Datsun redi GO Facelift First Look Review
Datsun redi GO Overview
The Japanese carmaker Datsun known for making budget cars has shaken up the small hatchback segment in India with the launch of its Redi GO. The small budget car has been successfully running in the market since its inception and has helped the brand strengthen its footprint in the country.
The exterior of the car looks funky and has the needed aura of enticing the first time buyers. The car shares its platform with the sibling Renault Kwid. The aggressive front fascia, high ground clearance and the tall body design has undoubtedly made it the most desired car in the Datsun line-up. The most interesting aspects of the outside design are first in class LED DRLs and high ground clearance of 185mm which beats every other car in the same category.
Though grey interiors of the 800cc model looks quite basic, the 1.0L variant gets a whole lot better with sporty black panels and gloss back centre console, giving it an amusing feel. The infotainment system with USB and AUX-In gives you the basic music connectivity options. The interior space is quite spacious, thanks to the tall dimension that provide enough headroom, legroom and comfortable seating for 4 adults.Book Datsun redi GO tets drive in Chennai at Tryaldrive.
As it shares the platform with the sibling Kwid, the specs are pretty much the same with both 0.8L and 1.0L engine on offer. The former produces 54PS and 72Nm of torque, the powerful one pump out 68PS and 91Nm of torque. Both the engines are available with 5-speed manual transmission with AMT option available only on 1.0L variant. The budget quotient of the car goes a step ahead with excellent mileage figure of 22.7kmpl.
Datsun redi GO Design
Visually, there are no changes made to the car, not even a badging that differentiates the manual version from the AMT. The equipment list also remains unchanged and there no exterior additions what so ever. It is based on the T(O) and S variant of the redi-GO, so you get all the top-end feature like the hexagonal grille with chrome surround, sweptback headlamps with integrated turn lights, LED daytime running light on the bumper, wheel cover, and body coloured bumpers and door handles. In fact, dimensionally the car remains unchanged so you still get the segment best and ground clearance of 185 mm, along with a total length of 3429 mm, a width of 1560 mm, and height of 1541 mm.
Datsun redi GO Cabin
Step inside and you’ll notice that the cabin too largely remains unchanged except for, of course, the new AMT gear lever and a new audio system. The updated audio system now comes with Bluetooth connectivity that allows you to pair your phone with the car enabling hands-free calling and music streaming. The rest of the cabin, however, remains the same as the manual version and you get the same all-black interior, the car given to us was the top-spec version so we even got to experience the optional faux leather upholstery which comes with the redi-GO stitching on the driver and passenger seat.
The wheelbase of the car remains unchanged at 2348 mm so the legroom remains the same making it a suitable for 4 average sized adults and the tall stance of the car offers good headroom as well. The top-end S trim is still the only one that comes with a driver side airbag, three-point seat belt for front and rear passengers, central locking, and the remote key is available in both variants.To know more information on Datsun redi GO visit Kmindia
Datsun redi GO Performance
The Datsun redi-GO AMT gets the same 999 cc, three-cylinder petrol engine with Datsun’s i-SAT or Intelligent Spark Automated Technology. Power and torque figures also remain unchanged at 67 bhp and 91 Nm respectively. In fact, the car has been really well received in India, and Datsun says that over 30 per cent of the redi-GO sales come from the 1.0L model. Now, when we reviewed the manual version of the car, we had mentioned that the gearshifts are not seamless and lack feedback, sadly Datsun hasn’t addressed to those problems in the AMT version as well. In fact, we could hear gearshifts quite evidently. You can hear the engine rumble and it’s not quite above 3000 rpm, which points a finger to the NVH levels it has.
There was need of some low-end torque, but once you are above the 2nd gear, and have crossed the 4,000 rpm mark, power and torque gradually come into play and that’s when the redi-GO AMT is in its zone. It’s happy, peppy and fun. Of course, if you try and hurry and floor the accelerator, well, the AMT takes some time to respond and that’s a very noticeable lag. This is where the manual mode comes in handy. Shift the lever to the left and now you can toggle it up and down to downshift and upshift. In the manual mode, the car feels a little more responsive and allows you to manoeuvre more quickly. Also, if you are not in the right gear you’ll hear a continuous beeping sound with an indication on the instrument cluster.
The company has tuned the engine for maximum fuel efficiency and that can be seen in the fact it claims to deliver ARAI certified mileage of 22.17kmpl. The 1.0L engine, on the other hand, is not far behind and able to return 22.5kmpl according to ARAI.
Datsun redi GO Riding
The steering is easy to handle and light weight of the car makes it more agile, however high-speed cornering on the car is not recommended. The tyre-size on the Redi-Go is disappointing as it does slips under hard braking. Datsun Redi-Go does not get ABS on any variant. Maruti Suzuki Alto is the vanilla offering in this segment. However, Renault Kwid and Datsun Redi-Go appeal more to the young buyer and with increase in improvement in after sales and service these young cars have gained the popularity ever since the inception of these cars. Datsun Redi-Go 1.0L is a small and practical car for daily use in city traffic however I would still like the volume control rotatory dial to be a bit large and an improved music/infotainment system that we have seen on the Renault Kwid.
Datsun redi GO Safety
With the lack of ABS, the overall braking is still consistent with easy modulation. Like the other budget cars, the brakes suit only the class of easy-driving people. The car does get driver side airbag, central locking system, engine immobilizer, front seat belts with pre-tensioners and child safety locks in the safety department.
Datsun redi GO Price in Hydearbad
Datsun Redi Go Redi GO D Ex-showroom Price is 2,58,300/- and On Road Price is 3,10,561/-. Datsun Redi Go Redi GO D comes in 8 colours, namely Red Sport,Lime,White,Grey,Grey Gold,Ruby,Silver,Silver Gold. Datsun Redi Go Redi GO D comes with I-SAT (Intelligent Spark Automated Technology) with 799 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 53 bhp@5678 rpm and Peak Torque 72 Nm@4386 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 22.70 Kmpl . Datsun Redi Go Redi GO D comes with Manual Transmission with FWD.Apply car loan for Datsun Redi Go at Fincarz.
Datsun redi GO Verdict
The AMT unit is, in fact, a much needed addition to the redi-GO. It just eases the way you drive and there’s no pressure to get around the city traffic and that’s where the future is headed to. It’s not too eager, but when you’re just cruising it’s quite great to move around in. The redi-GO is a small, good-looking car that offers you the comfort of an automatic for your daily commute and should definitely be on your options list if you are searching for one. Datsun has already started accepting pre-bookings for the car and the prices are expected to be announced before the end of January 2018, with an expected starting price of ₹ 3.65 lakh.
Available in five trims, the price of Datsun Redi GO starts from Rs. 2.49 lakhs for the basic D variant while the top end S model with AMT transmission can be purchased at the price tag of Rs. 3.96 lakhs. All prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi. Redi GO has certainly tightened the competition in the group where Renault Kwid, Maruti Alto 800, Maruti Alto K10 and Hyundai Eon are already luring the budget conscious car buyers of India.Tags: Datsun