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Nissan Dualis TS car review
- Vital Stats
For the first time Nissan has added a diesel variant to the Dualis range, which is available in a six-speed manual transmission. If you're not fussed by driving stick, the five-seater 2WD TS is awesome value for money and the engine has great "oomph."
Style & drive
Compared to the Dualis TS's petrol-powered sisters, its turbo diesel engine is rather impressive. There's a little lag on takeoff, which is usual for a diesel car, but it has no problem climbing hills while fully laden.
We did find the gear shift a bit stiff while finding first gear and the start/stop fuel saving function takes a bit of getting used to with the manual transmission though. (We conked out a few times on hills thinking that the silent engine was a stall instead of the start/stop in idle mode, cheered on by my two-year-old delightfully yelling out "Cars!" thinking that I was Lightning McQueen as I revved the car with a handbrake start to get it going. Once we found the sweet spot, McQueen was retired much to the dismay of my toddler.)
The interior of the car is simple and functional. The multi-function screen is a bit on the small side; but for its price, the Dualis comes with most of the good stuff including satellite navigation, a reversing camera, keyless entry, a six-speaker stereo with USB/MP3/iPod connectivity, cruise control, Bluetooth integration and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The seats are comfortable, though legroom's a little tight in the rear. The boot is medium sized, and rear vision is excellent. The gear shift is a bit difficult to negotiate if you have anything taller than a coffee cup in the cup holder.
The Nissan Dualis has a five-star ANCAP safety rating, and comes with six airbags (two front, two side and two front to rear curtain). The compact SUV's active safety features include Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS), and Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD). The Dualis also has three child restraint anchorage points and a reverse parking camera with distance guidance lines. Rear parking sensors are optional.
Fuel consumption: 4.5L/100km
CO2 emission: 119g/km.
Describe the car in 3 words:
Compact, efficient, sporty.
What are the best things about this car?
The diesel engine provides great fuel economy.
And the downsides?
The start/stop engine combined with the manual transmission definitely takes some getting used to. Also, the Dualis doesn't have ISOFIX car seat latch hooks installed.
What does it run on?
The diesel engine is powerful and fuel efficient, making the Dualis great value for money. However, a six-speed manual transmission is the only option for diesel fans at this time.
If personified, who would this car be?