Practicality Meets Class with the Nissan Dualis

Who says you can’t have a family car with style as well as substance? The Nissan Dualis manages to be tops in terms of safety and reliability, yet still has the trendy features that make this sporty number so fun to drive. When reading car news, you may notice that compact SUVs are one of the top options for families, and the Dualis fits right into this mid-sized category. It’s small enough to offer excellent handling in suburban areas, yet still large enough to handle rough terrain on road trips.

Nissan Dualis

Nissan Dualis

Drive and Safety Features

Driving the Dualis feels like dancing the tango, with its fluid range of motion. You can choose from 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive modules, both of which provide easy steering even around tight corners. The dashboard is logically laid out and the steering wheel is uniquely designed with its 3 spokes, adjustable to get the perfect fit. The seats are placed high enough to afford excellent road views even in the most impossible traffic snares, and the legroom is decent enough to keep gangly-limbed teenagers happily.

Nissan Dualis Side View

Nissan Dualis Side View

One aspect of this car that you’ll see mentioned in any Nissan Dualis review is the fact that there’s only one type of engine to choose from at the moment. This is a 2.0L petrol 4-cylinder engine, which feels smooth out on the road. You might notice a bit of wind whistling in your ears when you get up to high speeds, however, and speed junkies may not feel that this provides enough power for their liking.

The safety level is top-notch, with the car awarded five stars by the ANCAP. Top features include six airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, brake assist, stability control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes.

Fun Features

When you’re stuck out in traffic on a hot summer afternoon and the kids start to whinge, a great feature is the air-conditioned glove box to keep your drinks nice and cold. The most basic level Dualis ST offers air-conditioning, cruise control, a CD and MP3 player, and Bluetooth. There are audio controls mounted onto the steering wheel so you don’t have to fiddle around with the dashboard while driving. If you upgrade to the Ti model, you’ll get buttery soft leather seats, a six-disc CD changer, and an impressive panoramic glass roof that will have you driving out into the countryside just to gaze at the stars.

Nissan Dualis Rear View

Nissan Dualis Rear View

Eco-Friendly Features

This may be a compact SUV, but it’s still a large vehicle. Without a diesel engine, the gas consumption is average at best, using 8.4 litres of fuel per 100 km in the manual version and 8.51 litres per 100km in the CVT variety. This equates 36 mpg in the manual version. The carbon emissions are similarly average, with the tail-pipe emissions measured at 184 grams per kilometre. Although this isn’t necessary a bad number, it’s not the best in class either.

Nissan Dualis Wheels

Nissan Dualis Wheels

The Bottom Line

Power junkies and those wishing to save on fuel may want to look elsewhere for a rival with a higher engine power and better fuel economy. However, classy features like the panoramic roof, leather seats, and stereo system make this family friendly car feel like a luxury vehicle. If you want room enough to keep your brood comfortable but still want some perks to keep you feeling footloose and fancy-free out on the road, the Nissan Dualis strikes a good balance.

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