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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Nissan Pulsar

Overall verdict
A perfectly able family hatchback that brings absolutely nothing new to the sector. Why, Nissan?


Spacious in the rear, clear dash buttons, um...


Simple lack of conviction, exactly what purpose does it serve?


What is it?

Nissan’s first appearance in the standard family hatch battle for some years. You might remember that when launching the first Qashqai, Nissan said there was no space for it competing against the likes of the Focus. But now the Qashqai has brought the company back to prominence, and it wants to be able to enter fleet deals, for which it needs a regular Focus competitor. And so we once again have a Nissan five-door hatch.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6 DiG-T Business Edition 5dr
7.8s 134g/km 49.5 190 £18,110
The cheapest
1.2 DiG-T Business Edition 5dr
10.8s 117g/km 56.5 115 £16,340
The greenest
1.5 dCi Business Edition 5dr
11.5s 94g/km 78.5 110 £17,940