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Nissan Pulsar hatchback (2014-2018) - Practicality & boot space

The Nissan Pulsar has a boxy shape that gives it a massive interior, with plenty of room for rear-seat passengers

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Although the Nissan Pulsar is far from the most stylish or desirable family hatchback you can buy, its slightly awkward, boxy looks have one major benefit: they give you and your passengers loads of space inside, as well as a very generous boot.

Nissan Pulsar interior space & storage

The Nissan Pulsar has the longest wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) in its class. There’s plenty of room inside and thanks to a decent range of adjustment in both the steering wheel and driver's seat, most people should be able to get comfortable with ease.

Space in the back is best-in-class, with room for three adults to sit side-by-side with no complaints – on short journeys at least. In fact, the Nissan boasts a whopping 629mm of kneeroom – more than a Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf or SEAT Leon. The tall roofline means headroom isn’t an issue, either.

Boot space

The Pulsar’s interior is big and spacious, yet this hasn’t been achieved by stealing space from the boot. Behind the rear seats, you’ll find a competitive 395 litres of luggage room, which is 15 more than you’ll find in a Volkswagen Golf and almost 80 more than in a Ford Focus. It’s still some way short of the Skoda Octavia’s 590-litre boot, but there should be plenty of room for all the usual family clobber nonetheless.

The Pulsar’s boot is wide and deep, and although there's a lip, it's not hugely intrusive, so loading and unloading items is easy, particularly with the car's fairly low stance. A deep glovebox and door bins big enough for small bottles also help with storage inside the car.

Fold the 60:40 split-fold seats flat and you’ll benefit from 1,395 litres of load-lugging space. A Nissan Qashqai is marginally more practical, so go for that if space is your biggest concern. There’s currently no Nissan Pulsar estate planned.

Towing

If you want to use your Nissan Pulsar for towing, you really need to get the manual gearbox, which allows you haul a 1,200kg braked trailer. Models with automatic transmission can only pull 500kg.

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