I get to drive a lot of different cars in my job. As a stocktaker who often travels out of town for work i’ve seen quite a fair amount of cars, both good and bad. Over the last 10 days i’ve had the chance to test the 2014 Nissan Pulsar (ST). And by test, i mean that quite literally. I’ve put up almost 1,600KM on it during that time and have driven in numerous conditions, on all types of roads.
The result: I’m actually quite impressed with it, though at first I was not.
This is a very roomy car and has an incredibly comfortable drive. I usually dive a 2005 Lancer VR-X, so the soft suspension on the Pulsar was quite a luxury for me. I needed it.
We drove this from Brisbane down thought Warwick, Goondiwindi to Moree in northern New South Wales, and then back again. That’s nearly 1,100 KMs in total and has some pretty windy and rough roads as you get out west. On the way back we drove through torrential rain and even had to navigate rising flood waters. No, i’m not kidding either. How did the Pulsar handle? Perfectly. Comfortable and smooth and only once or twice did it ever feel out of control during some pretty nasty conditions.
Fuel economy isn’t too bad considering the size of the car. I’ve seen 4 door hatches with far worse economy than the 2014 Nissan Pulsar seems to have. As for those internal luxuries… no, it doesn have a mini-bar or masseuse. It does have a great sound system with aux-in for you MP3 people, cruise control and full steering wheel audio and cruise command controls. It’s got everything you need for it’s price range, and nothing more. But what it has seems to be pretty well made and works exactly as it should.
Regarding safety, i’m pleased to say that this thing handled so well in the wet it’s not funny. Traction control worked overtime during that heavy rain and the safety system disabled cruise control as soon as traction kicked in, thus cutting power to the drive and stopping potential spins and crashes. This might seems like a pretty obvious thing to do, but some cars don’t appear to do this. Scary thought, huh?
So, would I buy one? To be honest, i’m not sure. But that’s not because it’s not worth buying, but because i prefer other brands. The 2014 Nissan Pulsar is a great car. If you’re in the market for a car in this price range, take it for a test drive. You will be impressed.