Datsun redi GO Review & First Drive

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Datsun redi GO Overview

This is Datsun’s third year of operations in India and it still hasn’t quite been able to actually put up a product that could shake up the segment in which it is operating. The GO and the GO+ came and went without making much of a mark, but with the Redi-GO, Datsun can think of taking the fight to the likes of Alto, Eon and the Kwid. Datsun says that this is the perfect city slicker. To put their claim to test, we spent some time driving the car in Kolkata and here is what we think of it.

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

First impressions as you step into the cabin are pretty good. The high seats, combined with the expansive glass areas make the cabin airy. The dashboard is well designed, the plastics around the cabin are textured and the steering and gear-lever feel good to hold.

There’s a fixed air-con vent which sits atop of the central console and channels air to the rear. The adjustable AC vents on the driver and passenger side are similar to those seen on other Datsun cars. The audio system, unfortunately, isn’t a touchscreen unit like on the Renault Kwid. Instead, you get a CD and MP3 player, aux-in and USB connectivity, but there’s no Bluetooth. The instrument panel is the same unit as on its larger siblings, the Go and Go+, which includes a speedometer combined with a small orange digital display for the tachometer and trip computer which displays average mileage, fuel level, distance-to- empty and comes with a gear-shift indicator too.

In terms of storage spaces, there’s a large shelf on the passenger side, a roomy cubbyhole below the air-con controls and a smaller cubbyhole to the right of the steering wheel. You also get a cup-holder and a large bottle-holder in front of the gear lever and a flat tray under the handbrake. However, storage space in the door pockets is minimal and the glovebox is only large enough for the car’s papers and perhaps a few toll receipts.As for safety, an optional driver-side airbag will be offered on the top-spec Redigo, but there will be no ABS. Also note that rear passengers only get static seatbelts, which need to be manually adjusted. Up front, the skinny seats are reasonably comfortable, and offer the driver and the front passenger a good view out. The front seats are not adjustable for height and neither is the steering for rake or reach.

The small rear windscreen is also likely to create a blind spot while reversing. Datsun also claims that the Redigo comes with the best-in- class rear space and it just might be right. While knee-room is more than sufficient, the headroom is fantastic. The high ground clearance also makes getting in and out of the cabin easy while the seats, though a bit upright, are comfortable too. However, the relatively narrow width of the car makes three abreast seating a tight affair.

The Redigo gets a 222-litre boot, which isn’t the best in its segment, but is adequate. However, its high and narrow opening makes loading luggage into the boot quite a chore. There’s a plastic parcel tray, which adds a measure of convenience to the cabin. Unfortunately, it is obtrusively bolted to a supporting frame, which restricts flexibility.While cost-cutting may not be immediately obvious, you will eventually notice the exposed sheet metal, externally-adjusting side-view mirrors and a single windscreen wiper. Even features like central locking and key access for the boot are missing too.

Datsun redi GO Engine & Performance

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.To know more information on Datsun redi GO  check Bioinformatica

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.

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 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.

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 Cost in Hyderabad

Datsun Redi GO On Road Price is 3,10,561/- and Ex-showroom Price is 2,58,300/- in Hyderabad. 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 Conclusion

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. Datsun launched the redi-GO at a starting price of ₹ 2.38 lakh; with the features and performance on offer, it seems like a good proposition.

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