NISSAN PULSAR: THE RIGHT CAR IN A CROWDED MARKET PLACE
The Nissan Pulsar – a name that's a blast from the past, but it's a whole new car.
With consumption figures of up to 85 mpg and zero road tax to pay, it's chalk and cheese when it comes to its old namesake, and it would be a sin to compare the two. So let's see what you get with this new family saloon car that's been styled with the now distinctive Qashqai look.
It's a brave decision from Nissan to put the new Pulsar up against the Ford Focus and the VW Golf in what is a crowded market place, but it's a confident Nissan that is already a market leader in other sectors. The family hatchback market accounts for 30 per cent of all car sales, so it made sense to introduce the Pulsar, which has to be on top of its game to catch the public's imagination.
So, let's see how it's rated by first-drive reviewers:
Philip Hedderman in Ireland's Herald newspaper says it's "a serious contender - a car good enough to muscle its way into the top five again. To do this, the Pulsar is targeting three main areas - space, spec and price."
To start with, the Pulsar gives a best in class legroom of 692mm. "More importantly, there is oceans of head and elbow room front and rear - it could easily accommodate five hefty six-footers like me," he says.
It's a car that is genuinely hard to fault, the Herald says, and this is down to Nissan "not scrimping on the goodies."
Car Magazine concedes that the Pulsar is being targeted at the more mature driver who is not interested in driving "like the next Lewis Hamilton", and they too find the interior by far the best in class. Meanwhile, the Falkirk Herald is right on the money when it comes to the Pulsar's pricing: "Nissan is keen to promote the Pulsar as a value-for-money proposition. Standard equipment levels are generous, while the cost options include kit you’d normally only find on more expensive models. And as for the asking price, the Pulsar is keenly positioned below the likes of the Golf and Focus."
The whole package – from £15,995 – gives a high quality family saloon with a high quality spec that's cheaper than its rivals. Take a look at your Colin Appleyard showroom.