What is it like on the inside?
There seems a lack of conviction here. The bigger, more premium Qashqai is more imaginatively styled and better built. But let’s pass over the slightly scratchy and undistinguished feeling of the dash plastics. At least the controls and switches are pretty clear, and the centre console is made a bit more interesting by appearing to float out from the dash. But really, the Pulsar has but one outstanding feature, and if you need it then you need it. Rear space is terrific. Class-leading. A match for many cars a size up, actually. This is why you’ll buy it instead of a Focus or a Golf. The boot is big, but lacks anything in the way of clever storage options or even a flat floor when the seats are folded forward.