The Renault Pulse provides low CO2 emissions and zippy performance. It requires a very low maintainance. Pulse comes with a 1.5 litre diesel engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. It has unique features such as Tilt Adjustable Steering, Smart Door Lock and Unlock and On-Board Trip Computer. T... More

The Renault Pulse provides low CO2 emissions and zippy performance. It requires a very low maintainance. Pulse comes with a 1.5 litre diesel engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. It has unique features such as Tilt Adjustable Steering, Smart Door Lock and Unlock and On-Board Trip Computer. The styling is sporty and dynamic.

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Renault Pulse Specifications

Dimension & Weights

Overall Length 3805 mm
Overall Width 1665 mm
Overall Height 1525 mm
Ground Clearance 120 mm

Engine

Torque 160Nm@ 2000rpm
Displacement 1461 cc
Power 63
No of Cylinders 4

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Renault Pulse Features

Renault Pulse RxE Petrol RxL Petrol RxZ Petrol RxL Diesel RxL Diesel ABS RxZ Diesel
ABS
Airbags Front Only Front Only Front Only Front Only Front Only
Power Steering
Power Windows
Audio System
Alloy Wheels

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Renault Pulse Colors

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

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Renault Pulse Front View
Comfort
Looks
Engine
Interiors
Safety
Mileage

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.

Interiors

Renault Pulse Steering controls

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. Everything about the cabin is ‘round’ – the dials, the knobs, the switches : all this in a cute way. What however makes you smile is the colour treatment for the background illumination. Once it gets dark on the outside, the orange theme looks terrific. Seat comfort is good and I personally love the multiple cubby holes around – adds to the practicality. Visibility, even for short drivers is good. Cabin space for five passengers isn’t class leading but not on the less side either. Same goes for the plastic quality used. The feel good factor though is definitely on the higher side inside – the soft touch buttons for example for the climate control system feel nice. The chrome finish for the door handles though feel out of place and we did miss the steering wheel mounted controls.

What we like
Quality slightly better than the MIcra.
What we don't like
Still interior too similar to the Micra.
  • Renault Pulse Back Seat
  • Renault Pulse Console
  • Renault Pulse Dashboard
  • Renault Pulse Console

Interiors Details

Boot space

Renault Pulse comes with a boot space of 251 litres in all the models.

Speedometer

All the models in Renault Pulse come with analog speedometer which give lot of a details.

Gear lever

The finish of gear lever is smooth. Leather wrapped gear knob is available only in top-end model of Renault Pulse.

Cup holders

The 2 front and 1 rear cup holders are present in all models of Renault Pulse.

Glovebox

The glove box is present in all models of Renault Pulse. Glove box chiller is not available in any model.

Audio system

The integrated CDMP3AUX-InFM tuner audio system is available in mid trim and top models of Renault Pulse. The four speakers are also available in all models except base model of Renault Pulse Petrol.

Air Conditioner

Renault Pulse comes with HVAC in all models; top model comes with Climate Control for your convenience.

Arm rests

The arm rests are not available in any model of Renault Pulse.

Air vents

Two side and two centre air-vents are present in all models of Renault Pulse to ensure proper cabin cooling in car.

Seats

The seats have full fabric upholstery in all models of Renault Pulse, for appealing looks.

Leg room

Maximum Legroom of 1090mm is available in front in all models of Renault Pulse for comfortable seating.

Knee room

Maximum knee room of 790mm is available in front and maximum knee room of 860mm is available in rear in all models of Renault Pulse for comfortable seating.

Shoulder space

Shoulder space of 1360mm in front and 1270mm in rear is available for your comfort in all models of Renault Pulse.

Head room

Headroom of 1000mm is available in front and 920mm is available in rear for your comfort in all models of Renault Pulse.

Steering wheel

The 3 spoke steering wheel is present for driver's comfort. The top model comes with leather wrapped steering wheel for stylish looks and comfortable grip in Renault Pulse.

