Datsun GO was surely one of the most talked about car at this year’s Auto Expo 2014. This entry level car from Nissan’s budget brand, Datsun will up to an extent decide the future of this brand in India. Well going by the killer price of Rs 3.12 lakh it will do well in our market.
This will surely make GO a direct competition for many established entry level cars including the newest entry in the slot, Maruti Suzuki Celerio. In this article, we try to figure out how the car stands against its main competitors like Ford Figo, Chevrolet Beat, Hyundai i10, WagonR and its own cousin sister, Nissan Micra Active.
Datsun GO is based on the same platform of its cousin sister, Micra Active. GO is 3785mm long and 1635mm wide, which makes it bigger than its competitors like Maruti Celerio, Hyundai i10 and Chevrolet Beat. The spacious design of GO is quite similar to its segment higher competitors.
It’s not only about its exterior dimensions, Go is quite spacious from inside also. With a wheelbase of 2450mm, Go offers very good legroom and knee room. It’s one of the biggest advantages of this car over its other competitors including Maruti Celerio and WagonR. The way Datsun has done the interior packaging of Go is really commendable.
They have maximized the space inside Go by putting an integrated bench at its front similar to the rear bench. The 5-speed manual gearbox has also been integrated in its gearbox just like i10 which makes it extremely easy for driver to get out of the car from passenger side as we often do at the time of tight parking situations. The Celerio of course has the AMT gearbox advantage.
The a.c vents and inside door handles of Go has been straight away lifted from its cousin sister, Micra active. When it comes to features the GO has follow me home headlamps, front power windows, Mobile Docking station which houses an amplifier, aux-in, USB, universal mobile, power steering, a.c, accessory socket (12v), speed sensitive wipers and gear shift indicator. However the Hyundai i10 and the other cars like the Maruti Celerio will give it tough competition in this regard.
GO features a 1.2L petrol engine which might be similar to the 3-cylinder engine doing duty on Micra Active. This results in about 68 bhp and 104Nm of torque and Datsun claims a fuel efficiency of 20.6 km/ltr making the GO a fuel efficient car on par with other hatches.
The Datsun GO is available in four different colors and will come with warranty of 2 years/unlimited kilometers which is a plus.
It’s surely a complete package especially developed for markets like India where people demand almost everything at an economical price. With this price the GO it seems is a winner.