February 26, 2015: Renault India , in order to uplift its model line has silently launched Pulse facelift at Rs 5.03 Lac (Ex-showroom Delhi). The 2015 facelift now gets little upscaled inside out. It gets automatic headlamps, steering mounted controls and a height adjustable driver seat for better comfort. The facelift now gets all new dual tone dashboard with a piano black finish on the central console.
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power|
||20.04||23.08||63.1bhp @ 4000rpm|
||20.04||23.08||63.1bhp @ 4000rpm|
||15.0||18.06||74.93bhp @ 6000rpm|
Renault Pulse is one hatchback which continues to appeal the customers even though it has seen a lot of competitors in the recent years. It was available in quite a number of variants in the beginning, but they are now reduced to only three as of now. It includes one variant of petrol and two of diesel, all of which have a manual transmission gear box only. One of the diesel trims is given an anti-lock breaking system, which is suffixed to its name as a differentiating factor. It is made driver friendly by equipping it with a power steering that can be tilt adjusted, power windows for all its doors, driver seat height adjustment, steering mounted Bluetooth controls as well as functions like electrically foldable external mirrors and automatic headlamps. Though it is a small car, the designers made sure that it does not feel crammed in any aspect, either in leg or shoulder room neither in terms of boot space. The occupants can be accommodated with as much ease as the baggage of about 251 liters can be fitted into its trunk. Apart from the coziness of its cushiony seats, there is a lot more luxury provided to its occupants. To list out, features such as an automatic climate control system with well placed air-vents, an integrated audio system with CD, MP3 and radio tuner, bottle plus cup holders along with door trim pockets will offer ample convenience. Outer image of this hatch is equally compelling as its rich interiors. Bumpers are slant but at the same time have sharpness, which further contributes to its defined shape. Uniquely designed head lamps and tail lights are decorated on either sides and especially this car earns its looks from the chrome applied radiator grille up front. Even with regards to safety, this model series scores well as it has all basic essentials like dual airbags and seatbelts and also few advanced features such as speed sensing automatic door locks and an engine immobilizer as well. A warranty of about two years or 80,000 kilometers (whichever is earlier) is offered by the company. Renault is known for its quality after sales service as well. Lastly, the two key features that determine the choice of any buyer is its fuel economy and the price tag. Its a great advantage that customers will find the price of this premium hatchback very reasonable for its mileage of 18 Kmpl (approx) in petrol and 23.8 Kmpl in diesel, when driven under standard conditions.
At front, it has a pair of fog lamps adorned over a body colored bumper. Just above this, there is a radiator grille that has chrome treatment to make it look attractive. The windscreen up front is broad and is fitted with a pair of 2-speed plus 1-speed intermittent wipers and a washer as well. The profile on the sides look good too with body toned pull-type door handles and external mirrors. The B-pillars stand gracefully in black while defining the windows. Rear end of this hatch has a spoiler to its roof, which plays a role in giving it a sporty stance from the side as well. Further, a high mount stop lamp is affixed onto it for safety enhancement. Defogger along with a timer function is integrated to its rear screen. The boot lid has the standard variant lettering and a large company badge fixed in the center.
It has a length and breadth of 3805mm and 1665mm respectively. The petrol variant stands at a height of 1530mm, while the diesel version has about 1525mm of overall height. It has a minimum turning radius of close to 4.65 meters, which is quite compact. While, it also has a modest ground clearance 160mm, which is good enough for a small car.
Ed's Take: The cabin space on the Pulse is good and it doesn’t feel cramped. The interior styling is similar to that of the Micra as both are based on the same platform. The centre console now has a piano black finish, which further contributes to the interior styling.
Cabin is very appealing with a dual tone scheme, which holds a contrasting image to the interiors. A piano black finish can be seen on the central console. The steering wheel as well as the gear shift knob is covered by premium blended leather, whereas the steering wheel cover is given a special finish over it. The door trims are done up by fabric accents for extra attraction and the door handles have chrome finish over them, which gives some glitter to the insides. On the driver side, there is a one-touch up/down switch for the window, while the engine start/stop button has illumination to it. Both the sun-visors have vanity mirrors to them. As a standard feature, a day and night inside rear view mirror is present. The instrument panel in the dashboard features a tachometer and an on-board trip computer as well.
Plenty of features in this hatchback contribute towards its occupant's comfort. For entertainment section, an advanced integrated music system is present that has CD, MP3 player and a radio tuner with FM/AM functions. This unit is complimented by four speakers, 2 in front and 2 at the rear part of the cabin for a well distributed sound effect. There is Bluetooth and USB connectivity as well, of which audio and telephone controls are mounted onto the steering wheel. When it comes to the storage capacity inside the compartment, front door trims have pockets, 2 cup holders in the front and 1 at the rear, dual bottle holders are offered for keeping things handy. A glove box is also available in the dashboard. The trunk has a lamp as a standard feature, whereas additionally the cabin also has reading lamps at the front. One of the driver centered comforts is the electric power steering, as it alleviates the effort of driving. The steering wheel has tilt adjustment facility, which will allow the driver to change the arm position as required. All the doors are integrated with power enabled windows as well as central locking system. The headlamps have automatic function and there are follow-me-home headlamps, which serve their purpose in the darker hours of the day. The outside rear view mirrors can be electrically adjustable and they also have remote sensing auto fold/unfold function. Apart from all these, there is a head-lamp on reminder and a door ajar warning present in its instrument panel. There is also a 12V power socket provided for charging small electronic devices during the drive.
