The Pulsar is a good car. It drives well, it has comfortable seats, and a sat nav screen that isn’t completely frustrating. The metallic white paint looks good in sunlight, and our N-tec model includes a reversing camera, which is a nice touch.
Keyless start and entry works well – you don’t need to remove the key from your pocket or bag to open or lock the vehicle.
The Renault-Nissan 1.5 dCI engine is smooth, quiet and very economical.
Nissan developed the car to fill a void in its model line-up left when the company ditched the Almera and introduced the Qashqai crossover in 2007. At launch, the company said it hoped the vehicle would help encourage wider take-up of the Nissan brand on solus fleets.
To an extent, it feels like a car built to fill a gap.
The interior is hardwearing and not bad to look at, but the leather and plastics are a little hard in places. By no means does it feel cheap, but other cars perhaps feel a little more premium.
Safety is also taken care of, with autonomous emergency braking as standard on this trim level.
It’s a difficult car to hate, but by the same token, it’s a difficult car to fall in love with too.
There’s nothing wrong with it, and any driver given it as a company car is unlikely to complain, and will likely be quite satisfied.
It’s just perhaps not a car you’d actively choose.