Renault Pulse


4.0/5 6 reviews

Renault Pulse Variants

Petrol Variants

Renault Pulse RxE Petrol
1198 cc Petrol, 18.06 kmpl |
Rs. 4,48,500
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Renault Pulse RxL Petrol
1198 cc Petrol, 18.06 kmpl |
Rs. 5,22,500
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Renault Pulse RxZ Petrol
1198 cc Petrol, 18.06 kmpl |
Rs. 5,77,500
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Diesel Variants

Renault Pulse RxL Diesel Single Airbag
1461 cc Diesel, 23.08 kmpl |
Rs. 6,19,900
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Renault Pulse RxL Diesel Dual Airbags
1461 cc Diesel, 23.08 kmpl |
Rs. 6,32,900
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Renault Pulse RxZ Diesel Single Airbag
1461 cc Diesel, 23.08 kmpl |
Rs. 6,74,900
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Renault Pulse RxZ Diesel Dual Airbags
1461 cc Diesel, 23.08 kmpl |
Rs. 6,87,900
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Renault Pulse Review

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  • Interiors
     
  • Exterior
     
  • Engine & Performance
     
  • Mileage
     
  • Braking & Safety
     
  • Comfort
     

Editorial Test Drive Review of Renault Pulse

Launched at the 2012 Auto Expo, Renault did get their share of attention with the offering for the masses – the Pulse. First look, and you do feel the overall effect is pleasing. The front end is completely re-worked with new bumper, new grille and ofcourse new headlamp. These do gel in well with the oval and round shaped body shell. The rear has the same design of the tail lamps (as the Micra) but the clear lens and color treatment is different. What’s a bigger change is the blackening of the bottom part of the rear bumper to make it look like a diffuser – see, we told you Renault is a clever company! Another big change is the look of the alloy wheels – definitely eye catching and sporty. The rest of the car (including the superb design of the roof) remains the same and the Renault badge and Pulse branding is done in a prominent way. Unlike the exteriors which see a host of changes, the cabin of the Pulse is identical to that of the Micra save for the badging on the steering and the slightly different color theme inside. The design, features, seat et all – all remain unchanged. And this isn’t a bad thing at all as the Micra always had comfortable, practical and ergonomically designed interiors. Seat comfort is good. As expected, the Pulse also uses the same 1.5-litre dCi motor as the Micra and makes 64 PS.  it will take around 16 seconds for the 0-100km/h dash.

This is a car best enjoyed between 1500 – 2500rpm : keep these engine speeds and your city commutes will be quick and fun. On the highways, the car feel relaxed at 100-110km/h and 140km/h comes up pretty quick too, with another 15-20km/h more in its kitty. The icing on the cake comes in the form of its fantastic fuel economy. For the three days we had the car for, it displayed an average fuel economy of a shade over 18kmpl including Delhi’s start-stop traffic (no air-con though). The petrol has a 1.2 engine which makes 76 PS and has a mileage of 15-16 kmpl which are ARAI figures. The steering is light, visibility good and turning circle tight – three essential ingredients for a city car. We regularly spent a good time in congested traffic conditions and the Pulse gave us no reason to complain. Further, the suspension does the job well, better than most other cars in the segment though we would say that cars like the Figo and Liva ride much better.The suspension is tuned more for comfort than for handing. High speed stability though is very good. The Pulse starts at Rs 4.3 lakhs to 6.7 lakhs for the top diesel model, for that you get a good all round small car. Its more muscular and better looking than the Micra though it is more expesnive but many will love its  ease of use and looks. For a detailed look at the Pulese read below.

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Renault Pulse Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Better looking than Micra
  • Good build quality
  • Spacious interiors
  • Strong performance (Diesel)

Cons

  • Dull interiors
  • Too similar to Micra
  • Petrol lacks punch
  • Small dealer network

Renault Pulse Exteriors

We all love the Nissan Micra. It is a cute little thing on four-wheels and gets noticed almost everywhere. However, ‘liking’ a product doesn’t necessarily mean you will want to own it. The little problem with the Micra is the fact that it’s too cute and slightly feminine to be driven by males – yes, we Indians do have male egos! This is where Renault saw a lot of potential and this set the Indian designers working and burning the mid-night oil to come up with a macho (slightly) and masculine (again, slightly) version of the Micra during the Indian Grand Prix season – this was to get as many eyes as possible on the Pulse.  Yes, they did succeed! First look, and you do feel the overall effect is pleasing. The front end is completely re-worked with new bumper, new grille and ofcourse new headlamp. These do gel in well with the oval and round shaped body shell. The rear has the same design of the tail lamps (as the Micra) but the clear lens and color treatment is different. What’s a bigger change is the blackening of the bottom part of the rear bumper to make it look like a diffuser – see, we told you Renault is a clever company! Another big change is the look of the alloy wheels – definitely eye catching and sporty. The rest of the car (including the superb design of the roof) remains the same and the Renault badge and Pulse branding is done in a prominent way.


