Review: Nissan Pulsar

What car you imagine when you hear Nissan ? Certainly the Japanese quality, design a bit strange. Remember GT-R or sold Qashqai or weird Juke ? After the Nissan SUV escapades returns to normal car lower middle class, which has to compete with the VW Golf, Toyota Auris and others. It’s called Pulsar .


Briefly blink in history – Pulsar is a name that belongs to Nissanům since the late 70s. The first generation proved already in 1978, then as three- and five-door liftback. Followed by other versions and models, some of which only came to Europe. The case of the new model, but the opposite …

News is offered as a five hatchback only Europe – according to current information will not be sold or in Russia. Produced in a factory in Spain , which has a capacity of about 65,000 cars a year. This is not an extremely ambitious plan, but at least there is no danger that the Nissan somehow burned significantly in case of failure model. But it would be by first impressions do not …


Already at first glance I was pleasantly surprised craftsmanship , but the overall visual aspect of the model. When the pulsar zoom in, you realize that it’s actually quite big car – with a wheelbase of 2.7 meters, although the designers who successfully mask, and a higher roof (over 150 cm) with a large hatchback very spacious interior . This is true not only ergonomically comfortable space in the front, a lot of places have especially rear passengers. Especially leg room and head in this segment probably insurmountable . And then the trunk: 385 liters attractive can be significantly enlarged by folding the seats. In the segment above average value.

Below the plastic sheet and

Pulsar uses the chassis combining the front suspension type McPherson single torsion axle with a torsion stabilizer rear. Common equipment “ordinary cars,” no complexity. On the road, the whole works well, unobtrusively. Since I tested most powerful petrol variant with an output of 190 horsepower, 17-inch wheel arches filled with lower tires. But even they could not spoil the feeling convenience that when driving on Czech roads existed in silent interior. From bikes to me not line up any shocks, cornering with minimal body tilted and the whole car moved nicely.


Although the name Pulsar would seem to sit well placatému sports car, it is actually a hatchback rather rational choice. Anything you do not play, which corresponds to the range of drive units – under the hood you can find three four-cylinder engines , basic (but great) motor 1.2 DIG-T (115), proven diesel unit (from Renault) 1.5 dCi (110 hp) and finally four-cylinder 1.6 DIG-T with turbo , which gives the front wheels above the average of 190 horses 240 Nm torque. All units meet current emission standards Euro6 . The engine is coupled with precise, but slightly stuttering six-speed gearbox. Honestly – the engine is indeed possible for this type of car a little unnecessary, but it goes well. Pulls from low revs, a pleasant, rich sound and gives a good momentum for safe overtaking (speed up to a hundred takes 7.7 s).

Achieve promised (but probably unrealistic) consumption of 5.7 l / 100 km I have failed, but not the diameter of 7 to 7.5 l / 100 km do not consider at all poor.


Nissan currently offers news for the price of CZK 314 000 (using funding), while our price model Visia 1.2 DIG-T is 354,000 CZK. Since the test cars are usually very well equipped, I tested the best equipment Tekna with the most powerful engine and in this case the price was CZK 567,000 plus bonuses. High motorization, however, certainly is not selling, it can be expected that most customers just after the engine reaches 1.2 liter or 1.5 liter (diesel). Nissan half a year after the car a little more expensive and customers a solid piece of car that does not offend anything, is nicely folded and comfortable ride. This is definitely not a bad return to a lower middle class area where there is harsh competition established brands.

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Text: František Vahala

Photo: Steering Media

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