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Nissan Micra versus Renault Pulse

  • Nov 15, 2012
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Nissan Micra has been a successful launch for Nissan and brought several exciting features to the segment. However, in the longer period it has been in the market it hasn’t been much of a sales chart topper. Renault has recently launched the Renault Pulse which shares the same platform and several components of the Micra in the premium hatchback segment. These two cars are very similar and therefore we will compare and see which of these two is the better car to own is.

Looks and design:

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Nissan Micra brings stylish exteriors with its buy eyed headlamps and twin grille. It has an elegant design and looks quite curvy yet sporty from few angles. It lacks alloy wheels buy looks good even without them. The Micra hatchback is well built and has very good finish and paint quality and lends some of its qualities to the other hatchback in this comparison.

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Renault Pulse is based on the Nissan Micro platform and shares quite a few similarities with the Micra. From the side profile the Pulse looks the same as the Micra apart from the headlamps that distinguish them apart. Renault Pulse bears a sportier front end design and even the rear seems to be been redesigned. The build quality, fit and finish on the Pulse is very good.

Looks overall – Nissan Micra – 8/10
Looks overall – Renault Pulse
– 8/10

Interiors – design, space and features:

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Nissan Micra has good interior features such as keyless entry, power windows, MID, climate control, MP3 music system amongst others. It sports a great dashboard and silver lined center console. It has spacious cabin with ample leg and head room. It brings airbag for safety and comes with a total boot space of 226 liters to carry your small luggage.

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Renault Pulse has a functional dashboard and has a slight premium feel to the interiors. It brings plum and black dashboard in the lower variant while the top variant gets a griege dashboard. It has keyless entry, power windows, folding OVRMS, effective air con, adjustable driver seat and many other features. It has slightly more boot space at 251 liters and cubby holes and other small storage areas inside.

Interiors overall – Nissan Micra – 8/10
Interiors overall – Renault Pulse – 8.5/10

Engine – performance, power, torque, fuel economy, smoothness:

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Nissan Micra has a powerful 1.2 liter, 3 cylinder engine which produces 75 BHP at 6000 RPM and max torque of 104 NM at 4000 RPM. The petrol variant has been rated by ARAI to deliver maximum fuel efficiency of 18.06 kmpl. The diesel engine variant comes with a 1.5 liter engine that produces 64 BHP at 4000 RPM and maximum torque of 160 NM at 2000 RPM. The diesel variant has been rated by ARAI to deliver 23.08 kmpl.

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Renault brings a powerful 1.2 liter, 3 cylinder petrol engine which produces 79 BHP of power at 6000 RPM and 104 NM of torque at 4000 RPM. This engine is rated by ARAI to deliver a max fuel efficiency of 18.06 kmpl. The 1.5 liter K9K diesel engine in the Pulse produces 64 BHP at 4000 RPM and 160 NM of torque at 2000 RPM and has been rated by ARAI to deliver a maximum fuel efficiency of 23.08 kmpl. The engine is identical to that of Micra and sports very good drivability.

Engine overall – Nissan Micra – 8/10
Engine overall – Renault Pulse – 8/10

Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:

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Nissan Micra has comfortable ride quality owing to well tuned suspension. It isn’t the most agile amongst hatchbacks but offers a stable ride. It manages to cushion out the bumps and undulations and provide a comfortable driving experience. The steering is light weight and the brakes are adequate. It also comes with ABS in select variants of the Micra.

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Renault Pulse in comparison brings decent ride quality. However the seats are slightly firmer but the suspension is tuned for comfort. The handling isn’t very agile and confidence inspiring and this partly due to poor braking performance and lack of ABS even in the higher priced variants of the Renault Pulse. The steering gives adequate feedback and remains light weighted but it isn’t built for the enthusiast.

Suspension overall – Nissan Micra – 8/10
Suspension overall – Renault Pulse – 7.5/10

Value for money – sticker price, standard features:

Nissan Micra is available from ex-showroom Delhi price of 4.49 lakhs for Nissan Micra XE Plus Petrol, Nissan Micra XL Petrol is priced at 4.84 lakhs. Top variant petrol is priced at 5.51 lakhs for the Nissan Micro XV Petrol. The diesel variant starts at 5.96 lakhs for Nissan Micra Diesel XV and 6.41 lakhs for Nissan Micra Diesel XV Premium.

Renault Pulse is available in petrol and diesel variants. The price for the petrol variant
s starts from (ex-showroom Delhi) price of 4.27 lakhs for Renault Pulse RXE Petrol, 5.06 lakhs for Renault Pulse RXL Petrol and top variant in petrol is priced at 5.65 lakhs for Renault Pulse RXZ Petrol. The diesel engine variant starts from 6.06 lakhs for Renault Pulse Diesel RXE, Renault Pulse Diesel RXL is priced at 6.19 and top variant Renault Pulse Diesel RXZ is priced at 6.60 lakhs. Renault Pulse feels overpriced for the level of kit it brings and also because it under delivers in a few key areas. However it comes with a 4 year warranty which is comparatively better than its rivals.

Value for money overall – Nissan Micra – 8/10
Value for money overall – Renault Pulse – 7.5/10

Verdict:

Nissan Micra is a popular hatchback and offers a good design and Nissan’s excellent engineering as a package. Nissan has a slightly wider dealer network than the Renault and that is an advantage to Nissan Micra. Renault Pulse is a slightly redesigned and sold at a premium however it shares the same basic design and components as the Nissan Micra. If you are looking to buying either of the cars it boils to the looks of the car and some interiors features. These two are nearly identical in all that they offer to the customers. Renault also has small dealer network and that might cause to be a cause of concern. So, which one of these two would you buy?

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