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Datsun redi GO Overview

Car buyers in India are a demanding lot. They look for extremely high levels of reliability, the features they demand generally come off more expensive cars and if a manufacturer has visibly cut costs, they instantly feel cheated. This is why making a low-cost car in our market is so difficult. And then there’s the brand that also exerts a massive influence on the purchase decision.

Get it right, however, and the rewards are well worth the effort. The Renault Kwid is an embodiment of that thought, and now, its Japanese cousin, the Datsun Redigo, is here to attempt something similar. While the Kwid set itself apart with its SUV-like styling, the Redigo will try to distinguish itself by way of keen pricing. Datsun says prices could start as low as Rs 2.5 lakh for the base variants, and keeping in mind Datsun’s reputation and past record, prices could go lower still. Also on the cards is class-leading fuel efficiency that Datsun says will set a record in the real world.View offers on Datsun redi GO  in Bangalore at Autozhop.

Datsun redi GO Exterior & Look

In terms of appearance, the designers have spent a considerable amount of time in making a clearly distinct product from the sibling Kwid. The car features a funky styling which is hardly seen in cars of its class. In fact, the company has strived hard to make it look as much as a concept car, which definitely goes into its favor. The headlights of the car are a nice workup with hexagonal grille on which the Datsun badge takes the center stage. The car also boasts of segment-first LED DRLs located below the skid plate. The 1.0L badge at the back is the only way of distinguishing the more powerful version from that of 800cc one.

What’s more appealing at the outside is the sharp cut that flows from front doors and all the way to the taillights. The rear portion poses quite a radical appearance with the taillights seems to have been taken inspiration from SUVs such as Volvo XC60 and Honda CR-V. There is also a big skid plate at the back and chrome garnish on the bootlid. The car has an excellent ground clearance of 185mm which sets it on the top of its class.

Datsun redi GO Interior & Comfort

The cabin is airy and comfortable place to be in. It has a few cubby-holes for storing knick-knacks. The dashboard is a bit of a plain Jane but is uncluttered. The asymmetrical black piece on the dashboard houses the controls for the audio system and the air conditioner. The audio system is a basic unit with provision to play music through USB, Aux-in and a CD. There is hardly anything that strikes out.To know more info on Datsun redi GO check Changeonslapac

The pull-type handbrake gives way to the more conventional setup between the seats. The switches for the power windows are near the handbrake and the gear-knob which take time to get used to. The NVH could have been better though. A fair amount of noise seeps through to the cabin which can be an irritant while driving. This is largely due to little or no sound insulation which makes the car sound rather loud after crossing 4,000rpms.

The Instrumentation Panel is a simple affair with an analogue speedometer and a small digital window that reads out other info such as fuel levels, trip meter and so on and so forth. It is the same as on the GO and the GO+. The overall fit and finish inside has definitely gone a notch up when measured against the GO and the GO+, but can still do better when compared to the competition. As far as space is concerned, a family of four can be comfortably accommodated inside. The ‘tall-boy’ design ensures there is enough headroom even for a 6-foot + passenger. 5 people might be a tight fit, but not impossible. The bootspace is a generous 222 litres and fit in a weekend’s worth of luggage for 4 people.

Datsun redi GO Engine & Transmission

The Datsun Redi-Go is powered by a 799cc iSAT (Intelligent Spark Automated Technology) engine which produces 53bhp@5,678rpm and 72Nm@4,386rpm. Unsurprisingly, the Redi-Go makes use of the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF-A platform which also forms the underpinnings of the Renault Kwid. The claimed fuel efficiency is the same as that of the Kwid, at 25.17kmpl. The engine, gearbox and transmission are shared with the Kwid as well. Datsun might also give an AMT option in the redi-GO in a few months’ time.

The Redi-GO has a sprightly drive. Slot the gear-shifter into first and the car darts off with urgency. One needs to build up the revs till 2,500rpm for the torque to start kicking in. The gearshifts are not exactly smooth. You will need some time to figure out the responses to the gear inputs. The mid-range on the RediGO is not exactly driver-friendly. Overtaking manouevres need quick downshifts and a sharp prod on the throttle. It has enough power to trundle through the city, but highways runs might not seem that interesting. For example, with the AC fan on ‘3’, and two people inside, the car did feel as if it is out of breath on inclines. But for city runabouts, the engine has enough grunt.

Datsun redi GO Driving Dynamics

Its compact dimensions and a fairly decent steering setup have come up well. It gets an adaptive electrical steering which does feel woozy at high speeds, but filtering through city traffic is a breeze. The steering lacks feedback but then, buyers in this segment will not mind that. The brakes too could have done with a little more bite. One needs to anticipate stopping distances well in advance.

The suspension is setup keeping comfort for the passengers in mind and that it does, just about. It is not the very best but does the job without any fuss but a tad firmer setup would have worked well in our opinion. The ground clearance though is an impressive 185mm, which rivals some of the SUVs and is definitely best-in-class. This translates into pronounced body roll but again, this is not a car which you want to go corner-carving in, with 13-inch wheels.Check car loan for Datsun redi GO at Fincarz.

Datsun redi GO Braking & 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 Bangalore

Datsun Redi GO On Road Price is 3,17,231/- and Ex-showroom Price is 2,61,300/- in Bangalore. Datsun Redi GO comes in 8 colours, namely Red Sport,Lime,White,Grey,Grey Gold,Ruby,Silver,Silver Gold. Datsun Redi GO comes with FWD 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 100 KMPH at N/A . Datsun Redi GO comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Datsun redi GO Verdict

We have spent a fair amount of time with the Redi-GO and we can definitely say that Datsun has upped its game with the Redi-GO, be it the bold and catchy design or the clean, clutter-free interiors. Datsun did not quite found the footing in the Indian automotive industry that it had been looking for with the GO and the GO+. But, the Redi-GO has quite the potential for it to become a hot-selling car and turn around the fortunes for Datsun. One of its USPs will definitely be the looks. We got plenty of stares and many a questions while driving on the streets of Kolkata and we had positive answers for most of them. Pricing is a key factor in driving sales for the Redi-GO and Datsun nailed it by undercutting the prices of rivals like Eon, Alto and the Kwid as well.

Author Since: Aug 04, 2018

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