Datsun redi Go Overview
It’s a well-known fact that the Datsun Redigo and the Renault Kwid share the same platform, and that while they have many mechanical bits in common, each car has its own distinct character. Now, Datsun has been steadily following in the Kwid’s successful footsteps, and like its French cousin (and rival), the Redigo, too, came with same 0.8-litre (BR08) engine, followed by the 1.0-litre (BR10) motor. Hence, it was only a matter of time before Datsun introduced an automated manual transmission (AMT) version of the Redigo, and it’s finally here.
Datsun redi Go Look
Datsun has done an amazing job with the redi-Go, with the design closely resembling the original concept. With its young, fresh styling based on Datsun’s new Yukan theme which means brave and bold in Japanese, the redi-Go also manages to make the Go siblings look outdated.Check for Datsun redi Go price in New Delhi at Tryaldrive.
The front is dominated by the large hexagonal radiator grille with its chrome surround and a matte black mesh. It does look large for the overall profile but then Datsun wants it to be a signature trait that will also be seen on its future offerings. The wraparound headlights have a sleek design with chrome detailing on the inside. The front bumper gets a series of crease lines which makes the lower portion appear wider. Instead of fog lamps, it gets LED DRLs which we believe will only be offered in the top-end variant or as an optional accessory. The recess above the DRLs gets circular and squarish slots which make the design look unfinished. Front bumper also gets a plastic cladding to mimic a bash plate which is a smart addition.
The first thing that you notice on the side profile is its height. Datsun claims that the tallboy design was not only done for aesthetics but also to provide better ingress and egress compared to that of its competition. Also, for substance on the side profile, there are two distinct character lines that flow along the length creating multiple layers. In addition, it gets flared wheel arches and bulging contours, especially on the rear. This is further accentuated with its tall ground clearance of 185mm, which is greater than that of the Alto 800 (160mm), Eon (170mm) and even the Renault Kwid (180mm).
The redi-Go measures 3,429mm in length, 1,560mm in width and 1,541mm in height which makes the redi-Go shorter than the Hyundai Eon by 66mm, wider by 10mm and taller by 41mm.On the rear profile, the sharply raked character line gels into the tailgate to create the effect of a slingshot. The clear lens tail lights have been placed at a higher position which offers better visibility to cars around you. The redo-Go’s rear bumper is wide and gets a chrome-treated exhaust pipe neatly tucked underneath. The faux skid plate can be seen on the rear bumper too. It is a step towards making the redi-Go appear like an ‘urban-cross’ (as Datsun likes to call it), but to me it just looks like a jazzy A-segment tallboy, at best.
Datsun redi Go Comfort
The instrumental cluster doesn’t feel as modern as the Kwid’s digital unit but displays the same amount of information like fuel efficiency, distance to empty, gear shift indicator and trip distances. The redi-Go shares it three-spoke steering wheel with the Go range. The centre console isn’t reminiscent of the Go though and gets a comparatively premium layout with a piano finished bezel around the single-DIN audio unit and the HVAC controls. Also, the redi-Go’s entertainment unit offers USB connectivity too which is missing in the more expensive Go series. Is it better than the Renault Kwid? Not when you consider the Duster-sourced 7-inch touchscreen system, which comes with satellite navigation system and bluetooth telephony.For more information on Datsun redi Go visit Emikolo
Being 6’1 in height, I always have trouble crawling inside the cabin of entry-level hatchbacks, but in the redi-Go, it wasn’t the case. The tallboy cabin design was of great help. In addition, the cabin offers generous headroom. The cabin can accommodate four average-sized adults and a kid; however, taller occupants will find it uncomfortable with the shortage of kneeroom in both the rows. I also felt that the seats were tad too small. In addition, both row seats lack under thigh support as well. However, I liked the tall seat positioning which Datsun claims was done intentionally to give a better visibility of the road.
