hit, it is likely that Nissan might add a turbo power sports version.
While I don't think they need to go quite as high as Nismo variant, I agree that a turbocharged model would be a great addition. This is a value oriented product, so Nissan was probably trying to avoid premium gas and the additional maintenance that comes along with owning a turbo.