Datsun GO+ Facelift Review & Test Drive

Datsun Go+ Overview

Datsun GO+ MPV made its Indian debut at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo and shares platform with GO hatchback, but seems proportionally bigger and more spacious. Dimensionally, it measures 3995mm in length, 1635mm in width and 1490mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2450mm. With the third row of seats, which are made only for kids, the car offers a boot space of 48-litres, but it can be increased up to 347-litres by folding the third row seats. Though the vehicle has a decent ground clearance of 170mm, 13-inch tyres still feel undersized. In its segment, the MPV competes against the Maruti Ertiga, Mahindra Quanto and Honda Mobilio.

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The affordable MPV priced in the vicinity of Rs 4,48,947 to 5,87,389 (ex-showroom, Delhi) caters to the customers with large families looking for a low budget vehicle. The seven-seat configuration inside offers comfortable space in the first and second rows but the third row is meant only for kids. Under the hood, it gets the 1.2 litre, petrol engine missing out on the diesel unit and transmission duties are carried over by the five-speed manual gearbox .Datsun Go+ On road price starts from 4,48,947/-. Check for price details of Datsun Go+ in CarzPrice.

Datsun Go+ Design

The first thing that you notice about the 2018 GO+ is that the car looks a lot sharper than before. The alterations aren’t the kind that many will pick up on immediately, but enough to tell the new car apart from the old model. The grille is now bigger than before and, along with the strong creases on the bonnet, the car has a more aggressive presence.

The headlamps too have been given a mild update but continue to feature conventional bulbs. Complementing this look is the new bumper which features a lot of sharp creases towards the sides. It also houses new vertically stacked LED DRLs, which is further highlighted by the black surrounds. These LED DRLs don’t look like an afterthought and are bright enough to catch the eye.

From the side, the GO+ looks almost identical to the previous version. However, there are a few minor changes to make the styling easier on the eyes. The ORVMs now get a body-coloured casing, while the wheels are now dual-tone diamond-cut alloys. Not only have they been styled differently, they are bigger and wider now – 165/70 R14 when compared to the older 155/70 R13 wheels.

The Datsun GO+ now looks better from the rear as well. The creases on the bumper towards the edges help give the car a greater sense of width. The bottom crease of the bumper, which looks like a lip extension, is a neat touch. Additionally, you also get a rear windscreen washer and wiper as well.While the GO+ was never a bad looking car, it was rather simple. With a few tweaks and tucks in the facelift though, it looks more attention-grabbing.

Datsun Go+ Cabin

The Datsun Go+ features the same interior as you get on the Go. Practicality and no frills is the direction the Japanese automaker has taken for the Go+ with a very basic but well styled grey and black dashboard. The front and middle row of seats are quite comfortable and it is remarkable how much head room and shoulder room the Go+ has to offer. That said, the seats could have done with a little more padding on the back rest and on the head rests.

The main attraction for most will be the extra two seats that the car offers. Although the Go+ does have seven seats that adhere to the ARAI specification of what can be defined as a seat in India, the third row is inconvenient to get into and there is no way two fully grown adults could sit there comfortably unless of course they choose to sit sideways. These seats are best suited for children under the age of 10 or your family dog. Or of course, you could fold them flat and enjoy the above average storage space that the Go+ offers.

An aspect that the Go+ really struggles to keep up with everything else in its segment are features. For starters, the glove compartment doesn’t get a lid and the second and third row passengers do not even get an inertia reel seatbelt. What is more annoying though is the fact that the ORVMs cannot be adjusted from the cabin, a feature that should not have been skippe

There is a simple instrument cluster that houses just one large speedometer dial and an LCD screen that houses a digital tachometer, fuel gauge and trip computer. The Go+ also comes with a basic entertainment package that offers the driver an auxiliary cable and a USB charging slot. That said, the Go+ does not feel cheap when it comes to things like the quality of the switchgear and plastics. In fact, even little things like the headlight and wiper stalks or the AC knobs feel solid and premium. Check for Datsun Go+ in iftr2015hyd.in

Datsun Go+ Performance

The 1.2-litre, three cylinder, petrol engine makes a decent 68PS of peak power and 104Nm of peak torque. First time users will find the engine easy to use too with its smooth power delivery and peppy initial acceleration. Datsun has remapped the engine to provide a more linear torque curve as the Go+ will be expected to carry more weight than its smaller cousin.

