Used Nissan Pulsar Hatchback (2014 - 2018) Buying & Selling

Review by Keith Jones on
Last Updated: 15 Jan 2015
3.5
While the Nissan Pulsar name may be unfamiliar in the UK, this model heralds the Japanese brand's return to the mid-size family hatchback class for the first time since the demise of the Almera back in 2006. It's Europe's most competitively-fought market sector, with some very capable rivals; notably Volkswagen's Golf and its relations from SEAT and Skoda, Peugeot's latest 308 and Ford's ubiquitous Focus.

4 out of 5

Buying used

Nissan hopes to sell 10,000 Pulsars annually, with 60 percent of sales going to fleets. Company cars will undoubtedly be higher-mileage examples but tend to have been maintained to a good standard.

Many Pulsars will also have been used to transport kids and around so be conscious of ones that look to have had a hard life of ferrying toddlers around.

As with all cars, when you’re looking to choose one, don’t immediately part with cash for the first one you see – there’ll be few to look at, but avoid the entry-level Visia version. It’s undoubtedly decently equipped but with Acenta, N-Tec and Tekna models only marginally higher priced on the used market, the Visia is a less attractive buy.

Ensure all the equipment works as it should and that it’s been looked after – avoid cars that look unloved. Similarly check all the paper work tallies up and that it’s been serviced and maintained as it should have been.

Ease your doubt further with a Parkers Car History Check to discover any secrets such as outstanding finance.

See 189 used Nissan Pulsar Hatchbacks for sale, starting at £5,190

3.5 out of 5

Selling

Consider carefully how best to present your Nissan Pulsar when it comes around to selling it, majoring on its plus points, such as its roomy cabin and generous equipment levels.

Ensure too that all the paperwork is complete including a fully documented service history and that any parking scrapes and wheel damage have been repaired. Buyers will be reassured by a wad of paperwork rather than a pristine-looking car with negligible provenance.

It’s also worth giving the car a thorough valet, removing everything barring the essentials from the interior and photographing the car well for the advertisements.