The premium hatchaback segment which accounts for the large of sales in India has now on offer large amount of cars. So much so, that it almost becomes confusing to choose a car. The hatcbacks offered by Nissan and Renault confuse the things even further as they offer cars which look very similar on the outside and offer the same engine options to choose from.
The specification comparison sheet has been prepared by comparing the Nissan Micra XV Premium (Diesel) with the Renault Pulse RXZ (Diesel) and Nissan Micra AT (Petrol) with the Renault Pulse RXZ (Petrol). Click to compare full features of Nissan Micra Vs Renault Pulse
Nissan Micra Vs Renault Pulse (Design and Exteriors)
The new Nissan Micra that now sells in the market is very different that the car it has replaced. The girly looks of the car have gone and it looks more butch with the aggressive and sharp headlamps upfront. Even the bumper, bonnet, fenders and grille has been redesigned and makes the nose look completely new. The rear of the car too has been modified, the taillight cluster now has LED lights. The silhouette of car though has not been modified majorly and the car still maintains the uniquely styled rear door which looks great. All-in-all the car looks very distinctive in comparison to other hatchbacks in the market.
The Renault Pulse has essentially the same silhouette and underlying chassis as the Micra. However, the nose of the car has been styled differently. The restyled headlights, fenders and bumper work together very well and do manage to give the car a different look. Preference for looks of one car over another is very subjective and you may prefer one car over the other but there are very slight differences in the over styling at the rear and the sides of these cars. It is only the nose of the cars that helps them provide some real distinction.
Nissan Micra Vs Renault Pulse (Interiors and Features)
It gets harder to acknowledge the underlying differences among these cars once you get in them because there aren’t many. Almost every bit and piece, switches etc. looks the same. The centre console which earlier had rotary vent in both these cars are now replaced with square vents. The side vents still remain round.
There are lots of places to store knick knacks and several bottle holders to hold the bottles. The Nissan Micra due to its considerably higher price is better equipped in terms of features that it has to offer. The build quality of the interiors and fit and finish is very alike and is decent. It is however the beige and gray colour of the interiors which is a disappointment. We consider the all black interiors look sporty and provide more premium feel to the cabin. The Micra on its top variant also offers steering mounted controls which are absent on the Pulse.
Nissan Micra Vs Renault Pulse (Engine and Transmission)
The cars come with diesel and petrol engine options and specifications of both the engines on offer are identical. The Nissan and Renault use a three-pot 1.2 litre (1198cc) petrol engine and a four cylinder 1.5 litre (1461cc) diesel engine as different options to power the cars. The petrol engine produces 75bhp of peak power at 6000rpm and 104Nm of torque at 4400rpm. This diesel engine on the other hands churns out 63bhp of power at 4000rpm and 160Nm of peak torque at low 2000rpm.
On both these cars the petrol and diesel engines are coupled with 5 speed manual transmission. The top variant of Micra (Petrol) offers a 5-speed automatic gearbox. The Pulse on the other hand has no option for automatic.
Nissan Micra Vs Renault Pulse (Safety features and Mileage)
The Micra comes very well equipped in terms of safety features. You get 3-point ELR seat belts as standard across all models. There are discs brakes at front and drums brakes at rear for braking. The braking system on the car is complimented by other features like ABS (Antilock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) and BA (Brake assist). You also get 4 airbags in addition to features like reverse parking assistance with camera, central locking, engine immobilizer etc.
The Pulse offers disc brakes at front and drum brake at rear and 3-point ELR brakes as standard. You get ABS, EBD and BA like in the Micra. You get features like central locking, engine immobilizer. The car however does not offer reverse parking assistance and has only two airbags for the front passengers.
The automatic petrol variant of the Micra offers 19.34kmpl on highways and 16.12kmpl in city traffic conditions. The petrol engine with manual transmission offers a comparatively lesser mileage – 15.22kmpl in the city and 18.44kmpl on highways. The diesel engine offers 18.5kmpl in city and 23.08kmpl on highways.
The Pulse on the other hand with petrol engine manages to deliver 15kmpl in the city and 18.06kmpl on highways. The diesel variant promises healthy 20.04kmpl and 23.08kmpl in city and on highway respectively.
The Nissan did a very wise thing by modifying the looks of Micra. Now there is an equal chance that the buyers who originally intend to buy Pulse for its look may end up buying the Micra since both the cars now look equally sharp. You may only want to go for Micra if you want to purchase an automatic or wish to have all the safety features that it has on offer. The Renault Pulse with its similar engines and somewhat lesser equipped variants also makes a sensible buy at somewhat competitive prices.