Renault Pulse Review

By Nishanth   |  May 15, 2013


The Renault-Nissan alliance launched Renault Pulse, their compact hatchback, customized for the Indian markets. The car, built to set the Indian customers’ pulse racing, has been built on the Nissan Micra platform. The Pulse hatchback was the third model to debut across India at the time of the Auto Expo. The French carmaker has chalked out a strategy to launch five distinctly different models in a time span of 15 months. Renault has cleverly linked its strong and successful F1 story to its regular cars, having the Pulse unveiled in India on Oct 29th 2011 in Noida by Mark Webber of Red Bull Racing along with other officials of the company.

The Renault Pulse has been targeted exclusively at the Indian market and has been designed at the Design Center of Renault India in Mumbai and produced at its plant in Chennai. The plant complies with the alliance’s quality standards and the production management system which is based on mutual knowledge-sharing and best practices of both Renault and Nissan. The compact car is all set to storm the market with its bold and sporty design, fuel efficiency, dynamic driving experience and smart features. Renault Pulse, was launched on 6th January 2012, is available in six vibrant colours. The car almost resembles the Nissan Micra, be it exteriors or interiors.

Powertrain & Performance

The Renault Pulse features a fuel efficient 1.5L dCi diesel engine, internally designated as the k9k, and 1.2L petrol engine. The engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Renault has succeeded in transferring high end F1 technology of producing everyday cars with class and fuel efficiency. The same engine is available in the Nissan Micra. The engine is manufactured at the Oragadam plant, near Chennai. The capacity of the plant is slated to be scaled up from 1,40,000 units per annum by 3,00,000 units.

The k9k, designed on the same principles as that of RS27 engine, has been developed by the Renault Sport F1 team which churns out a maximum power of 63 bhp @ 4000 rpm and maximum torque of 160 Nm at 2000 rpm. The 1.2L petrol engine produces a maximum power of 75 bhp @ 6000 rpm and maximum torque of 104 Nm @ 4000 rpm. The Renault Pulse returns with an amazing mileage which is 23.08 kmpl overall, making it an ideal companion for daily driving needs.

Build & Styling

Renault Pulse is best described as a sporty mid-sized hatchback which has been built on the Nissan Micra platform with few distinctive changes. The exteriors of the car looks appealing enough to turn heads while the beige fabric interiors are comfortable enough to make one relax and want to spend a whole lot of time inside the car itself. The Pulse features a completely revised front and rear end style.

Renault has introduced striking changes at the front end of the car giving it a totally new appearance. You get a different grille with a black slat running across it, 15-inch alloy wheels, Bridgestone tyres and a honeycomb-mesh. The wedge shaped headlights seem to be adapted from the Fluence and the Koleos. The internal elements seem to be inspired by the Hyundai i10. The rear portion of the car has taillights similar to that of the Micra. If not for the Renault monogram on the boot lid, it would be very easy to confuse the car for the Micra. The Pulse has been designed with a smart look with the target customer being young and the fun loving people who go for drives without compromising on the fuel efficiency.

The interior of the hatchback is strikingly similar to those in the Micra, with the same curvaceous design, round audio system, bow-hook door handles, chrome internal door handles and diamond logo on the steering wheel. The Renault Pulse is loaded with many comfort features including plenty of headroom and legroom in the front and the back seats, power steering, keyless entry, rear cup holder, four electrically adjustable windows, start/stop engine switch and automatically folding mirrors when the car is locked. The comfort features of the car include a centrally placed music system and retro styled control knobs. The big O type display for the air conditioner with climate control does not fail to impress. The rear seats look similar to that in the recently tweaked Micra, with an extra thigh support.

The Renault Pulse reflects the Renault DNA of safety, quality and innovation, combining the luxuries of a bigger sedan with the economy of a small compact car. Renault Pulse is big on safety. The safety features that the Pulse can boast of includes driver and passenger airbags, anti-pinch safety function on driver side window, Child proof rear door locks, Front Fog lamps, Immobilizer, Head restraints-Front & Rear, High Mounted Stop Lamp and Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock amongst many other safety features.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Start/stop engine switch
    • Automatically folding mirrors when the car is locked
    • Climate control
  • Cons

    • Resembles Nissan Micra