Nissan-PulsarThe Car
There are lots of people in the market for a small car, and Nissan’s Pulsar is their contribution to the fray. There are 3 trims – ST, ST-S and SSS, and there’s a fair amount of standard kit including 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, steering wheel audio and phone controls, a decent sound system with Bluetooth connectivity, and remote keyless entry. It may not be a super stylish car, but you get all the basics at a decent price.

The Pulsar is also a pretty safe car, which is perfect for the market segment that normally looks to buying cars like these. First time drivers need the extra safety features to the six airbags, vehicle stability control, anti-locking brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist will definitely come in handy. 5 stars on the ANCAP rating scale is honestly not too shabby!

The Drive
It’s easy to get comfortable in the Pulsar, there are lots of adjustment options in the seat and steering wheel and you can see pretty well from the front seat too – all around vision is ace. Steering and suspension are good as well since Nissan has been testing locally, with the electric power steering, cornering and ride quality on different terrains are easily taken in its stride.

The Pulsar is also surprisingly quiet although the engine does give off a bit of a drone that may not be to everyone’s liking. You might also be surprised with the amount of punch that you get out of the car. All in all, the quality of the ride you get with the Pulsar more than exceeded our expectations for a car from this segment.

The Interior
As expected from the price that you pay, inside the cabin, the Nissan Pulsar hatch is pretty blah. It’s simple although soft touch materials are used, and the metallic highlights seem a little out of place.

The cloth seats are well cushioned and bolstered though. In the top level trim, the SSS’ leather upholstery is actually more firm though. The rear seats give passengers a fair amount of space as long as you keep to 2 passengers and you’ll have happy campers for the ride even if you’re going a bit of a distance.

Boot space stnads at 385 litres and that expands to 1,395 litres with the 60/40 split-fold seats folded down.

Overall
You’ll be hard-pressed to find such a good all-rounder in this segment for small cars, but the car’s looks leave a lot to be desired. You still stand a pretty good chance in keeping the Pulsar as your long term car choice, so why not explore guaranteed car finance options with The Smarter Finance Company so that you can make your decision?