Datsun GO First Drive Review

Datsun Go On Road Price In Bangalore

Datsun GO Overview

Datsun India has upped the ante of the GO nameplate just ahead of the festive season. The Japanese carmaker has given a first major overhaul of the GO and GO Plus in the country since its introduction back in 2014. The duo gets subtle exterior changes and a much needed addition in the feature list. The GO hatchback and its mini-estate version is available across five trim levels and debuts two new body colours – Amber Orange and Sunstone Brown – respectively.

Appearance wise, the subtle changes on the redesigned bumper include vertical LED daytime running strips integrated into the blacked-out insert. The grille is slightly tweaked and the overall appearance looks a lot more appealing than before. The rear bumper also gets subtle changes to keep things fresh. Additionally, both cars will be offered with 14-inch alloy wheels for the first time. Check car loan for Datsun GO.

But the most prominent changes comes on the inside. The centre console gets a seven-inch Blaupunkt touchscreen infotainment system which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The dashboard is thoroughly revised with a new instrument cluster, proper glove box, and a conventional handbrake lever between the seats. The feature list sees new additions in terms of power windows, electric mirror adjusts, rear parking sensors, dual front airbags, and rear window wipers as standard.

Under the skin, things remain unchanged. The same Micra-sourced 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol motor which puts out 67bhp and 104Nm is mated to the five-speed manual transmission. Although the duo gets a CVT transmission in international markets, we can expect an AMT in India but that will happen sometime later.

Datsun GO Design

The first thing that will catch your attention is the redesigned bumper which now also houses vertical LED daytime running strips – offered for the first time and only offered in top-spec trim – integrated into the blacked-out inserts. The new bumper design is aggressive and modern, which uplifts the GO’s demeanour to a large extent. Although the grille remains more or less unchanged, the redesigned mesh and its contrasting surrounds make it a lot more appealing than before. The most important update is the addition of the 14-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels – another first – in the top-spec trim. Previously, Datsun offered only steel rims and even this was for the T (O) guise.

At the rear, the changes are limited to the restyled bumper. Then there is the new body colour option – Amber Orange for the GO and Sunstone Brown for GO Plus – which also adds to the appeal. On the downside, you can still find uneven panel gaps all around the car. Overall, the quirky design of the GO (and the GO Plus) has been further enhanced with the updates and they get a proper JDM styling, making both the cars a considerable alternative

Datsun GO Cabin

Kudos to the carmaker, it has now addressed the feedbacks coming from all the quarters. The earlier model was launched barebones and this has changed quite a lot with the newer version. Even the basics have been given importance this time around. What this means is that the twist and pull handbrake has been replaced by a conventional stick we are all used to. The instrument cluster has been updated incorporating a larger analogue tachometer in the display. This is especially important because the older setup makes it hard to determine the revs. Besides, the instrument shows information including digital clock, dual tripmeter, engine running time and average speed of the vehicle.

The plastics used in the newer model is improved yet not of high standard, but we can’t complain much given the price point of the car. The dashboard in the all-black cabin has also been restyled. The treat to the eyes lies at the center console in the form of 7-inch touchscreen infotainment that is powered by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. That means it gets Google Map Navigation, voice recognition, SMS/WhatsApp/Email Read, Bluetooth, USB, Aux-In as well as radio connectivity. This might really surprise many but the other cars from Renault-Nissan family such as Terrano and Captur don’t get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. So this may be a nice treat for the first time buyers.

The touchscreen unit is provided by Blaupunkt and is amongst the best one would see in a budget car. The touch response, resolution or graphics is surely going to set the benchmarks in the class. While there isn’t a rear camera offered in the car, you can get one fitted from a dealership as the screen supports camera and will relay the video feed. The rear passengers finally get power windows, the feature which was missing in the old car. Another well thought addition is the electrical adjustment of the ORVM. And then there is new rear wash wipe a feature which is often overlooked by many brands.

However, there are still some misses in the car such as non-adjustable driver seat and day/night mirror. Coming to the comfort and space, the biggest miss in the car is perhaps the non-adjustable headrests. While if you are sitting at the front, you would not complain about the lack of headrests, however, the rear passengers are likely to complain. And for the taller passengers, the integrated headrests will be at the shoulder level, which would be practically unusable for them. Check for Datsun GO in Changeonslapac

In terms of space, there is nothing special to differentiate between the older and newer model, it’s identical. Datsun GO is known for its space, especially at the rear and it is perfect for a small family. Three adult passengers can easily fit at the rear as oppose to Celerio and Wagon R. However, the middle occupant would not get much legroom, so the car should be better be perceived as a perfect 4-seater. Talking about the boot space, the 265L is still class leading which is one of the USPs of this car. Apart from this, there are several utility storages across the vehicles including the door pads, central floor console and at the rear. Overall, the interiors have been a nice overall package.

