Datsun has finally launched the Go+ in India which is a sub four meter wagon type MPV version of their hatchback, Go. The starting price of this car is INR 3.79 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) which has suddenly become a matter of conversation for those looking to buy an entry level MPV for family. At this price, the Go+ comes quite close to the current favorite car of this entry level utility segment, Maruti Eeco and with its range topping variant, it also is an option for those considering proper entry level MPV, Chevrolet Enjoy. So, does the new Datsun Go+ stands a chance against these already popular vehicles? Let's find out.
Datsun Go+ is 3995mm in length and 1635mm in width which makes it 320mm longer than Eeco but 310mm shorter than Enjoy which measures over four meter in length. At 1680mm in width, Enjoy is the widest car here with Eeco measuring at just 1475mm in width. Even the 2720mm of wheelbase of Enjoy is 270mm and 370mm more than than Go+ and Eeco respectively. The Go+ only comes with a seven seating arrangement while Eeco comes with 5 and 7 seating arrangement. The Enjoy is also available with 7 and 8 seating arrangement and feels most spacious inside. The seven seating arrangement of Go+ feels less functional than Eeco and Enjoy as it lacks proper space and placement of third row.
The Go+ only comes with a 1.2L 3-cylinder 67bhp petrol engine whereas the Eeco also comes with a 1.2, 73bhp petrol engine but it is also available with an optional CNG kit to bring down the running cost. In this comparison due to the price factor, we will only consider the base variant of Enjoy which comes equipped with a bigger 1.4L 102bhp petrol engine.
The positive thing here about Go+ is that despite being the least powerful car here in this comparison, it feels the most responsive unit while on the move. Even in terms of fuel efficiency, the Go+ has an ARAI fuel figure of 20.6km/ltr which is even more than the 20km/ltr mileage of the CNG version of Eeco. The Enjoy is the least fuel efficient car here with a mileage of 13.7km/ltr. All three cars only come equipped with five-speed manual gearboxes.
The Go+ and Eeco both come standard without features such as A.C and power steering. The top variant of Go+ is priced at INR 4.61 lakhs while the top variant of Eeco which comes with five seater arrangement, A.C with heater and CNG is priced at INR 4.12 lakhs. The seven seater variant of Eeco will cost you around INR 3.26 lakhs. The Go+ is surely more expensive than Eeco but the top variant offers you additional features over Eeco such as body colored door handles, full wheel cover, front power windows, driver side storage tray, passenger side tray, remote fuel lid opener, follow me home type headlamps, central locking, engine immobilizer, remote tail gate opener, 12V accessory socket, front speakers and mobile docking station which has Aux-in compatibility and amplifier along with mobile holder.
The biggest difference is that T variant of Go+ also comes with an optional driver side airbag which also proves to be an advantage over Enjoy. The base variant of Enjoy, LS is priced at INR 6.10 lakhs (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). This variant comes with most features such as A.C, power steering, all power windows, central locking, Adjustable armrest on second row but it misses out on audio system, wheel covers and any premium safety feature.
If your priority is of getting a spacious MPV with maximum number of seating arrangement then you will have to go for Enjoy. But if you want a proper five-seater wagon along with less functional though but additional two seats than Go+ suits you the best as it looks a proper car, feels quite responsive on road and yet returns a very good mileage.
In-fact, you can also choose an optional driver side airbag in the top variant which also offers other features which making it a complete value for money car. Apart from these, the Eeco is a reliable and economical option which is already quite popular for its functionality with the commercial users but due to build quality, it feels less appropriate than others for personal usage.
Words- Nitesh Sharma