Nissan’s big push in to a car market currently dominated by the Ford Focus and VW Golf – the new Nissan Pulsar – is heading for Nissan’s UK dealers.
The latest Nissan in the ever growing family is the popular Pulsar, returning to the family hatchback sector with a bang it’s clear to see the Pulsar will be a large player in the market. The Pulsar is aimed not at those who want thrill-seeking speed, but those who would prefer space, generous comfort and high levels of equipment.
The most reasonably priced model will go on sale in autumn 2014 and will be named the Pulsar ‘Visia’. Prices will start from £15,995 and will come as standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, a five-inch touchscreen infotainment centre, Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning, cruise control and electric mirrors. Whilst higher models such as the ‘Acenta’, ‘Ntec’ and the tree topping ‘Tekna’ come with added features such as; emergency braking, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, reversing camera, upgraded infotainment centre and Nissan’s famous Safety Shield features.
The Pulsar will launch with a range of engines to choose from, the 113bhp 1.2-litre GIT-T petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel dCi which will produce 108bhp. However, there are talks of a 187bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine joining the range in 2015, alongside the Nismo tuned Pulsar RS boasting 215bhp. Whilst portraying brilliant performance the Pulsar models will also produce exceptional fuel economy, the Diesel boasting an average 78.5mpg. In addition the 1.2-litre turbo will produce a 0-62 time of 10.7 seconds and a top speed of 118mph.
Whilst actual driveability and performance are key to owning a new car, another highly important factor is the feeling of wanting to sit in the cockpit and quite simply, drive. With the revamped interior the Pulsar truly is a brilliant place to be, an abundance of chrome components and piano black trim make the interior feel significantly superior to its price. With the Pulsar being clearly related to the Qashqai, the space inside is wealthy with extraordinary amounts of leg, shoulder and headroom. Whereas boot space hasn’t been sacrificed for the extra passenger space, the luggage space in the boot is an impressive 385-litres capacity. The boot capacity can also be significantly increased if the rear seats are split and folded.
The new Nissan Pulsar appears to be a very good all-rounder, providing more than adequate performance whilst still retaining excellent fuel efficiency and brilliant practicality.
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