Used Nissan Pulsar Hatchback (2014 - 2018) Safety & Reliability

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.

5 out of 5

Safety

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Although the new Nissan Pulsar safety levels haven’t been verified Euro NCAP’s crash-testing experts, the company expects the new hatchback to achieve a full five stars, with similar scores to its Qashqai cousin.

Nissan’s new signature LED day running lights are standard, with full LED headlights available further up the range.

Inside there are six airbags to protect occupants in the roomy cabin, while depending on the trim level chosen, the Pulsar comes with emergency low-speed braking, lane departure warning, blind spot warning and object motion detection, in addition to all the electronic stability systems that are part of the Pulsar package.

Two ISOFIX child-seat mounting points are fitted to the rear bench too.

Depending on the version chosen, the Pulsar can also be equipped with a straightforward reversing camera or several cameras giving an aerial view of the car.

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

Although it’s too early to be certain, we expect Nissan Pulsar reliability levels to be high.

Mirroring the changes to the new, British-built Qashqai, the similar, Spanish-assembled Pulsar is well assembled, using high quality components, resulting in fewer warranty claims. It’s worth noting though that despite this fact, Nissan’s three-year warranty is only at the class norm, and significantly shorter than those offered by Hyundai, Kia, Toyota and Vauxhall.

Mechanically there are only minor alterations to make the engines and gearboxes fit into the Pulsar, with both petrol and diesel, manual and Xtronic automatic transmissions covering many thousands of miles in Nissans and Renaults over recent years without significant issues.

Car check problem points

Body

No problems reported

Engine/Gearbox

No problems reported

Other

No problems reported