What we like

More muscular looking than the Micra.


What we don't like

Too similar looking to the Micra.

 
Renault Pulse Front View
Renault Pulse Front View
Renault Pulse Rear View
Renault Pulse Rear View
Renault Pulse Side View
Renault Pulse Front View

Renault Pulse Exterior vs Similar Cars Exterior


Renault Pulse

Maruti Swift

Hyundai i20

Volkswagen Polo GT
Exterior rating
What we like
  • Muscular than the Micra
  • Good quality
  • Looks sporty
  • Good build quality
  • Handome front end styling
  • Good build quality
  • Handsome design
  • Has small tweaks to looks
What we don't like
  • Too similar to the Micra
  • Rear styling
  • Similar to old Swift
  • Quality not class best
  • Basic shape same as old i20
  • Not as radical as earlier i20
  • Needs a bodykit
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Renault Pulse Front design

The chrome accentuated front grille gives a beautiful look to Renault Pulse with Renault Badge in centre. The chrome accentuated grill comes in both variant of Renault Pulse diesel. In Renault Pulse Petrol, chrome grille comes only in top-end model.

Renault Pulse Rear design

The rear design is compact and tail lights add to the beauty of Renault Pulse.

Renault Pulse Side profile

The black finished B-pillar give a bold look to Renault Pulse. It gives it a distinctive appearance from the crowd.

Renault Pulse Ground Clearance

Ground clearance of Renault Pulse is 120mm in all models.

Renault Pulse Bumpers

The body colored bumpers is available in all the models of Renault Pulse. The body colored bumpers enhances the looks of the car.

Renault Pulse Head lamps

The dual beam H4 type follow me home headlamps add to the style statement of car and give a wide range of illumination in night.

Renault Pulse Tail lamps

The high mounted stop lamps and vertically placed tail lamps give a bold look to rear. The spacious boot and Renault Badge in centre add to the charm.

Renault Pulse Fog lamps

The fog lamps are integrated in the front bumper and ensure proper illumination on road even in adverse climatic conditions. The fog lamps are available only in top model and mid trim model of Renault Pulse Diesel.

Renault Pulse Tyres

Renault Pulse comes with 165/70R14 tyre size in RxL and 175/65 R15 in RxZ for proper gripping on road.

Renault Pulse Alloy wheels

The smart 15 inch alloy wheels add to the dynamic presence of Renault Pulse and give it a sportier look. The alloy wheels are available only in top model of Renault Pulse.

Renault Pulse Outside mirrors

The body colored ORVM is available in top model of Renault pulse and mid trim model of Renault Pulse Diesel. The ORVM are internally adjustable in all models for your convenience.

Renault Pulse Colors

Renault Pulse is available in 6 colors in all variants. The available color options are Metallic Silver, Pearl White, Solid Black, Metallic Grey, Champagne Gold and metallic Red.

Renault Pulse Rear wiper

The rear wiper and washer are only available in top model of Renault Pulse and mid trim model of Renault Pulse Diesel.

Renault Pulse Roof rails

The roof rails are not available in any model of Chevrolet Cruze.

Renault Pulse Sun roof

The Electric Sun Roof with pinch guard and protective mesh is available only in top end model of Chevrolet Cruze.

Renault Pulse Spoiler

The spoiler along with antenna adds to the looks of Renault Pulse.

Renault Pulse Side Steps

Side steps are no present in any model of Renault Pulse.

Renault Pulse Spare wheel

Spare wheel available in all models of Renault Pulse.

Renault Pulse Comfort & Suspension

The Pulse is an urban car meant for city use and the occasional highway one. In this regard, it plays the role perfectly well. The steering is light, visibility good and turning circle tight – three essential ingredients for a city car. We regularly spent a good time in congested traffic conditions and the Pulse gave us no reason to complain. Further, the suspension does the job well, better than most other cars in the segment though we would say that cars like the Figo and Liva ride much better. That said, it doesn’t giving you a reason to complain either. Driven alone, it does feel on the stiffer side though with more than 2 people on board, the suspension irons out sharp undulations pretty well.


