Nissan Pulsar Excels In Small Family Class
Nissan's family-focussed workhorse boasts futuristic safety features among its numerous strengths.
Euro NCAP 5 star safety rating for Nissan Pulsar
The Nissan Pulsar is a small family class vehicle prioritising safety, practicality and sensible running costs. Let us consider each of these strengths. Euro NCAP – the independent body that assesses new vehicle safety – awarded this 5-door, 5 seated, hatchback a maximum 5 star rating following a range of crash tests.
Trims and safety equipment
Even the Visia – the entry level trim – has active trace control that brakes individual wheels should it depart the motorist's favoured line on a corner. It also has: 6 airbags, tyre pressure monitoring system, and brake assist that minimises stopping distance in an emergency by forcing more energy through the system.
The Acenta trim has forward emergency braking too. Should the motorist fail to respond to a hazard such as a slowing car, it brakes to avoid a collision or mitigate its severity. The N-Tec trim also has a reversing camera to make it easier to spot hazards.
The Tekna trim also has moving object detection that warns the driver that someone, or something, is moving within close proximity. It works at parking speed only. Lane departure warning, in contrast, confirms that the car has wandered offline on (say) a motorway; but only if the motorist has not indicated a lane change.
The Tekna's around view monitor incorporates a camera on each side of the vehicle plus a screen on the dashboard. Its purpose is to improve visibility when manoeuvring at low speed. Furthermore, its blind spot monitor confirms when a vehicle is hidden from view via warning lights. A symbol appears in the relevant door mirror – either left side or right – to indicate the position of the hazard.
Seats and cargo capacity
The Pulsar scores on practicality too. It has 5 seats and the rear bench has “best in class” legroom at 692mm, Nissan says. Cargo capacity is a class-competitive 385-litres rising to 1,395-litres with the rear seats flat. The rear bench splits 60/40 if preferred.
Engines and transmissions
- The Pulsar is available with various engine and transmission configurations which effectively balance performance with economy.
- The DIG-T 115 manual configuration incorporates a 1.197-litre, 115PS, petrol engine and 6-speed transmission. Expect 0-62mph in 10.7 seconds, average fuel consumption of 56.5mpg and emissions - that define the cost of road tax - of only 117g/km.
- The DIG-T 115 automatic option includes a 1.197-litre, 115PS, petrol engine that propels motorists to 0-62mph in 12.7 seconds. It averages 55.4mpg and emits carbon at a rate of 119g/km.
- The dCi 110 set-up includes a 1.461-litre, 110PS, diesel engine and 6-speed manual transmission. 0-62mph takes 11.5 seconds, it averages 78.5mpg, and carbon emissions are 94g/km.
- The DIG-T 190 incorporates a 1.618-litre, 163PS, diesel engine teamed with 6-speed manual transmission. The sprint to 62mph takes 7.7 seconds, it averages 49.5mpg and sends carbon through the exhaust at a rate of 134g/km. Fitting the larger 18” wheels slightly impedes the fuel consumption and emissions.
Nissan Pulsar prices range from £13,995 to £22,295 on the road.