Although the Go+ is essentially a compact MPV and isn’t supposed to be driven hard, we were particularly impressed by how nice the engine and the exhaust note sounds when pushed hard.The easy to use characteristics continue with the way the clutch is set up. The light and progressive setup will help many first time drivers come to grips with it whereas the easy to reach gear shifter position is also helpful. That said, the gear shifts do feel slightly notchy.

The Datsun Go+ is not really meant to go through twisty roads like a hot hatchback but then it is no slouch either. Although the steering feels precise and well weighed, the Go+ does showcase a lot of understeer especially when pushed anywhere close to the limit. The 155 section tyres mounted on 13-inch wheels also accentuate mid-corner roll and pitch. What does manage to impress us though is the ridiculously short turning radius that the Go+ offers. The Datsun Go+’s brakes are also well set up to offer adequate bite when applied in both city usage and under emergency stop situations. That said, having an optional ABS module for the T variant is something Datsun should seriously consider.

Althoguh Datsun has not really announced the official fuel efficiency figures, going by what the Go averages, the Go+ should be a pretty easy on the pockets too. We expect the Go+ to start at about Rs 3.6 lakhs for the D variant and cost about Rs 4.3 lakhs for the top of the line T variant. Not only will this make for a great value for money car, it could also open up the fleet and taxi market for Datsun which could result in excellent sales.

Datsun Go+ Rideing

The Datsun GO+ gets a 10mm bump in ground clearance (now 180mm) thanks to the larger 14-inch wheels. To account for the different wheels and subsequent clearance, the suspension has also received some tweaking, and we’re happy to report, the tinkering has worked for the better. The suspension takes on speed breakers and undulations with ease, and cushions you well. Test drive for Datsun GO+

This characteristic is even retained at highway speeds as the car remains stable over broken roads, undulations and bad patches. What impresses most, though, is that the car is quick to settle down after hitting a pothole or bump. None of the bouncy aftershock you’d expect in comfort-set suspension. At triple-digit speeds though, it does feel a bit bouncy, hinting that whether it’s the engine or suspension, the Go+ prefers low to medium speeds.

Another improvement can be noted in engine noise insulation. The motor isn’t as audible as it was before. However, the floorboard insulation still feels lacking as even the smallest pebble hit makes a sharp noise inside the cabin, something you will get annoyed by over roads that are still under construction. But overall, the NVH levels have improved to a point where it is now acceptable.

The handling package offers nothing unexpected. The steering is light and lets you make quick turns or u-turns in traffic. However, there isn’t much by way of communication from it and it feels a bit vague at high speeds. Go for sudden lane switches and there is some guesswork involved, which can be unsettling. A slightly heavier steering would have gone a long way to help with that. Body roll never becomes an issue inside the city, but you will feel it in the GO+ on the highways.

Datsun Go+ Safety

It’s good to finally see Datsun taking some action to improve its notoriety when it comes to safety in India. For starters, the structure of the GO+ has received a good deal of reinforcement. In the process, it has gained about 150kg in weight and Datsun claims the GO+ will comply with the upcoming Indian crash test norms.

What’s more, not only do you now get dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist and rear parking sensors, all these features are included as standard even in the base variant. Yes, follow-me-home headlamps are also included as standard. View offers on Datsun Cars from Datsun dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Datsun Go+ Price

Datsun Go Plus On-Road Price in India ranges from 4,48,947 to 5,87,389 for variants Go Plus D and Go Plus T Optional respectively. Datsun Go Plus is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Datsun Go Plus variants price in India.

Datsun Go+ Verdict

The Datsun Go+ is the ideal car for first time buyer who is upgrading from a two wheeler. It is easy to drive, has great visibility and good fuel efficiency. But is it a real seven seater? Not at all. A five plus two? Maybe. What it is though is a large five-seater hatchback with a great amount of luggage space. And the price at which it will come should make prospective Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and Hyundai i10 buyers something to think about.