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Renault Pulse petrol and its 3 closest rivals

Last updated on: May 16, 2012 08:39 IST

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F
rench automaker finally launched the much awaited petrol version of Pulse in India. Till now it had only two models in diesel variants in its stable.

With the introduction of petrol run variants, it can now lock horns with some of the best selling hatchbacks in the country.

The price of the car is quite tempting considering the fascinating features that this new petrol model sports.

Let's first take a look at Renault pulse petrol, and then we will check out how its rivals stack up.

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Renault Pulse petrol

Price:

The 'mannish' hatchback starts with Rs 425,000 for the entry level RXE variant, and ends at Rs 555,000 for the high end RXZ model.

The mid variant i.e. RXL is Rs 499,000. All prices ex-showroom, Delhi.

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Engine:

The new Renault Pulse is powered by an inline 1.2L (1198cc), 3-cylinder motor with DOHC 12V that produces max power of 76PS at 6000rpm alongside peak torque of 104Nm at 4000rpm.

This fuel efficient engine that delivers a company claimed mileage of 18.03kmpl is mated to a smooth 5-speed manual gearbox.

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Safety:

The safety features cover aspects like driver side airbag, child-proof rear door locks, engine immobiliser and high mounted stop lamp.

Moreover, there are ABS with EBD, anti-pinch function on driver-side window, front fog lamps and head restraints along with speed sensing auto-lock doors.

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Comfort:

The comfort and convenience factors consists features like hassle free AC with auto climate control, tilt adjustable steering, start-n-stop engine button with illumination and on board trip computer alongside foldable outside mirrors.

The inner seats are made of decent quality material.

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Look:

The overall appearance of Renault Pulse is quite distinguished.  The hatchback comes is 6 vibrant exterior shades that emerge bolder with the presence of 15-inch alloy wheels.

There is some 'real' space in the interior that is offered in two tone colours.

Moreover there is electrically powered steering, follow-me headlamps, integrated audio system and smart access key together with rear defogger with timer function.

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After sales service:

In the after sales service department the company lacks a bit, but it is on the verge of improvisation in association with its Japanese partner Nissan Motors.

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Ford Figo

Price:

Ford Figo starts at Rs 381,000 for base variant Ford Figo Petrol LXI, mid variant EXI and ZXI cost Rs 419,000 and Rs 447,000, respectively.

The top end comes at Rs 496,000. All prices are of ex-showroom, Delhi. 

Verdict: Figo's base variant costs less that that of Renault Pulse petrol.

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Engine:

The engine capacity is same with 1.2L against Renault Pulse. Here the 1196cc, DOHC 16 valves Duratec Petrol engine churns max power of 71PS at 6250rpm and 102Nm of peak torque at 4000rpm.

Renault's figures are better compared to Ford Figo.

The power train is mated to 5-speed manual gearbox. A mileage of under 17 kmpl can be achieved with this Figo engine.

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Safety:

The safety elements include ABS with EBD, Smart programmable keyless entry, intelligent central locking, PATS (Passive Anti-Theft system), Rear washer and wiper with defogger and Dual front airbag together with fog lamps.

These features are more or less same as Renault Pulse.

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Comfort:

The inside comfort features consists decent air conditioning system with heater, power steering, front power windows, electrically adjustable outside mirrors, tilt adjust steering and driver seat height adjustable.

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Exterior and interior look:

The great interior space comes with intelligent features along with enough headroom, legroom and a big boot space.

There are dual tone interiors to choose from, while there are elements like day/night inside rear view mirror, Fabric inserts on door trim teamed up with a long list of handy features too.

The outside has everything in body color be it the front and rear bumpers, door handles or outside mirror.

Moreover there is chrome finish on the front grille and stylish set of headlamps.

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After sales service:

It's been quite some time since Ford Motors came to India. And now they have improvised a lot on the service front.

It can be easily rated as good.

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Maruti Swift

Price:

Maruti Swift is a pretty tough and head to head opponent to Renault Pulse in this segment as it starts with Rs 444,000 for base LXI model.

Its mid variant VXI costs Rs 490,000 and the high end ZXI model costs Rs 568,000.

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Engine:

The engine is K-series 1197cc with VVT that produces 87PS at 6000rpm along with peak torque of 114 Nm at 4000rpm.

These power output figures are more against Renault Pulse. Maruti Swift engine is coupled with 5-speed manual transmission.

An ARAI certified mileage of 18.6 kmpl is offered with this engine.

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Safety:

Safety part is more or less the same compared to Renault Pulse. It has dual airbags, ABS with EBD function along with other basic ones.

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Comfort:

The advanced designed seats of Maruti gives a tough fight to Renault Pulse alongside the improved NVH ensures quite cabin, but this is with Pulse too.

Here the rear seating space in less than Pulse, so no more cramped legs in Renault Pulse.

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Exterior and interior look:

The exteriors are sporty but not appealing enough as Renault Pulse that boasts solid looking ones with its upright imposing stance.

While the interiors are well dressed and look premium as compared to Pulse.

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After sales service:

It has set some golden standards since decades. Renault will take ages to achieve this standard.

Maruti Suzuki is a leader in this category too.

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Volkswagen Polo

Price:

The Volkswagen Polo hatch though a premium car, opens at Rs 467,000 giving a tough time to Renault Pulse's Rs 425,000 for the base version.

The mid Comfortline and high end Highline are priced at Rs 530,000 and Rs 623,000 respectively, which are pretty much above the top-end model of Pulse.

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Engine:

The 1198cc 3-cylinder, in-line petrol engine yields out 75PS at 5400rpm along with 110Nm of max torque at 3750rpm.

The engine is mated to 5-speed manual transmission.

Although Polo is available with a 1.6L engine trim too, but that is no competition to Renault Pulse's 1.2L power train.

A fuel efficiency of 17.24kmpl is validated by ARAI.

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Safety:

The safety features are ABS and Dual airbags for driver and passenger at front along with fog lamps at front and rear.

The other features are somewhat same.

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Comfort:

The comfort features are a bit more premium compared to all the competitors mentioned along more neat and polished overall ambience with many convenient features to rely upon.

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Exterior and interior look:

The looks are very much orderly and smooth compared to Renault Pulse's mix of sportiness and solidarity.

The interior boasts of a premium-ness with ample space all around.

The boot space is one of the largest in the segment.

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After sales service:

The after sales service is pretty good but due to limited numbers it creates some sort of stress for the consumers.

Overall it can be rated average.

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