Nissan Pulsar: Small car mega-test 2013

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Nissan Pulsar

: Small car 2013

Nissan Pulsar (Sedan)

What we liked:

of entry and egress


Comfy and quiet ride

Not so

Poor dynamics

Dated technology

Rear seat not split-fold


After so long for the Pulsar name to it’s disappointing that hasn’t done a better job this car’s dynamics. said, some might the Pulsar’s soft, floaty and handling perfectly match its exterior styling.

In fairness, possible that the Pulsar just be an ideal choice for the buyer who wants something and more genteel than the sports-oriented hatches that car makers offer in this

The Nissan’s suspension bordered on Lots of suspension travel to a very comfortable ride but handling. The steering was likewise and woolly, with slower than most rivals.

The result is the Pulsar required a adjustment in driving style. And the combination delivered a fairly slalom performance that the driver to abort the test in to the photographer’s safety.

Nissan can be relied upon to do a good but the Pulsar’s 1.8-litre unit was one of the powerful tested. It hitches to a variable transmission that its drive eagerly. There is of the lag or shift shock of an automatic but the droning soundtrack that is of this type of transmission suit everyone.

Against the the Pulsar finished just mid-field, with a commensurate for unleaded. But it redeemed itself and everyone by delivering a best-in-class performance, despite having a wooden pedal feel.


Pulsar’s nose was let down by a few rattles. is a shame considering its high of attention to detail and limited use of raw plastics.

Panel gaps across the car larger on average, but measurably We also admired Pulsar’s paint finish.

The door felt light but positive in of less sealing that here. The exposed metal of the fuel filler was also a

The boot lid didn’t lift of its own The luggage space offered a appearance, a small light but an latch, and no 12V outlet. The Pulsar fails to offer split-fold and the rear bumper, like the was a little rattly.

With a H point (the point at the occupant’s hip sits relative to the floor) and excellent entry and through wide-opening doors, the will appeal to those restricted mobility, or those little ones still in seats.

The seating is comfortable and the fair, while chrome and faux metal garnishes lift the door card

Reserved and dated dashboard is of a high quality finish, and is by simple control interfaces. storage is adequate and an excellent has been made to keep tidy under the hood.

On the and ragged asphalt at 80km/h the registered an in-cabin volume of second-quietest behind Kia’s


One of the car models on test, the Pulsar the lowest overall score for integration.

The interior design is dated (the old-fashioned dials and switches are a far cry from of the Hyundai i30 or Holden Cruze), the stereo looks passé. good looking instrument front LED lights and some of the steering-wheel controls were talking points.

Dragging the score lower was the fact it was the only car on test not to include audio streaming. Pairing the to the car took time and required a of button input and voice

Nissan Pulsar

USB and 3.5mm auxiliary audio are included but audio quality the six-speaker stereo was average, distortion noticed at higher

When we pushed the Pulsar to test the electronic stability it delivered the slowest intervention, almost a full second of as the nose began to slip. when the stability control did it did so only briefly, and considering the car has soft suspension this to exaggerate its low grip threshold.


At $25,990 (plus costs, including the optional and expensive $2340 CVT) ST-L is placed middle of our in dollar terms.

With an driving experience, underpowered and harsh engine, and a lack of such as dual-zone climate split-fold rear seats and camera, the Pulsar’s value didn’t stack up.

Thankfully post-sale services return balance. Under the myNissan Nissan offers a standard warranty which is extendable at cost. The warranty also three years of complimentary Assist.

Additionally an expansive six-year/120,000km price servicing arrangement is in covering the first 12 services following Nissan’s recommended service intervals. Six of these in at the competitive price of $212.51, the most expensive five-year/100,000km capped at $529.05.

As Nissan has the Pulsar name for 2013, we can reference the car it is replacing when it to resale. Ergo, a MY10 ST-L automatic has a median resale value of $12,800; a value of 55 per cent.


The Nissan Pulsar offered up a statelier package in our car line-up. Driver and front room is generous and seats good support and three-way adjustability.

Overall ergonomics lag behind smaller cars in the however. The console and instrumentation lay you, flat and functional. not as warm and inviting in its style or

It presents as a little dated the rivals in this test.

The is quiet and composed, with suspension absorbing any number of It’s a very soft and ride for all passengers.

Second-row is good and space is generous for … passengers. However, as in the headroom has been sacrificed in design. Taller passengers touch the roof line – but will have more enough leg room.

The Pulsar has a boot space, however, it was let by the absence of a split-fold rear function.

The small, steep window limits rearward in the Pulsar.

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