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Datsun GO+ Facelift Review & Test Drive

Datsun GO+ Overview

Nissan revived the Datsun brand after a huge time period and launched the GO entry-level hatchback in India. Unfortunately, the GO did not sell as well as anticipated in the market and recently the vehicle received a lot of flak for performing terribly in the NCAP crash test. Datsun has also developed an MPV based on the GO and with the recent climb in sales that MPVs are witnessing,

Datsun GO+ Test Drive

Datsun seems to be quite optimistic that it will be able to gain decent sales with the GO+. But, the Datsun GO+ competes with some products that have the backing of manufacturers with a huge service network. So how does the GO+ perform? Does it have what it takes to capture the market? A nice drive through Rishikesh, Uttarakhand allows us to test the GO+ and its capabilities.

Datsun GO+ Look

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+ Cabin

Except the 3rd row, inside of the GO+ is identical to the hatch sibling. The dash and door panels are of ‘greige’ (mix of grey + beige) colour. Though plastic quality is very basic and just above satisfactory, sturdiness of the panels is a point worth mentioning here.We quite liked the black centre console that looks quite finished and smoother than the rest of the dashboard which carries a grainy texture. Quality of the plastic panels is decent & the GO+ uses the Sunnys-shaped door handles (save for the chrome).The GO+ uses an old school ‘stick’ type locking knobs, which might remind you of the car in which u learnt driving, but admiring them is a bit difficult. Central locking is available on the top-end variant only. The roof feels damn flimsy. There’s a lot of crunching & crinkling when you push the lining a few inches before hitting the roof. The sun visors have been carried over from the GO and don’t get vanity mirrors.

​​​​​​​The Go+’s wheelbase is longer than most of our hatchbacks. As a result, there’s ample space in both the rows. What we also liked is the decent shoulder and headroom. Ingress and egress is convenient. Corners of the dashboard slope inward, which is a boon for older drivers who sit first and then swing their legs. Though, an adjustable steering would have made it very comfortable.GO+’s front seats are ‘connected’ to each other – like the HM Ambassador. The driver’s chair is a conventional one, it’s the front passenger’s seat that has an extension to fill the gap. Datsun says that area in-between is useful for placing knick knacks & handbags. But we think –it’s not that thoughtful because in case someone tries to sit there(which we’re sure many would), can be risky.The seats feel offers ample comfort and feels more foamy than cushiony. It gets integrated headrests and the seat cushioning remains thin. Knees of the rear occupant can be felt through the seat, which’s annoying on certain occasions. Check for Datsun GO+  in kmindia

Datsun GO+ Gearbox

The Datsun GO+ MPV is also powered by the same engine which also does duty on their Go hatchback because Datsun has not yet introduced any other engines in the Indian market yet neither any product. However, it will be interesting to find out whether this three cylinder 1.2 liter engine which returns 68 bhp of peak power and 104 Nm of torque mated to a 5 speed manual transmission will be powerful enough to carry a vehicle with 7 passengers inside it. The 1.2 Liter engine fitted under the hood of the Datsun Go is definitely smooth and refined but after all it is a 3 cylinder engine push it hard and it surely sounds unhappy.

Datsun also has plans to introduce an automatic transmission in the near future and a diesel engine which will power both the Go hatch and the Go+ MPV.Beside all this the tiny 13 inch thin tyres and the overall lightweight of the vehicle will contribute towards returning an impressive fuel economy which will definitely impress many in the Indian market specially keeping the soaring petrol prices in mind.

Datsun GO+ Riding 

The Datsun GO+ has a really good ride quality and the suspension managed to absorb most bumps very well. The driver as well as the passengers remained quite comfortable on most bad patches of road and the vehicle too remained very composed. At speeds above the ton, the GO+ remains fairly stable but while taking corners or driving a bit quickly through twisties, we did encounter a fair amount of body-roll. In all of these situations, the vehicle did not lose form and never did we feel that it will go out of control. The MPV gets a speed-sensitive electric power steering. View offers on Datsun Cars at Autozhop.

The steering is very light and it is devoid of feedback. The lightness comes in useful while driving on crowded roads or while parking and at higher speeds it does weigh up a bit. Handling is quite crisp and this is actually a fun-to-drive car, just let down by a poor choice of tyres. The puny 13-inch Strada tyres offer just average grip and they disappoint big time. It is clear that Nissan is using them just to save costs. An upgrade to 14-inch wheels will really add to the vehicle’s handling characteristics.

Datsun GO+ Safety

Safety is one of the biggest concerns with the Go +. When its younger sibling, the Datsun Go, was put through the Global NCAP crash test, the results were dismal. It scored zero stars and the testing authority claimed that even if the Go were to be tested with airbags, the results would bear no difference. The car’s structure was just so bad. The Go + is similar to the Go in terms of structure and this is where our concerns lie. Datsun had to trade off a features to keep the costs in check and safety seems to have taken the biggest brunt. While the Go + is sold with an optional driver airbag, we highly recommend looking for a safer alternative.

Datsun GO+ Price in Hyderabad

Datsun Go Plus On-Road Price in Hyderabad 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 Hyderabad. Check for GO+ price in Hyderabad at Cazrprice.

Datsun GO+ Verdict

The Datsun GO+ is a compact vehicle with a good engine, great ride and handling and decent fuel economy. It lacks on the safety front and in case of an unfortunate breakdown, it could be hard to locate a Nissan-Datsun service centre. But it is going to be a really cheap 7-seater and could be a great choice for someone who actually wants all those seats and is on a tight budget. For others, who really do not require a 7-seater, there are better options like the Maruti Wagon R and Hyundai i10 available in the market or the Maruti Ertiga and Honda Mobilio if buyers can stretch their budgets. Still, as far as value for money goes, this Datsun is hard to beat.

