Datsun redi GO Hatchback First Look Review

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Datsun redi GO Overview

Up until a few years ago, automatic transmission was a luxury that was mostly offered with premium cars in India and there were hardly any models in the affordable cars space that would offer one. However, all that changed when Maruti Suzuki introduced the ‘Automated Manual Transmission’ a.k.a. AMT in the Indian market with the Celerio in 2014. Essentially a pseudo automatic transmission, AMTs were affordable and offered the convenience of a conventional automatic. With increasing traffic in the cities, the demand for automatics grown across the segment range, with an affordable option like AMTs, even entry-level cars started coming with an automatic options. Some of the key players in this space are – the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, the Renault Kwid AMT and even the Tata GenX Nano AMT.

Now, Nissan-owned Datsun is now set to introduce a new contingent in this space with the new redi-GO AMT in India. We recently got to drive the car, ahead of its launch this month, in the heavy traffic-laden roads of Delhi and Noida, here’s our experience driving it.

The Datsun redi-GO is based on the same CMF-A platform as the Renault Kwid and under the skin, both the cars are essentially the same. This would lead one to think that new redi-GO AMT is, in fact, same as the Kwid AMT, which has been in the market for over a year now, right? Well, not exactly. It’s the same 5-speed AMT unit from the Kwid, and hardware has come from Bosch and the software to run it from FEV. But, the Japanese carmaker promises an entirely different driving experience and we have to say the company has managed to achieve that.Check for Datsun redi GO price in Ahmedabad at Autozhop.

Datsun redi GO Exteriors

In terms of appearance, the designers have spent a considerable amount of time in making a clearly distinct product from the sibling Kwid. The car features a funky styling which is hardly seen in cars of its class. In fact, the company has strived hard to make it look as much as a concept car, which definitely goes into its favor. The headlights of the car are a nice workup with hexagonal grille on which the Datsun badge takes the center stage. The car also boasts of segment-first LED DRLs located below the skid plate. The 1.0L badge at the back is the only way of distinguishing the more powerful version from that of 800cc one.

What’s more appealing at the outside is the sharp cut that flows from front doors and all the way to the taillights. The rear portion poses quite a radical appearance with the taillights seems to have been taken inspiration from SUVs such as Volvo XC60 and Honda CR-V. There is also a big skid plate at the back and chrome garnish on the bootlid. The car has an excellent ground clearance of 185mm which sets it on the top of its class.

Datsun redi GO Interiors

The cabin of the Datsun Redi-GO is a comfortable place to spent time. The dashboard has been splashed in grey and beige with the overall quality acceptable considering the uncluttered aspect of the car. The 1.0L version features all black interiors that show the sporty influences of the car. The black console at the center of the dashboard is the one which gives access to music system and the air-conditioner. The music system also gives provision for USB and Aux-In connectivity. The instrument cluster, on the other hand, is identical to the GO hatch with the same orange digital screen and an analog speedometer.

Another good aspect of this car is the addition of two conventional seats, ditching the traditional front bench seats. The cushioning is adequate for the city strolls. The rear seat can comfortably absorb four passengers while for the fifth, a bit of squeezing is needed. The tall seating position really gives an airy feeling inside while the overall space is decent.

Datsun redi GO Engine

The Datsun redi-GO AMT gets the same 999 cc, three-cylinder petrol engine with Datsun’s i-SAT or Intelligent Spark Automated Technology. Power and torque figures also remain unchanged at 67 bhp and 91 Nm respectively. In fact, the car has been really well received in India, and Datsun says that over 30 per cent of the redi-GO sales come from the 1.0L model. Now, when we reviewed the manual version of the car, we had mentioned that the gearshifts are not seamless and lack feedback, sadly Datsun hasn’t addressed to those problems in the AMT version as well. In fact, we could hear gearshifts quite evidently.To know more info on Datsun redi GO visit Changeonslapac

You can hear the engine rumble and it’s not quite above 3000 rpm, which points a finger to the NVH levels it has. There was need of some low-end torque, but once you are above the 2nd gear, and have crossed the 4,000 rpm mark, power and torque gradually come into play and that’s when the redi-GO AMT is in its zone. It’s happy, peppy and fun. Of course, if you try and hurry and floor the accelerator, well, the AMT takes some time to respond and that’s a very noticeable lag. This is where the manual mode comes in handy. Shift the lever to the left and now you can toggle it up and down to downshift and upshift. In the manual mode, the car feels a little more responsive and allows you to manoeuvre more quickly. Also, if you are not in the right gear you’ll hear a continuous beeping sound with an indication on the instrument cluster.

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 Driving

The ride and handling of the car hasn’t changed compared to the redi-GO 1.0L manual version. The suspension is still a bit on the stiffer side, so you do feel the undulation on the road and the small thuds can be heard inside the cabin. The steering is light and it helps in city traffic conditions but doesn’t impart a lot of confidence when you are on the highway doing high speeds. The shorter turning radius is a big help when it comes to taking tight turns within the city and around traffic and just helps you squeeze out of the small alleys. You also sit tall inside the redi-GO which offers a good field of view when you are driving and even the brakes are pretty good and offer enough bite and stopping power.Apply car loan for Datsun redi GO at Fincarz.

Datsun redi GO Safety

With the lack of ABS, the overall braking is still consistent with easy modulation. Like the other budget cars, the brakes suit only the class of easy-driving people. The car does get driver side airbag, central locking system, engine immobilizer, front seat belts with pre-tensioners and child safety locks in the safety department.

Datsun redi GO Price in Ahmedabad

Datsun Redi GO On Road Price is 2,89,290/- and Ex-showroom Price is 2,58,300/- in Ahmedabad. 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 Verdict

The AMT unit is, in fact, a much needed addition to the redi-GO. It just eases the way you drive and there’s no pressure to get around the city traffic and that’s where the future is headed to. It’s not too eager, but when you’re just cruising it’s quite great to move around in. The redi-GO is a small, good-looking car that offers you the comfort of an automatic for your daily commute and should definitely be on your options list if you are searching for one. Datsun has already started accepting pre-bookings for the car and the prices are expected to be announced before the end of January 2018, with an expected starting price of ₹ 3.65 lakh.

Available in five trims, the price of Datsun Redi GO starts from Rs. 2.49 lakhs for the basic D variant while the top end S model with AMT transmission can be purchased at the price tag of Rs. 3.96 lakhs. All prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi. Redi GO has certainly tightened the competition in the group where Renault Kwid, Maruti Alto 800, Maruti Alto K10 and Hyundai Eon are already luring the budget conscious car buyers of India.

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