Nissan Pulsar

4/5
Nissan Pulsar  new car image
Verdict

The Pulsar is new to the Nissan range and it’s thought to be the replacement for the very popular and reliable Nissan Almera. This new hatchback was released by Nissan at the end of 2014 and the number of them visible on Irish roads is increasing steadily. When the Almera first hit our roads it was an exciting machine, but before they hung up its tyres the vehicle was becoming stale. The Pulsar re-invigorates this segment for Nissan. The pizazz that was once on offer in the Almera is back, but this time with a Pulsar badge.

Performance

There are two engines available to the Irish market. The petrol offering is a 1.2 litre DIG-T engine that offers 115 bhp. This engine is available with a six-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission. According to Nissan, the manual will bring you from 0-100 km/h in 11 seconds (12 seconds with the automatic) and it has a top speed of 190 km/h. We tested the 1.5 litre diesel model with a six-speed manual gearbox. It’s not the quickest off the mark, offering 0-100km/h in 12 seconds and a maximum speed of 190 km/h.

Ride & Handling

The Pulsar has a McPherson Strut suspension set-up to the front and the rear uses Twist Beam suspension. This makes a comfortable drive that’s good over bumps and road imperfections. To add comfort to the driving experience Nissan has added Active Trace Control to the vehicle. This helps keep the car in check on corners.

Refinement

With the Pulsar, Nissan does a good job in keeping a lot of the road noise insulated. In saying that though there can be some road and wind noise – it’s not overly loud though. The petrol choices are slightly quieter and they’re more fun to drive too.

Quality & Reliability

While the interior does have a lot of plastic, Nissan gets away with not making it look overly cheap. The plastic look is nicely interrupted by the Nissan Connect infotainment system’s 5 inch screen. This system is easy to use and intuitive. Connecting to Bluetooth is easily done and the infotainment system offers some online access. The seats in the Pulsar are comfortable and obviously the higher the trim you opt for, the better the furnishings. There are three trims available – XE, SV and SVE. Thankfully the bottom trim does benefit from the 5 inch touch screen and air conditioning.

Safety & Security

In 2014 the Nissan Pulsar scored a full five stars in the Euro NCAP. Their highest marks were for adult and child occupancy scoring 84% and 81% respectively. Their pedestrian safety score was high too, scoring 75%. All Pulsar vehicles come with six airbags. Also available with this vehicle is Forward Emergency Braking. This system is becoming more common in cars now and it affectively automatically applies the brakes if it senses an oncoming collision.

Space & Practicality

This is where the Pulsar shines. Apart from being a nice-enough vehicle to look at, it’s very generous on the space front. Leg room and head room to the front and to the rear is excellent. It would offer more space than most vehicles in its class. The boot offers 385 litres which makes it larger than that of the Volkswagen Golf.

View other variants of this car
Compare specs to an alternative car!

Key Facts

Make

Nissan

Model
Pulsar
Variant
1.2 PET XE
Trim
XE
Car Category
Family Hatch
First Launched
2014
Engine (L)
1.2
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€20,995
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€200
Tax Band
A4
L/100km Combined
5.0
Average km/L
20
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
46
Fuel Tank Range
920 km
Cost of filling a tank
€60.44
Average Cost Per 200 km
€13.14
CO2 emmissions
117 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
115 bhp
Max Power kW
86
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1198
Engine Cylinders
3
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Normally
Top speed
190 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
10.7 s
L/100km Urban
6.30 L
L/100km Extra Urban
4.30 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
385 L

Warranty

All Components
3 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Car Body
6 to 12 Years warranty
Paintwork
3 Year warranty
Mileage
100000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5

Dimensions

Boot capacity
385 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
195/60 R16 mm
Tyre size back
195/60 R16 mm
Rim size
6.5 J x 16; 6.5 J x 17 mm
Length
4387 mm
Width
1768 mm
Height
1520 mm
Wheel Base
2700 mm
Front Track (mm)
1520
Rear Track (mm)
1540
Kerb weight
1190 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1750
Turning circle (m)
10.2

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Direct injection
Front Suspension
Independent type McPherson
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent, spring
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Steering
Steering rack
Power
115 bhp
9 Variants
Sort by:
Hatchback
€20,995
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 385 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.7 s
  • New Price €20,995
Hatchback
€22,195
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 385 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.7 s
  • New Price €22,195
Hatchback
€22,695
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €180
  • Boot Capacity 385 L
  • Engine Size 1.5 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.5 s
  • New Price €22,695
Hatchback
€22,995
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears Single
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 385 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 12.2 s
  • New Price €22,995
Hatchback
€23,895
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €180
  • Boot Capacity 385 L
  • Engine Size 1.5 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.5 s
  • New Price €23,895
Hatchback
€24,195
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears Single
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 385 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 12.2 s
  • New Price €24,195
Hatchback
€25,895
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 385 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.7 s
  • New Price €25,895
Hatchback
€27,595
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €180
  • Boot Capacity 385 L
  • Engine Size 1.5 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.5 s
  • New Price €27,595
Hatchback
€27,895
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears Single
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 385 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 12.2 s
  • New Price €27,895