Datsun GO Hatchback First Drive & 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 price range in India is between 3,57,992 to 4,78,480, check for detail pricing of Datsun GO in Carzprice

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Datsun GO Design

The Go gets a series of visual updates and they do their job rather well. While the trademark hexagonal grille gets a new mesh, the talking point at the front is the new bumper. More angular and sportier, even more than the original Go’s, the bumper immediately gives the hatchback’s face more personality. Also, new to the Go are LED DRLs, though they are only unique to the new top-spec T(O) versions. At the sides, it’s the larger wheels that immediately distinguish the updated car – upsized to 14-inches and shod with 165/70 tyres, they enhance the Go’s stance. Diamond-cut alloy wheels, like the ones on the car pictured here, are exclusive to the T(O) variant. They do so much for the look that they are worth stretching your budget for. Of the other things, the body-coloured caps for the wing mirrors are also new. The roof rails you see on the pictured car are from Datsun’s accessories range and are just for show – they can’t lift any load.

The revised Datsun Go’s rear end is identifiable by the new bumper and a chrome lip at the base of the tail gate. While it is not a design detail, the rear wiper is also a fresh inclusion on the top-spec version. There’s no rear defogger, however. In all, the Go looks far more appealing than before, with the new Amber Orange colour also helping give the car a more youthful persona.

Datsun GO Cabin

Unlike the exterior, the interiors are brand new. While the overall plastic quality is only slightly better, there is an all-new, all-black dashboard which gets a much cleaner layout. The centre AC vent design has been changed as well and they are now a part of the the top layer of the dashboard.

The non-adjustable steering wheel is the same unit as before but now comes in black. There is a brushed aluminium-like plastic cladding, which makes it look more premium. There are no buttons for audio or phone calls here, a feature which would have been a definite value addition. The instrument cluster is now borrowed from the Micra. When compared to the outgoing models, the new version gets an analog tachometer on the left. The small orange backlit MID (multi-info display) at the bottom displays the odometer, trip metre, distance-to-empty, time and fuel level. Strangely, there is no lane change indicator, which is a very basic yet useful feature.

The biggest change here has to be the centre console, which now features a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This system is responsive to use and features crisp graphics for menus. It also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity apart from the usual USB, Bluetooth and Aux inputs. Datsun will also offer a rear parking camera as an accessory, which sends the video feed to this screen. Sadly, the disappointing audio quality from the two-speaker setup takes away from the experience a bit. Below the touchscreen are knobs for the manual AC. The USB and AUX-in ports are placed a bit oddly on the panel below the gear shifter, away from the line of sight.

The gear lever is no longer a ‘floating’ unit as there is centre console compartment going all the way to the bottom. The 12V socket has been retained, but the cap is still not attached or connected to the socket, making it easy to misplace. And following customer feedback, the dash-mounted handbrake lever has been removed and has been replaced with a conventional lever between the seats.Check for Datsun GO in ieso2013.in  

Speaking of seats, Datsun has reworked them and they are now called ‘Anti-Fatigue Seats’ These feel well cushioned and supports your backs even on longer journeys. However, there is no height adjustment for the driver’s seat, while the steering wheel continues to be non adjustable. This can make finding a comfortable driving position a bit tricky. Nevertheless, you now get electrically adjustable ORVMs, which is an added convenience.

Although the rear seat offers adequate headroom and legroom, you sit a bit low with the knees pointing upwards, which gives you the impression that the seats lack under-thigh support. Shoulder room feels wider than cars in its category and is just enough to squeeze three average-sized adults, albeit for shorter journeys. Sadly, there are a few things missing here as well, including adjustable headrests, rear centre armrest and lack of storage options as you only have one centre bottle holder and seat back pockets.\

Datsun GO Performance

The Go uses the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine as before, and its 68hp and 104Nm power and torque figures, respectively, are par for the course for this class of car. Still, performance is more than adequate for town. Initial response is a bit meek, but by 2,000rpm the engine gets into its rhythm and makes the Go feel peppy and light on its feet. The Datsun is quite well-suited to the urban grind, though the 5-speed gearbox should have been smoother in its shifts.

The Datsun Go picks up pace smartly, but the engine runs out of steam at highway speeds. Cross 80kph and you’ll also sound off the speed buzzer – a new addition that will be required by law, come April 2019. The Go is not a car that you’d be inclined to drive much faster than needed, to begin with. The light body (it tips the scales at 846kg) tends to move about in crosswinds, and it isn’t as sure-footed under hard braking as we’d have liked either. Still, the inclusion of ABS makes a world of a difference to confidence behind the wheel. Ride quality is good, if on the firmer side, for the most part and what also comes handy on patchy surfaces is the 180mm of ground clearance. View offers on Datsun Cars from Datsun dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

An area where the Go has made an improvement is in refinement. There’s more cladding so you no longer hear pebbles and small stones, kicked up from the road, clunking around in the wheel wells. You hear less of the engine too. The three-cylinder engine does get thrummy when you extend it and you can feel vibrations on the gear lever at idle.

Datsun GO Rideing

The Datsun GO gets a 10mm bump in ground clearance (now 180mm) thanks to the larger 14-inch wheels. This has also lead to a slightly different suspension setup, which, in this case, is better than before. The suspension takes on speed breakers and undulations with ease, cushions you well. This characteristic is even retained at higher speeds, as the car remains stable over broken roads and bad patches. What’s even more impressive is that the car is quick to settle down after hitting a pothole or bump. At triple digit speeds, though, it does feel a bit bouncy, but that’s something which is common across this category of cars.

Although engine noise is better insulated than before, the floorboard insulation still feels lacking as even the smallest pebble hit makes a sharp noise inside the cabin. Overall, the NVH levels have been improved to a point where it is now acceptable. As far as handling is concerned, it’s a car best suited for city use. The steering is light and lets you make quick turns or u-turns in traffic. However, the feedback from the unit feels a bit vague at high speeds and sudden lane changes doesn’t inspire much confidence. A slightly heavier steering would have gone a long way to help with that. Book a test drive for Datsun GO .

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.

Datsun GO Price

Datsun Go On-Road Price in India ranges from 3,57,992 to 4,78,480 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 2018 Datsun Go’s prices start at Rs 3.29 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the base D trim. The mid-spec A, A(O) and T trims come in at Rs 3.99 lakh, Rs 4.29 lakh and Rs 4.49 lakh, respectively, and cost about the same as corresponding versions of the old car. Factor in the additional kit on offer, and what is clear is that the Go packs in far more value than before. The top-spec T(O)’s Rs 4.89 lakh price is also competitive, when you see the equipment it comes with.

The changes to the Go make it feel significantly better than before. It feels like a more wholesome package and its appeal finally goes beyond the promise of low running and maintenance costs that Datsun has relied on to pull in buyers so far. While only a straight up comparison with the likes of the Tata Tiago and Maruti Suzuki WagonR will tell if it’s the best car for the money, the Go has certainly become far easier to recommend than ever before.

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