Nissan X-Trail vs Nissan Dualis Comparison

Nissan X-Trail vs Nissan Dualis Side-By-Side Comparison

(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricings as of December 2020.)

 Nissan X-TrailNissan Dualis
Generations3 (T30, T31, T32)2 (J10, J11)
Production Year2000 - Present2006 - Present
Performance108 HP - 178 HP105 HP - 148 HP
Fuel Consumption12.5 KM/L – 22.11 KM/L11.49 KM/L - 15.63 KM/L
DrivetrainFWD or 4WDFWD or 4WD
Key FeaturesCD Player, Power Steering, Power Window, A/C,

Alloy Wheels, Airbag, Radio, DVD, Fog Lights, ESC,

Back Camera
Power Steering, A/C, Airbag, Back Camera,

Alloy Wheels, Power Window, ABS
Seating Capacity5 - 7 Passengers5 Passengers
BE FORWARD priceUS$ 1080 - US$ 35,740US$ 1890 - US$ 11,020

Interior/Exterior Comparison

Nissan X-Trail

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Interior

The X-Trail’s interior is spacious and comfy. The seats are soft with sufficient legroom for all passengers, with the front seats having side bolsters for supporting the body (some models come with powered and heated leather seats at the front, with 6-way adjustment for driver and 4 for the front passenger). The driver has a high seating position that gives good visibility.

Depending on the model, X-Trails come with a climate-controlled A/C, Bluetooth phone connection, a CD/radio with 4 speakers (9-speaker BOSE sound system for high-end models), and MP3-compatibility with steering wheel controls. Other options include the ‘Connect Premium’ HDD satnav with a music server, USB port, and rear privacy glass (families with young children like this option).

The X-Trail has a lot of storage space, including cup holders at the center console, bottle holders on the front doors, a lidded bin on the dash, and 479-liters of luggage space that can be extended to 1773-liters by folding the rear seats flat. The surface of the luggage area is made of a washable hard surface, and underneath the luggage area, there is a compartment for storing valuables.

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Exterior

The X-Trail is modern, distinctive, and uncomplicated. At the front, the X-Trail is adorned with a VMotion grille and Xenon headlights on either side, below you find the front bumper with air vents and fog lights. At the rear, the X-Trail features LED taillights that improve visibility from other motorists.

Other features include underbody cladding which makes the car more aerodynamic and 17-inch alloy wheels which are stylish, practical, and easy to clean.

Safety

The X-Trail comes equipped with lots of safety features such as electronic stability control, brake assist, six airbags, ABS, also included is hill descent control. The manual transmission models are equipped with a hill-hold, which locks the brakes when stationary on a slope or hill to allow you a couple of seconds to move your feet from the brake to the clutch.

Nissan Dualis

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Interior

The interior styling of the Dualis is warm, soft, and elegant with a cockpit feel and a simple layout. The seats are covered with standard cloth upholstery with leather upholstery offered on high-end models, other options include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with height adjustment, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. 

At the center console, the Dualis is equipped with the NissanConnect infotainment system with an intuitive user interface and a 5-inch display followed by a fan, air direction, and A/C control buttons. Behind the gear stick, there are two standard-size cup holders.

The instrument panel features two round analog meters – one for car speed (speedometer)  and the other for engine speed (tachometer) with a digital display tucked between them that displays gear selection, cabin temperature, clock, door status, and trip meter (Odometer). 

The Dualis comes with a D-shaped multi-function steering wheel which is very good and has a nice feel.
The interior of the Dualis has enough space to accommodate 5 medium built adults comfortably, it has a low seat height at the back that creates some good headroom. The boot is 410-liters extendable to 1513-liters with the 60/40 split rear seats folded flat and has a dual-floor system designed to provide a flexible and versatile load room.

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Exterior

The Dualis as the name implies is a hybrid of bodies that combines hatchback and compact SUV bodies. At the front, the Dualis features Nissan’s v-motion grille with large headlamps on either side. The headlamps also feature the boomerang daytime running lights that give the car a classic look with LED tail lights at the rear. The Dualis comes fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels. 

Safety

The Dualis is equipped with a host of safety features, which includes 360-degree parking camera, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, automatic rear braking, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.

Engine and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

Nissan X-Trail

The X-Trail has been fitted with several engines in its entirety, with almost every generational release featuring a new engine.

The first generation X-Trail’s came fitted with the choice of the engines below.

  • The 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (QR20DE) petrol engine produces 140 HP and average fuel consumption of 12.98 KM/L

  • The 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder (QR25DE) petrol engine produces 178 HP and average fuel consumption of 12.5 KM/L

  • The 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (YD22DDT) diesel engine produces 108 HP and average fuel consumption of 13.7 KM/L

These engines transfer power to the wheels via a 4-speed automatic or 5 and 6-speed manual.

The second-generation X-Trails came fitted with the choice of the engines below.

  • The 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (MR20DE) petrol engine produces 137 HP and average fuel consumption of 11.49 KM/L

  • The 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (M9R) diesel produces 148 HP and average fuel consumption of 14.08 KM/L

These engines transfer power to the wheels via a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, or CVT transmission.

The third-generation X-Trails came fitted with the choice of the engines below.

  • The 1.3-liter inline 4-cylinder (HR13DDT) petrol produces 160 HP and average fuel consumption of 22.11 KM/L

  • The 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder (R9M) diesel produces 129 HP and average fuel consumption of 11.49 KM/L

These engines transfer power to the wheels via a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, or CVT transmission, but there is also an option for 7-speed automatic CVT or 7-speed automatic DCT.

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Nissan Dualis

The Dualis over the years has been offered with two engine choices. 

  • The 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder (HR16DE) petrol produces 114 HP and average fuel consumption of 15.63 KM/L

  • The 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (MR20DE) petrol engine produces 137 HP and average fuel consumption of 11.49 KM/L

These engines transfer power to the wheels via a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, and CVT transmission.

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The Verdict

The Nissan X-Trail vs Nissan Dualis’ comparison is very tight, with these two cars from the same family scoring very well when it comes to performance, economy, technology and connectivity. But one area that separates these two cars is cabin space, comfort, and usability. The X-Trail is much larger and spacious compared to the Dualis so if your daily activities involve carrying lots of luggage and carrying tall passengers then the X-Trail is the ideal car for you, but if your daily activities involve urban manoeuvring in small parking spaces and small old town roads, then the Dualis is the right car for you.

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Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya

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