The Pulsar is the first mid-size family hatch that Nissan have included in their range and has assisted the popular car brand with its stunning sales performance. It seems the Pulsar has inherited a lot of similar features from the Qashqai – but a noted change is the reduced height that has been adopted in favour of a more sporty and slender looking exterior.
Nissan have created an attention seeking vehicle due to the detail and refinement that has gone into completing the body of the Pulsar. Although its athletic looks are overt, the flowing curves and tapered sides create a soft edge to the sporty design allowing the Pulsar to be top of its class when it comes to body image and aesthetics. However the creative styling Nissan have implemented has split views within the automotive industry, as some are not so impressed with its ‘awkward presence’ and ‘boxy’ looks – it’s fair to say it is certainly an acquired taste.
However with its class leading interior, Nissan have covered all aspects of design when it comes to constructing an upmarket and tech heavy cabin. The interior oozes opulence that has been achieved by the soft touch upholstery and intricate detailing that both complement the chrome trim that features throughout. Copious amounts of space allow the Pulsar to offer passengers comfort and generous legroom, allowing for all lengthy journeys to be a pleasant experience.
Mounted on the centre control users will find a state of the art infotainment system that operates the functioning of NissanConnect – an offering that allows smart phone integration so that drivers can enjoy their mobile phone applications from the comfort of the Nissan display screen. Sat nav, maps and the manoeuvring camera also display on the screen situated central to the driver and front passenger.
To ensure a safe drive, Nissan have advanced the driver dashboard so that it incorporates a reasonable sized screened so that important information can be displayed to the driver. It is also positioned so that the driver can glance at the information displayed whilst also maintaining eye contact on the road. The comprehensive dash will alert whoever is behind the wheel to relevant data, and will offer caller id so you can check your calls, turn by turn navigation and driving aids – acting as the drivers’ digital co-pilot.
Engine size ranges from 1.2-1.6litre; coming in both petrol and diesel. But the diesel has proven to be the most economical version with running costs relevant to the size of the vehicle. The reliability Nissan is known for is definitely apparent when assessing performance, with easy handling and manoeuvrability, this engine line up certainly energises your drive.
Personal touch can be added to your vehicle with the numerous styling packs available with the Pulsar. It’s clear that the Nissan Pulsar has magnetic qualities, as it is without a doubt a head turner and a starting price of just £15,995 is going to get you great value for money.