Datsun redi GO Facelift Review & Test Drive

Datsun Redi-GO Overview

Datsun introduced the Redi-GO last year but unfortunately was not able to attract a lot of attention either because of its compact dimensions or lack of features or perhaps an underpowered engine. Although Datsun might not have addressed the first two issues, they took care of the third and probably the most important issue.Datsun Has decided to add a bigger engine under the hood of their entry level offering.

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The redi-Go was the first model that was introduced after the Renault-Nissan alliance’s CMF-A flexible platform which is the same platform that also underpins the Renault KWID as well. The hatchback even uses the same 799cc, a three-cylinder engine which also powers the Renault KWID. The slightly more powerful Redi-Go 1.0 Litre unit is also the same engine which has been borrowed from the Renault KWID, while Renault calls it SCe (Smart Control Efficiency), Datsun has decided to go with i-SAT name. Datsun Redi-GO On road price starts from 2,75,902/-. Check for price details of Datsun Redi-GO in CarzPrice.

Datsun Redi-GO Design

The Redi-Go lends a fresh look to the otherwise plaid styling of the entry-level compacts. At a time when price sensitivity is at its peak, the dynamic look of the Redi-Go makes the car stand out amongst the crowd.The design is bold, but not overtly aggressive. It sports a large mesh hexagonal grille up front with two large swept-back headlamps that dominate the fascia. The LED DRLs and the silver bash-plate along with the 185mm ground clearance do justice to the urban-cross styling. The tall-boy design is evident in its profile, with the flared wheel arches adding character to it.

The decked up rear gets its share of creases and contours with the small rear windscreen perched high. The kinked tail lamps along with the chrome slat on the tailgate and the contrast bash-plate make it look upmarket. The only thing that gives away the fact that this Redi-Go has a bigger engine is the 1.0 badge on the tailgate.

Datsun Redi-GO Cabin

There are hardly a couple of changes to the interiors of the AMT version. The dashboard continues with the same layout but you get a new gear lever which is thankfully much better than the rotary knob that has been fitted on the Renault Kwid. The instrument cluster misses out on a tachometer but you do get a gear position indicator. The audio system has been given a mild upgrade and it gets Bluetooth connectivity now, however, the sound quality from the speakers is absolutely disappointing. On the safety front, you get a driver side airbag only. Head room is excellent but the seats are narrow and not too supportive. Boot space is very limited too. The rear seat belts aren’t retractable which means even if you wear them, there are of no use because they won’t protect you from hitting the front seat in the event of a collision.

Datsun Redi-GO Performance

Coming to the most important part the car’s drivetrain, like we already mentioned above the Datsun Redi-GO will get the same 1.0 Litre, three cylinder engine which powers the Renault KWID 1.0 Litre hatchback.Datsun has named the petrol unit 1.0L I-SAT engine which produces about 67 bhp of peak power at 5,500 rpm and 91 Nm of torque at 4,250 rpm. The engine paired to a five-speed gearbox as standard, and unfortunately, it does not get an option of an AMT transmission like that of the KWID hatchback. The engine promises to return around 22.5 km/l, which is slightly less than that of the Kwid’s (23.01 km/l). For me info on Datsun Redi-GO click  ieso2013.in  

The AMT gearbox has been matched very nicely to the engine. It is pretty smooth in its operations if you’re driving slowly but while driving fast, you won’t be too happy with how the car jerks and then upshifts after a delay of some seconds. If you mash the throttle, the gearbox downshifts a cog or two with a delay of about 1-2 seconds. For people who drive in a regular fashion, all this won’t matter because the convenience offered is one of the biggest USPs here. Also, the AMT gets a manual mode too and it works very well, with a far lesser delay in gear shifts.

Datsun Redi-GO Rideing

The ride on the Datsun redi-GO feels stiff and is a bit bouncy on bad roads. There is a lot of movement of passengers inside the cabin and we would have liked a slightly more balanced ride. The steering is very light at city speeds but even on the highways it just doesn’t weigh up and feels so vague that it gets scary driving this car fast. You get this feeling of a disconnect between the steering and the front wheels.

The puny tyres do their job well in the city but lack grip if you push the car hard. The lack of ABS is another downer and under very hard braking, expect the car to skid a bit before coming to a halt. In fact, our test car had terrible brakes with a very long stopping distance and the pedal lacking any sort of feel while initial bite was also missing.

Datsun Redi-GO Safety

The top-end variant of New Datsun Redi-GO features driver side airbags as well, which makes for a very good offer in this segment. Along with this, the car gets disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear to give the driver a confident drive. View offers on Datsun Cars from Datsun dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Datsun Redi-GO Price

Datsun Redi Go On-Road Price in India ranges from 2,75,902 to 4,70,456 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 India.

Datsun Redi-GO Verdict

The Datsun redi-GO is a good car if you’re strictly going to drive in the city and want the convenience of an AMT. The car has light controls and decent punch for regular jaunts. Don’t expect it to drive like a large hatchback and it won’t disappoint you. The car itself is fairly basic & compact and doesn’t get too many features either. However, it’ll have low running costs for sure. Datsun doesn’t have many service centres too and that could be an issue for many people. All in all, the redi-GO’s only USP is the AMT for now, because on other counts like space, comfort and service, there are rivals that fare better.

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