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Nissan Pulsar hatchback (2014-2018) - Interior & comfort

The Nissan Pulsar is one of the most comfortable family hatchbacks on the market

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While the Nissan Pulsar isn’t particularly good fun to drive, we can’t criticise its ride quality or refinement on the move. The soft suspension soaks up lumps and bumps and apart from a hint of wind noise at motorway speeds, it’s largely quiet at speed. If relaxed progress is a priority, we’d recommend the petrol, as the diesel is quite a bit noisier.

Nissan Pulsar dashboard

The dashboard in the Nissan Pulsar will seem very familiar to anyone who's driven or sat in a Nissan Qashqai. It features the same user-friendly dials, displays and climate control buttons as the popular SUV. It’s very functional, without being visually appealing, and you’ll find the dashboard in a Volkswagen Golf looks much classier and is nicer to touch. The glossy plastics and leather seats of the top-spec Pulsar look great, but some cheap plastics on the centre console let the interior down a little.

Equipment

The entry-level Nissan Pulsar Visia model has a five-inch colour display, Bluetooth phone connection and cruise control, as well as electric windows and mirrors, remote central locking and air-conditioning. Step up to the mid-spec Acenta model and you benefit from LED running lights, front foglamps and dual-zone climate control, but we'd recommend the Nissan Pulsar N-Connecta. This adds desirable LED headlights, larger 17-inch alloy wheels and attractive features like part-leather upholstery.

Completing the Pulsar range is the top-spec Tekna, which adds heated leather seats, electric folding mirrors and Nissan’s Around View Monitor, which uses a series of cameras to help with parking in tight spaces. You also get driving aids like lane-departure warning and blind-spot momitoring, which make life easier and safer on the motorway.

Options

The Pulsar doesn's have many options that can be ordered from the factory – you simply select the trim level with the features you want – but there is a wide range of accessories that can be fitted by your dealer, including mudguards, boot and floor mats, chrome or coloured highlights for the bodywork, a towbar and foglamps.

One of the few options are LED headlights (costing £500) and the Around View Monitor and driving aids package (£795), while metallic paint costs £575, and pearlescent Storm White is £745. If you drive longer distances, a spare wheel is also worth having for £100.

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