Renault Pulse v/s Nissan Micra – Comparison
Launched In July 2010, Nissan Micra is built on V-platform. Based on the same V-platform Renault Pulse has also been developed, which is claimed to be the rebadged Micra by the auto experts. Thus, these both hatchbacks share a lot of similarities, but at the same time they are also rivals to each other in the hatchback segment. The Renault Pulse is launched recently at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. Although the Pulse is very young to the market, it has been characterised to fight for its market share. Nissan Micra is already running well on the road and has the calibre to face the competition from any car in the segment. So, it will really interest the auto enthusiasts to see the two go head-to-head to prove their power over the other.
Design (Exterior & Interior):
The designers from the Renault’s Design Centre in Mumbai have designed the Pulse keeping in mind the likes of Indian market. This premium compact car is dynamically designed with sharp front end having stylish headlamps, chrome lining holding the grille and curvy bumper flaunting the Renault’s badge. The flanks have very fine finishing to them with few beautiful creases flowing towards the rear. The rear of the Pulse is sober in comparison to Micra’s rear. The rear spoiler with high-mount taillights as well as washer and wiper with defogger make the rear profile of the hatch. The Micra is equally well designed car with stylish round looks on the exterior having oval shaped headlamps, nose like top grille and broad smiling lower grille. The car also has fog lamps on the sides of the grille. The flanks of the Micra are very decent in looks with very few but beautiful creases. The rear profile of the Micra is very distinctive with curvy and wavy looks.
The interior of the Pulse is roomy and 5 passengers can be comfortably seated in it. The Pulse has ample of boot space. The car features dual tone dashboard with HVAC controls, foldable 4 AC vents and central console with many multimedia as well as other controls like integrated CD player. Some of the features include keyless entry, Tachometer, chrome handlebars, cup holders for rear seat passengers and two in front, power windows, folding rear seats with adjustable head rests and thigh support. On the other hand, the Nissan’s Micra is also ultra spacious and loaded with some advanced features like attractive dashboard with instrument cluster, leather upholstery and comfortable seats for the 5 passengers. Some more features of the Micra include manual and auto AC, electric powered and tilt adjustable steering, front and rear power windows, electric heated door mirrors, interior fuel flap control, low fuel warning lamp. The two cars are equally well with respect to exterior and interiors. And they even have the same boot space of 251-litre.
Performance (Engine & Handling):
Since the Renault’s Pulse only comes with diesel heart, it will be directly compared to only the diesel Micra. The Renault Pulse is powered by 1461cc 4-cylinder inline 8 valve SOHC K9K diesel engine with the capacity of 1.5-litre and power generation of 63bhp and peak torque of 160Nm. It can sprint from 0-100kmph in just 16.2 seconds. This engine is mated with the 5-speed manual transmission. The Micra also has the same engine under its hood and generates the same output. Thus, both the cars deliver the same mileage of 23.08kmpl as per Central Motor Vehicle Rule Year 1989. However, the only difference here is that Micra is also available with petrol engine. The petrol variant of Nissan Micra is powered by 1198cc 3-cylinder inline 12 valve 1.2-litre DOHC petrol engine capable of producing 76PS of maximum power and decent torque of 104Nm. This engine is also mated with 5 speed manual transmission.
The ride and handling of the two cars is also the same. There is hardly any difference in the two cars with respect to engine and handling. But, the Micra is a step ahead of Pulse. This is because it is also available with the option to have petrol engine, unlike Pulse.
The Micra is loaded with the safety features like engine immobilizer, security alarm, Dual Front Airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist (BA), Three Point ELR seat belts, Front Seat Belt with Height Adjustment, Driver Seat belt Reminder, Central Locking, remote keyless entry, intelligent key with push button ignition etc.
On the other hand, Renault Pulse offers some standard safety features like front and rear seat belts, anti-pinch safety function for driver side window, child proof rear door locks, engine immobilizer, head restraints for front and rear seats, high-mount stop lamp and speed sensing auto door locks. The Pulse also offers driver side airbags as standards.
However, Renault Pulse misses the features like EBD and ABS. Thus, Micra is safer car to be driven.
No doubt, that there are many things same in both the cars, but still Micra took a bit of advantage over the Pulse of being already an existing model in the Indian auto market. Micra also have engine options and it offers better safety kit than Pulse. The Pulse is priced between Rs. 5.77 lakh and Rs. 6.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), while the Nissan Micra is priced between Rs. 4.10 lakh and Rs. 6.17 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Result (Win over):
Considering all the features, performance and the drivability, both the cars are almost equal to one another. However, Micra takes the lead due to availability of engine options as well as more equipped safety features having EBD and ABS included, unlike Pulse.