Nissan Pulsar Hatch ST-L CVT Review

Nissan Pulsar Hatch ST-L Exterior

Nissan has re-entered the lucrative hatch market with the arrival of the all new Pulsar hatch range. While there are four models in the range, we recently test drove the ST-L, the second in the collection. With an estimated drive-away price of $28,083*, the Pulsar Hatch faces some stiff competition from a densely populated market.

The ST-L shares the same 96kW/174Nm 1.8-litre petrol engine as its sedan sibling, available in both 6 speed manual and CVT, the latter of which we drove. The Pulsar Hatch benefits from what Nissan dubs Smooth Start Assist control providing responsive and even acceleration as well as a reasonably comfortable ride. With a combined fuel consumption of around 6.7L/100km and 161g of CO2 per km, the ST-L is good for your wallet and the environment.

Nissan Pulsar Hatch ST-L Engine

In such a competitive market, there are two main points that distinguish a hatch from the rest – price and features. The ST-L boasts 16” alloy wheels, fog lights, rear spoiler, single CD player with MP3 capability, Auxiliary input jack, AM/FM radio, USB/iPod+ connectivity, Bluetooth and 6 speakers. You do however miss out on Bluetooth audio streaming unless you opt for the SSS model. Remote keyless entry, cruise control and a 4.3 inch screen are all added to the list of inclusions.

Nissan Pulsar Hatch ST-L Interior

The styling is nothing fancy but it is functional and clean cut. Disappointingly the only standard exterior colours are black and white. Interior wise, the same old uninspiring metallic grey and black scheme could do with some updating as it falls short of competitors. However, looks aren’t everything and where the Pulsar Hatch far exceeds competitors is it ample rear leg room. There will be no squished passengers here and that is a relief as a hatch really is bought with the intention of being able to transport 4-5 people. Another key area of the Pulsar hatch is the low beltline that provides excellent forward and side vision.

Nissan Pulsar Hatch ST-L Instrument

The premium cloth and well bolstered seats are very comfortable, easily adjusted and combined with a leather wrapped tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, provide a very comfortable driving position. The instrument cluster featuring speedometer, tachometer, odometer and trip meter are well laid out and provide all necessary information including instant & average fuel economy meter, distance to empty and outdoor temperature display. Storage throughout the car is adequate and the boot space is on par.

Nissan Pulsar Hatch ST-L Boot

Safety is covered with the Nissan Pulsar Hatch receiving a 5 star ANCAP rating. The long list of safety features include anti-locking brakes with electronic breakforce distribution, break assist, vehicle dynamic control, traction control and 6 airbags. Peace of mind is also achieved with Nissans 3 year/100,000km warranty, 24hr Road Side Assistance Program and myNissan Capped Price servicing^.

Nissan’s Pulsar Hatch provides value for money, especially in the ST-L which is equipped with a long list of standard features and provides stand-out interior room and comfort.

Nissan Pulsar Hatch ST-L Exterior

*drive-away price for 2000, subject to change.
^ Applies to the first 12×10,000kms scheduled service intervals for up to 6 years/120,000kms (whichever occurs first). Full price list available at

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Chloe has followed her passion for brand management within the industry however still keeps her hand in on the occasional weekend away camping. She still provides editorial support. She has completed a Bachelors degree in Business Studies and works for one of the automotive manufacturers. Chloe has a strong background in English in which she developed a passion for writing. Chloe has grown up with the influence of cars, first learning to drive on the farm at 11 and her interest has heightened since she gained her license. Driving a new car to school every week made her the envy of all her male friends, especially when the car was something special. Chloe has participated in a number of driving courses and brings a unique perspective that is lacking elsewhere.