Is your car your pride and joy, or are you ready for a change? Let us know and you could win a £300 John Lewis voucher | No thanks

Nissan Pulsar (2014–2018)

Last updated 21 March 2019

Length 4387 mm
Width 2017 mm
Height 1520 mm
Wheelbase 2700 mm
Boot Space 385–1395 L

Full specifications


The Pulsar has a long wheelbase which is not only good news for ride comfort but also means impressive interior space. In fact the Pulsar has the most rear legroom of any hatchback this size by some considerable margin. Nissan says it's even more than a saloon like the BMW 3 Series and it certainly feels it. Even with the driver's seat all the way back a tall adult can comfortably sit behind.

Along with all that legroom, there's also lots of headroom and the wide opening doors make getting access to the back seats easy. Although those with younger children in car seats might find it harder to reach them from the front, as the rear seats are so far back.

The interior of the Pulsar certainly feels solid and well finished, so despite the drab design, it's a very comfortable cabin, helped by well designed seats and  small details like plenty of cushioning on the door armrests. Nissan has kept things simple with easy to read dials, simple air conditioning controls and an intuitive multifunction steering wheel.

It's not the most modern of designs and certain elements of the Nissan interior feel a little dated, like the switches tucked away by your right knee but things improve thanks to the 5-inch colour screen on the centre console, plus there's a new, more modern trip display between the two main instrument dials.

Tekna and n-tec models go one further with the impressive NissanConnect system which has a 5.8-inch screen with navigation. It also includes DAB and smartphone integration but the most useful feature is the Around View Monitor. This uses tiny cameras around the car to project a 360 degreen bird's eye view onto the colour screen. It's ideal for parking in tight spots such as multi storey car parks or small parallel spaces.

The Pulsar has a reasonably large boot at 385 litres - about the same as a Hyundai i30 - with a wide opening. The rear seats fold flat which is useful but there are no useful levers in the boot to do that which means you're forced to lean in order to pull the handles which is hardly user-friendly. 

Standard equipment from launch

Visia has a 5-inch colour screen, steering wheel mounted controls, air conditioning and Bluetooth.

Acenta has Forward Emergency Braking, automatic lights, rain sensitive wipers plus the Nissan i-Key keyless entry system.

n-tec comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, a colour reversing camera, LED lights and the NissanConnect 2 system which has smartphone integration plus Google Send-to-Car.

Tekna adds Nissan Safety Shield which includes Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Sport Warning.


Ask Honest John

Value my car