Datsun, the predominantly small car brand from global automobile major Nissan, has been in India for more than three years now. It entered the market first with GO and then followed it up with the GO+ and has now come up with the Datsun Redi Go. Nissan, this time, has targeted the extremely volume heavy A-segment. First showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo at New Delhi as a concept car, the production version of Datsun Redi GO isn’t much different from the former.
Let’s see what the Redi Go has to offer.
Overview of Datsun Redi GO
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The Datsun Redi GO was launched in June, and if the company’s numbers are to be believed, has already got an overwhelming response from customers all over the country. Nissan claims to have sold more than 3,000 units of the car within 23 days of the launch, while the number of bookings has reached the 10,000 mark.
Branded as India’s first “Urban Class” car, the Redi GO is built on the CMF-A platform. Power to the car comes from the 0.8-litre petrol mill developed jointly by Nissan and Renault. The two companies are also working together to come up with a 1,000cc petrol engine which is likely to debut with Kwid AMT later this year.
Datsun Redi GO Specifications
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|800cc 3-cylinder DOHC petrol||5-speed MT||53.2 bhp||72Nm|
|0-100kmph||Top Speed||Mileage||Body Type|
|15.98 seconds||140 kmph||18-23 kmpl||Tallboy|
The Datsun Redi GO is powered by a three-cylinder 799cc petrol engine which outputs 72Nm torque at 4,386rpm and 54PS at 6,678rpm. The engine is paired to a five-speed manual transmission gearbox with power dispatched to the front wheels.
Nissan clams that the average fuel economy of the car is 25.17kmpl. The real world figures, naturally, would be lower. Expect the Datsun Redi GO to return a mileage of around 19kmpl. The car measures 3,439mm in length and 1,560mm in width.
Datsun Redi GO Price
The Datsun Redi Go is available in five trims.
|Variant||Ex-showroom price (₹)
|Redi GO D||2.38 lakh|
|Redi GO A||2.82 lakh|
|Redi Go T||3.09 lakh|
|Redi Go T (O)||3.19 lakh|
|Redi Go (S)||3.34 lakh|
Performance of Redi GO
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The Datsun Redi GO is ideal for the chaotic Indian city roads. The compact dimensions and small turning radius adds to the advantage. While the power steering does feel woozy in high speeds, it’s a breeze within the city. The brakes are good and have adequate bite. It’s particularly suitable for the start and stop metro traffic. The suspension is just about it. No thuds, that’s all. Ground clearance of the car is at an impressive 185mm and rivals some SUVs. It’s definitely the best in class, which translates into a pronounced body roll. The Datsun Redi GO is fitted with 13-inch wheels.
Datsun Redi GO Exterior
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Datsun has consciously tried to style the car differently and almost every Datsun GO review has hailed the fact that the company has succeeded. The Redi GO is tall, narrow and short. Its wheelbase is shorter by around 74mm. The tallboy design on a smallish frame would have looked awkward but the Redi GO’s approach is appreciable. Instead of going for a simple, clean and dull design, Nissan has taken a more pragmatic stand with the Datsun Redi GO. The funky looking car smartly uses styling as the talking point. The production car, as already said, looks similar to the concept version. It’s as upmarket as the Chevrolet Beat or the Mahindra e20.
Nissan has improved the Redi GO’s build quality from its earlier versions, the GO and GO+. The Redi GO is light and economy-grade. The panels don’t feel flimsy.
Highlights of the exterior look are the twin character lines running along the profile, the crossover-like body, and the short overhangs. The tail lamps have LED fixtures. The D-cut grille which debuts with the Redi GO, will be a feature on all upcoming Datsun models. The bold wheel arches, flanked by the attractive chrome is another major talking point of the car.
Looks-wise the Datsun Redi GO is a winner. The sculpted bumpers and the front faux skid plate, along with the DRL strips, surely gives the Redi GO a robust presence on the road. The well-defined lines running along the doors offer visual relief. The chrome lip on the car’s boot and the fat boomerang-shaped tail lamps fit perfectly on the car’s design. The designers at Datsun had a clear idea about how the car should look and Redi GO never looks lost in translation.
Redi GO Interior
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The Datsun Redi GO cabin is comfortable and airy. There are some cubby holes to store knick-knacks. The dashboard looks uncluttered and void of any cheap thrills. The air conditioner and audio controls are assembled on an asymmetrical piece on the dashboard. The audio system is basic and can playback music through a CD, aux-in, and USB, along with the FM which is standard to all cars these days.
The handbrake gives way to a more conventional setup between seats. Power window switches are located close to the gear knob and the handbrake, and takes some time to adjust. The instrumentation panel is simple. There’s an analogue speedometer and a trip meter, besides a small digital window reading out information like the fuel level and others. It’s similar to the GO and GO+. But the interior finish of the Redi GO is better than its two predecessors and any Datsun Go review will agree with that.
Regarding space, a four-member family can comfortably fit inside the car, while five adults may be tight. There’s enough headroom for even 6-feet+ passengers, courtesy the tallboy design. The 222-litre bootspace can accommodate a weekend’s worth luggage for four adults.
Overall, the car’s interior setup left us impressed. The Datsun Redi GO can hold up a trump card or two because of its spacious interior and a stylish exterior. It can ably challenge the other competitors in its segment.
Datsun Redi GO Features
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Integrated headrests, driver-side mirror, moulded door trims, tailgate opener, remote fuel lid, instantaneous and average mileage display, passenger storage tray, trip meter, heater and ventilator, fixed rear seat, and steel wheels, are all standard features across all Redi Go variants. The car is a pretty feature-rich model considering the fact that it’s an entry-level vehicle from Nissan.
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Nissan has assured prospective customers that the car adheres to all regulations. The Redi GO has an airbag only on the driver side in the top model. The rest don’t have airbags as an option. The car is manufactured from toughened steel that provides better occupant protection. Along with these features, the car is fitted with drum brakes at the back and disc brakes in the front, to offer the driver a safe and confident drive. They lend adequate bite, particularly on city roads.
Redi GO Competitors
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The Datsun Redi Go will face competition from the Renault Kwid, Maruti Alto K10, Hyundai Eon, and the Maruti Alto 800, which is the segment leader. It’ll be up against its own Datsun GO as well. But the Redi Go is almost 25kg lighter than the Kwid, which also helps to improve its performance. The segment leader Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 comes with a three-cylinder engine that cranks out 69Nm torque and 48PS power. The Redi GO is far better in comparison. Hyundai Eon is the strongest competitor to Redi GO with an 814cc petrol engine that produces 74.5Nm torque and 56PS power. As regards dimension, the Renault Kwid seems to be the longest car in the segment at a length of 3,679m. At 1,597mm, it’s also the widest. The result is a bigger interior space and more comfort especially for the passengers sitting at the back. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, at 3,395mm in length and 1,515mm in width, is at the bottom of the spectrum.
Datsun Redi GO Verdict
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The radical design study adds up to the Datsun Redi GO’s body language by being distinctive and modern. The car ups the temperature with a robust and clear body which is positive and vigorous. The Redi Go, in essence, brings together the practicality of a five-door hatchback and the stance of a typical SUV. The car is the precursor to small crossovers wanting to enter emerging markets like India.
Nissan has certainly upped the game with Redi GO, courtesy its catchy and bold design, or the clean interiors. The car has the potential to emerge as a bestseller. Pricing is a key factor to bolster sales, especially in the entry-level A-segment, and the Redi Go seems to have taken its rivals by the horns. At a base price of ₹2.38 lakh, and with the performance and features to boot, the Datsun Redi GO seems to be a value proposition.