Renault Pulse

` 5.1 - 7.0 Lakh*
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  • Economy
    Mileage
    23.1 kmpl
    Service cost
    `6,000 /yr
  • Performance
    Engine
    1461 cc 
    BHP
    63.1
  • Comfort
    A/C
    Yes
    Power Steering
    Yes
  • Safety
    Central Lock
    Yes
    Brake Assist
    Yes
  • EMI
    Duration
    5 years
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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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    RxL ABS
    1461 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 23.08 kmpl
    `6.2 Lakh*
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    RxZ
    1461 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 23.08 kmpl
    `7.0 Lakh*
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    Petrol RxL
    1198 cc,  Manual, Petrol, 18.06 kmpl
    `5.1 Lakh*
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Pulse color options

  • Cosmos Blue

  • Metallic Grey

  • Solid Black

  • Pearl White

  • Metallic Red

  • Mettalic Silver

Specifications

Variants Fuel Type Mileage Transmission Engine Description Power
City Highway
RxL ABS Diesel 20.04 kmpl 23.08 kmpl Manual 1461cc 
63.1bhp @ 4000rpm
RxZ 20.04 kmpl 23.08 kmpl Manual 1461cc 
63.1bhp @ 4000rpm
Petrol RxL Petrol 15.0 kmpl 18.06 kmpl Manual 1198cc 
74.93bhp @ 6000rpm

Renault Pulse review

Overview

Introduction




You know when Nissan launched the Micra the first time and people called it curvaceous and rounded, which may have put off the prospective male buyers (even the Micra facelift didn’t do much to change this view). So the Renault Nissan Alliance thought it would be better to bring Micra that is more edgy and launched the Renault Pulse, which is basically a Micra with a nose job. Would it be enough to lure in the customers?


Pros


1. The front looks good, especially with the GT-R-ish nose; this is essentially what the Micra should have looked like.


Cons


1. The cons are more for this one. The Pulse looks more like Micra than we want.


2. Higher pricing than Micra definitely not helping.


3. Micra had a facelift recently while the Pulse remains the same.


Exterior




Spoiler alert: Renault Pulse doesn’t just look like a Nissan Micra, it is a Nissan Micra. This is a cross badge-ing between Renault and Nissan to save on research and development costs, and it may have sounded like a good idea on the discussion board. But just uplifting a nose and replacing the badges front and rear doesn’t make it a different car.




The Micra, er, Pulse looks good from the front, with a sportier grille, inspired by Nissan GT-R and a new bumper. The headlights too get a slight tweak and that sums up the changes in the front.




To the side, there are no visual changes that differentiate the Pulse and Micra in the side profile with only the new alloy wheels acting as the Pulse identifier.




Coming to the back, the Pulse sports a new rear grille with a diffuser-like black part in the middle. The tail lamps again get a slight tweak to make it the Pulse.




Interiors




The Pulse’s interior is the same as the Micra’s except for the logo in the middle of the steering wheel. The Renault Pulses gets a combination of black, beige and light brown interiors.




The dashboard is finished in black, while seats and the doors get beige and light brown combo. The steering wheel feels good in size and to hold. The instrument cluster gets a three dial setup with a large circular speedometer in the middle, a half moon tachometer to the left and a MID on the right.




The centre console holds the rectangular AC vents on the top, audio system in the middle and the circular HVAC controls at the bottom.




The Pulse comes with several great features such as start/stop push button, climate control ABS with EBD and dual front airbags.




Both the front and rear seats get adjustable headrests. The Pulse is generous on space in front and as well as the rear.




The front seats are offer great support for the legs and shoulder, while the cushioning is good.




At the rear, you get acres of room for your head and legs while the under thigh support might have been better. The adjustable headrests at the rear are appreciable.






Performance




The Renault Pulse is available in both petrol and diesel versions. The Pulse petrol is powered by a 1.2-liter engine while the Pulse diesel gets a 1.5-litre engine. Both the engines are offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox only. The CVT gearbox available in the Micra hasn’t been shared with the Pulse yet and remains a Micra-exclusive for now.


Pulse Petrol


The Renault Pulse petrol is powered by a 1198 cc engine putting out 75 hp at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 104 Nm at 4000 rpm. The power delivery is good and the petrol engine proves to be more rev happy than its diesel counterpart. The motor delivers a good low-range and mid-range suitable for city driving, while on the highways requires more effort to bring out the best.






Pulse Diesel


The 1461 cc diesel engine is a proven engine for its frugal character and driveability. The low-end power delivery is impressive with very minimal turbo lag. The engine also has a strong mid range performance but take it to the highway and you start to feel the lack of power. You need to carefully plan any overtake and downshifting will be a regular affair on the highways to keep the car up to speed. The 5-speed manual gearbox didn’t have any problem in slotting the gears as required.




Ride and Handling




Renault has opted for a softer suspension setup for the Pulse so the ride quality is very impressive. The Pulse absorbs even rough roads with ease with the suspension taking the irregularities pretty well. Because of the soft suspension, the Pulse’s handling is not sporty enough but not bad as well. The straight line ability of the Pulse is good while around the corners, the body roll does sweep in but the Pulse holds on good enough. The steering wheel is light and weighs on well as the speeds rise.  


Safety




Renault Pulse get driver side airbag standard across all the variants. The passenger side airbag is available in the top variant of the diesel version only while the ABS with EBD is available only for the diesel variants. Why Renault? Don’t you want the buyers to buy the petrol variants?




