Small, sensible, practical hatchbacks have always sold very well in the Indian automotive market. We in India love such little cars that can be bought without worrying about bank account balances and, to cash in on this, Japanese car maker Datsun has launched the redi-GO entry level hatchback in our country. We tell you how it stacks up.
Powertrain and Performance
As of now, Datsun provides the redi-GO only with one engine option. Under the bonnet of this car is a 796cc, 3 cylinder petrol engine that produces 53 bhp. This is the very same engine that powers the Renault Kwid and as the Kwid is poised to get a more powerful 1.0 litre engine, we expect that the same engine will be made available for the redi-GO as well. The car can accelerate from 0-100 kph in 15.9 seconds and touch a top speed of 140 kph. The 796cc motor delivers a peak torque figure of 72 Nm and the drive is channelled by a 5 speed manual transmission (and Datsun could provide an AMT gearbox in the future as well). We felt that the car has more than sufficient reserves of power for urban commutes, which is what the redi-GO is primarily designed for. It can hold its own on highway cruises as well. The ride quality of the car is satisfactory as well, as it absorbs a lot of road irregularities rather well. The fuel economy returned by this car is commendable too, at 25.17 kpl. Datsun sells this vehicle in the following 5 variants: D, A, T, T(O) and S.
Build and Styling
Although the redi-GO shares the same underpinnings (the CMF-A platform) as the Renault Kwid, these two cars look totally different. Datsun has designed the redi-GO to appeal to a younger audience with all its sharp lines and angular cuts. The exterior of the car gets large wrap-around headlights, a chrome hexagonal front grille and LED daytime running lamps integrated into the front bumper in place of the usual fog lamps. The boot can accommodate 222 litres. On the inside, the dashboard is rather basic but well laid out nonetheless and the cabin feels airy thanks to the large windows. You get a 3 spoke steering wheel, power windows at the front, two glove compartments (one of them open), glossy piano black finishing on the centre console, a manual air conditioner, cupholders, a 1-DIN audio system that also supports aux-in and USB, a 12 volt power socket, speed sensitive electric power steering and more. In terms of safety, the redi-GO gets seat belts for all passengers and an airbag for the driver. Yes, there are evidences of the car being built to a cost, but, we feel that the affordable asking price of the car justifies it.
If you are on a tight budget and you require a car, the redi-GO should definitely be one of the prospective models in your shortlist. We wish that there was an additional airbag at the front and that the car was equipped with ABS as well. In conclusion, the Datsun redi-GO is a nifty looking car that has all the bare essential features and works perfectly as a budget hatchback.