- All new family hatchback is Nissan's first entry into the C-segment market for nearly 10 years
- Unusually high specification with every trim level- Longest-in-class wheelbase provides generous interior space- All-turbocharged engine range includes 1.5-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol
The all-new Nissan pulsar has arrived in our dealerships! Nissan has not entered the UK C-segment market since the Almera was discontinued in 2006. The brand has since gone from strength to strength, with both the Juke and Qashqai becoming huge success stories in recent years. During Nissan's time away from this particular market, they've been able to study it closely, determine what customers' needs are and pump some of the innovation, style and technology from the Juke and Qashqai straight into the all new Pulsar.
Football star Andres Iniesta is clearly impressed with it - he was the first person to take delivery!
From the outside, the Pulsar features up-to-date styling, including Nissan's signature V-Motion grille, and boomerang wrap-around head and tail lights. The Tekna model featured here includes 17" diamond-cut alloy wheels as standard. Front fog lamps and electric/heated door mirrors are also part of the package.
Inside the Pulsar, you'll find a range of technologies that have been designed to make the driver feel 'more comfortable and confident'. It's also one of the 'most innovative vehicles' in the Nissan range according to Nissan Europe boss Bastien Schupp. Standard safety features on the Tekna model include a blind spot indicator, lane departure warning and moving object detection - all designed to minimise the possibility of accidents and collisions while on the road. Other interior features on the Tekna include cruise control, heated full-leather seats and dual-zone climate control.
Space is also another key feature of the Pulsar, and with a longest-in-class 2,700mm wheelbase, room on the inside is plentiful. In fact, the 692mm of legroom in the rear seats is actually larger than many D-segment mid-size saloon cars.
Under the bonnet, every engine is turbocharged for power and efficiency. Options include a revised version of the familiar 1.5 dCi diesel engine, capable of up to 78mpg on the combined cycle. The only current petrol option is a 113bhp 1.2-litre DIG-T, and you can choose either a manual or an Xtronic automatic gearbox. Over 50mpg is possible with the petrol engine. A more powerful 1.6-litre turbo engine with around 160-180 bhp is due to join the range early next year.
Trim levels include Visia, Acenta, N-Tec and Tekna. All grades are well equipped, with a 5" TFT colour touchscreen, 6 airbags, 16" alloy wheels, Bluetooth/iPod connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, body colour door handles, bumpers and mirrors, cruise control, air conditioning, start/stop, tyre pressure monitoring system, ABS, ESP, EBD, active trace control and 'follow me home' lighting standard across the range. We're sure you'll agree that this is an unusually high amount of specification for a car in this segment!
Overall, the Pulsar delivers on its promises of style, space and technology. We love it.