Variants


Renault Pulse is available in three variants - one for petrol (RxL) and two for diesel (RxL ABS and RxZ).




The Pulse Petrol comes only in one variant - RxL and you get driver airbag, engine immobilizer, speed-sensing door locks, body coloured bumpers and door handles, rear defogger, rear washer and wiper, front and rear power windows, keyless entry, automatic climate control system and day/night inside rear view mirror.


The Pulse RxL ABS Diesel comes with features such as ABS with EBD, body coloured door mirrors, electric ORVMs, chrome accentuated front grille and trunk room lamp.


The top-end RxL Diesel offers passenger airbag, leather gear shift knob and steering wheel, front fog lamps, roof spoiler with stop lamp, engine start/stop push button, automatic headlamps, remote sensing auto folding ORVMs, smart access key, integrated audio system with CD, MP3, FM, Aux-in, Bluetooth and USB support, 4 speakers and driver seat height adjust.


Verdict




While it is appreciable that the Renault wants to offer us a hatchback but with a car that looks just like the Micra at a higher price is not acceptable. If the Renault-Nissan Alliance is keen on cross-badging their cars, then we expect something on the lines of Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano. The SUVs can stand on their own even though both are the same cars. We don’t see that happening with the Pulse and Micra.

Renault Pulse price

Variants New Delhi Bangalore Mumbai Chennai Pune Hyderabad Kolkata Find On Road Price in Your City
RxL ABS
(Diesel)
6,24,002 6,25,726 6,55,927 6,27,936 6,14,736 6,31,030 6,46,406   Get On Road Price  
RxZ
(Diesel)
6,95,176 6,98,199 7,30,726 7,00,614 6,85,841 7,03,503 7,19,534   Get On Road Price  
Petrol RxL
(Petrol)
5,08,281 5,08,235 5,34,038 5,09,275 4,98,935 5,13,326 5,27,470   Get On Road Price  

Road test

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Renault Pulse 1.5 RxZ dCi Diesel Road Test
Renault’s innings in India began with its association with Mahindra and this got the French car maker’s first car model-the Logan in India. The Logan did sell well to an extent but differences with Mahindra saw the cease in Renault – Mahindra tie up in 2010 and also gave the Logan to Mahindra which is now sold as the Verito. Renault then got its act together and decided to re-launch its brand and got its Executive sedan, Fluence followed by its SUV ‘the Koleos’. The demand for small cars is always high in India and Renault wants to get into serious business by the recent offering of its first small car the Pulse. read more

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  • Renault Pulse is an amazing premium hatch
    By Rohit| February 25, 2012 | 13321 Views
    Look and Style: Recently my friend bought Renault Pulse and I also got a chance to drive the all new Pulse hatch. After its test run I feel it is one of the best small cars which offers luxury as well as high fuel economy in small size. The small car looks dynamic, stylish, sporty and aggressive from exterior and the class leading interiors further... Read Full Review
  • Great Car - Great Mileage - Value for money
    By Somnil Das| February 14, 2013 | 7680 Views
    Look and Style Too good. Sp[orty and stylish.....eye catcher on the road Comfort Much better that Suzuki. Good boot space also. The in-built stereo is too good. Everyone who's got in the car has praised it. Pickup The best part is pickup. You hit the peddal at it zoooms!!.  Mileage Superb mileage. I drive approx 120 Kms everyday with t... Read Full Review
  • Worst Service
    By Dolly| January 02, 2013 | 5381 Views
      Needs to improve: In almost everything. Starts from explaining the features of car, how to deliver a car.... Basic things what should be done for a customer.......................... and toooo many... Overall Experience: BAD. What if a car is having all excellent features and no proper service center and proper servicing. For any autom... Read Full Review
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Renault Pulse in news

  • Renault India Launches Pulse Facelift at Rs 5.03 lac
    Posted On | February 27, 2015 | 4467 Views
    Renault India in order to uplift its model line has silently launched Pulse facelift at Rs 5.03 Lac (Ex-showroom Delhi). The 2015 Pulse facelift now gets little upscaled inside out. It gets automatic headlamps, steering mounted controls and a height adjustable driver seat for better comfort. In coming months, the automaker will also launch Lodgy and Stepway MPV and also a new small car. Both the MPVs will be launched in the month of March while the small car will be introduced in the festive months. Read Full News
  • Production of Renault Pulse and Scala suspended temporarily
    Posted On | February 25, 2015 | 1982 Views
    Renault’s Indian subsidiary has reportedly put a temporary stop on the production of its Scala sedan and Pulse hatchback, citing low demands of these models in the country. As per the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the company hasn’t rolled out Scala from the facility since 183 units were manufactured in May last year, while the last batch of the Pulse was made in October, accounting for mere 59 units. Read Full News
  • Renault India Recalling 646 Cars (Pulse+Scala) Over Airbag Flaw
    Posted On | January 20, 2015 | 1381 Views
    620 Pulse and 26 Scala produced between September 2011 and July 2012 are recalled Renault India has announced that they will recall 646 cars (Pulse and Scala) in the country. The French automaker is voluntarily recalling 620 units of Pulse hatchback along with 26 units of Scala. The recall includes both petrol and diesel variants of Pulse while affected Scalas account for diesel variants only. Both the vehicles are produced in India at the Renault-Nissan manufacturing facility in Chennai along side their alter-egos Nissan Micra and Sunny. Read Full News
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