2013 Nissan Dualis Review

Published: September 22, 2013 | Post By: admin

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Not quite sure whether you want a hatchback or a compact SUV? No worries, Nissan has you covered with the new Nissan Dualis. It’s not a hatchback, it’s not an SUV … it’s both! Read more about this new hybrid in our 2013 Nissan Dualis review, including the Nissan Dualis price,and the models
2013 Nissan Dualis front view Image: nissan.com.au

2013 Nissan Dualis front view Image: nissan.com.au

you have to choose from.

The Line-up

With four variants to choose from, Nissan makes sure that there’s a Dualis for everyone. Your choices include the entry-level petrol ST, the diesel TS and the Ti-L in the Dualis Hatch 2WD range, and the Ti-L 2.0L in the Dualis AWD range.

Exterior and Style

Think short, stout and a little muscular. The Nissan Dualis kind of looks like the corgi of the car world, but it owns it. The styling actually works.

Interior and Comfort

The latest campaigns for the Nissan Dualis have been pushing pretty hard at the fact that all variants now come with a reversing camera and satellite navigation as standard. They also come with Bluetooth, an MP3 player input jack, USB and iPod connectivity and steering wheel controls

2013 Nissan Dualis Ti Hatch Cargo Area Image: nissan.com.au

2013 Nissan Dualis Ti Hatch Cargo Area Image: nissan.com.au


2013 Nissan Dualis interior Image: nissan.com.au








Under the Bonnet

Offering both diesel and petrol variants, the Nissan Dualis is a complacent little hybrid. The ST, TS and two Ti-Ls have the 2.0 litre petrol engine, while the

2013 Nissan Dualis Ti-L rear view Image: suttonschulloranissan.com.au

2013 Nissan Dualis Ti-L rear view Image: suttonschulloranissan.com.au

TS has the 1.6L turbo diesel engine.

Power varies between 102kW/198Nm for the petrol ST and the two Ti-Ls, and 96kW/320Nm for the diesel TS.

Nissan also boasts that the Dualis diesel is able to do the trip from Melbourne to Sydney on one tank.

On the Road

Definitely more suited to urban driving than the X-Trail, which it has elements of; the Nissan Dualis is responsive, capable and efficient. However, keep in mind that the Dualis is definitely not a driving enthusiast’s car, and it’s not the most powerful of its kind out there.


It’s safety as standard in the Nissan Dualis, with six airbags, vehicle dynamic control, traction control system, anti-lock braking system, and brake assist in all models. It’s also been given the maximum five-star rating from ANCAP.

Value for Money

The Nissan Dualis pricestarts at $25,990, and works its way up to $38,940, making it one of the most affordable (hybrid) SUVs on the market. With

capped-price servicing for the first six years (or 120,000km), the Dualis definitely offers pretty good value for money.

The Competition

The main competition against the Nissan Dualisis the Toyota RAV 4, the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Mazda CX 5.

2013 Nissan Dualis TI-L Image: nissan.com.au

2013 Nissan Dualis TI-L Image: nissan.com.au

The Nissan Dualis has the cheapest price range of the lot, with the Outlander coming up between $28,990 and $45,490, the RAV 4 touching in at $28,990 and moving up to $38,940, and the CX 5 starting at $27,880 and going up to $48,620.

The closest competitor in terms of styling is probably the CX 5, which is another hybrid. It too has a five-star ANCAP rating and a certain corgi-esque appeal. It pulls in 129kW/420Nm for the top-level variant, which is a jump above the Dualis in terms of power.

Meanwhile the RAV 4 diesel has a three-and-a-half star ANCAP rating and tugs in 110kW/340Nm. The Outlander has a four-and-a-half star ANCAP rating,

and also offers 110kW/340Nm.

The Verdict

Ultimately, we have to hand the decision over to you, when it comes to how much power you want. If you’re after an athletic-looking, oversized hatch/smallish SUV, that drives well and ticks all the boxes, then the Dualis is yours for the taking.

About Tim Marsh:

Tim Marsh, author of New Cars Plus’s Car Reviews and Blog, has been covering the car beat for the last 8 years. Tim specialises in finding the best deals on wheels and offering advice on making your car last.

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