Car reviews - Nissan - Pulsar - ST 5-dr hatch
In Europe - where it is made - Nissan's N16 Pulsar hatch is known as the Almera
13 Nov 2001
NISSAN'S latest Pulsar hatch favours style over the practicality that distinguished the previous, wagon-like version. The looks attract attention and the dynamic qualities are quite high, with a standard 1.8-litre engine and a well-sorted suspension. Dual front airbags, air-conditioning and remote central locking are all standard in the hatch - important considerations at this level of the market. But it does lack rear-seat legroom and the 1.8-litre engine sacrifices low-speed torque to give extra bite at the top-end.
Model release date: 1 June 2001 to 1 February 2006
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N15 Nissan Pulsar hatchReleased: October 1995
Ended: September 2000
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THE previous (N15) model Pulsar hatch was available in LX,Q, Plus and SSS guise until being discontinued in September 2000, two months after the new N16 model Pulsar sedan arrived. The UK-built N16 hatch took a little longer to arrive Down Under, however, reaching our shores 12 months later in July 2001. There's no SSS version of the new hatch, with Nissan offering just the base ST (tested here) and the Q model.
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