Datsun Redi-GO Overview
Many Indian car buyers have shifted their buying preference to automatic cars. It doesn’t come as a surprise then that the manufacturers are adding automatic cars to their line-up. Now, Datsun has also brought in an automatic version of their quirkiest car – the Redi-GO. It will soon go up on sale powered by the 1.0-litre petrol mill mated to an AMT gearbox. Well, the demand for automatics gained momentum mainly because of the ease of driving them. There’s neither a clutch nor the constant need to shift gears. This particular version of the Redi-GO also promises to provide the same. We find out how well it manages to do just that. Datsun Redi-GO On road price starts from 4,11,392 /-. Check for price details of Datsun Redi-GO in CarzPrice.
Datsun Redi-GO Design
We already have mentioned earlier that do not expect a lot of change on is exterior of this powerful variant of the Redi-GO. The redi-Go is a budget hatchback so unfortunately all of you will have to cope up with the fact that it has a cramped up interior space and skinny tyres. However, we do feel that the front end of the hatchback looks good with the large aggressive grille and sharp looking headlamps.The only cosmetic change that the hatchback has received comes in the form of a new 1.0 Litre badge at the rear profile of the hatchback.
There are hardly a couple of changes to the interiors of the AMT version. The dashboard continues with the same layout but you get a new gear lever which is thankfully much better than the rotary knob that has been fitted on the Renault Kwid.
The instrument cluster misses out on a tachometer but you do get a gear position indicator. The audio system has been given a mild upgrade and it gets Bluetooth connectivity now, however, the sound quality from the speakers is absolutely disappointing. On the safety front, you get a driver side airbag only. Head room is excellent but the seats are narrow and not too supportive. Boot space is very limited too. The rear seat belts aren’t retractable which means even if you wear them, there are of no use because they won’t protect you from hitting the front seat in the event of a collision.
Datsun Redi-GO Performance
This Redi-GO 1.0-litre AMT continues to be powered by the same 999cc three-cylinder petrol mill from the manual trim. So the power output of 67bhp and 91Nm of torque remains the same. However, the five-speed AMT gearbox in this one uses hydraulic actuators and sensors, thus eliminating your efforts in clutching or shifting gears. The engine characteristics aren’t any different as it still starts with a judder and settles into a quiet tone. Sure, at high revs it doesn’t really sound great, but it still revs quickly and feels refined.
Let’s get straight to the AMT gearbox then. As soon as we left the dealership to hit the congested and chaotic roads of Delhi, its typical AMT nature became evident. The gearshifts aren’t as smooth as the ones on conventional automatics, but Datsun has done a good job in containing the shift shock. You will observe the lag in gear shifts only if you step on the gas abruptly. Otherwise, the linear throttle response helps in upshifting without a fuss and makes driving enjoyable. For more info on Datsun Redi-GO visit iftr2015hyd.in
Thankfully, it also gets the ‘Creep’ function like the Nano, Dzire, Duster, etc. It is a relief, especially in traffic, to let the car creep ahead with the release of the brake pedal. It should also help new drivers to start off jerk-free and without letting the car roll backwards on an up-slope. Another advantage, as against the rotary gear knob in the Kwid AMT, is that it gets the option of changing gears manually. There’s a manual override to provide a better control with engine braking especially while coming down a hill. It also helps while planning a quick overtake.
Datsun Redi-GO Rideing
The ride on the Datsun redi-GO feels stiff and is a bit bouncy on bad roads. There is a lot of movement of passengers inside the cabin and we would have liked a slightly more balanced ride. The steering is very light at city speeds but even on the highways it just doesn’t weigh up and feels so vague that it gets scary driving this car fast. You get this feeling of a disconnect between the steering and the front wheels. The puny tyres do their job well in the city but lack grip if you push the car hard. The lack of ABS is another downer and under very hard braking, expect the car to skid a bit before coming to a halt. In fact, our test car had terrible brakes with a very long stopping distance and the pedal lacking any sort of feel while initial bite was also missing. View offers on Datsun Cars from Datsun dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.
Datsun Redi-GO Safety
The top-end variant of New Datsun Redi-GO features driver side airbags as well, which makes for a very good offer in this segment. Along with this, the car gets disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear to give the driver a confident drive.
Datsun Redi-GO Price
Datsun Redi Go On-Road Price in India ranges from 4,11,392 to 8,60,393 for variants Redi GO D and Redi Go S 1.0L Amt respectively. Datsun Redi Go is available in 11 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Datsun Redi Go variants price in India.
Datsun Redi-GO Verdict
You might not like this AMT version if you are used to conventional automatic cars that provide seamless gearshifts. On the other hand, it isn’t that bad either as the gearshifts aren’t very jerky. It’s fun to drive within the city with good visibility, a light steering, energetic engine and a good low speed ride. The biggest advantage is that it will surely make life easier in stop-n-go (choc-a-bloc) traffic. If Datsun keeps the on-road price down to less than Rs 5 lakhs, the Redi-GO AMT will undercut its two closest competitors, the Renault Kwid 1.0 RXT AMT Opt and the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Vxi AMT, which also cost just about Rs 5 lakhs. So remember, the Redi-GO 1.0 AMT looks promising as it has a compact footprint, is easier to use in heavy traffic, should give a good fuel efficiency and should also be less expensive to purchase when launched. However, if you are looking for a feature-packed vehicle including more safety features, better build quality, then look elsewhere, possibly with a higher budget in mind.