NISSAN PULSAR

Nissan Pulsar

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How much does the Nissan Pulsar cost to run?

The 1.5L diesel is the most economical Nissan Pulsar to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Nissan Pulsar 1.5L diesel is free to tax, as it sits in tax band A.

It does not far off 79 MPG on average, which means it will cost £8.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Peugeot 308 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty Ford Focus 1.6L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 11, which is lower than the Citroen C4 1.6L diesel, but higher than the Ford Focus 1.6L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Honda Civic has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.2L petrol1.5L diesel1.6L petrol
mpg54.3 - 56.574.3 - 78.547.1 - 49.5
emissions117 - 12194 - 98134 - 139
tax£125.00 - £30.00£0.00£145.00
insuranceGroup 9 - 12Group 10 - 13Group 16 - 18

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Nissan Pulsar: How big is the boot?

The Nissan Pulsar has a below average boot space (385 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and 2 large bags. Alternatively you could load up with 3 large bags or 3 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Peugeot 308 estate is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 5 large bags with its 810 litres.

Is the Nissan Pulsar easy to park?

While not the absolute narrowest car (that is the Skoda Rapid), this is in the top third for ease of parking in car parks. Given a typical supermarket space, it will fill three quarters of the space.

If you don’t park in the street that much, then the Pulsar is fine. It will go in to an average street slot, giving you a gap of 413mm to swing in and out. But if you street park a lot you may want to look at the Suzuki Baleno.

Which Nissan Pulsar has the best performance?

The fastest Nissan Pulsar from 0-60, is the 1.6L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 240 lbs/ft torque and 190 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 7.8 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4L petrol, which will beat your Nissan Pulsar to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model1.2L petrol1.5L diesel1.6L petrol
zeroTo6210.8 - 12.711.57.8
torque165 - 190260240
bhp115110190

What size caravan or trailer, can the Nissan Pulsar tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Nissan Pulsar 1.5L diesel which has 260 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 1200kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.