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Datsun Redi Go
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Customer Rating
: 4/5
Expert Rating
: 7/10
Warranty
: 2 Years Unlimited KM Warranty (Whichever is earlier)
Ex-showroom price in 
Delhi
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2.41 Lakhs-3.72 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Stylish Demeanour
  • High Ground Clearance 
  • Spacious Cabin
  • High Fuel-Efficiency 

Weak Areas

  • Mediocre Handling
  • Average Boot 
  • Crude Interiors
  • Average Performance
Datsun Redi Go
 

Datsun Redi Go1.0-liter Road Test Review

Datsun has driven in powerful 1.0-liter variant of redi-Go in India and we test t drive it to find whether it has finally got the grunt its sibling missed out on. 


Datsun Redi Go1.0-liter Road Test Review

Datsun redi-Go has carved out its own place in the market and we had always appreciated it for its all-around capabilities. Its small size makes it very practical in the City and its large cabin space helps you to ferry four passengers in utmost comfort. The only thing we missed out on the earlier version was a lack of the power which was quite apparent once you out on the highway on making your way up a hill. Datsun too seems to be aware of this lacuna and therefore has launched more powerful version of Datsun redi Go in India recently.
                Datsun Redi Go

Engine, Transmission & Dynamics

The new variant comes with bigger 1.0-liter petrol engine which is capable of putting out 68 PS and 91 Nm of max power and max torque respectively. The engine is mated to 5-speed manual transmission and the bump in the power is quite evident right from the word go.
                       Redi Go 1.0L Engine
The car now feels peppier to drive and the throttle responses have been improved by a considerable margin. Driving in the city is a much more convenient affair and you will not feel a lack of power that was quite evident in the 0.8-liter version. This 1.0-litre variant can easily keep up a pace with the city traffic and you can amble around without needing much gear shift. Simple construction; easy to maintain and service

This is especially comforting because the 5-speed manual transmission is not a very slick unit. The transmission needs a considerable improvement as you will require some effort to slot it in the desired gear. On the highway, however, you will still wish for some more power especially in the overtaking manoeuvres. You have to drop down 1 or 2 gears to quickly make the progress and overtaking does require a prior planning. 
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There are considerable vibrations that filter into the cabin through the gear stick and though it settles down once you climb the rev range, it indicates that corners have been cut by the Datsun to price the car aggressively. Over all the driving dynamics has remained the same as before but the addition of powerful 1.0-liter engine has made a considerable difference in the way new Datsun redi-Go feels on the road. 


Exteriors and Interiors

Despite the fact that design is a subjective matter and vary from person to person, we still believe that redi-Go is one of the most striking hatchbacks in the country available for the sale now. The aggressive nose, large grill and shapely headlamps give a unique sense of design to this new Datsun.
           Tail Lamp Design
In profile, adopted tallboy design and advantages are sure to benefits in terms of great head room. The crisp lines and characters streaks flows to rear unobtrusively; however, the rear design presents itself in a very abrupt manner. 

Another differentiating aspect of redi-Go is it class leading 185 mm of ground clearance. Company calls it India's first urban crossover and we are no one to doubt this claim. 

Further in favour of style quotient Datsun has decided to forgo with the fog lamps and instead added daytime running lamps which is clearly a very clever decision.
             Datsun Redig Go More Space
Inside the cabin, redi-Go uses all black interiors to heighten the luxury. It is indeed very welcome gesture as most of the cars in this category use the beige colour which is though good for space feel, tends to get dirty very easily. 

Dashboard is nice and its flow from left to right is very neatly laid out. AC vents are circular on the sides but in the middle what you get is a fixed rent specifically located for cooling at the rear seat. Door pockets on the other hand are very slim and cannot hold any bottle even a small one. Company has provided although cup holder but the lack of storage and stowage spaces is clearly felt in the cabin.

There is nothing to write home about the quality of the interiors and although redi-Go feels notch below the Hyundai Eon, it's certainly feels nicer than Maruti Alto. 
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Space inside the cabin is also good and especially the front seats are very spacious. Driving position is very commanding and even the average height driver will feel no difficulty in steering the car in stop-start traffic. 
On the safety front, top model come equipped with driver side airbag however there is no ABS on offer. 
Boot space on offer is 222-litre and although it is less than Kwid’s 300-litre, still it is enough for carrying your usual stuff to the places.


Overall Verdict

One of the biggest strengths of redi-Go is its ultra-competitive price and 1.0-liter continues to play this card very well. It is priced at Rs 3.57 lakh for the T(O) variant while the top S trim comes at asking price of Rs 3.72 lakh ( both prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). Despite the price escalation, this Datsun continues to be the most cost efficient hatchbacks on the sale in the market today. The redi-Go had lot of things going for it - be it tallboy proportion, class leading ground clearance of 185 mm, spacious interiors and commanding driving position, and fuel efficient petrol engine and now with added grunt, it has addressed its most criticized aspect too. If you can ignore some of the quality niggles and safety concerns; we think redi-GO is well worth a shot. 

Style & Substance    4/5                                    Ride & Handling           3/5

Interiors & Ergonomics:           3/5           Safety & Equipment       2/5

Power-Plant &Transmission      3/5                             Fuel Efficiency            4/5

Value for Money    4/5

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