What we like

Great for city use-light steering, tight turning circle.


What we don't like

Ride is not class best.


 
Renault Pulse Suspension
Renault Pulse Suspension
Renault Pulse Suspension
Renault Pulse Suspension
Renault Pulse Suspension

Renault Pulse Comfort

In term of Comfort Renault Pulse scores 4 stars. Pulse is a compact hatch and offers a comfortable driving experience.

Renault Pulse Front suspension

The McPherson strut with anti roll bar is present in all models of Renault Pulse.

Renault Pulse Rear suspension

The torsion beam with coil spring and stabiliser is present in all models of Renault Pulse.

Renault Pulse Engine & Performance

As expected, the Pulse also uses the same 1.5-litre dCi motor as the Micra. This is one of the most widely used diesel engines (in different states of tune) in the world and in India, apart from these two hatchbacks, the Nissan Sunny and Renault Fluence also make use of it. Most modern day diesel engines suffer from poor low end torque and turbo lag and in this department, the Pulse really shines and how! Although maximum torque is generated at 2000rpm, the engine response from 1500rpm onwards is punchy and you can easily close in on gaps in traffic without having to wait for the turbo to spool up. The only glitch here is the gear shift quality which isn’t up to the mark and could do with a less rough feel. The Pulse isn’t a car for outright performance and yet, it will take around 16 seconds for the 0-100km/h dash. . On the highways, the car feel relaxed at 100-110km/h and 140km/h comes up pretty quick too, with another 15-20km/h more in its kitty. The icing on the cake comes in the form of its fantastic fuel economy. For the three days we had the car for, it displayed an average fuel economy of a shade over 18kmpl including Delhi’s start-stop traffic (no air-con though) – these are simply brilliant figures. The engine’s NVH damping is good, though not exceptionally well. The Pulse petrol has a 1.2 litre 76 PS engine and is smooth but lacks punch.


What we like

The diesel is our choice due to its strong nature.


What we don't like

Petrol lacks punch.


Renault Pulse Acceleration

The Renault Pulse diesel model goes 0-100kmph in 15.21 seconds.

Renault Pulse Top speed

The top speed of Renault Pulse Diesel is 165.6kmph.

Renault Pulse In-gear acceleration

In gear acceleration of Renault Pulse diesel for 40-60 is 8.58 seconds in 5th gear.

Renault Pulse Gearbox

Renault Pulse comes with 5 speed manual transmission in all models of diesel and petrol.

Renault Pulse Power

The peak power for Pulse Diesel is 64PS at 4000rpm and for Renault Pulse petrol peak power is 76PS at 6000rpm.

Renault Pulse Torque

The peak torque for Renault Pulse Diesel is 160Nm at 2000rpm and for Renault Pulse Petrol peak torque is 104Nm at 400rpm.

Renault Pulse NVH levels

The NVH levels are pretty low in all models of Renault Pulse.

Renault Pulse Handling Braking & Safety

The Renault Pulse is not a sporty car and for those who love corners or pushing a car to its limits, look elsewhere. It will take on a fair bit of spirited driving but it was never meant to be a car that would give you grinning moments every time you want it to! The suspension is tuned more for comfort than for handing. High speed stability though is very good. The brakes work well, though somewhat lack the ‘feel’ and the ‘bite’.


What we like

Better handling than the micra.


What we don't like

Brakes lack feel.


Renault Pulse Handling

Renault Pulse scores 4 stars in ride and handling promising a comfortable drive for you and your family

Renault Pulse Braking performance

The front ventilated and rear drum brakes perform their job efficiently and score 3 and half star in terms of braking in all models of Renault Pulse.

Renault Pulse Safety features

Renault Pulse comes with ABS with EBD and dual airbags for your safety. The ABS only comes in Renault Pulse top end petrol model.

Renault Pulse ABS

Renault Pulse comes with ABS with EBD for your safety. The ABS only comes in Renault Pulse top end petrol model.

Renault Pulse Traction control

Traction Control System is not available in any of the models of Renault Pulse.

Renault Pulse Mileage and Running Costs

The Pulse also uses the same 1.5-litre dCi motor as the Micra and it develops 64 PS of power. The mileage of the diesel Pulse is 23 kmpl which is very good. The petrol has a 1.2 engine which makes 76 PS and has a mileage of 15-16 ARAI figures. The diesel is very efficient and we got 18 kmpl when we tested it in traffic conditions in and around Delhi!

