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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. Apply Hdfc car loan for Datsun redi GO.

Datsun redi GO Exteriors

In terms of appearance, the designers have spent a considerable amount of time in making a clearly distinct product from the sibling Kwid. The car features a funky styling which is hardly seen in cars of its class. In fact, the company has strived hard to make it look as much as a concept car, which definitely goes into its favor. The headlights of the car are a nice workup with hexagonal grille on which the Datsun badge takes the center stage. The car also boasts of segment-first LED DRLs located below the skid plate. The 1.0L badge at the back is the only way of distinguishing the more powerful version from that of 800cc one.

What’s more appealing at the outside is the sharp cut that flows from front doors and all the way to the taillights. The rear portion poses quite a radical appearance with the taillights seems to have been taken inspiration from SUVs such as Volvo XC60 and Honda CR-V. There is also a big skid plate at the back and chrome garnish on the bootlid. The car has an excellent ground clearance of 185mm which sets it on the top of its class.

Datsun redi GO Interiors

Despite the pocket-size exterior, the cabin inside is more spacious than one would have expected. Cabin access is really easy because of its high stance (compared to other budget hatchbacks) and the overall visibility is excellent, too. As you would expect, the dashboard layout is typically low-key, but the plastics are tough and hard-wearing. Otherwise the cabin is not a bad place to be – there’s a great sense of airiness compared to some of the other cars in this class, which is undoubtedly aided by the large glasshouse. Datsun has tried to make things look funky too, what with the unique rectangular centre air vent and the blue instrument panel.

The cabin is well thought-out at some places. The lower-half of the dash, for instance, gets exposed storage bins to store knickknacks and there’s decently large central stowage, too. Frontal and side visibility is excellent; however, the same cannot be said for driving comfort as both the steering column and the seat are non-adjustable for height. Also, we noticed that the lower half of the centre console eats into the foot well, ultimately fouling with the driver’s left knee. That being said, the redi-GO scores well when it comes to rear seat comfort – the high mounted bench offers good under thigh support and the upright backrest feels comfortable too. Knee and head room are better than both the Alto K10 and the Eon. The Datsun also has a flat bench, which allows the occupants more room to move and has the advantage of being easier to accommodate three people across.

While the standard redi-GO is sold in five variants, this 1-litre version can be had in either T(O) or S trim. Both come with body coloured bumpers, piano black finish for the centre console, fabric seats, central locking, MP3 audio player and power windows, but safety features like daytime running lamps and driver airbag are exclusive to the more expensive S trim.

Datsun redi GO Transmission

This Redi-GO 1.0-litre AMT continues to be powered by the same 999cc three-cylinder petrol mill from the manual trim. So the power output of 67bhp and 91Nm of torque remains the same. However, the five-speed AMT gearbox in this one uses hydraulic actuators and sensors, thus eliminating your efforts in clutching or shifting gears. The engine characteristics aren’t any different as it still starts with a judder and settles into a quiet tone. Sure, at high revs it doesn’t really sound great, but it still revs quickly and feels refined. For more info on Datsun redi GO visit Industrynewswire

Let’s get straight to the AMT gearbox then. As soon as we left the dealership to hit the congested and chaotic roads of Delhi, its typical AMT nature became evident. The gearshifts aren’t as smooth as the ones on conventional automatics, but Datsun has done a good job in containing the shift shock. You will observe the lag in gear shifts only if you step on the gas abruptly. Otherwise, the linear throttle response helps in upshifting without a fuss and makes driving enjoyable.

Thankfully, it also gets the ‘Creep’ function like the Nano, Dzire, Duster, etc. It is a relief, especially in traffic, to let the car creep ahead with the release of the brake pedal. It should also help new drivers to start off jerk-free and without letting the car roll backwards on an up-slope. Another advantage, as against the rotary gear knob in the Kwid AMT, is that it gets the option of changing gears manually. There’s a manual override to provide a better control with engine braking especially while coming down a hill. It also helps while planning a quick overtake.

Datsun redi GO Driving

The low speed ride still continues to impress and by correctly modulating the pedal, one can easily cruise around the city. The car’s 185mm ground clearance is good enough to clear everything that comes its way. We went over many undulations, potholes and rough tarmac without worrying. Never did we hear any jolt within the cabin or the suspension bottom out, thanks to the long suspension travel and high profile tyres. The soft set-up made the ride a little bouncy but didn’t put us off.

However, it is the corners where the narrow tyres and tall height make you feel that things might go awry. A lack of grip and body roll also come into the picture. So even if the car has a quick turn-in and the steering is light, it doesn’t inspire confidence in you to go fast around a set of twisties. The brakes lock up under hard braking, pointing to the absence of ABS too. But then, all this is predictable even if the car lacks the surefootedness at high speeds.

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 Cost in Hyderabad

Datsun Redi Go On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 3,10,561 to 5,07,838 for variants Redi GO D and Redi Go S 1.0L Amt respectively. Datsun Redi Go is available in 10 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Datsun Redi Go variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Datsun redi GO price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Datsun redi GO Final Thought

Even though it’s far from perfect, the redi-GO 1-litre makes a strong case for itself as a budget hatch. Its nimble on the road, has great visibility all around, it’s easy to park and drive around in the city. What’s more, the funky design helps too – it certainly attracts more eyeballs than the ever popular Maruti Alto and the equally stylish Hyundai Eon. To answer the big question, the redi-GO 1-litre, indeed, strikes a rational balance between efficiency and performance – it’s peppier and noticeably more potent in the real world than the 800cc version and as far as we can tell, it’s only marginally less efficient than the latter.

Datsun redi GO is 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.