Datsun Redi GO Overview

Many Indian car buyers have shifted their buying preference to automatic cars. It doesn’t come as a surprise then that the manufacturers are adding automatic cars to their line-up. Now, Datsun has also brought in an automatic version of their quirkiest car – the Redi-GO. It will soon go up on sale powered by the 1.0-litre petrol mill mated to an AMT gearbox. Well, the demand for automatics gained momentum mainly because of the ease of driving them. There’s neither a clutch nor the constant need to shift gears. This particular version of the Redi-GO also promises to provide the same. We find out how well it manages to do just that. View offers on Datsun Cars from Datsun dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Datsun Redi GO Look

The Datsun redi-GO looks quite refreshing from the outside with the curvy lines and especially in this bright green colour. The hatchback gets an upright stance with a high ground clearance of 185 mm. The front gets angular headlamps, a wide Datsun grille, raked down bonnet and a sporty bumper that integrates LED daytime-running lights. These DRLs though switch off when you switch on the headlights at night. Also notice the single wiper for the front windshield to keep the costs low. On the side profile there is a deep character line running on the lower half of the body that rises sharply towards the rear and meets the tail lamps. The rear looks a tad simple with the small tail lamps. The tailgate gets a wavy patter and the brawny bumper integrates reflectors. Datsun is offering faux silver skid plates as optional, which adds to the sporty look of the redi-GO.

Datsun Redi GO Comfort

The Redi-GO’s dashboard is washed in grey, and overall quality isn’t great. The dashboard feels as if it were built to a cost, and even the exposed sheet metal on the doors and C-pillar accentuate that feel. Thankfully, Datsun has ditched the GO’s old-school front bench seat in favour of two conventional seats, which look nice but could have offered some more comfort. To ensure that the passengers at the back remain comfortable, Datsun has restricted how far back you can push the driver’s seat. As a result taller, bigger drivers will not feel too comfortable behind the wheel despite overall space inside the car being decent for its size.

What’s more, cushioning on the seats seems good enough for city jaunts, and I’m not entirely convinced they will be comfortable on longer drives. Expectedly, seating three adults at the back is a very tight squeeze, and the seat back for the rear bench is a tad too upright as well. The redi-GO doesn’t have too much to flaunt when it comes to features either, unlike the Kwid. The Datsun makes do with a single DIN music system which feels below par. That said, it is a whole lot better than the nondescript audio system we’ve seen on the GO. Datsun is even offering USB and AUX connectivity in the redi-GO, though surprisingly it decided to not offer Bluetooth connectivity, especially when you consider the fact that cars like the Nano and the Kwid offer it. The display for the audio system though isn’t bright enough for viewing, especially during daytime.

Datsun Redi GO Performance

The Redi go uses the same 799cc, three-cylinder petrol engine as the Kwid with identical power and torque ratings of 54hp and 72Nm respectively. However, the engine has been tuned differently in the Redigo and feels peppier off the line when compared to the Kwid. At mid-revs, however, power delivery seems to flatten and taper off as you near the redline, thus resulting in a 0-100kph time two seconds slower than the Kwid’s. Stay just above idle and this car will reward you with its competent responsiveness. Part-throttle inputs are enough to keep up with city traffic and it doesn’t give you a reason to rev the engine hard at any time. The motor packs enough punch to pull itself up inclines effortlessly and for most scenarios, it doesn’t require a downshift.

If you do end up driving hard, upshifts will be warranted at around 3,500rpm as the engine gets extremely vocal and sounds strained beyond that.You can feel the engine’s jerky nature, more so at low speeds, every time you lift off the throttle. It requires additional effort and careful pedal modulation to drive smoothly. Even the gear lever seems to rock forward and back each time you press the throttle and lift off. The five-speed gearbox isn’t smooth and shows some resistance to slot through its gates. What’s nice is that the gear throws are short and the clutch is adequately light.At idle, a lot of vibrations filter into the cabin, especially through the wheel, but these eventually settle down as the revs increase.

Datsun Redi GO Driving

The CMF-A platform underpinning the redi-GO and Kwid has been designed to offer a plusher ride as compared to sporty handling, and the trait is obvious in the Datsun, just like it is in the Renault. The ride is thus comfortable as one would expect of a car in this segment, aided by the new suspension setup at both ends which helps in absorbing potholes easily. And that said, handling isn’t exactly the redi-GO’s forte, though we would love to see it with a stiffer setup that would make it a hoot to drive around town. The steering isn’t too precise and the car tends to understeer when pushed hard around corners. The tall-boy design also tends to cause body roll, which robs you of confidence too. Grip from the tyres is good though.

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.

Datsun Redi GO Price in Hyderabad

Datsun Redi Go Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 2,39,611/- (Redi GO D) to 4,05,868/- (Redi Go S 1.0L Amt). Get best offers for Datsun Redi Go from Datsun Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Redi GO price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Datsun Redi GO Bottomline

Expect the launch to happen within 2 months of the official unveiling of the car on 14th April. This baby Datsun surely will be able to pull some crowd because of its fresh new styling and aggressive pricing. This new budget car will obviously set new standards because it underpins the same platform and is powered by the same engine of the KWID but will be positioned lower than the former.

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