Renault Pulse Mileage

Renault Pulse Petrol Variants
Renault Pulse RxE Petrol 18.06 kmpl
Renault Pulse RxL Petrol 18.06 kmpl
Renault Pulse RxZ Petrol 18.06 kmpl
Renault Pulse Diesel Variants
Renault Pulse RxL Diesel Single Airbag 23.08 kmpl
Renault Pulse RxL Diesel Dual Airbags 23.08 kmpl
Renault Pulse RxZ Diesel Single Airbag 23.08 kmpl
Renault Pulse RxZ Diesel Dual Airbags 23.08 kmpl

Renault Pulse Petrol Mileage


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Renault Pulse Diesel Mileage

The overall mileage of Renault Pulse is 17.5 kmpl, on the highway it is 22 kmpl and in the city it gives a mileage of 16 kmpl.


Renault Pulse Mileage vs Similar Cars Mileage


Renault Pulse

Maruti Swift

Hyundai i20
Similar Petrol Cars Mileage RxE Petrol18.06 kmpl
RxL Petrol18.06 kmpl
RxZ Petrol18.06 kmpl
LXi18.6 kmpl
VXI18.6 kmpl
ZXI18.6 kmpl
Asta Petrol18.5 kmpl
Asta(O) with sunroof18.5 kmpl
Era Petrol18.5 kmpl
Magna Petrol18.5 kmpl
Magna(O) Petrol18.5 kmpl
Sportz AT15 kmpl
Sportz Petrol18.5 kmpl
Similar Diesel Cars Mileage RxL Diesel Dual Airbags23.08 kmpl
RxL Diesel Single Airbag23.08 kmpl
RxZ Diesel Dual Airbags23.08 kmpl
RxZ Diesel Single Airbag23.08 kmpl
LDi22.9 kmpl
VDi22.9 kmpl
ZDi22.9 kmpl
Asta21.9 kmpl
ERA21.9 kmpl
Magna21.9 kmpl
Magna(O)21.9 kmpl
Sportz21.9 kmpl

Renault Pulse City fuel economy

The city fuel economy of Renault Pulse Diesel is 16kmpl, whereas for Renault Pulse Petrol the fuel economy is good under standard testing conditions.

Renault Pulse Highway fuel economy

The highway fuel economy of Renault Pulse Petrol Diesel is 22kmpl and for Renault Pulse Petrol the fuel economy is good under standard testing conditions.

Renault Pulse ARAI rated economy

The ARAI fuel economy of Renault Pulse Diesel is 17.5kmpl and for Renault Pulse Petrol the fuel economy is good under standard testing conditions.

Renault Pulse Tank Range

Renault Pulse can reach 700 Kms in one full tank on the diesel version and around 550-600 Kms in the petrol variant.

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Renault Pulse Features

Renault Pulse RxL Diesel Single Airbag RxL Diesel Dual Airbags RxZ Diesel Single Airbag RxZ Diesel Dual Airbags RxE Petrol RxL Petrol RxZ Petrol
Safety
ABS No No No No No No Yes
EBD No No No No No No Yes
Airbags Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Yes
Child safety lock Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Immobilizer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Traction control No No No No No No No
Hill control No No No No No No No
Hill descent No No No No No No No
4WD No No No No No No No
ESP No No No No No No No
Central locking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Interior
Power Steering Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tilt Steering Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Power windows Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Auto down for power windows Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
No Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Anti-pinch for power windows No No No No No Front-Yes
Rear-No
Front-Yes
Rear-No
Cup holders No No No No All-Yes All-Yes All-Yes
Air-con Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear A/c vents No No No No No No No
Audio system Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Keyless start-stop button No No Yes Yes No No Yes
Electric mirrors Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Electric foldable mirrors No No No No No No Yes
Deffoger No No No No No No Yes
Tachometer Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Leather seats No No No No No No No
Arm rest No No No No No No No
Reversing camera No No No No No No No
Steering controls No No No No No No No
Bluetooth connectivity No No No No No No No
Driver info display No No Yes Yes No No Yes
Cruise control No No No No No No No
Foot rest No No No No No No No
Remote boot release Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Driver seat height adjust No No No No No No No
Chilled glovebox No No No No No No No
Power Seats No No No No No No No
Exterior
Keyless entry Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Fog lights No No Yes Yes No No Yes
Sunroof No No No No No No No
Moon Roof No No No No No No No
Rear wiper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto headlamps No No No No No No No
Rain sensing wipers No No No No No No Yes
Steel rims Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No
Alloy wheels No No Yes Yes No No No
Rear spoiler No No No No No No No
Roof rails No No No No No No No
Chrome grille No No No No No No Yes
Projector lamps No No No No No No No
Day time running lamps No No No No No No No

