Nissan Pulsar

Nissan Pulsar motability car sideA pulsar is a highly magnetized rotating neutron star that emits a beam of electromagnetic radiation, it was also a name Nissan gave to a car in the 1980’s which they have revived for their new hatchback, the previous Nissan Pulsar did not burn very brightly so let’s hope we are more magnetized to this offering. Ok we will stop now. The Pulsar is Nissan’s first foray into family hatchbacks since the last Almera rolled down the ramps at Sunderland in 2006 before production switched towards a more radical design that became the Qashqai and the Note.  So is this Barcelona built car, Sunderland has to concentrate on the upcoming Infinity models, a backwards step or can the Pulsar compete against the Volkswagen GolfFord Focus and the exciting Mazda 3.

 

Nissan Pulsar motability car rear

The Pulsar is clearly related to the Qashqai, so much so that it looks like its twin that was raised on a less healthy diet and consequently did not grow as tall but filled out around the middle. The extra girth is put to good use however as the Pulsar has class leading interior space, wide-opening doors, and an decent 395-litre boot which expands massively to 1,395 litres with the split-folding seats down. The driving position is raised offering super views of the road and the handling precise if a little dull compared to the sportier competition but it is extremely quiet under speed and comfort is the sacrifice for driver fun.

 

Nissan Pulsar motability car dashboardThe Pulsar comes in the Nissan standard but confusingly named trims of Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta and Tekna. All models are well equipped with a 5″ tft full colour screen between the dials, bluetooth, 16″ alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, all round electric windows and steering wheel audio controls, the Acenta adds forward emergency braking, rear parking sensors, dual zone climate control, automatic wipers and headlights and an engine start button, the N-Connecta has a 5.8″ centre mounted touchscreen that includes Sat Nav, DAB radio and reversing camera, 17″ alloy wheels and LED headlights, if you are after luxury the Tekna has heated front seats, leather upholstery, lane and blind spot detection and front and side cameras.

 

Nissan Pulsar motability car interior

The two engines are the 115bhp 1.2 litre petrol and 110bhp 1.5 litre diesel, both offer super economy and enough grunt to carry a fully loaded Pulsar without breaking into a sweat, the 1.2 petrol can return a claimed 56.5 miles per gallon as a six speed manual or 55.4 as a CVT automatic, the manual version sprints to 62 miles per hour in 10.7 seconds followed by the automatic in 12.7. The 1.5 six speed manual diesel can return up to 78.5 miles per gallon yet still cut the sprint tape in 11.5 seconds.

The Nissan Pulsar rejoined the Scheme after a month away last Quarter and the prices increased by up to £1100 in an Advanced Payment. There is better value to be had elsewhere. Rumours abound that Nissan will be dropping the Pulsar from its range in the near future.

Summer Best Buy – Nissan Pulsar 1.2 petrol (115bhp) N-Connecta  (Manual)   –   £1299 Advance Payment  (£245 wpms)

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