Datsun GO Engine

The spec sheet remains the same as before. The car comes powered with the same 1.2L 3-cylinder naturally aspirated 12V DOHC EFI petrol engine that produces 68PS and 104Nm of peak torque with the same 5-speed manual transmission doing its duty for transferring the power to the front wheels. This is the same unit that powers Nissan Micra Active and remains the biggest in its class in terms of power and performance.

The engine remains enthusiastic as before with high power to weight ratio. The hatch offers peppy and fun to drive experience especially if the engine is dragged to its redline. A small hitch comes due to limited low-rpm pulling potential. So, one has to really push the accelerator a little hard to get going. But this is something of advantage when you are travelling jam packed or handling the ghats. If you continue to get going, you would not face any problems whizzing in and out of the traffic.

However, the newer model is not as quick as compared to the previous version. Why? Because of the added 150kg of weight and on open stretches the car would run out of breath. And here you would need to plan overtake in advance. But there is nothing to worry much as these cars are meant for pottering within the city premises. Coming to the NVH levels, the carmaker seems to have taken the nasty feedbacks seriously. The engine sound is muffled right to some extent but it does get thrummy if you push it hard. The refinement levels in the facelift has been bettered, there is more cladding so those small pebbles and stones hitting the underbody are now better controlled.

Being a small hatchback, fuel efficiency becomes one of the top priorities. Nothing has changed in the mileage figures though, the new Datsun GO returns the ARAI certified mileage of 19.83 kms for a liter of fuel which is good looking at class it falls in.

Datsun GO Riding

The ride quality of the Datsun GO and GO Plus is supple. Drive these cars in an easy-going manner and both of them feel well planted along with decent road manners. However, you can feel the sharp bumps in the entire cabin as the suspension tends to crash at high speeds. The dampers do a good job of keeping the car settled even on uneven road surfaces. But at highway speeds, it sometimes takes time to settle down while going over the undulating surfaces.

After the initial steering play – which is a lot – the response is decent and supportive both in high-speed lane changing or manoeuvring in a congested city driving. There is an apparent body roll (more so in the GO Plus) and Datsun eliminating the antiroll bar doesn’t help the cause either. So it is uninspiring to do enthusiastic cornering in both these cars.A high ground clearance of 180mm (same as the Kwid) helps going over anything the Indian roads (or the absence of them) have to throw at the Datsun pair. The brakes provide a good stopping power but a little more bite from them would have helped. The standard ABS with EBD boosts the confidence as well. Request Datsun GO  Test drive.

Datsun GO Safety

The Datsun GO features safety bits such as driver side airbag, vehicle dynamic control, co-passenger airbag, ABS with EBD and brake assist, rear parking sensors, central locking and driver seatbelt warning as standard across the line-up. It additionally comes with rear washer, rear defogger and rear wiper. Braking power on the entry-level hatchback is derived from disc front brakes and rear drum units.

Datsun GO Price in Bangalore

Datsun Go On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 4,06,445 to 5,95,186 for variants Go D and Go T Optional respectively. Datsun Go is available in 7 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Datsun Go variants price in Bangalore. View offers on Datsun GO at Autozhop.

Datsun GO Verdict

Both the GO and GO Plus are slightly more expensive than the older cars. But now there are a host of new features and equipment which makes both the Datsuns more relevant than before. The duo also has standard airbags, ABS and EBD and added structural rigidity which makes them safer as well. However, the GO doesn’t feel as premium as its competition like the Tata Tiago, Maruti Suzuki Celerio or the Hyundai Eon. On the flip side, the engine and gearbox feels under par compared to any modern day cars that you can buy these days. Both the GO or GO Plus is a decent buy if you want a car that is well equipped, is spacious as well as practical at this price point in the Indian market.

The Japanese firm despite of all these additions, has priced the car quite sensibly. The new Datsun GO starts from Rs. 3.29 lakhs while top of the line variant is tagged at Rs. 4.89 lakhs, ex-showroom. Looking at the drastic changes this time, it seems Maruti Celerio, Tata Tiago, Maruti Wagon R and 2018 Hyundai Santro will be having tough time ahead. The new Datsun GO feels a more healthy and interesting package and goes beyond the stigma of an unsafe car. In short, it has become easier to recommend than before.

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