Datsun GO Review & First Drive

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Datsun GO Overview

The Go was the launch vehicle for Datsun’s rebirth. The model got a high-voltage launch in New Delhi and was pitched as the car that would upset the applecart in India’s budget hatchback segment. However, the response to the model was tepid and the zero-star crash test rating by Global NCAP early into the car’s life did it no favours either. Datsun has been tweaking the car over the years (including structural updates, we are told) but what you see here is the first big update to the model. It’s got revised styling, a redone cabin and more equipment, and Datsun has also upgraded the car’s safety suite.

Impressively, dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, and rear parking sensors are now standard fit. That’s quite a step up from the outgoing model, which did not get ABS at all and only offered a driver’s side airbag as a paid option. Importantly, Datsun officials tell us the revamped Go meets India’s new crash test norms that come into effect from October 2019 on all cars on sale.Check for Datsun GO price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Datsun GO Design & Style

On the surface, it might not look like the Go or the Go+ have got an update. Unless you happen to spot one in one of the two new paint schemes – orange and brown. We’d have to say the changes have made the cars look a tad more appealing than before. It definitely grabs attention.The primary reason for that is the new 14-inch alloy wheels. These replace the older steel wheels and also come with wider rubber (165/70R14) that gives the cars a better stance. Earlier, the Go (and especially the GO+) would look comical with the tiny wheels. That has been taken care of. Might we add, the machine-finished design of the alloys looks great, on the move in particular. Also, thanks to the wider tyres, both cars have a slightly better stance. Thumbs up.

Smaller changes are focussed around the front end of the vehicle. These include a slightly larger grille, with a heavier dollop of chrome and a reworked bumper with creases that are more prominent. There are no fog lamps yet, but you do get a new daytime running lamp setup. Unlike the ones on the redi-GO, these are properly bright.

Compared to the front, the profile and the rear end looks a bit staid. Datsun could’ve livened things up a bit by offering indicators on the wing mirrors, or even a neat little spoiler for that matter. However, what you do get is a mildly reworked rear bumper that now houses a set of reverse parking sensors.With the update, the Go twins aren’t suddenly going to be winning design awards. But yes, they will definitely get more second looks than before.

Datsun GO Comfort & Space

This is where Datsun concentrated the most with this facelift. We think the new design is much more modern and up to the standards we have come to expect in this segment. The imitation carbon fabric patterns on parts of the centre console, above the glove box and door handles do well to break up the broad expanses of hard plastic that make up the dash. Fit and finish are also good, we couldn’t find any inconsistent panel gaps.

The cabin plastics are understandably not of the highest standard, given the price point this car competes at. But Datsun could have used this opportunity and improved the sense of perceived quality, to round off the sweeping changes it has made on the inside of the two cars. The seats could have been better too. The cushioning is hard and there isn’t enough lateral and under-thigh support.

The new seven-inch infotainment system is a huge step up from the docking system that the Go initially came with. This system comes with a full HD screen with crisp responses. The Blaupunkt unit has a tile type interface with all major functions listed on the home screen. We found the system to be an intuitive one and a big step up from the Media Nav systems seen on other Renault-Nissan cars like the Kwid and Capture. The USB port though is difficult to access and the sound quality from the two speakers is average at best. The instrument cluster now gets an analogue tachometer which is much easier to read that the digital one from before.

Interior space is class leading and three adults can be seated in the second row, for short durations at least. Headroom might be an issue for six-footers but legroom should be good for all but the tallest of individuals. The third row in the Go+ is best reserved strictly for children. We found the space very cramped, with us sitting in a knees up position and our heads brushing against the headlining. The third bench folds flat completely though, freeing up a sold 347 litres of luggage space. We feel buyers should consider this as the primary criteria for choosing the Go+ over the Go, the third-row seats should be best reserved for occasional emergency use.

Datsun GO Engine & Transmission

The Go uses the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine as before, and its 68hp and 104Nm power and torque figures, respectively, are par for the course for this class of car. Still, performance is more than adequate for town. Initial response is a bit meek, but by 2,000rpm the engine gets into its rhythm and makes the Go feel peppy and light on its feet. The Datsun is quite well-suited to the urban grind, though the 5-speed gearbox should have been smoother in its shifts.To know more information on Datsun GO visit Ogequipment

The Go picks up pace smartly, but the engine runs out of steam at highway speeds. Cross 80kph and you’ll also sound off the speed buzzer – a new addition that will be required by law, come April 2019. The Go is not a car that you’d be inclined to drive much faster than needed, to begin with. The light body (it tips the scales at 846kg) tends to move about in crosswinds, and it isn’t as sure-footed under hard braking as we’d have liked either. Still, the inclusion of ABS makes a world of a difference to confidence behind the wheel. Ride quality is good, if on the firmer side, for the most part and what also comes handy on patchy surfaces is the 180mm of ground clearance.

An area where the Go has made an improvement is in refinement. There’s more cladding so you no longer hear pebbles and small stones, kicked up from the road, clunking around in the wheel wells. You hear less of the engine too. The three-cylinder engine does get thrummy when you extend it and you can feel vibrations on the gear lever at idle.

Datsun GO Ride & Handling

The ride quality should keep you comfortable inside the city. We found the ride to be a lot better with four adults on board. If you’re taking it easy, the Go should be able to keep most of the bumps out of the cabin. But go over them in quick succession and you’d find it bouncing about a bit. Also, at high speeds, we wish it felt a bit more planted. It feels nervous and light, after which you’ll want to return to double-digit speeds. In the Go+, we managed to bottom out the rear suspension a couple of times on the highway. A slightly stiffer setup would’ve possibly eliminated this.

Chuck the Go into a corner, and it’d turn in quickly. But, the steering is better-suited for quickly evading pesky motorists and pedestrians, not being super precise and setting lap records. So, in that context, it feels dull through a corner and keeps you guessing as to what the front wheels are doing. There’s predictable body roll, too. And, both the Go and Go+ would like it if you didn’t change lanes hard at triple-digit speeds.

Datsun GO Braking & Safety

The Datsun GO features safety bits such as driver side airbag, vehicle dynamic control, co-passenger airbag, ABS with EBD and brake assist, rear parking sensors, central locking and driver seatbelt warning as standard across the line-up. It additionally comes with rear washer, rear defogger and rear wiper. Braking power on the entry-level hatchback is derived from disc front brakes and rear drum units.

Datsun GO Price in Hyderabad

Datsun Go On Road Price is 3,97,812/- and Ex-showroom Price is 3,29,000/- in Hyderabad. Datsun Go comes in 6 colours, namely Ruby,Sky,Silver,Grey,White,Blue. Datsun Go comes with FWD with 1198 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 67 bhp@5000 rpm and Peak Torque 104 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 13.3 seconds . Datsun Go comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Datsun GO Final Word

The 2018 Datsun Go’s prices start at Rs 3.29 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the base D trim. The mid-spec A, A(O) and T trims come in at Rs 3.99 lakh, Rs 4.29 lakh and Rs 4.49 lakh, respectively, and cost about the same as corresponding versions of the old car. Factor in the additional kit on offer, and what is clear is that the Go packs in far more value than before. The top-spec T(O)’s Rs 4.89 lakh price is also competitive, when you see the equipment it comes with.

The changes to the Go make it feel significantly better than before. It feels like a more wholesome package and its appeal finally goes beyond the promise of low running and maintenance costs that Datsun has relied on to pull in buyers so far. While only a straight up comparison with the likes of the Tata Tiago and Maruti Suzuki WagonR will tell if it’s the best car for the money, the Go has certainly become far easier to recommend than ever before.

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