Datsun Redi GO Facelift Engine & Test Drive

Datsun Redi GO Overview

Datsun has launched a limited edition variant of redi-GO with cosmetic upgrades on the outside and inside. The ‘Sport’ limited edition is available at an additional premium of Rs 15,000 over the top-spec S variant. Cosmetic additions made to the exterior include themed grille with red accents, finished wheel cover, roof spoiler, race decals across the bonnet and roof. Inside, it sports sporty black interior theme. Additionally, the limited version comes with rear parking sensor, remote keyless entry and Bluetooth audio system among several others. Launched in India in June 2016, the hatchback is available in five variants-D, A, T, T (O) and S with a choice of 799cc petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. View offers on Datsun Cars from Datsun dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Datsun Redi GO Design

The redi-GO’s design is completely different from the Kwid, unlike Renault-Nissan’s previous offerings that were ‘badge-engineered’. The redi-GO looks nothing like the Kwid which works in its favour. In fact, it looks pretty much unlike any other car in its class. Datsun has managed to make it look as close to the concept as possible, which means the redi-GO looks a lot more modern than its rivals. The edgy design, especially the front-end with the sloping hood that extends into the hexagonal grille gives it a youthful appeal. The headlights looks nice too, especially with their split design. Same cannot be said about the tiny LED DRLs though, since they are barely noticeable.

The front three-quarter is the most appealing angle to look at the redi-GO, especially thanks to the sharp cut that runs from the front door right up to the tail lights. The design of the tail gate is again unique, but I didn’t quite like the way the taillights have been designed. On the whole, it is a car that looks eye-catching, especially in that bright shade of green.

Datsun Redi GO Cabin

It is on the inside, that the Redi Go doesn’t seem as appealing. The interiors are decent, however it is the colour that doesn’t make it look premium. The steering wheel is small and good enough. The instrument cluster is shared with the other Datsuns. This has a speedometer that occupies most of the space. The centre console is made up of a large single AC vent, music system, three knobs for the air-con. There is some storage space in the vehicle. To begin with, there is space above the glove box, under the air-con knobs and even the door pockets are large enough. This has been designed to be practical. In terms of safety, the Redi GO gets a single airbag and even seat bels for all passengers.

The front row seats offer good enough space. Now, the other important aspect of the Redi GO is the tall boy looks. This ensures good head room for both the rows. The second row too has decent knee room and even good head room also. The rear seats lack adjustable head rests too. The boot isn’t as large as the Kwid, but it is big enough. The wheelbase of the Redi Go is shorter than the Kwid to make it more compact. In terms of features, it even gets front power windows.

Datsun Redi GO Performance

The Redigo uses the same 799cc, three-cylinder petrol engine as the Kwid with identical power and torque ratings of 54hp and 72Nm respectively. However, the engine has been tuned differently in the Redigo and feels peppier off the line when compared to the Kwid. At mid-revs, however, power delivery seems to flatten and taper off as you near the redline, thus resulting in a 0-100kph time two seconds slower than the Kwid’s. Stay just above idle and this car will reward you with its competent responsiveness. Part-throttle inputs are enough to keep up with city traffic and it doesn’t give you a reason to rev the engine hard at any time. The motor packs enough punch to pull itself up inclines effortlessly and for most scenarios, it doesn’t require a downshift.

If you do end up driving hard, upshifts will be warranted at around 3,500rpm as the engine gets extremely vocal and sounds strained beyond that.You can feel the engine’s jerky nature, more so at low speeds, every time you lift off the throttle. It requires additional effort and careful pedal modulation to drive smoothly. Even the gear lever seems to rock forward and back each time you press the throttle and lift off. The five-speed gearbox isn’t smooth and shows some resistance to slot through its gates. What’s nice is that the gear throws are short and the clutch is adequately light.At idle, a lot of vibrations filter into the cabin, especially through the wheel, but these eventually settle down as the revs increase.

Datsun Redi GO Driving

Well, the first thing you notice when you are on the seat is that you sit pretty high. Almost SUV like. This is a good thing as it give a commanding view of the road and also improves all round visibility. The suspension setup is better than most cars in the segment. It handles bad roads pretty well. We found the ride to be a bit stiff. This could be to balance the additional ground clearance in the car which is best-in-class at 185mm. We were surprised with the way the RediGO went about on large speed breakers. Clearly, this is a shot in the arm for this car.

Datsun Redi GO Safety

Driver side airbag is standard on the top-spec variant missing out on the rest of the line-up. Besides driver side airbag, the hatchback also gets three point seat belts in front & rear, two point seat belts in rear central, rear door child safety lock and immobilizer. Styling features on the outside include daytime running lights on the top end trim, silver accent frame on front grille, ORVMs on driver & passenger side, front wiper etc. Inside the cabin it gets power steering, 2-DIN audio system, front power windows, glove box with lid, fabric seat covers, passenger side storage tray to name a few.

Datsun Redi GO Price in Hyderabad

Datsun Redi Go Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 2,39,948/- (Redi GO D) to 4,05,868/- (Redi Go S 1.0L Amt). Get best offers for Datsun Redi Go from Datsun Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Redi GO price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Datsun Redi GO Verdict

Expect the launch to happen within 2 months of the official unveiling of the car on 14th April. This baby Datsun surely will be able to pull some crowd because of its fresh new styling and aggressive pricing. This new budget car will obviously set new standards because it underpins the same platform and is powered by the same engine of the KWID but will be positioned lower than the former.

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