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Datsun redi-Go 1.0 First Drive Review: Better, But Good Enough?

We test the new 1.0-litre engine equipped Datsun redi-Go to find out whether it's good enough to take on the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 and the Renault Kwid 1.0 SCe.

Manav Sinha | News18.com@manav_sinha

Updated:July 15, 2017, 5:32 PM IST
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Datsun redi-Go 1.0 First Drive Review: Better, But Good Enough?
Datsun redi-Go 1.0. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)
Datsun launched the 800cc redi-Go last year at a very lucrative base price of Rs 2.38 lakh (ex-showroom) and the car went on to carve a space for itself in the highly competitive entry-level hatchback segment in India. It won’t be wrong to say that the redi-Go, in a way, managed to create and become the recall value for Datsun. So the next logical step is to update the range with new bells and whistles and that’s what Datsun has done and the result of that is the redi-Go 1.0.

The car will launch in India on July 26, 2017, and bookings for the same has commenced as well. We take it for a spin to find out just how much different is it and whether it’s the one to go for.


 

The Looks

In terms of looks, the redi-Go 1.0 is pretty much identical to the 800cc model.

On the outside, the only real change is the 1.0 badge that signifies the higher cubic capacity. But having said that, the redi-Go was always a good looking car. It still looks sharp and it’s been only about a year since it was introduced in India and hence, isn’t exactly in need of a major mid-life refresh. The use of chrome is smart and it still is the only car to offer Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) in its segment.

The interiors are where the most evident change is as they now get a blacked-out treatment. The silver accents on the AC vents and the steering wheel were there in the 800cc model as well, but now get more accentuated with the blacked out surroundings and feel a lot plusher in reality.

It gets several compartment spaces which are laid out where you would want them to be and the centre console gets the addition of new door lock/unlock button as the redi-Go now comes with remote keyless entry.

The boot space remains identical at 222 litres.

Datsun-Redi-Go-1.0---BadgeThe Datsun redi-Go 1.0 gets new badging at the back. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)

What’s Cool?

The biggest change, though, is the 999cc three-cylinder engine that now delivers 68 PS of power and a commendable 91 Nm of torque, which is higher than the segment leader Maruti Suzuki Alto K10. This engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and Datsun says that an AMT-equipped offering is in the works.

And how does all of this translate into the driving experience?

The car now feels peppier to drive and is actually more efficient during those quick overtakes in the city. But the most important part is that although the 800cc model did pack a punch, it did get audible inside the cabin once you got past 4000 RPM – and the catch was – that it was there where the meat of the power was. In this case, though, the power feels a bit more spread out across the RPM range and you don't really need to downshift very often for that extra kick and the engine also doesn't sound strained. This actually goes a long way in improving the driving experience.

The ride quality is good too and the suspension setting perfect for the typical city roads. It gave us no chance of complaint.

Datsun-Redi-Go-1.0---InteriorsDatsun redi-Go 1.0 gets new interior theme. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)

What’s Not So Cool?

The redi-Go 1.0 is a new variant after all and we just wished that Datsun had done just a bit more on the styling front, like new decals for example, which would have helped it differentiate it from its 800cc sibling.

The car measures the same when it comes to the length, width and height of the model which means the driving ergonomics are still the same. The driver gets good visibility all around and the high seating position gives a commanding driving experience. But those who are taller than 6 feet will find the wheel well a bit too tight and may end up grazing their knee on the dashboard and the door.

Competitors

The Datsun redi-Go competes with the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 and the Renault Kwid 1.0 SCe.

Datsun-Redi-Go-1.0---Feature-2Datsun redi-Go 1.0 feels better to ride with the new engine. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)

Verdict

Datsun has made a good car even better with the addition of a new engine offering. But the thing is that Datsun is known for pricing their products aggressively and that was one of the biggest reasons why the redi-Go managed to carve a space for itself in the 800cc segment. If the company keeps the tradition alive, then this is a great value for money package that deserves your attention.

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