Datsun redi GO Facelift Review & First Drive

Datsun Redi-GO Overview

Datsun has introduced a special edition model of the redi-GO hatchback in India, the new special edition model was introduced just before the festive season and is available only with the top-end, ‘S’, grade only.

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Datsun introduced the redi-GO hatchback in India recently and it is the entry level offering from the Nissan owned brand. The small car rivals the likes of the Tata Nano hatchback, the Maruti Alto800 and the Renault KWID. Offcourse it does not provide plenty of space inside and neither has rich features like its rivals. But the redi-GO has definitely hit the sweet spot in the Indian market with its pricing. Datsun Redi-GO On road price starts from 2,59,336 /-. Check for price details of Datsun Redi-GO in CarzPrice

The special edition Redi-GO Sport on the other hand only gets some cosmetic updates and few other additions inside. Although there are no changes under the hood but this becomes one of the best selling cars from Datsun.

Datsun Redi-GO Design

The exterior appearance of this AMT trim is exactly the same as the regular Redi-GO 1.0. And no, there’s not even an AMT badge to differentiate it. Even so, the attractive tallboy design with muscular wheel arches continue to impress. The funky looks paired with bright body colours is bound to catch ones attention unlike any other hatchback. The DRLs in the front, restrained use of chrome and curvy lines all over add charm to this modern-day avatar of a tallboy hatchback.

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

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.

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. For Datsun redi GO visit trauma2011.in

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 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 2,59,336 to 4,58,669 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

This is a special edition model which has received some exclusive styling on its exterior we have to agree here that the Cherry Red exterior colour with the contrasting Black lines definitely looks impressive. The addition of new Bluetooth Audio system, keyless entry and rear parking sensor are definitely advantage. The car is based on the same platform which also supports the Renault KWID hatchback as well. For those who are looking for a replacement of the Alto or the KWID can definitely get their hands on this Datsun hatchback for sure.

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