Power windows

All four power windows with express press down for front windows is available in mid trim and top models of Renault Pulse . Power window is absent in base model of Renault Pulse.

Keyless entry

Keyless entry comes only in mid trim model of Renault Pulse petrol and top end model of Renault Pulse petrol and diesel.

Driver information display

On board Trip Computer comes in all models of Renault Pulse.

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Exteriors

Renault Pulse Front View

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 Rear View
  • Renault Pulse Rear View
  • Renault Pulse Side View

Exteriors Details

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.

Rear design

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

Ground Clearance

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

Bumpers

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

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.

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.

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.

Tyres

Renault Pulse comes with 16570R14 tyre size in RxL and 17565 R15 in RxZ for proper gripping on road.

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.

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.

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.

Rear wiper

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

Roof rails

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

Sun roof

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

Spoiler

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

Side Steps

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

Spare wheel

Spare wheel available in all models of Renault Pulse.

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Engine

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.

Engine & Performance Details

Acceleration

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

Top speed

The top speed of Renault Pulse Diesel is 165.6kmph.

In-gear acceleration

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

Gearbox

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

Power

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

Torque

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

NVH levels

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

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Mileage

Petrol Mileage 18.06 kmpl

Diesel Mileage 23.08 kmpl

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!

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Petrol Variants
Renault Pulse RxE Petrol 18.06 kmpl
Renault Pulse RxL Petrol 18.06 kmpl
Renault Pulse RxZ Petrol 18.06 kmpl
Diesel Variants
Renault Pulse RxL Diesel 23.08 kmpl
Renault Pulse RxL Diesel ABS 23.08 kmpl
Renault Pulse RxZ Diesel 23.08 kmpl

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.

Mileage Details

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Handling Braking & Safety Details

Handling

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

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.

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.

ABS

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

Traction control

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

Comfort

Renault Pulse 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.

Comfort & Suspension Details

Comfort

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

Front suspension

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

Rear suspension

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

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Good technology and worthy for the money spent
Posted on 3 Nov 12 at 9:31 pm

Pros Very comfort for both city and highway driving, Good mileage, Smooth engine, Good performance

Cons Poor ground clearance, No ABS, No Bluetooth and USB

Suitable for all age people especially for ladies. My top speed is 160Kmhr and my avg mileage is 34kmlitre on highways, 23 kmlitre for city roads.... Greater performance with Extraordinary fuel efficiency

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7 of 14 users found this review helpful.

Good car go for it....
Posted on 26 Jul 13 at 12:28 am

Pros Good Looks

Cons interior is realyy good comfortablely 5 people can sit

Over all am happy with Renault Pulse RXL diesel version, took this car 1 month back, it has good pickup and mileage 19 KMPL in city and nearly 23+ on highway, comfort level is really good and loads of boot space and the space for baggage is toooo good.

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6 of 10 users found this review helpful.

Pros Good Performance,Fuel Efficiency,

Cons CongestedUncomfortable,on highways suspension replies not much comfortable.

After sales services are very poor. they simply turn out any responsibility. in my car all four tyres get damaged ( bridgestone ) one by one .

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18 of 28 users found this review helpful.

PULSE drive -)
Posted on 20 Sep 13 at 10:44 am

Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,Great Looks, Good Performance, Fuel Efficiency, Comfort, Climate Control

Cons Average Interiors,Average Interiors, Rear Seats not very comfortable

Pleasure to drive the Pulse RxZ Petrol as it has wide glass on the front, sides and rear. The engine revvs very well even with four occupants. The climate control cools and distributes the interior ventilation very quitely and efficiently. The push-button start & stop is easy to operate. The music system is so clear in its delineation of Bass and Treble. Draws a lot of attention from fellow-motorists on noticing the Renault Logo -)

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5 of 7 users found this review helpful.

Pros Great Interiors,Fuel Efficiency,

Cons Average Looks,

Ranault India has nothing to do with original Renault . very poor selection of dealers . very poor customer service. Even they donot reply complaints !

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10 of 13 users found this review helpful.

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