• Auto
  • April 1, 2019

Datsun GO+ Performance & 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. Request a test drive for Datsun GO+ in Tryaldrive.


Datsun GO+ Style

The Datsun Go+ is essentially a larger version of the standard Go. And just as with the latter, the Go+’s styling will not really sweep you off your feet. The large hexagonal grille and chunky headlamps go add a sense of sophistication to the car. Just like with the Go, the Go+ looks more expensive than it actually is with its distinctively muscular bonnet lines. The side profile too isn’t disproportionate and a well defined waist line reminds us of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

The rear could have certainly done with a bit more excitement though. A chrome moulding instead of a body coloured one could have easily been incorporated to break up the monotonous tail gate. The extended greenhouse and body structure on the Go+ looks well integrated and reminds us of cars like the first generation Ford Focus Wagon. The small 13-inch wheels though take away most of the hard work that the designers put into the Go+. Not only does the Datsun Go+ look undertyred, the lack of alloy wheels even on the fully loaded version is slightly disappointing.

Datsun GO+ Space

Moving on to the interiors, the first two rows of the MPV look like an exact replica of that of the GO hatchback. Not a single change to the dashboard, controls or the fitments. The gearlever and handbrake’s positioning (recessed under the dash next to the steering), too, remain unchanged in order to offer more space to the front passenger and driver.

However, the handbrake lever can be irksome for tall drivers since it constantly fouls with the left knee. The new element in the cabin is the third row of seats which is good enough strictly for kids, or the bench can be removed for more luggage area. Though I must say that the luggage area is more than enough for a sub-4 metre car.

For the in-car entertainment/ comfort provisions, the absence of even a basic music system might disappoint you. Instead, you get a Mobile Docking Station (MDS) that allows the driver to sync a smartphone via an AUX cable. In fact, you cannot even plug in a USB to play your favourite music; the USB slot in the car can be only be used for charging a phone. The material quality, too, isn’t the best-in-class, but keeping its positioning in mind, the car is still better than several other cars

Datsun GO+ Engine

The 1.2-litre, three cylinder, petrol engine makes a decent 68PS of peak power and 104Nm of peak torque. First time users will find the engine easy to use too with its smooth power delivery and peppy initial acceleration. Datsun has remapped the engine to provide a more linear torque curve as the Go+ will be expected to carry more weight than its smaller cousin. For more info on Datsun GO+  check getreadyoregon

Although the Go+ is essentially a compact MPV and isn’t supposed to be driven hard, we were particularly impressed by how nice the engine and the exhaust note sounds when pushed hard.The easy to use characteristics continue with the way the clutch is set up. The light and progressive setup will help many first time drivers come to grips with it whereas the easy to reach gear shifter position is also helpful. That said, the gear shifts do feel slightly notchy.It produces a maximum power of 67bhp with a torque of 104Nm. It is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox, which will give a mileage of 15-20 kmpl.

Datsun GO+ Driving

The Datsun Go+ is a perfect car for the first time buyer. Not only does it offer great all-round visibility, the Go+ also offers relative ease of driving due to its light steering and relatively upright seating position. That said, as we mentioned earlier, the seats could have done with slightly more padding to offer more long term comfort. View offers on Datsun Cars from Datsun dealers in Ahmedabad at Autozhop.

The most impressive aspect of the Go+ though has to be the way it rides over rough surfaces. Not only does the go plus feel comfortable on bad roads, the way it absorbs bumps is noteworthy too. That said the front end does tend to bottom out on larger potholes.Another aspect of the Go+ that we were disappointed with is the sheer percentage of sound that filters into the cabin. Be it tyre noise, the patter of rain drops on the roof or small stones and pebbles hitting the floor pan, the Go+ isn’t a very quiet car to be in.

Datsun GO+ Safety

An aspect that the Go+ really struggles to keep up with everything else in its segment are features. For starters, the glove compartment doesn’t get a lid and the second and third row passengers do not even get an inertia reel seatbelt. What is more annoying though is the fact that the ORVMs cannot be adjusted from the cabin, a feature that should not have been skipped.

There is a simple instrument cluster that houses just one large speedometer dial and an LCD screen that houses a digital tachometer, fuel gauge and trip computer. The Go+ also comes with a basic entertainment package that offers the driver an auxiliary cable and a USB charging slot. That said, the Go+ does not feel cheap when it comes to things like the quality of the switchgear and plastics. In fact, even little things like the headlight and wiper stalks or the AC knobs feel solid and premium.

Datsun GO+ Cost in Bangalore

Datsun Go Plus On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 4,42,303 to 5,90,345 for variants Go Plus D and Go Plus Remix Limited Edition respectively. Datsun Go Plus is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Datsun Go Plus variants price in Bangalore. Check for GO+ price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

Datsun GO+ Conclusion

The all new Go+ by Dastun is a decent attempt to target the MPV market. It’s a perfect budget family MPV, which can be used as seven-seater if needed. The engine performance and fuel efficiency is very good. Though the interior space could have been better and safety features could be improved.Datsun Go+ competes with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Mobilio from Honda, although the latter two are far beyond any comparison in terms of build quality. We’ll need to wait for the fact if the performance factor can beat the latter two.


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