Expert Review of Renault Pulse
When the general consensus revealed that Nissan Micra's cute looks were just appealing to certain audience only, Renault decided it was time to kill the two birds with one stone; enters PULSE, a rebadged Micra which saves on the developing cost also has a sporty stance to appeal to the masculine section of the society. For the newbie's Nissan Motors and the French auto major, Renault is working under an alliance hence sharing platform is nothing new but delivering a twin after six months was definitely a first. Renault Pulse is based on Nissan Micra's platform; however a few changes have been incorporated on the designing front. Renault Pulse RxL comes with chic French styling, quirky ergonomics and sporty driving appeal. The hatch has been designed and developed in India and the production is done at the Renault-Nissan facility in Oragadam on the outskirts of Chennai.
The hatch comes with a pretty good height stance with a roundy silhouette. The large aggressive grille along with elongated eye-headlamps at the front gives it a purposeful stance. The rear sports tail lights that have been slightly trimmed and the blackened out section imitates a diffuser. Rennault Pulse comes with sharp line creases that run all along, converging on a huge Renault 'lozenge' logo at the rear and the front of the car. The sporty feel is further enhanced by the best in class 14 inch steel wheels.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
The best in class 1.5L multifarious K9K dCi unit gives a decent ARAI certified 23.08 kmpl mileage. Renault Pulse RxL fuel tank capacity is 41liters means the car can go 600 kms before needing to be refueled.
Renault Pulse RxL is available in six different shades; the color segregation is done in two forms metallic and non-metallic. The metallic hues shade card includes Red, Silver and Grey whereas the nonmetallic color shade card offers you the option of Champagne Gold, Pearl White and Solid Black.
Acceleration and Pick up
Renault Pulse diesel RxL starts with the push button ignition, and with the shift of gear the hatch moves ahead smoothly, however the true potential of the car unfolds as you shift to the second gear. Pulse RxL comes with light kerb weight of around 1,000 kilograms which makes it easy for the car to reach 100 kmph speed from standstill in 15-16 seconds. To make full use of the power, an engine needs an equally responsive transmission gearbox which is 5-speed manual transmission here makes it driver friendly in city conditions with hardly any torque steer.
Renault Pulse RxL is an old wine in a new bottle which surely does taste good, but also won't let you forget the old bottle (Nissan Micra). Renault-Nissan's concept of platform sharing is not new but both the vehicles turning out to be twins- is a first! But as they say even twins have different nature, while Nissan Micra looks were too cute which appeals to the fairer sex, Renault gave Pulse a distinctively sporty look with a nice tall stance to lure the potential male clientele.
Renault Pulse surprisingly comes with generous amount of headroom and legroom space with a good visibility in front. The rear seats are comfy with ample support and incline, you also get adjustable rear headrests. Rear space can generously seat two people, whereas a third person can also be adjusted if the need arises. The central console is adorned with a neat looking Integrated Audio system along with rounded AC vents below these are 2 cup holders for front. There is a space for one cup holder at the rear end with 2 bottle storage spaces. The car gets auto folding mirrors in addition to the power adjust. When you choose the auto mode in wing mirrors they open up as soon as your feet hits the accelerator and auto fold when you take the key off. The electric power steering along with tilt adjustable makes it easy to maneuver the car on rough patches and the follow me home eye-shaped elongated headlamps keeps the darkest of the roads illuminated. The 251 Liters boot space is more than enough to store your luggage.
Here are Renault Pulse RxL measures 3805mm in length, 1665mm in width with an overall height of 1525mm. The wheelbase of this hatch is 2450mm.
Renault Pulse RxL, the base variant of diesel comes with sole engine option i.e. Renault K9K dCi. The K series engine has been developed under Renault-Nissan JV and is also seen under the hood of Renault Pulse’s alter ego Nissan Micra. The 1.5L in-line four cylinder engine 8V SOHC (single overhead camshaft) CRDI generates 160 Nm of torque at as low as 2000 RPM and a peak power of 64Ps at 4000 Rpm.
Renault Pulse Diesel RxL comes with 14”inch and 5 twin spoke steel wheels with full wheel caps. The size of the tyres is 165/70.
Renault Pulse comes with Ventilated discs front brakes with McPherson Strut type suspension on the front end with the rear end featuring drum brakes with Torsion beam forks. The soft tuned suspension mingled with the soft steering has an easy to drive factor. The Pulse RxL hatch takes on to the sharp bends in a soft linear manner, with ample amount of juice to boost power across all gears. The fined tuned suspension steers the car smoothly through the rough patches and bumpy Indian roads.
Handling and Control
Renault Pulse has a refined drive feel and impressive drive character. When you talk about on road drive condition, the gear ratios are bet tuned, turbo lag is almost negligible. There is ample amount of power at all makes and overtaking is smooth with this torquey engine. Pulse diesel RxL gears are well spaced with the mid range power being the star. Renault baby also absorbs the rough sections of the road competently all thanks to the pliant suspension and tyres. High speed cruising is not Pulse's specialty and the high speed goes to a max of 160km/hr thanks to the high declination. When we talk about deceleration, Pulse brakes work well when used normally however under emergency braking condition, it will get the front wheels locked and might result into tripping all thanks to the absence of ABS feature.
Sporty stance, ample legroom and headroom space at rear, best in class K9K series engine, good for money buy
Shorter gearing means highway runs can get quite buzzy, lack of ABS, 40:60 split folding seats feature is not available