In terms of practicality, the front door panels don’t offer useful storage maybe enough space for a tablet device or a notebook. The glove box too is shallow on space and can only hold the vehicle documents at best. Under the dash, there are cubby pockets to make space for knick knacks. The 222-litre boot is sufficient to carry one average size suitcase, but the higher placed loading lip makes it difficult to haul.There are certain areas that highlight various cost-cutting measures like the lack of enough cladding around the pillars(exposed metal instead), seat mechanism and foot well or just having one reversing lamp instead of the usual two.
Datsun redi Go Gearbox
Since we’ve covered the 68hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine in more detail earlier, we’ll focus on the 5-speed automated manual transmission here. The good news is that this car gets a creep mode, although it is unusually slow. This function is good when parking, however, in traffic, one will need to use the accelerator to dart into those gaps. Ironically, Datsun calls the creep function ‘rush hour mode’! On the move, if you drive with a gentle foot, the gearshifts are seamless and barely even noticeable. However, with more aggressive inputs, that irritating pause or ‘head-nod’ between gearshifts that’s so typical of AMTs, becomes more pronounced. Still, it’s smooth enough for intra-city commutes. The manual mode is a welcome addition and responds very well and automatic rev matches whilst downshifting can be quite entertaining for enthusiasts. However, the thrummy, vocal nature of this three-cylinder engine, isn’t. Having said that, this engine packs in peppy performance and it pulls strongly, so performance in the city is very good for its segment.
Datsun Redi-GO mileage is claimed to be 25.17 kmpl. However, how the car actually performs is something that we will have to watch out for. The competing Alto 800 delivers around 18 kmpl in the city and 20 kmpl on highway, whereas Renault Kwid offers 25 kmpl. The claimed mileage of the new Datsun Redi-GO is quite impressive but what it offers in day-to-day driving is what will ultimately matter.
Datsun redi Go Riding
After having driven the Datsun redi-Go on the busy streets of Kolkatta, I have realised that the redi-Go’s setup is perfect for the urban commute. Previously, the Kwid at 660kg was the lightest car in this segment, but the redi-Go is even lighter than the Kwid by 25kg. Expectedly, the redi-Go feels light on its wheels while zipping around town. The top-end variants get a speed-sensitive electric power steering. The steering weights up well at highway speeds but conveniently light at city speeds. Its tall seating position and compact bonnet make it easy for the driver to get a judgement and therefore, it’s quite easy to drive in the city.
The redi-Go is based on the CMF-A platform which also underpins the Renault Kwid. Datsun engineers confirmed that there were no significant changes on the platform for the redi-Go. The platform which is split into separate modules of engine bay, dashboard, front and rear underbodies and electrical/electronic architecture offers various possibilities. This effectively means that the same platform can spawn a hatch, sedan and even a compact SUV.Doing duty in the front suspension are McPherson struts with lower transverse link while the rear makes use of a twist beam with coil springs. While the Kwid gets an identical arrangement, the length of the springs have been increased in the redi-Go. Thus the rebound has been reduced, but overall it’s not a very noticeable change. Despite the tallboy design, body-roll isn’t that pronounced.
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 New Delhi
Datsun Redi GO On Road Price is 3,34,210/- and Ex-showroom Price is 2,73,301/- in New Delhi. 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 Bottomline
The AMT in the Redigo gives prospective buyers yet another reason to consider this car. It remains a smartly-styled, practical car which is amply spacious for its size and due to its tall stance, is very user-friendly, too. The high ground clearance, light steering and nice frontal visibility make it very easy to drive; and now this automatic only makes it easier. Datsun may be making its moves very late in the segment, as compared to rivals like the Maruti Alto and the Renault Kwid, however, this Redigo does pack in a lot of strengths. For city commuting, then, the Redigo offers buyers in this segment almost everything they’re looking for – space, style, practicality and ease of driving. The Redigo 1.0-litre AMT is pegged rather aggressively to begin with, at prices ranging from Rs 3.81-3.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The AMT’s price is about Rs 20,000 more than the subsequent 1.0-litre manual transmission; this makes it the most affordable AMT in its segment.