Nissan Pulsar makes a strong hatchback car

February 4, 2015

We are in love with the Nissan Pulsar for its strong quality, class leading space, powerful engines and plenty of standard features that are available at an extremely competitive price.

Over the last couple of years, Nissan have become a strong game player in the automotive industry, especially in the crossover and SUV range. If we take a closer look at the Qashqai then we can see that it has become a multi-award winning crossover car in strong demand. The Juke, which is mostly known for its sporty and stylish fun character is also an appealing alternative. Whilst the thrilling and adventurous seven-seat X-Trail is designed to take all that life could possibly throw at you and make it fun in all weather conditions.

Aiming to win hearts and become a class leader, Nissan launched the Pulsar last year. It competes directly with popular hatches like the VW Golf, Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.

We had the chance to take a closer look at the Nissan Pulsar and we took a test drive too! We think that the Pulsar offers something different compared to its rivals. Not only does the Pulsar have a great body, an amazing interior, powerful yet efficient engines, plenty of equipment and safety features but it also comfortably accommodated for some of our very tall sales people! With room to spare!

Design and Styling

PulsarI feel that the Nissan Pulsar is one of the best looking cars in the hatchback range. It’s a five door family hatchback car which is suitable for both personal and business users.

It has borrowed the V-shaped grille and contoured bonnet from the Qashqai. With authentic design, a lower bumper and a dynamic rear spoiler- the Pulsar is definitely one of the most attractive cars on the road. It’s certainly solidly built.

The Pulsar is available in a choice of body colours including flame red, force red, black, white, silver, grey, blue and bronze depending on the model you choose.


Getting inside it feels as spacious as an estate car, offering a fantastic amount of passenger legroom and headroom, thanks to its clever design. It offers a 2,700mm (millimetre) wheelbase.

It offers loads of space, wide opening doors and a decent 395 litres of boot space which can expand massively to 1,395 litres with the split-folding seats stowed.

“If you are in the market for a spacious family hatchback car then look no further.”

The interior layout and dashboard is pretty similar to the Qashqai. It benefits from a user-friendly sat-nav system, displays and climate controls. Overall it’s classy and easy to use. The seats are quite wide and comfortable, even for taller users.


Nissan Pulsar with open doorsThe Pulsar is a well-equipped vehicle featuring a vast standard kit including five-inch full-colour TFT (thin film transistor) infotainment display between the Speedometer and rev-counter, steering wheel-mounted controls for the stereo, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, alloy wheels, and air-conditioning.

The Pulsar is offered in a choice of four trims including – Visia, Acenta, N-Tec and Tekna.

The entry level Visia model comes with all of the above standard features along with multiple airbags, anti-lock braking system, traction control, remote central locking, tyre pressure monitoring system, and cruise control with speed limiter.

Most of the buyers select the Acenta trim, which adds an automatic braking system, automatic lights and wipers, keyless entry and leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob.

Above the Acenta, the N-Tec benefits from DAB (digital) radio, reversing camera, LED lights and Nissan’s entertainment system. While the higher range, Tekna sounds more practical and suitable for business users, adding heated leather seats and various other active safety systems including moving object detection, blind spot warning and lane departure warning.

The Pulsar is among the safest hatchback cars to drive. It has achieved a maximum five-star crash safety ratings from Euro NCAP.

Great to drive

Pulsar Side ViewThe Pulsar is available in a choice of 1.2 or 1.6 litre petrol engines as well as a 1.5 litre turbo-diesel engine.

The smaller 1.2 litre petrol engine runs suitably fast and returns up to 56.5 miles per gallon fuel economy with 117g/km (grams per kilometre) CO2 emissions. The diesel engine is very powerful offering 78.5 miles per gallon fuel efficiency and emits only 94 grams per kilometre CO2, making it free to tax.

Overall, the engines are quiet with impressive refinement whilst maintaining a fun drive. It handles very securely and predictably with a decent amount of traction and tidy body control.


Nissan Pulsar

The Nissan Pulsar is competitively priced compared to its rivals Ford Focus and VW Golf. Price starts from £15,995 as a basic list price.

Should I lease one?

The Nissan Pulsar makes a strong and sensible choice of hatchback car that you are likely to drive with both your head and heart. It has a great amount of space, a competitive price and it’s easy to drive, making it suitable for both personal and business users.

If you would like to get the Nissan Pulsar on lease, then why not take a look at our best prices. Available on both business and personal contract hire. Simply head over to our dedicated pages by clicking the relevant links above or call our team on 0800 458 0113 to find the perfect car for you!