Cartrade Comparison Test
The premium hatchback segment of India accounts for a large chunk of annual sales in Indian automotive market. This genre has expanded to the level that customers have started feeling confused on account of too many options. It is no hidden fact that Nissan and Renault both are global partners in terms of sharing platforms and designing their vehicles. The launch of similar kind of hatchback from both: Nissan Micra and Renault Pulse has just increased the confusion level for buyers. The two cars look so similar with similar engine option that it muddles the head of person looking at both the options. To alleviate the pain of this perplexity, we bring you a surface level comparison of Nissan Micra and Renault Pulse.
Design: Interior and Exterior
The Nissan Micra bears a very sharp stance on its front fascia which is aggravated by its large pair of headlights. The upgraded version of this car embraces redesigned bonnet, bumpers, grille, and fenders. The rear looks neat with modified tail light cluster along with LED lights. The rear door has been designed in a very creative manner which also happens to be one of the USPs of this vehicle. Renault Pulse, on the other hand, carries the very same silhouette and chassis as of the Micra. The front is, however, styled in a slightly different manner. The fenders, headlights, and bumpers too have a completely different look than the Micra. Preference of any one car out of the two is a subject of perception that may vary from person to person.
On interior level, it gets more complicated to distinguish between the two. Almost every single piece, gadget, and bit mirrors each other. The centre console has now been substituted by square vents. There are lots of storage cubicles that can easily store all your knick knacks. The build quality and finish is absolute and the dual-tones gray and beige look absolutely perfect. The Micra’s steering features mounted controls which Renault seems to be missing even in the top variant of Pulse.
Both hatchbacks are offered with petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol version of the Nissan Micra as well as Renault Pulse receives power from a 1.2-litre 3-pot engine that displaces 1198cc. it delivers peak power worth 75bhp against a maximum torque of 104Nm. The diesel versions of the two run on a 1.5-litre diesel engine that churns power worth 63bhp for a peak torque of 160Nm. Engines of all these trims meld with 5-speed transmission gearbox except for the Micra’s top-end version that coordinates with a 5-speed automatic transmission gearbox. The petrol variant of Micra offers maximum fuel efficiency worth 19.34kmpl with automatic transmission. The same figure goes slightly down to 18.44kmpl with manual transmission. The diesel version of the same offers a peak fuel efficacy worth 23.08kmpl. The Pulse, on the other hand, delivers mileage of 18.06kmpl with petrol and 23.08kmpl with diesel version.
The confusion between the two models is one of the biggest obstacles in their success. Considering this, Nissan did a wonderful job by altering the cosmetics of its model. As a buyer, you can rest assured that whatever model you buy the benefits and perks will be equal. The Micra gets a slight edge with respect to its top end model that offers some extra features like steering mounted audio controls, automatic transmission, and bit higher mileage than its other iterations due to obvious reasons. Price range for the Renault Pulse starts from Rs.5.04 lakhs while that for Nissan Micra begins from Rs. 5.30 lakhs. The Micra is offered by Nissan in 10 trims while only three trims of Pulse can be picked from market in India.