Toyota Corolla v Nissan Pulsar Comparison Review

16 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Toyota Corolla v Nissan Pulsar Comparison Review

Matt Campbell

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Make Toyota Family Corolla Series ZRE182R Year 2013 Badge Description Ascent Sport S-CVT Doors 5 Seats 5 Transmission Constantly Variable Transmission Engine Configuration Description In-line Gear Num 7 Cylinders 4 Build Country Origin Description JAPAN ANCAPRating 5 Car Size Medium Overall Green Star Rating 5 Fuel Type Description Petrol – Unleaded ULP Drive Description Front Wheel Drive Warranty KM 100000

Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport #8230; from $23,990 plus on-road costs. 1.8-litre four-cylinder; 103kW/173Nm; optional CVT automatic; 6.6L/100km and 152g/km CO2; FWD#160;

Nissan Pulsar ST-L #8230; from $24,740 plus on-road costs. 1.8-litre four-cylinder; 96kW/174Nm; CVT automatic; 6.7L/100km and 161g/km CO2; FWD#160;


Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport: Cheaper, and offers more standard goodies. Has 16-inch alloy wheels, fog-lights, a touch-screen media system with SD card and USB inputs, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming with voice control, and six speakers. Safety is covered with a reversing camera and seven airbags.

Nissan Pulsar ST-L: Pretty well equipped too, with 16-inch alloys, fog-lights, a six speaker stereo system with USB connectivity and Bluetooth phone. No Bluetooth audio streaming. No reversing camera and six airbags.

Adds a rear spoiler.

Winner: Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport


Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport: Tidy and functional, but the styling of the Corolla#8217;s upright dashboard is a particularly polarising element. The rear seat is reasonably roomy, but not quite as large as the Pulsar. Media system has a small font and can be hard to read at a glance.

Boot is only 280 litres – some cars a class smaller have more space.

Nissan Pulsar ST-L: Very spacious for a small car. Plenty of head, leg and shoulder room in the back seat. Trim is bland looking, but good quality and well put together.

Some drivers may not find their ideal seating position. The boot is on the small side at 310L, but still larger than the Corolla#8217;s.

Winner: Nissan Pulsar ST-L

Under the bonnet

Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport: The engine is a smooth operator, with good power delivery via the CVT automatic. Little-to-no hesitation from a standing start, and the auto has stepped ratios so it feels like a regular auto. Not fast, but feels more usable than the Nissan, particularly in stop-start traffic.#160;

Nissan Pulsar ST-L: Not as user-friendly as the Corolla#8217;s drivetrain. The CVT auto is slow to react in traffic, and the throttle response can be too touchy. Still, the engine offers enough grunt for most people#8217;s needs, and it#8217;s willing – if a tad noisy – when pushed hard.

Winner: Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport

How it drives

Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport: Firmer suspension makes for a more sporty drive experience, and it proves more adept at sharper bends. Though set up to feel solid, it never crashes over bumps and remains comfortable at lower speeds. The steering offers better weighting and more feel to it, and there#8217;s less body roll through bends, too.

Nissan Pulsar ST-L: The Pulsar#8217;s softer suspension does a good job of isolating the cabin from bumps and lumps at higher speeds, but it has a tendency to jiggle over smaller inconsistencies at slower speeds, and can get out of shape through rough corners. The steering is slow to react and doesn#8217;t feel as sporty as the Corolla.

Winner: Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport


Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport: The Corolla has a three-year, 100,000 kilometre warranty. Toyota#8217;s capped price servicing program requires services every six months or 10,000km, with costs capped at $130 per visit. But the maintenance program only lasts three years or 60,000km.

Nissan Pulsar ST-L: Also has a three-year, 100,000km warranty. Like the Corolla, services are due every six months or 10,000km, and Nissan#8217;s program covers the car for up to six years or 120,000km. However, the average cost is a heavy $297 per service – more than double the Toyota#8217;s.

Winner: Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport#160;


Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport: The most popular car in the country so far this year, and with good reason. The Corolla has plenty going for it, and wins this contest as its the more rounded offering.

Nissan Pulsar ST-L: By no means a bad car, particularly for those who appreciate interior space and who don#8217;t rank driving excitement high on their priorities list.#160;

Winner: Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport

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