No trappings speeches help, Nissan aims at the C-segment with the new Pulsar after a break and therewith clearly on vehicles such as the VW Golf. For seven years one did not present an offer in Germany. In appearance and from the raw data, one can already pay respect to the new competitor.
Comparisons are always more exciting than individual presentations. Nissan advertises with the longest wheelbase of the class, but do not mention with around 6 centimetres more the around 13 centimetres longer vehicle length. The ratio of wheelbase to vehicle length is slightly more favourable at VW. Positive for the Nissan, it has with more wheelbase a smaller turning circle by 0.7 metres.
Let us look to the consumption respectively CO2 emission. But there both are hardly different, with slight advantages for the special models of VW, a bit higher scheduled in price. No wonder, Renault is behind the engines. Also the weights correspond, perhaps with the exception of the really very beneficial adjusted VW diesel engines.
Of course, the offer of Nissan is still very limited. Neither with the all-wheel, nor with alternatives to petrol or diesel one can compete, if one do not want to take e.g. the Leaf of Nissan. Larger engines are planned, a 1.6-liter turbo certainly. And because diesel engines, one will probably help oneself from the Renault-shelf at initial successes.
Somewhat difficult it is for VW, when talking about prices. But when someone basically drives a car no longer than three to four years, VW can score with a higher resale value. On the other hand, Nissan proceeds according to the principle of price reduction, frequently applied by French producers already with new cars.
Anyone, who still ordered in 2014 gets discount, clearly more than 1,000 when petrol and approx 2,000 € when diesel. This would result in about 4,000 € savings here. Maybe you should however, in order to be fair compare with the currently cheaper Cup-models of Volkswagen.
However, for the Golf it gets even worse. Because here is included no 5" colour display with Bluetooth and USB interface in the basic equipment. Also the cruise control has to be paid extra. Active tracking and control of certain functions from the steering wheel you could not find. Finally, something for the eye, the sporty version of the Nissan Pulsar, the Nismo. 10/14