Nissan Dualis TS.The car Nissan Dualis TS
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The price From $29,990, plus on-roads

Vital statistics 1.6-litre turbo diesel 4-cyl; 96kW/320Nm; 6-sp manual; FWD; 4.5L/100km combined and 119g/km CO2 

Why we’re driving it

Nissan added a diesel variant Dualis to its compact-SUV line-up last month.

Likes

The Renault-sourced diesel engine is commendably fuel efficient given the Dualis’s 1407-kilogram kerb weight: we saw about 5.5 litres per 100 kilometres in city driving. The steering is linear and predictable. The high-ride height offers better visibility and versatility. The six-speed manual shifts smoothly. Standard features include satnav, reversing camera, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, and stop-start idle technology. Three-year/100,000-kilometre warranty and three-year 24-hour roadside assist program.

Dislikes

The Dualis suffers from turbo lag and is pretty flat off boost or under 1500rpm. No automatic gearbox available. The front wheels struggle for grip under harder acceleration. Lacks flair inside the cabin.

Would I buy one?

If I was content with a manual gearbox and could live with turbo lag, I’d consider it. But those features make the diesel variant a hard sell.

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