Renault Pulse Colors

  •  Champagne Gold
  •  Metallic Grey
  •  Metallic Red
  •  Metallic Silver
  •  Pearl White
  •   Solid Black

Renault Pulse Specifications

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Renault Pulse Petrol Price
Renault Pulse RxE Petrol Rs 4.49 Lakh On-Road Price
Renault Pulse RxL Petrol Rs 5.23 Lakh On-Road Price
Renault Pulse RxZ Petrol Rs 5.78 Lakh On-Road Price
Renault Pulse Diesel Price
Renault Pulse RxL Diesel Single Airbag Rs 6.20 Lakh On-Road Price
Renault Pulse RxL Diesel Dual Airbags Rs 6.33 Lakh On-Road Price
Renault Pulse RxZ Diesel Single Airbag Rs 6.75 Lakh On-Road Price
Renault Pulse RxZ Diesel Dual Airbags Rs 6.88 Lakh On-Road Price

Renault Pulse Price vs Similar Cars Price

Petrol Option Diesel Option

Renault Pulse
Rs 4.49 L - 5.78 L On-Road Price Rs 6.20 L - 6.88 L On-Road Price

Maruti Swift
Rs 4.42 L - 5.66 L On-Road Price Rs 5.46 L - 6.71 L On-Road Price

Hyundai i20
Rs 4.81 L - 7.77 L On-Road Price Rs 6.03 L - 7.09 L On-Road Price

Volkswagen Polo GT
Rs 8.00 L - 8.00 L On-Road Price Rs 8.11 L - 8.11 L On-Road Price

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Riju Ahmed Mazumder | Posted on Feb,21,2014 at 02:02 AM
Car quality Reply to this post  
Ranjit Aher | Posted on Sep,10,2013 at 11:35 AM
Do you have any information for New Pulse 2013. Please share, i am planing to go with pulse. i have few information as
below Link- for NEW Pulse News- httpwww.prweb.comreleasesrenault-pulsegaadiprweb10822199.htm This article says- The
forthcoming Rena Reply to this post  
V.ANAND | Posted on Sep,20,2013 at 22:47 PM
i have bought the top end diesel version of PULSE.I am enjoying the ride.cute car with abundant space.people turn their heads to this car as they are bored seeing marutis,fords,hyundais,etc.
Mathew | Posted on Sep,17,2013 at 16:44 PM
We have purchased a new Renault Pulse on 26082013.Feel very much satisfied with its performance
Shailendra | Posted on Aug,12,2013 at 15:57 PM
I am confused to select Petrol Vs Diesel Car because price difference is very high initially, where my usage of car will
be minimum say average 2500 Kmyear, kindly advice immediately which virgin is suitable for me accordance to my usage. Reply to this post  
varsha | Posted on Jun,01,2013 at 14:33 PM
i want to know about cars mileage and newly designed Reply to this post  
Raj Sekhar | Posted on Jul,26,2013 at 00:33 AM
Hi Varsha, it gives 19 kmpl in city and on highway nearly 23 kmpl, go for diesel version it is too good.
Murali Subramanian | Posted on Jan,24,2012 at 07:00 AM
This is a duplication product of Nissan Micra. As of now, the two companies work together as a joint venture and these
two tiny's are manufactured in the same plant in Oragadum, Chennai. The price hike goes to the branded European giant
Reynault. Reply to this post  
Dipanjan Roy | Posted on Jan,20,2012 at 16:20 PM
The Pulse is the first collaborative production of Renault and Nissan in the Indian market. It resembles the Micra to
some extent but much sporty in nature. Reply to this post  
anurag tiwari | Posted on Dec,31,2011 at 08:41 AM
nice car Reply to this post  
sathyanarayana | Posted on Dec,31,2011 at 07:45 AM
Good car! I want to buy this!! Reply to this post  
KRISHNAN | Posted on Dec,30,2011 at 10:09 AM
I am interestedto purchase DIESEL CAR -PULSE at Chennai. What is the price on road Reply to this post  
Pawan | Posted on Jan,03,2012 at 18:31 PM
4-5 lac
magesh | Posted on Dec,19,2011 at 18:37 PM
Hybrid of Micra and I20. Headlite shud be change . no perfection in steering space... Reply to this post  
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