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Pleasing return by Nissan

The Nissan Pulsar returns as a all-rounder after an absence several years. Photos: Thomson

After a seven-year the Nissan Pulsar is back in new car around the country. David makes a timely (re)-acquaintance.

If one to catalogue the reasons for Nissan’s but steady 10-year slide New Zealand’s passenger car sales then the appearance of models as the quirky Tiida would figure in the story.

Launched in to replace the well-respected Pulsar, the and underwhelming machine was a relative flop: Pulsar, in its final year on sale (2005), more than 1600 Tiida managed barely a that number in 2012 quietly exiting the new car listings to way for the reincarnated Pulsar at the start of year.

Available initially in saloon the new Pulsar has just been by a hatchback variant. However, the variant, in top-range Ti specification, is the of this appraisal.

The saloon is a car than you might expect its name plate, closer to the old Primera than to the early-21st Pulsar sedan in size. It is rather than boldly though the chrome highlighting, fog lamps, 16-inch alloy LED driving lights and discreet spoiler give the Ti model an visual lift.

A close of the car’s exterior shape and gives quite a clue as to lies within, especially aft of the a relatively long wheelbase into masses of rear but that plunging roofline taller passengers may find it a tight in the back; a slightly tail hides what is, by standards, a cavernous 510-litre There is even room for a spare wheel, which days counts as a welcome in this class.

Nissan has missed a trick, in failing to better connect the deep boot with the space. Sure there is a ski-flap, but the absence of a split-folding for the rear seat-backs means the car handle the carriage of long items. An exterior push-button for the boot lid would also be

The roomy feel apparent in the carries over to the front.

Metallic highlighting around the air vents, instruments, and on the steering give the front of the cabin a lift. Overall, though, the of the dash and centre console is but quite conservative.

Equipment are very good, especially the highly competitive $33,490 tag for this flagship variant of the line. Along with the dress-up items, the Ti specification cruise control, dual-zone control, leather-accented trim some genuine leather), connectivity, USB and iPod connectivity for the sound system and keyless

As is the norm now, the safety extends to front, side and airbags, anti-lock brakes, control and full electronic programming. Just a few days completing this road the Pulsar achieved the maximum rating in the Ancap crash programme.

There are fingertip controls on the wheel for key audio and cruise functions, and a range of handy cubbies, including a small bin between the front seats, a holder and a decent glovebox. The seats, which are comfortable but a lacking for lateral support, for height as well as rake and The steering wheel also for reach as well as tilt.

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three-quarter and side visibility are all but rear visibility is compromised by the car’s solid rear

Mechanically, this version of the is fairly bread-and-butter, with a 1.8-litre engine driving the wheels via a six-stage CVT transmission. was one of the first mainstream manufacturers to down the CVT path, and its experience these systems is used to effect in making the most of the relatively modest outputs.

Performance is never especially but it is respectable, even without to the so-called sport mode can – if used around – keep the engine higher than feels

There’s also a ”low” that provides more braking, and which proved handy descending some city streets.

Out on the open the Pulsar settles into an highway gait, with the ticking over at an economy-friendly at 100kmh on the flat.

Light steering assists easy manoeuvrability on city but its lack of heft and feel the potential for driver engagement on back roads.

The car’s chassis dynamics are actually sound, with decent grip and balance through and slow-speed bends. The suspension soaks up bumps pretty and road noise is well

All of this adds up to a car that is a all-rounder with strengths will appeal most to an older, more conservative

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