Datsun GO+ Test Drive

Datsun GO+ Overview

Datsun in 2014 gave the MPV segment a more affordable competitor in the form of GO Plus. It started off its innings with the GO hatchback and MPV, however due to tepid response over the years, the Japanese carmaker decided to give the car a major overhaul. Recently, Datsun launched the updated version of GO Plus MPV in the country and just ahead of the festive season. The new MPV gets appreciable changes on the outside and inside along with enhanced safety while the engine remains the same. Datsun GO+ is the most compact alternative to the larger MPVs as the company quotes the car as station wagon or an estate that offers 5+2 seating arrangement. Check for SBI car loan.

Datsun GO+ Style

On the outside, though the changes are subtle but the appealing and styling has been increased a notch especially when we look at the new sunstone brown coloured GO Plus. The vehicle seems to be attention grabbing at first glance. And the major reason why it looks more eye-catching is the inclusion of 14-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, replacing the old steel setup. The tyres are also wide that not only provide better grip on road but also enhance the road presence as opposed to the tiny wheels in the previous version.

The ORVMs now gets contrasting body colour which is good move looking at what previous car was offering. However, Datsun has decided to go the conventional way by placing the indicators just above the wheel arches instead of integrating it in the ORVM itself. The dual tone roof rails looks awesome. And yes, what makes the MPV different from the hatchback is the length which remains the same, however, the height has been slightly increased to 1507mm from previous 1490mm.

Now moving to the front, the alterations are understated. The vehicle features heavy chrome embellishment, a bigger grille and the revised bumper with more noticeable creases. Though the fog lights are still missing in the car but the automaker has compensated that with the daytime running LEDs which does enhances the looks. Besides, the hood is identical and sculpted while the large headlights are carried forward from the previous version. Check for Datsun GO+ in Iftr2015hyd

Coming to the rear profile, it looks a bit serene than the front one. The bumper has been revamped also featuring rear parking sensors, chrome strip at the bottom of the trunk lid, rear wash wiper and a neat spoiler to enhance the appeal. The large tail lights are identical to the previous model. So, the updated MPV is certainly a notch above the earlier model which might pave way for its success in the segment.

Datsun GO+ Space

The effort of the automaker is really appreciable as it has now seriously paid heed to feedbacks it has been getting all these years. Why? Because the previous model was really a barebones and also lacks quality fit and finish of an MPV. But this has been drastically changed this time around with even the minor things has given due importance. For instance, the twist and pull handbrake in the earlier model has been replaced by traditional setup. Then there is updated three-pod instrument cluster which now integrates a bigger analogue tachometer. It also shows usual info on vehicle journey including tripmeter, digital clock, instant fuel economy, average speed and engine running time.

Coming to the quality, though the plastics across the vehicle has been bettered yet it is not great either. But looking at the price range the car falls in, we can’t nit-pick. The dual tone black and beige cabin does evoke a sense of richness and is a good move towards enhancing the ergonomics inside. The star of the cabin has to be definitely the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The unit also gives access to Google Map navigation, Bluetooth, Aux-In, USB, voice recognition and all the necessary stuff that comes with Android and Apple OS for automobiles such as SMS/Email/WhatsApp. What may be disappointing for many is the less than average audio quality as the infotainment is offered by Blaupunkt.

But on the other hand, the comfort factor is that Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is still not available even in cars in the same family such as Terrano and high end Captur. So for the first time buyers, this feature can prove to be a unique selling point. The touch response of the infotainment is slick and although there isn’t any rear camera in the car, one can get it added at a dealership and it will work perfectly. The AC vents have been given horizontal shape while the rotary controls for air conditioner have been integrated in the same console featuring the touchscreen infotainment. Another important change is the addition of power windows at the rear as well as electrical adjustment of the outside rear view mirror. And of course, the carmaker has added a rear wash wipe, an important feature often ignored by many manufacturers.

But there are some things which you have to still compromise in the car. The driver seat can’t be height adjusted and you don’t even get a day/night mirror. Now moving to the most important factor and i.e. comfort and space, here the carmaker misses on headrest adjustability. If you are sitting at the front, you won’t be facing any trouble; however, the lack of headrests could create problems for the rear occupants. And if it comes to taller occupants, the same headrests will come at par with the shoulder level, which would be useless in terms of practicality. The second row can absorb two adult passengers with ease, however if you add the third passenger in the row, the lack of legroom will make him uncomfortable.

The GO Plus give you additional row at the back but don’t mistaken the third row for adult passengers. The space out there is strictly limited to kids and they would find it comfortable there. The boot space stands at 265L but folding the third row will extend it to 347L but unfortunately the third row won’t fall flat which limits its usability. However, it is still bigger and adapting as compared to normal hatchbacks. Another area where the carmaker could have improved is the storage spaces. This means a large bag with a couple of small bags can be placed there. While there is a lot for the front passengers as they get shelf above the deep glovebox and stowage at door pads and cubbies at the central floor console, the rear passengers gets only single bottle holder at the center. Bottle holders at the door pads could have been a nice addition. Overall, the carmaker has worked hard to improve the inner quality.

Datsun GO+ Engine

The specifications are identical to that of the previous model. The 1.2L 3-cylinder petrol engine which is also doing its duty in Nissan Micra churns out 68PS and 104Nm of torque. While the motor produces the same amount of power, the torque helps the car take off with eagerness with the added weight of 40 kgs. The power is transferred to the front wheels via 5-speed manual transmission. The engine remains excited and as soon as you put your foot down, it responds pretty quickly.

The MPV is comfortable enough to potter around in city traffic even in high gears. But what is nicer is that the driver will not need to go for low gear in most situations as the car pulls quite efficiently in high gears. It can be dragged to high rpm but going to that far will trigger the engine to create noise. Also a small hiccup can be expected because of low-rpm restriction so the driver needs to really push the speed slightly up to get the MPV going. Overall, the car offers decent drivability to carry small family with large luggage or larger family with low luggage.

The engine of the Datsun GO MPV is pretty refined. This has to be refined and efficient as people in India are pretty mileage cautious. Given the requirement here, Datsun claims that the car can deliver 19.83kmpl, certified by ARAI. However, real world mileage will be around 15kmpl and if driven sedately it could return 17-18kmpl.

Datsun GO+ Driving

The suspension system in the MPV has been slightly improved following the feedbacks of the consumers. Now it has been tuned a bit to make it more comfortable for Indian road conditions. The upgraded suspension setup which Datsun calls it ‘Ride Control Advanced Suspension’ deals with extra load at the rear quite well. It also helps the car gulps bumps and ruts reasonably well. It does roll a bit while cornering hard which is due to high ground clearance of 180mm, soft springs and lack of anti-roll bars.

The steering wheel is light and even though you will feel it responsive, the feedback coming from it will be slightly insufficient. Driving at highway speeds can be disappointing as the car can lose its breath. The sound insulation has been improved and a step ahead of the previous model.

Datsun GO+ Safety

The braking system comprising of front disc and rear drum is average and the pedal lacks sharp bite as opposed to the other MPVs. But inclusion of ABS instils confidence in the driver. The Japanese automaker has really upped the ante this time by drastically updating the safety department. The new Datsun GO Plus now comes loaded with standard safety kit which includes dual airbags, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, rear parking sensors and follow me headlamps. This has really changed the game altogether for the car.

Datsun GO+ Cost in Pune

Datsun Go Plus On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 4,77,136 to 6,88,799 for variants Go Plus D and Go Plus T Optional respectively. Datsun Go Plus is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Datsun Go Plus variants price in Pune. Check for Datsun GO+ price in Autozhop.

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.

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