Interestingly, Australians seem to love sedans over their more practical station wagon counterparts. So I’m guessing that most buyers of the latest Nissan Pulsar will opt for the sedan version. Three versions of the Nissan Pulsar Sedan are available to buyers, and the comfort levels of these super little cars is superior to a number of its arch rivals like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Mitsubishi Lancer. Let’s take look.
All of the Nissan Pulsar sedans will be powered by the new long-stroke, four-cylinder 1.8-litre engine that is petrol fed and very quiet. Modern design has given this engine twin continuously variable valve timing control for both the inlet and exhaust outlets. There is a lot to like about this accomplished performer, and you won’t need a lengthy airstrip to get you from zero-to-100 km/h. Refined and smooth, the 96 kW engine works its 174 Nm through the CVT gears to have you complete the dash in 9.5 seconds. Economy doesn’t take much of a hit with spirited driving, and the Nissan Pulsar sedan consumes 6.7 litres/100 km on average. The new CVT unit is Nissan’s next-generation X-tronic CVT transmission, so purchase one of these and you are at the leading edge of Nissan’s design front.
One of the benefits of the long –stroke, four cylinder engine is the car’s ability to sit at the legal speed limits at well under 2000 rpm. Coasting along in the Nissan Pulsar Sedan is enjoyable, as the car sits nicely on the road, and the cabin noise is well muted – giving the Pulsar sedan a big car-like feel. Now I mentioned that the comfort levels in this new Nissan edition were excellent; with comfortable seating, top luxury features and the muted engine and wind noise, the Pulsar sedan rates as one of the quietest in its class – much to Toyota and Honda’s major disappointment.
On a more practical note, the Nissan Pulsar has a big cabin that is matched with an equally big boot (510-litres). Yes, it is a sedan but you can still put the rear seats down to make the luggage capacity grow a magnificent threefold. Now if I were upgrading from my old Pulsar, I would be almost forgiven for thinking that the badge at the rear must be wrong. The older Pulsars were strapped for space in the rear seats, but not so in the latest Pulsar we’re reviewing. Space inside the new Nissan Pulsar sedan puts it at the front of its class for the amount of room you can enjoy.
“ST” is the model name for the base model; “ST-L” is the next version on offer; the “Ti” is the flagship. While the switchgear is familiar to Nissan’s gone before, the double-wave soft-touch dash is superbly classy. A silvery centre console also adds elegance to the Pulsar’s dash appearance. There are buttons on the wheel for cruise control, audio and Bluetooth connectivity. Cloth seats in the Nissan Pulsar ST and ST-L sedans are plush and comfortable, while leather in the Ti version provides the ultimate in lavishness. All models come with a decent dual-zone air conditioning unit that gets the car nice and cool very quickly from start-up. Alloy wheels (larger on the Pulsar Ti), remote entry and classy audio are pleasurable features on all models, however things like the leather seats, push-button start and keyless entry are features reserved for owners of the Nissan Pulsar Ti sedans.
To look at, the sedan lines flow sweetly over the front wheel arches, swoop over the curved roofline and taper off over the high boot lid. Lights for the front are crystal in appearance with a triangular shape to them. At the rear, big, bold taillights finish the Pulsar off nicely – where you’ll also find a chrome strip on the boot lid between the taillights.
A cleverly designed superstructure, protects the Pulsar sedan’s occupants in the event of a nasty accident. Safety specs show all Pulsar models have four-wheel disc brakes, ABS, Traction Control, Vehicle Dynamic Control, EBD, front airbags, side airbags, curtain airbags and three-point seatbelts front and rear.
You’re going to like the new Nissan Pulsar – as much as I do, in fact. It’s a winner, setting the bench mark in its class for the others to aim for.
The current Nissan Pulsar sedan models include the:
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