Datsun redi GO Facelift Overview & Test Drive

Datsun redi GO Overview

The Datsun redi-GO is a petite and stylish budget car. It’s proven itself as a machine that’s small but fairly practical, uniquely designed but not over the top, and, with 185mm of ground clearance, it’s game for a fair amount of punishment as well.But one of the things lacking was power, and, at least in theory, it’s been fixed with this – the 1.0-litre redi-GO. It’s a good hand-me-down from the Renault Kwid and one that’s come just in time to give the redi-GO something refreshing. So, does this engine take a car that’s been designed to meet needs and needs alone, and make you want it?

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Datsun redi GO Design

The redi GO looks quite funky which may appeal to a lot to first-time car buyers looking for an entry-level hatchback. The conventional tall-boy design has just the right amount of details to grab attention.We like how the production-spec version stays true to the concept that was shown at the 2014 Auto Expo. The large hexagonal honeycomb grille, smoked out sweptback headlamps and the heavily detailed bumper give the Datsun Redi GO a lot of character. A little dab of chrome around the grille and the integrated LED daytime running lamps look neat. We do like the faux skidplate Datsun has added at the bottom, that ends up giving the hatch a raised look. Check for Datsun redi GO  in kmindia

Over to the side, you’d instantly notice the character lines that run across the length of the car. While one emanates from the headlamps and disappears into the taillamps, the other starts off from the front door and ends up at the tailgate. The Datsun Redi GO gets thin, 13-inch wheels and a set of good looking alloy wheels would have really set the car apart.The boomerang shaped taillamps look quirky and add some funk to an otherwise simple rear. The rear bumper gets a faux skid plate as well and a reflector at either end. In the Datsun redi GO 1.0L, you also find a little ‘1.0’ badge on the rear hatch. While the design isn’t path-breaking or out of the box like the Renault Kwid, it is likeable.

At 222-litres, boot space is not as big as the Kwid’s (300 litres), but offers enough storage for two average-sized bags and then some.The Datsun Redi GO looks quirky, fresh and young, unlike the Alto twins. That’s not all! Datsun has also offered a host of personalisation options comprising of 50 accessories to add a dash of fun. The five personalised kit options comprise Urban, Style, Kool, Easy Kit – enhance style, and Easy Kit – premium style.

Datsun redi GO Cabin

While the Datsun redi-GO was launched with an all grey interior, it has now been updated and all versions get sporty black interiors. The dashboard itself is well contoured though and not like the earlier plain jane slabs of plastic that you got on the Go and Go+. You also get a smart looking gloss black centre console. The infotainment setup comprises a USB and AUX input but no Bluetooth connection, which means you cannot connect your phone to the car wirelessly to play music or take and make phone calls. Storage space, too, could have been better with just one large and another smaller cupholder. The door pads also get limited storage and the glovebox is sufficient to carry your vehicle documents and some other knick-knacks.

The new redi-GO also offers a lot of space in the back seat in terms of knee room and head room but shoulder room for three people is not adequate and it could get quite cramped. The seats themselves are quite comfortable, though, with enough lumbar and under thigh support. There is no folding handrest or adjustable headrests at the back.

In terms of the front seats, although they are decently comfortable overall with the exception of being quite narrow on the top half, the distance between the steering wheel and the seats aren’t large enough for drivers 6ft and above since the seats do not slide as far back as they should ideally. Of course, most Indian men have an average height of around 5’8’ so this shouldn’t be a problem to them. On the whole, though, the redi-GO is more spacious than the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and about as spacious as the Renault Kwid.

Datsun redi GO Performance

The engine here is essentially the same one you get in the Kwid 1.0 and the output figures are identical – 68PS (14PS more than the 0.8) and 91Nm (19Nm more than 0.8). With just a 200cc bump up, the increment is genuinely impressive.Has Datsun made a new budget enthusiast car then? Well, no. The increased performance is spread out across the rev range to improve driveability. So even if you go whole hog on the throttle, expect no excitement. Even the handling package remains neutral. The steering is light in the city but could do with more weight at speed. It’s also bereft of feedback, so when our photographer asked for a hard cornering shot, for once, I wasn’t keen to oblige.

However, under normal driving conditions, the benefits are apparent. From the second you fire up the engine, you notice that the noise and vibration levels are managed better. You can still feel a fair amount of vibes from the steering and doorpads but it’s definitely better than the 0.8.Another improvement is the relative off-the-line smoothness. The 0.8 has an inherent jerkiness under light throttle but the 1.0 smoothens things out to a large extent and makes the throttle response finer. This, in my book, is the biggest gain from this engine as it makes the in-city driveability a lot better. It’s a benefit you will notice every day.

There’s also the improved mid-range performance. Not only does this motor make more torque, it also delivers it a few hundred revs earlier. So overtakes at cruising speeds won’t necessarily warrant a downshift like they would in the redi-GO 0.8. In fact, with two heavy adults on board, the car managed some sharp inclines in 3rd gear with no signs of strain from the engine.It’s also a light sipper with a rated fuel economy of 22.5kmpl – just 0.2kmpl less than its smaller engined counterpart. That number seemed odd to us and Datsun stated it’s as per the government’s new test method. It’s why the redi-GO had a claimed fuel efficiency of 25.17kmpl at launch but the brochures now read 22.7kmpl. View offers on Datsun Cars from Datsun dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Datsun redi GO Rideing

The Datsun redi-GO does share the same basic architecture as the Kwid, but the suspension setup is very very different. In fact, it comes with a unique H-shaped beam setup for the rear suspension which is a unique feature in its class. But what does that translate for the average joe? Well, for starters, the redi-GO is one of the most comfortable cars we have driven in a long time (in this segment). It is also suited much more towards ride quality as compared to handling and it shows in the way the Datsun makes short work of most bumps and potholes.

Now although the redi-GO does handle much better than other older Datsun cars, it still hates being thrown into a corner aggressively. In fact, the Datsun hatch has a tendency to understeer and the steering wheel itself lacks feel compared to, say, the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800. We also found an issue with the steering return ability on the redi-GO. Basically, take a U-Turn and the steering takes a lot of time and some manual effort to get back to the straight position. Now, normally, we would assume the issue to be a poor set of tyres, but we drove two different cars on two different set of budget tyres, and both of them had the same issue.

Even with the brakes, we felt a lack of initial bite and braking feedback until you push the pedal harder and deeper into the floor. Push too hard and the brakes lock up instantly as the redi GO does not get ABS on any variant. In terms of safety, apart from passive safety features like crumple zones, the redi-GO does get a driver airbag on the top-of-the-line variant.

Datsun redi GO Safety

Driver side airbag is standard on the top-spec variant missing out on the rest of the line-up. Besides driver side airbag, the hatchback also gets three point seat belts in front & rear, two point seat belts in rear central, rear door child safety lock and immobilizer. Styling features on the outside include daytime running lights on the top end trim, silver accent frame on front grille, ORVMs on driver & passenger side, front wiper etc. Inside the cabin it gets power steering, 2-DIN audio system, front power windows, glove box with lid, fabric seat covers, passenger side storage tray to name a few.

Datsun redi GO Price in Hyderabad

Datsun Redi Go On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 2,80,335 to 4,75,162 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 Hyderabad. Check for redi GO price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Datsun redi GO Verdict

The sibling advantage has proved to be a big boon as the Redi-Go finally gets a motor that not only offers more power but also offers better drivability. That along with refreshed and spacious cabin makes it worthy of consideration, especially for those looking to ferry a small family of four. What remains to be seen is the price point Datsun places it at. The entry-level hatchback space could get interesting.

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