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Used Nissan Pulsar

The Pulsar is a refined and practical hatchback that ticks all of the right boxes for every day family life

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Used Nissan Pulsar For Sale

The Nissan Pulsar is a mid-sized hatchback that makes a great choice for families who need something spacious and affordable to run.

Those who don't want something as big as a Juke or Qashqai will want to consider a Pulsar, which offers a solid all-round driving experience and a ton of safety features. Entering Nissan's model range in 2014 and leaving four years later, the Pulsar never quite established itself like rivals such as the Ford Focus. However, it now represents great value on the used car market.

Here's an overview of why you should consider a Pulsar:

  • Affordable to buy and run
  • Practical cabin
  • Plenty of safety kit
  • Easy to drive
  • Nissan reliability

Engines and Driving Experience

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Refinement is impressive in the Pulsar, which manages to soak up bumps with ease while ensuring road noise is kept to a minimum. You're probably better off looking at something like a Mazda3 if you want more driving thrills, although the grip and stability at speed is hardly poor. In the city, the Pulsar echoes comfort and is easy to park thanks to the good visibility.

A 1.2-litre and a 1.6-litre petrol engine are available, both of which are turbocharged. The smaller unit produces 115bhp and a good wedge of pulling-power from low revs, making it a keen performer. Better yet, it can return close to 56mpg. The larger engine produces a respectable 188bhp and can achieve 0 to 62mph in a brisk 7.7 seconds; expect up to 49.5mpg.

The sole 1.5-litre diesel engine isn't much to shout about. However, with its ability to return up to 78.5mpg, it'll make up for this at the fuel pumps. Unlike the petrol options, the diesel is not available with an automatic gearbox.

Practicality and Running Costs

nissan pulsar boot, seats folded

Although the roofline slopes towards the rear of the car, there's still plenty of head room for passengers in the rear. At the time, the Pulsar had the longest wheelbase in its class (the space between the front and rear wheels). It's not much to brag about at the pub, but it does mean there's lots of leg room.

Boot space is suitably large as well, with 395 litres available with the rear seats left in place. It isn't as big as a Skoda Octavia's capacity (590 litres), but it beats the Volkswagen Golf of the same generation (380 litres). Fold the 60:40 split-folding seats flat and 1,395 litres of space makes itself available.

Annual premiums shouldn't be too offensive since the Pulsar occupies insurance groups 10 to 18. Any servicing requirements can be taken care of by your nearest Evans Halshaw Nissan retailer, who are more than happy to maintain older models.

Interior, Technology and Safety

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The Pulsar doesn't skimp on equipment levels, with the entry-level Visia model offering Bluetooth, cruise control, air-conditioning and electric windows as standard. Step up to the Acenta model and you'll get luxuries such as LED running lights and dual-zone climate control.

Towards the top of the range you have the N-Connecta, which features sharp-looking 17-inch alloy wheels, and comes with LED headlights and part-leather seats. You can enjoy gadgets such as heated seats and electric folding mirrors, but you'll need to go for the top-spec Tekna for those.

Nissan didn't cut corners on safety bits either, with the Pulsar achieving a 5-star Euro NCAP crash test result in 2014. Available safety features include:

  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Lane departure warning
  • Moving object detection
  • Parking sensors

Is the Nissan Pulsar right for me?

If you're after an affordable, dependable and spacious hatchback that will safely transport your family from A to B, then the Pulsar makes a compelling used car purchase. The efficient engines and generous levels of equipment only add to its case, and mean the Pulsar represents good value for money.

The family hatchback segment has plenty of options for you to consider. The Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf are considered class leaders for a reason, so they're worth a look. You may also want to investigate the SEAT Leon as well since they offer good value, too.

Why purchase a used Nissan Pulsar through Evans Halshaw?

At Evans Halshaw, we have a wide variety of quality used vehicles for you choose from. Each car is carefully selected by our expert teams before making its way through the rigorous preparation process, where it is inspected by a qualified technician and then fully valeted throughout.

All of our vehicles are fully HPI checked, giving you peace of mind when making a decision. In addition, we're able to offer same day delivery on a selection of used cars, meaning you never have to wait for the car you want.

If you'd like some advice on picking the right car for you, or you've spotted a vehicle and want more information, please contact your nearest Evans Halshaw retailer, where one of our friendly associates will be more than happy to help.