the power dives until the turbo has wound up.
The car’s around-town manners are predictable and generally poised. Larger bumps can catch the suspension bobbing but it rides well over typical urban obstacles. And that sums up the Dualis— it’s an all-rounder that does a variety of jobs and does them all competently.
The switchgear is robust and easy to learn and the satnav and reversing camera are welcome real-world standard additions. The price is the kicker, though, and at $30,000 the Dualis ST has no real competition.
Turbo diesel rivals include the Hyundai ix35, Skoda Yeti and Mitsubishi ASX. With allwheel-drive and bigger engines, they are at least $5000 more. Nissan’s other ace is the X-Trail, a more rugged alternative to the Dualis softroader for those who want an SUV that will go bush.
The diesel Dualis is a good thing that could have been done better with an auto. Nissan Australia has already put up its hand for a self-shifter and the sooner it arrives the sooner buyers will gravitate to the ultra-efficient compact SUV.