The GO marks the launch of the Datsun brand in India and it’s a five door, five-seat hatch engineered in India and for India. The GO is made for markets like ours and will compete with the established names like Maruti, Hyundai. The GO is a hatch for first time car-buyers and with its keen pricing hopes to make a serious dent in the hatchback space in India. The Datsun GO is only available with a petrol engine and a manual transmission for now. The Datsun GO looks bigger than its rivals and drives well. This new hatchback will compete with the likes of the Hyundai Eon and various Maruti cars. It was first revealed last year and after the GO Datsun plans more launches for India.
The Datsun GO has a 1.2 petrol engine on offer with a five-speed manual transmission. There is no diesel as it would push the price upwards. This engine is a 1198cc, three cylinder unit with around 67 bhp and 104Nm of torque. Since the Datsun GO is very light the acceleration is quite good and it feels quick in traffic and also performance in the highway is quite good. The Datsun GO does 0-100 km/h in 13.3 seconds. The five-speed manual gearbox is slick and easy to use plus the steering is light. In the city overtaking, tackling traffic is easy and you do not have to constantly work the gearbox. Fuel economy is important and again thanks to the fact that the GO is light it does 20.6 kmpl which is very good. Refinement is decent and the same goes for ride quality with only the sharp potholes affecting the GO. The GO has Macpherson strut with suspension member and double pivot lower arm at the front and H-Type Torsion beam with high performance linear damper at the rear. At high speeds the GO is stable and handling is quite tidy though the small tyres affect the handling to some extent. In the brakes department the GO has ventilated disc at the front and drum at the rear. The GO does not have ABS but the brakes work well.
The Datsun GO looks good and it actually looks much bigger than some of its immediate rivals which is a plus point. At the 3785mm in length the GO is longer than some of its rivals and with 1635mm width it———s wider which makes it more spacious. The styling is simple but well done and it certainly has presence. The chrome lined front grille, big headlamps and the lines at the back plus the big tail-lamps make this car stand out among the other hatches. The Datsun GO comes with four colour options and has 13 inch wheels which by the way look a bit too small for this car. Inside the GO has a well executed but simple cabin. There has been some clever engineering to liberate some space. For starters the instrument cluster is a basic one with large speedo, digital tacho, gear shift guide, fuel computer. Looks elsewhere and there is a unique handbrake as well. The GO also has the gear lever on the centre console to free up space between the two front seats. Yes the GO has connected front seats but the middle space is for storage only. The car also has decent storage capabilities. Space is actually better than some of its rivals and has decent legroom/headroom. The 265 litre boot is also impressive. Features are important no matter what car so the GO has a mobile docking station as its main talking point. There is no radio/CD (will be available as an accessory) instead you can sync his/her smart phone with the car. You have a smart phone holder plus it can be paired by AUX cable. Other features include accessory socket, two speakers at front, power steering, front power windows, air con, rear bench folding, follow me headlamps, speed sensitive front wiper. In safety terms it has child lock, engine immobilizer, manual central locking but lacks ABS and airbags.
In the end the Datsun GO is an impressive hatch as it ticks all the required boxes for a hatch. It looks much better than its rivals and has more presence while also having good space. The engine delivers good performance and economy. Yes it seems the GO would a good choice for first time car-buyers or entry level hatch buyers.