Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Nissan Pulsar 2014

1.2 Acenta , 5 door hatchback

Test Date: Nov 2014

Nissan Pulsar crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 84%
Child Occupant 81%
Pedestrian 75%
Safety Assist 68%

Compare with other cars in the Small Family Car category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Good Driver left femur - Good
Driver right lower leg - Adequate Driver left lower leg - Adequate
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Adequate
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Good Passenger left lower leg - Good
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Adequate
Side impact abdomen - Good
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor

Adult occupant

The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the legs and femurs of both the driver and passenger. Nissan showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier test, protection of all body regions was good except for the chest, protection of which was adequate. Even in the more severe side pole test, the chest was adequately protected and other body regions were well protected against injury. Assessment of the front seats indicated marginal protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rear-end collision while a geometric assessment of the rear seats indicated good protection.

Child occupant

The front passenger airbag can be disabled, allowing a rearward facing restraint to be used in that seating position. However, the switch is deep inside the glove box and would would not be obviously available to someone placing a child restraint in the passenger seat. Information provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag was also not sufficiently clear and the system was not rewarded. All child restraints for which the car is designed could be properly installed and accommodated by the Pulsar.


The bumper provided good protection to pedestrians' legs in all areas tested and scored maximum points. The front edge of the bonnet was also predominantly good. The surface of the bonnet was predominantly good or adequate with poor results recorded only on the stiff windscreen pillars.

Safety assist

The Pulsar has a standard-fit seatbelt reminder for the front and rear seats. Electronic stability control is also standard. An emergency braking system is available as an option but is expected to be fitted to most cars sold. As it is not standard equipment, its low-speed (City) functionality was not assessed but as it is expected to be fitted to most cars sold, its higher speed system was assessed and rated as adequate. A driver-set speed limiter is standard equipment and met Euro NCAP's requirements for systems of that type. A lane-support system is available as an option but was not assessed as it is unlikely to be fitted to most sales.

applies to all Pulsars of the specification tested