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  • August 5, 2019

Datsun GO+ Hatchback First Drive

Datsun GO+ Overview

Dastun Go+ MPV is the first ever compact MPV from Datsun in India. This car comes in a total of four trim levels with a petrol engine under the hood. GO+ is a stretched version of the GO hatchback that aims to provide more style, more seats, better power and more practicality. The multipurpose vehicle (MPV) segment is one of the most looked after segment in India. Most of the vehicles in this segment come with 7-8 seater options, which sadly, Go+ doesn’t provide. Go+ MPV is essentially a 5+2 seater vehicle, with the rear 2 seats essentially being child seats.

Datsun GO+ Look

Similar is the case with the Indian car market. The sub 4-metre and the small size engine duty have made the business a bit too complicated for car manufacturers. Compact-size sedans and even SUVs are making their way, with some compromise. However, Datsun has introduced a larger hatch called as the Datsun GO+. It is being marketed as a compact utility vehicle and does it do that? We take it for a weekend camping trip and find out how much of the addition exists.

The PLUS stands for the larger boot and additional third row of seating. The Datsun GO+ is based on the GO, and it shows the striking resemblance. The fascia’s of both are the same and the body design is the same till the rear door. After which the belt line rises as you move towards the rear and even the wheel haunches are protuberant. The blacked-out door pillar after the rear door (C-pillar) has a lesser glass area and this makes it very prominent. The roof also gently slopes downwards towards the rear. The boot lid of the Datsun GO+ is a new body part and the tail lamps are the same as the GO. The rear bumper looks stylish and does look muscular.For more information on Datsun GO+ check Ubvvn

The length of the Datsun GO+ is under 4 metres, so it is as long as the Honda Amaze and Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire. However, what this offers is extra flexibility with another row of seating or a humongous boot, when compared to the compact sedans and SUVs. As the ground clearance is the same, it drives like any other compact car and is easy to manoeuvre through tight city lanes with a turning radius of 4.6 metres.

Datsun GO+ Comfort

Step inside the cabin and you see that Datsun has borrowed most of the components from the GO hatchback. The dashboard has a very simplistic design which does look boring, since we are used to seeing quirkier designs now. The door pads are simple with no fabric or leather and they house only the power window controls and a bottle holder. The door handles on the inside are similar to the ones used on the Micra and Sunny, without the chrome. The AC vents are circular and each one of them can be completely shut. The top variant T gets front two power windows and a manual central locking system. The driver’s door doesn’t have a button to control the passenger side window though. There is no proper audio system and all you get is a dock to connect your phone through an AUX wire with two speakers at the front. The speakers produce just average sound quality with hardly any bass or treble.

The dashboard has greige (grey+beige) plastics and the overall layout is quite okay. There is no proper glove box and all you get is an open space below the dashboard on the left side. The steering wheel is a 3-spoke unit without any controls on it and the instrument console is also very easy to read. It houses a digital tachometer and a display that shows average and instantaneous fuel efficiency and also distance-to-empty. Below the steering wheel there is a small empty space given to store nitty-gitties like coins, mobile phone, wallet, etc. The gear lever is mounted close to the dashboard and hence there is some amount of space freed up in between. The handbrake lever is very unconventional and it has a rod that needs to be pulled up to engage the brake. The front passenger seat is extended towards the driver’s seat and there is no gap between them, one can keep some stuff there.

The seats are slightly stiff but they don’t make passengers uncomfortable. The driver’s seat is void of height adjustment. The middle row seat is good enough for two adults and you could just squeeze in a kid in the middle. Legroom could have been better and tall people might face some issues with their knees rubbing against the front seat-back. The third row is best reserved for kids since the seat is placed directly on the floor and there is very little leg space so unless you want to make some new enemies, adults should be best avoided from being made to sit there. Cost-cutting is very much evident and only the middle row gets grab handles on the ceiling. With all the rows in their place, boot space is almost negligible but fold the third row and you get a whole lot of space which would be good for short outstation trips.

Datsun GO+ Gearbox

The Datsun GO+ MPV is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine. This is a 3-cylinder unit and it also powers the GO and Nissan Micra (in a higher state of tune). It churns out 68 PS of power at 5000 RPM and 104 Nm of torque at 4000 RPM. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Datsun will not be offering any diesel engine with this MPV. The petrol engine is very peppy and power is always available on tap. The low-end and mid-range offer good power while delivery is decent at speeds above the ton too. At the top-end of the RPM spectrum we found the engine to be a bit strained but it still performed well. With three bulky people on board and a boot full of luggage, we did not face issues in gaining speed or overtaking other vehicles on the highway.

Since this is a 3-cylinder unit, the engine does make some noise and it becomes fairly audible inside the cabin once the RPM begins to rise. With all four windows closed, the GO+ offers decent NVH levels and the cabin is moderately silent but some noise from the outside world does creep in. The gear shift is not-so-smooth, say like the Honda Brio, but it slots well and there is no notchy feeling. Torque delivery is also good and linear and it contributed majorly while climbing ghats.

The Datsun GO+ has an ARAI-tested fuel efficiency of 20.6 km/l but in our day-to-day driving conditions, the MPV managed to give around 13 km/l in the city and around 17 km/l on the highway. Talking about braking, the GO+ does not get ABS but we did encounter a couple of emergency braking situations and the vehicle handled all that without much drama. Even under regular driving conditions, the brakes work well with their good bite and don’t feel faded at all.

Datsun GO+ Riding

Datsun GO+ rides well too, the suspension has been upgraded to deal with the greater load at the rear, but it is very pliant and absorbent and really silent when going over rough patches and there isn’t too much pitching or nose-bobbing. It does roll when cornered hard though, owing to the high ground clearance, soft springs and lack of anti-roll bars. And the slim tyres don’t offer too much grip either.

Datsun GO+ Safety

Talking about safety, the new MPV is integrated with essential protective aspects like manual central locking system, three point seatbelts and an engine immobilizer that helps to safeguard the car.

Datsun GO+ Price in Bangalore

Datsun Go Plus On Road Price is 4,70,188/- and Ex-showroom Price is 3,86,000/- in Bangalore. Datsun Go Plus comes in 6 colours, namely Blue,White,Ruby,Gold,Silver,Grey. Datsun Go Plus comes with FWD with 1198 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 67 bhp@5000 rpm and Peak Torque 104 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Datsun Go Plus comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .Check for Datsun GO + price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Datsun GO+ Bottomline

While Datsun insists on calling it a seven-seater, the Go+ isn’t exactly a proper one. The third row can only accommodate luggage and can’t really be used to seat anyone (but small children).If you look at it as a five-seater, with a decent amount of luggage space, that makes it more of sense. True, the budget segment treatment by Datsun isn’t very subtle, and could even put off some customers. But if you consider the Rs 4.1 lakh (estimated) price tag (which is only around Rs 30,000 more than the hatchback), this could very well turn out to be a practical and popular five-seater.


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