Datsun redi GO Hatchback Overview & Test Drive
Datsun redi GO OVerview
Datsun introduced the Redi-GO last year but unfortunately was not able to attract a lot of attention either because of its compact dimensions or lack of features or perhaps an underpowered engine. Although Datsun might not have addressed the first two issues, they took care of the third and probably the most important issue.Datsun Has decided to add a bigger engine under the hood of their entry level offering. Datsun redi GO in Tryaldrive.
The redi-Go was the first model that was introduced after the Renault-Nissan alliance’s CMF-A flexible platform which is the same platform that also underpins the Renault KWID as well. The hatchback even uses the same 799cc, a three-cylinder engine which also powers the Renault KWID. The slightly more powerful Redi-Go 1.0 Litre unit is also the same engine which has been borrowed from the Renault KWID, while Renault calls it SCe (Smart Control Efficiency), Datsun has decided to go with i-SAT name.
Datsun redi GO Exterior & Style
The exterior appearance of this AMT trim is exactly the same as the regular Redi-GO 1.0. And no, there’s not even an AMT badge to differentiate it. Even so, the attractive tallboy design with muscular wheel arches continue to impress. The funky looks paired with bright body colours is bound to catch ones attention unlike any other hatchback. The DRLs in the front, restrained use of chrome and curvy lines all over add charm to this modern-day avatar of a tallboy hatchback.
There are hardly a couple of changes to the interiors of the AMT version. The dashboard continues with the same layout but you get a new gear lever which is thankfully much better than the rotary knob that has been fitted on the Renault Kwid. The instrument cluster misses out on a tachometer but you do get a gear position indicator. The audio system has been given a mild upgrade and it gets Bluetooth connectivity now, however, the sound quality from the speakers is absolutely disappointing. On the safety front, you get a driver side airbag only. Head room is excellent but the seats are narrow and not too supportive. Boot space is very limited too. The rear seat belts aren’t retractable which means even if you wear them, there are of no use because they won’t protect you from hitting the front seat in the event of a collision.
Datsun redi GO Engine & Gearbox
Coming to the most important part the car’s drivetrain, like we already mentioned above the Datsun Redi-GO will get the same 1.0 Litre, three cylinder engine which powers the Renault KWID 1.0 Litre hatchback.Datsun has named the petrol unit 1.0L I-SAT engine which produces about 67 bhp of peak power at 5,500 rpm and 91 Nm of torque at 4,250 rpm. The engine paired to a five-speed gearbox as standard, and unfortunately, it does not get an option of an AMT transmission like that of the KWID hatchback. The engine promises to return around 22.5 km/l, which is slightly less than that of the Kwid’s (23.01 km/l). for Datsun redi GO check tweetcast.in
The AMT gearbox has been matched very nicely to the engine. It is pretty smooth in its operations if you’re driving slowly but while driving fast, you won’t be too happy with how the car jerks and then upshifts after a delay of some seconds. If you mash the throttle, the gearbox downshifts a cog or two with a delay of about 1-2 seconds. For people who drive in a regular fashion, all this won’t matter because the convenience offered is one of the biggest USPs here. Also, the AMT gets a manual mode too and it works very well, with a far lesser delay in gear shifts.
Datsun redi GO Ride & Handling
The low speed ride still continues to impress and by correctly modulating the pedal, one can easily cruise around the city. The car’s 185mm ground clearance is good enough to clear everything that comes its way. We went over many undulations, potholes and rough tarmac without worrying. Never did we hear any jolt within the cabin or the suspension bottom out, thanks to the long suspension travel and high profile tyres.
The soft set-up made the ride a little bouncy but didn’t put us off. However, it is the corners where the narrow tyres and tall height make you feel that things might go awry. A lack of grip and body roll also come into the picture. So even if the car has a quick turn-in and the steering is light, it doesn’t inspire confidence in you to go fast around a set of twisties. The brakes lock up under hard braking, pointing to the absence of ABS too. But then, all this is predictable even if the car lacks the surefootedness at high speeds.
Datsun redi GO Braking & Safety
The top-end variant of New Datsun Redi-GO features driver side airbags as well, which makes for a very good offer in this segment. Along with this, the car gets disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear to give the driver a confident drive.
Datsun redi GO Price in Bangalore
Datsun Redi Go On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 2,82,278 to 4,85,172 for variants Redi GO D and Redi Go S 1.0L Amt respectively. Datsun Redi Go is available in 11 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Datsun Redi Go variants price in Bangalore.Check for redi GO price in Bangalore at Carzprice.
Datsun redi GO Verdict
The Datsun redi-GO is a good car if you’re strictly going to drive in the city and want the convenience of an AMT. The car has light controls and decent punch for regular jaunts. Don’t expect it to drive like a large hatchback and it won’t disappoint you. The car itself is fairly basic & compact and doesn’t get too many features either. However, it’ll have low running costs for sure. Datsun doesn’t have many service centres too and that could be an issue for many people. All in all, the redi-GO’s only USP is the AMT for now, because on other counts like space, comfort and service, there are rivals that fare better.Tags: Datsun