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.

Datsun GO Facelift Overview & Performance

Datsun GO Overview

Datsun GO has received an update after a gap of four years. Changes to the hatchback have been made on the cosmetic front and it gets additional features that make it a better package altogether. In addition, the car maker has added new colour options to the carline. Styling changes have been made to the five-seat layout cabin; it now comes layered with a premium instrument cluster, sporty bolster cushioning and a host of other bits. Packed with the above changes, the Datsun GO price in India is pegged competitively. Datsun GO On road price starts from 3,53,701 /-. Check for price details of Datsun GO in CarzPrice.

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Datsun GO Design

The first thing that will catch your attention is the redesigned bumper which now also houses vertical LED daytime running strips – offered for the first time and only offered in top-spec trim – integrated into the blacked-out inserts. The new bumper design is aggressive and modern, which uplifts the GO’s demeanour to a large extent. Although the grille remains more or less unchanged, the redesigned mesh and its contrasting surrounds make it a lot more appealing than before. The most important update is the addition of the 14-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels – another first – in the top-spec trim. Previously, Datsun offered only steel rims and even this was for the T (O) guise.

At the rear, the changes are limited to the restyled bumper. Then there is the new body colour option – Amber Orange for the GO and Sunstone Brown for GO Plus – which also adds to the appeal. On the downside, you can still find uneven panel gaps all around the car. Overall, the quirky design of the GO (and the GO Plus) has been further enhanced with the updates and they get a proper JDM styling, making both the cars a considerable alternative

Datsun GO Cabin

The interiors have been given a heavy revision. The dashboard gets a new design which looks more appealing than the older cars. The GO gets a full black layout for the dash while the GO+ gets a dual-tone theme. Fit and finish has improved a lot and so has the quality of materials used in the cabin. The handbrake has been moved to its conventional location. The older GO came with only speakers and a port to mount your phone but now it gets a Blaupunkt touchscreen audio system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, etc. Sound quality is just average though. The USB port has been placed a bit inconveniently below the centre console.

Datsun claims that the vehicles come with anti-fatigue seats but honestly the front seats are quite thin and they lack proper support for the under-thigh while support for the back is good. Also the centre console which houses the gear lever is very large and it keeps hitting the knee of the driver and front passenger which gets really annoying because leg space is already very less. The seats aren’t very wide though. The rear seats offer average comfort but knee room is limited, more so when there’s a tall passenger sitting upfront. The GO has enough boot space for a couple of small bags while the GO+ comes with a third row which again has extremely limited space and isn’t suited to full-size adults. With the third row up, boot space in the GO+ is very negligible but with the last row folded, the cargo capacity gets increased drastically.

Datsun GO Performance

Under the hood of the GO and GO Plus is the same 1,198cc three-cylinder petrol motor as the older models. We know the older car was peppy in nature, and with the same Micra-sourced engine, this characteristic should have been retained. But to our surprise, this isn’t the case. Off the line, the Datsun is smooth but once on the move, there is no low-end grunt whatsoever. Under 2,000 rpm, there is no torque from the engine and it has to be revved higher to gain any kind of moment. Check for Datsun GO in aryavarta.co.in  

The motor feels best in the mid-range (past 2,500rpm) which was decent for both city and highway commute. In higher gears, the revs take their own sweet time to climb, and the speed gathered isn’t as much as you’d expect. Moreover, keeping the revs high in a city vehicle seems a bit ridiculous, because the engine noise at the higher rpm is anything but pleasant.But the biggest issue is its notchy gearbox. There’s a rubbery feel to it, and shifting gears is cumbersome, especially in traffic. It takes unnecessary effort sometimes to slot in the gear, and this gearbox is not meant for quick shifting.

Datsun GO Rideing

The suspension set up on the GO is pliant for our roads. The ride isn’t very plush but it is comfy enough unless the roads get really bad. The suspension travel is long and the GO siblings have a significant amount of body roll, which feels even more pronounced in the GO+ and sudden lane changes aren’t confidence inspiring. The steering doesn’t provide much feedback and is kind of vague. Braking performance is also pretty average and pedal doesn’t have a sharp bite.

Datsun GO Safety

The Datsun GO features safety bits such as driver side airbag, co-passenger airbag, ABS with EBD and brake assist, rear parking sensors, central locking and driver seatbelt warning as standard across the line-up. It additionally comes with rear washer, rear defogger and rear wiper. Braking power on the entry-level hatchback is derived from disc front brakes and rear drum units.View offers on Datsun Cars from Datsun dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Datsun GO Price

Datsun Go On-Road Price in India ranges from 3,53,701 to 4,82,229 for variants Go D and Go Remix Limited Edition respectively. Datsun Go is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Datsun Go variants price in India

Datsun GO Verdict

The Datsun GO 2018 facelift gets styling changes on the outside as well as inside. Datsun has also packed additional features such as a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, which is a segment-first feature. Overall, it is a better package than the pre-facelift version.The Datsun GO siblings feel better than before now but there is still a lot of room for improvement. If you really need a 7-seater on a tight budget, the GO+ is the only choice in the market but if you just need a regular hatchback, the GO is a decent proposition if the car will be used strictly within the city. Hyundai is going to launch the all new Santro very soon and this is one car that is likely to have an upper hand over the GO. Cars like the Tata Tiago also make for a good choice, if you can stretch your budget slightly.