Its wheelbase is quite generous with a figure of 2450mm, resulting in a spacious internal cabin. Occupants will not encounter friction due to ample legroom and shoulder space. Trunk can take in of about 251 litres, which is good enough for smaller families to travel. The boot space can be further increased by folding the rear seat, but then only the front two passengers can be seated in it.
Ed's Take: The acceleration of the Renault Pulse is good and both the engines have linear power delivery.
Both petrol and diesel engines can reach a top speed of 158Kmph. While the petrol mill can breach the 100 Kmph mark from scratch in about 14 seconds, the diesel one can make it in 16 seconds.
Ed's Take: The 65bhp diesel and 75bhp petrol engines aren’t just good on paper, but even have good performance.
This hatchback is available in three variants, one petrol and the other two are of diesel. The petrol version is equipped with an XH5, 4-cylinder mill that has the ability to displace 1198cc. This particular mill releases a maximum power of 74.93bhp at 6000rpm and a torque of 104Nm at 4000rpm. It is mated with a 5-speed manual transmission gear box and results in delivering a mileage of 18.6 Kmpl on expressways, which comes down to 15 Kmpl within city driving conditions. It has the ability to reach a top speed of 158 Kmph and is also able to breach the 100 Kmph mark in 14 seconds. The diesel version is incorporated with a dCi (direct common rail injection) based engine with a 4-cylinder configuration. It has a displacement capacity of around 1461cc. A power of 63.1bhp at output at 4000rpm and a peak torque of 160Nm at 2000rpm can be produced by this oil-burner. On the highways, it delivers 23.08 Kmpl whereas in the city, this limits to 20.04 Kmpl. This too is coupled with a manual transmission gear box. This can take this vehicle up to a maximum speed of 158 Kmph and also aid in reaching the 100 Kmph mark in 16 seconds.
Ed's Take: The Pulse gets Renault’s most frugal K9K diesel mill, which is one of the most fuel-efficient oil burners.
It has a single petrol variant which delivers a mileage of about 15 Kmpl in the city and on highways it can stretch upto 18.6 Kmpl. It has two trims in diesel, both of them can run about 20.04 Kmpl in the city and around 23.08 Kmpl on the bigger roads.
Ed's Take: The power produced by the petrol and diesel versions of the Pulse are good. The 1.2-litre petrol has low friction improving the engine life.
The XH5 petrol engine is fitted three cylinders in a in-line configuration, which is good enough to produce 1198cc. It can release a power of 74.93bhp at 6000rpm and a torque output of 104Nm at 4000rpm. On the other hand, the 4-cylinder based Renault dCi diesel motor displaces 1461cc. It also produces 63.1bhp output at 4000rpm and 160Nm of peak torque at 2000rpm.
Ed's Take: The accessories list on the Pulse is long as it gets keyless entry, start stop button, electrically folding ORVMs and in-built music system with Bluetooth, aux and USB connectivity.
The base and mid level variants does not have a music system, and this can be availed by the customer at an additional cost. Whereas, the top end trim, RxZ has an integrated audio unit that has CD, MP3 along with USB and Aux-In facility. Bluetooth connectivity is offered and the telephonic and audio controls are mounted onto the steering wheel. This premium hatchback can be further customized by features such as floor mats, leather seating cover and decals from dealers.
Ed's Take: The Pulse has been tuned for better ride, hence the handling isn’t as good as a European competitor.
This section is one of the most crucial part of any vehicle and the car maker has taken good care of it. Both its front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes, whereas the rear ones get a set of conventional drum brakes. The braking mechanism of its RxL ABS and RxZ variants is further enhanced by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist features, which makes this mechanism much more advanced and proficient. It is blessed with a responsive power steering system, which has a tilt adjustable function that makes handling of this car much more convenient to its driver. On the other hands, its front axle is assembled with a pair of McPherson struts, while its rear axle is fitted with a torsion beam type of mechanism. This suspension system is further assisted by coil springs that makes the drive more comfortable and also supports its steadiness.
Ed's Take: The safety features on the Pulse include airbags and ABS.
This hatchback series is integrated with a lot of essential aspects for keeping the occupants safe. Some of its standard features includes a driver airbag for all trims, and a passenger airbag for the top end RxZ trim only. Then it also has rear doors with child safety locks, an engine immobilizer for preventing the vehicle from unauthorized entry and a high mounted stop lamp. It has seat belts for all occupants along with driver seat belt warning notification as well in the instrument cluster. Apart from the base variant, other trims are integrated with speed sensing auto door locks along with a central locking system, front and rear head rests, anti-pinch safety function for driver side window and a couple of front fog lamps.
Its Rxl petrol and Rxl ABS diesel variants are integrated with a set of robust steel wheels, which are further covered with 165/70 R14 sized tubeless radials. These are further affixed with a good looking full wheel caps to enhance its side stance. On the other hand, the top end Rxz diesel is bestowed with a set of 15-inch alloy rims. These are equipped with similar radials of size 175/60 R15. There is also a full size spare wheel given to all the variants, which is fitted in the boot compartment with other equipment to change a tyre, when required.
1. Interiors are quite good with ample features.
2. Reliable engines that give a cracking performance.
3. Striking features with edgy cosmetics.
4. Diesel engine fuel economy is good.
5. Price range is quite competitive.
1. Safety aspects can still be added.
2. Lesser presence of authorized service stations.
3. Boot space and ground clearance is not up to the mark.
4. Petrol engine mileage is lagging behind other competitors.
5. Music system not available for its base and mid-level trims.
|RxL ABS |
|Petrol RxL |