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Datsun redi GO Overview

This is Datsun’s third year of operations in India and it still hasn’t quite been able to actually put up a product that could shake up the segment in which it is operating. The GO and the GO+ came and went without making much of a mark, but with the Redi-GO, Datsun can think of taking the fight to the likes of Alto, Eon and the Kwid. Datsun says that this is the perfect city slicker. To put their claim to test, we spent some time driving the car in Kolkata and here is what we think of it. Check for Datsun redi GO price in Bangalore at Autozhop.

Datsun redi GO Exterior & Style

The Datsun Redi Go is quite an appealing car. The hatchback has a tall boy appearance. In terms of design, it gets a large Datsun front grille that has honeycomb mesh. The front grille when has chrome surrounds. The headlamps are slender and look attractive. There are daytime running LEDs, which switch off when you turn on the headlamps. The side profile makes it look like a tall boy. There are sharp creases that are running on the silhouette of the Redi Go. The wing mirrors are black in colour and not even body coloured.

The tyres on the Redi Go look small due to the tall proportions of the hatchback. The rear looks attractive with its sleek and small tail lamps.There are reflectors on the rear bumper. There is a line that runs across the car and ends underneath the tail lamp. The Redi Go has a ground clearance of 185mm, which is the best in its class. There is no rear wiper either.

Datsun redi GO Interior &B Space

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 Engine & Gearbox

The Datsun Redi-Go is powered by a 799cc iSAT (Intelligent Spark Automated Technology) engine which produces 53bhp@5,678rpm and 72Nm@4,386rpm. Unsurprisingly, the Redi-Go makes use of the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF-A platform which also forms the underpinnings of the Renault Kwid. The claimed fuel efficiency is the same as that of the Kwid, at 25.17kmpl. The engine, gearbox and transmission are shared with the Kwid as well. Datsun might also give an AMT option in the redi-GO in a few months’ time. For more info on Datsun redi GO visit Bioinformatica

The Redi-GO has a sprightly drive. Slot the gear-shifter into first and the car darts off with urgency. One needs to build up the revs till 2,500rpm for the torque to start kicking in. The gearshifts are not exactly smooth. You will need some time to figure out the responses to the gear inputs. The mid-range on the RediGO is not exactly driver-friendly. Overtaking manouevres need quick downshifts and a sharp prod on the throttle. It has enough power to trundle through the city, but highways runs might not seem that interesting. For example, with the AC fan on ‘3’, and two people inside, the car did feel as if it is out of breath on inclines. But for city runabouts, the engine has enough grunt.

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 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.

Datsun redi GO Braking & 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 Cost in Bangalore

Datsun Redi GO On Road Price is 3,17,231/- and Ex-showroom Price is 2,61,300/- in Bangalore. Datsun Redi GO comes in 8 colours, namely Red Sport,Lime,White,Grey,Grey Gold,Ruby,Silver,Silver Gold. Datsun Redi GO comes with FWD with 799 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 53 bhp@5678 rpm and Peak Torque 72 Nm@4386 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Datsun Redi GO comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Datsun redi GO Conclusion

We have spent a fair amount of time with the Redi-GO and we can definitely say that Datsun has upped its game with the Redi-GO, be it the bold and catchy design or the clean, clutter-free interiors. Datsun did not quite found the footing in the Indian automotive industry that it had been looking for with the GO and the GO+. But, the Redi-GO has quite the potential for it to become a hot-selling car and turn around the fortunes for Datsun. One of its USPs will definitely be the looks. We got plenty of stares and many a questions while driving on the streets of Kolkata and we had positive answers for most of them. Pricing is a key factor in driving sales for the Redi-GO and Datsun nailed it by undercutting the prices of rivals like Eon, Alto and the Kwid as well. Datsun launched the redi-GO at a starting price of ₹ 2.38 lakh; with the features and performance on offer, it seems like a good proposition.

Available in five trims, the price of Datsun Redi GO starts from Rs. 2.49 lakhs for the basic D variant while the top end S model with AMT transmission can be purchased at the price tag of Rs. 3.96 lakhs. All prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi. Redi GO has certainly tightened the competition in the group where Renault Kwid, Maruti Alto 800, Maruti Alto K10 and Hyundai Eon are already luring the budget conscious car buyers of India.

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