Datsun redi GO Overview
When the redi-GO arrived in our garage as a long termer, I was handed over its keys. After nearly six months and 10,000km at the helm, the redi-GO has impressed in bits and disappointed in others. And similar to the launch treatment given to the Renault Kwid family, Datsun has brought in the standard car’s brawny twin brother to resolve these niggles. Almost a year after the redi-GO’s launch, we now get the redi-GO 1.0-litre. We headed to showery Goa to find out how much of a difference does 200cc and a few cosmetic changes make to the whole package. Datsun redi GO price range in India is between 2,40,144/-to 4,05,868/, check for detail pricing of Datsun redi GO in Carzprice
Datsun redi GO Design
We really like the design of the RediGo, and it surely is the most unique compact hatch design currently available in India. While the Renault Kwid also has a nice design, I do believe we have a new winner in this segment with the RediGo. When you first lay eyes on the RediGo you will notice that it clearly is a tall car, and that’s because it’s got a good ground clearance of 185mm. It’s also got a high seating position, and these are features borrowed over from a crossover vehicle. But, even though the RediGo is well under 3.5 metres, it doesn’t really look like a compact hatchback, and that’s what will really attract people to this car.
The overall design of the car is bold and fresh, and it even gets some interesting elements to make it very unique, and even seem sporty. The front bumper is designed very well and the lower section of the bumper looks like it has aerodynamic functionality, and it also gets some nice LED’s in the fog lamp slots. The wheel arches are also very prominent giving the car a little bit of muscle, and there is a strong line that extends along the side section of the body and connects with very unique tail lights. This line makes a clear distinction between the top and bottom half of the car – making the bottom section seem much sportier thanks to the nice front bumper, the wheel arches, and the sharp angles on the rear section of the car, while the top of the car remains sleek and smooth. Datsun informed us that the RediGo has been designed to keep young customers in mind, and they seem to have done a great job because the design of the RediGo will certainly appeal to many people.
Datsun redi GO Cabin
The cabin of the Datsun Redi-GO is a comfortable place to spent time. The dashboard has been splashed in grey and beige with the overall quality acceptable considering the uncluttered aspect of the car. The 1.0L version features all black interiors that show the sporty influences of the car. The black console at the center of the dashboard is the one which gives access to music system and the air-conditioner. The music system also gives provision for USB and Aux-In connectivity. The instrument cluster, on the other hand, is identical to the GO hatch with the same orange digital screen and an analog speedometer.
Another good aspect of this car is the addition of two conventional seats, ditching the traditional front bench seats. The cushioning is adequate for the city strolls. The rear seat can comfortably absorb four passengers while for the fifth, a bit of squeezing is needed. The tall seating position really gives an airy feeling inside while the overall space is decent.
Datsun redi GO Performance
Now let’s get to the juicy bit, that 1.0-litre i-SAT inline-3 cylinder engine. The unit gets a Intelligent Spark Automated Technology, a system which varies spark timing depending on the quality of fuel and how much power you desire from it. It belches out 68bhp and 91Nm of torque, an increase of 15bhp and 19Nm over the 0.8-litre unit. But how does this translate on the road? While power definitely has increased, the company has now tuned that engine deliver that power more evenly across the powerband.
A complete change from the jumpy powerhouse that sputtered out all its rage within a very short window, mostly concentrated at the bottom end of the rev range. The gearbox is the similar redi-GO 5-speed unit but engineers have added baulk rings around the gears for smoother shifts. This means that the 1.0-litre will be a delight to drive in city and bumper-to-bumper driving conditions thanks to smoother and less frequent gear changes. However, once we got to the hilly sections of our drive route, the car struggled more than its 0.8-litre twin when trying to hustle up. The company has tuned the engine for maximum fuel efficiency and that can be seen in the fact it claims to deliver ARAI certified mileage of 22.17kmpl. The 1.0L engine, on the other hand, is not far behind and able to return 22.5kmpl according to ARAI.
Datsun redi GO Rideing
The steering is also well weighted for a relaxed drive around the city, but the suspension setup did seem to be a little on the stiff side for urban driving. The RediGo does a decent job on some bumpy roads, but you will feel every bump in the cabin. However, on smooth roads and on highways the car stays well planted and offers very comfortable ride quality. I would also like to point out that the high ground clearance and seating is very nice. You will feel very confident when on bad roads and you get a great view of the road. You are also seated higher than all the other hatches and most sedans on the road, so you will feel like you are in a proper crossover. View offers on Datsun Cars from Datsun dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
Datsun redi GO Safety
With the lack of ABS, the overall braking is still consistent with easy modulation. Like the other budget cars, the brakes suit only the class of easy-driving people. The car does get driver side airbag, central locking system, engine immobilizer, front seat belts with pre-tensioners and child safety locks in the safety department.
Datsun redi GO Price
Datsun Redi Go Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 2,40,144/- (Redi GO D) to 4,05,868/- (Redi Go S 1.0L Amt). Get best offers for Datsun Redi Go from Datsun Dealers in India
Datsun redi GO Verdict
The RediGo is a product of a lot of R&D done by Nissan’s engineers in France, Japan, as well as in India. The RediGO was specifically designed for Indian consumers and they seem to have done a great job. In terms of the design it certainly stands out, and it performs very nicely in the city. Its got a spacious cabin, and we were also told that the RediGO will provide a claimed fuel economy of 25kmpl, which is very impressive. It’s hard to find something not to like about the car. It certainly is a refreshing change to see a compact hatchback that looks attractive. Datsun seem to have done a great job with this car and I do feel it could do well in the Indian market, considering that the Alto 800 and the Hyundai Eon are a little outdated as of now.