Used Nissan Pulsar Hatchback (2014 - 2018) Costs

Review by Keith Jones on
Last Updated: 15 Jan 2015
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

Running costs

With its efficient range of low-output petrol and diesel engines, Nissan Pulsar running costs are destined to be low – at least until the 187bhp petrol version arrives in 2015.

Boosting economy figures is stop/start, a standard feature on all Pulsars. Even the least efficient of the launch range, the 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol with Xtronic automatic transmission, has a claimed average of 55.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 119g/km.

Leading the way is the 1.5-litre dCi diesel with its six-speed manual transmission, posting a claim of 78.5mpg with CO2 emissions of just 94g/km.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£1,031 - £1,228 *


£752 - £792 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 127p and diesel 129p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

Nissan Pulsar service intervals are 12 months long or 12,427 miles on petrol models and 18,641 miles on diesels, whichever comes sooner.


Nissan Pulsar comes with a three year/60,000 mile warranty as standard, much shorter than those offered by Hyundai and Toyota (five years), Kia (seven years) or Vauxhall (potentially the life of the car, with various provisos).

Road tax (12 months)

£0.00 - £155.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

4 out of 5

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

Although Nissan has expertise with electric vehicles, there are no plans for an electrically-powered Pulsar giving a zero emissions option.

Instead, at 94g/km of CO2 and with standard stop/start across the range, the 1.5-litre dCi is the cleanest model. Worst offending is the 1.2-litre DIG-T with Xtronic automatic transmission at 119g/km.

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