Datsun Redi-GO 2016 launched in India at a starting price of Rs. 2.38 lakh, making it a part of the entry-level hatchback segment and one of the most affordable cars in India. There are total five Datsun Redi-GO variants and the Datsun Redi-GO price in India tops at Rs. 3.34 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom, New Delhi.) Under the hood, the ‘urban crossover’ has only one option, which is an 800 cc engine that uses the iSAT technology. The platform of the new Datsun Redi-GO is same as the Kwid but the latter is slightly longer. The Redi-GO has a length of 3,429 mm, width of 1,560 mm and a height of 1,541 mm. The ground clearance of the small hatch is the best in class at 185 mm. The car is in direct competition with Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Hyundai Eon, Renault Kwid, etc. Therefore, it isn’t going to be easy, but will Datsun Redi-GO make it? Time will tell
The Datsun redi-GO looks quite refreshing from the outside with the curvy lines and especially in this bright green colour. The hatchback gets an upright stance with a high ground clearance of 185 mm. The front gets angular headlamps, a wide Datsun grille, raked down bonnet and a sporty bumper that integrates LED daytime-running lights. These DRLs though switch off when you switch on the headlights at night. Also notice the single wiper for the front windshield to keep the costs low. On the side profile there is a deep character line running on the lower half of the body that rises sharply towards the rear and meets the tail lamps. The rear looks a tad simple with the small tail lamps. The tailgate gets a wavy patter and the brawny bumper integrates reflectors. Datsun is offering faux silver skid plates as optional, which adds to the sporty look of the redi-GO.
The redi-GO’s dashboard is washed in grey, and overall quality isn’t great. The dashboard feels as if it were built to a cost, and even the exposed sheet metal on the doors and C-pillar accentuate that feel. Thankfully, Datsun has ditched the GO’s old-school front bench seat in favour of two conventional seats, which look nice but could have offered some more comfort. To ensure that the passengers at the back remain comfortable, Datsun has restricted how far back you can push the driver’s seat. As a result taller, bigger drivers will not feel too comfortable behind the wheel despite overall space inside the car being decent for its size.
What’s more, cushioning on the seats seems good enough for city jaunts, and I’m not entirely convinced they will be comfortable on longer drives. Expectedly, seating three adults at the back is a very tight squeeze, and the seat back for the rear bench is a tad too upright as well. The redi-GO doesn’t have too much to flaunt when it comes to features either, unlike the Kwid. The Datsun makes do with a single DIN music system which feels below par. That said, it is a whole lot better than the nondescript audio system we’ve seen on the GO. Datsun is even offering USB and AUX connectivity in the redi-GO, though surprisingly it decided to not offer Bluetooth connectivity, especially when you consider the fact that cars like the Nano and the Kwid offer it. The display for the audio system though isn’t bright enough for viewing, especially during daytime.
The Datsun redi-Go borrows the same 0.8-liter SCe engine from the KWID hatchback. The 800 cc unit produces about 54 Ps of peak power and 74 Nm of torque under the hood of the KWID hatchback. Although the power figures of this new drivetrain are not our yet but expect it deliver similar figures while the gear ratios are also shortened for dynamic performance and also fuel efficiency. The 0.8 Litre engine is paired to the same 5 speed manual gearbox also which sends power to the front wheels.There is a fair chance that the redi-Go hatchback will get a new and more powerful 1.0 Litre unit which Nissan is actually working on. This unit will also be paired to a 5 speed manual while there is also a chance of an AMT transmission available as well at a later stage.
DRIVING DYNAMICS ;
Well, the first thing you notice when you are on the seat is that you sit pretty high. Almost SUV like. This is a good thing as it give a commanding view of the road and also improves all round visibility. The suspension setup is better than most cars in the segment. It handles bad roads pretty well. We found the ride to be a bit stiff. This could be to balance the additional ground clearance in the car which is best-in-class at 185mm. We were surprised with the way the RediGO went about on large speed breakers. Clearly, this is a shot in the arm for this car.
SAFETY FEATURES ;
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.
The is no denying that the Datsun redi-GO is a very well engineered car and offers a lot to the first time car buyer. The external design is very sporty with some dynamic elements and there is generous cabin space courtesy of a cab forward design. Datsun will also offers numerous customisation options at the dealership level. We know for certain that Datsun will price it very aggressively and will undercut the competition by a good margin. It’s biggest competitor will be its cousin, the Kwid, which, though pricier, feels a little more desirable with its SUV inspired design and more features. Nevertheless, it is the redi-GO, which will offer more value to the buyer and will be a tempting option as a first car.