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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

The tall stance of Datsun Redi-Go and the angry face ensures an aggressive look with appropriate use of chrome running along the front grille. Datsun Redi-Go looks no different than the regular 800cc variants of the car but does get daytime running lamps (DRLs) on the top-variants (1L engine option is available only on the top-variants). The rear of the car hosts the 1.0L badge for identification but otherwise there is no major differentiator from the regular variants. It would have been interesting to get some exterior changes but the point was also to be cost competitive with Alto and Kwid.

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.View offers on Datsun redi GO  in New Delhi at Autozhop.

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.

Datsun redi GO Engine & Gearbox

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.To know more information on Datsun redi GO visit Jsrr

Datsun redi GO Driving Dynamics

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 & Security

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.Apply car loan for Datsun redi GO at Fincarz.

Datsun redi GO Price in New Delhi

Datsun Redi GO On Road Price is 3,34,210/- and Ex-showroom Price is 2,73,301/- in New Delhi. 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. 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.