Datsun Redi-Go – Quirky and Budget Friendly City Car

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Let’s study comprehensively about the design, features, prices and other important details of the Datsun Redi-Go and find out how good of an offering it is for the consumers.

Datsun has been around in India for sometime but has not seen significant success. The cars in their lineup are very simple and maybe too simple to be liked by the Indian audience. They have a renowned name globally but they have been struggling to capture the market in India, but with the Datsun Redi-Go, they aim to capture the market with offering a quirky product that has great potential.

Datsun Redi-Go

Datsun need to up their game to be able to have a strong position in the market and Redi-Go seems to be the answer to this. With its small dimensions and big promises, Datsun has a lot riding on this car to improve their market share in India and help them harden their image. Let’s find out how good of an offering is the Datsun Redi-Go.

Exterior Design

Datsun Redi-Go

The front of the car will remind of its sibling, Nissan Magnite as they share a lot of similar elements. There is a huge gloss-black grille right on the nose with chrome surrounds. The headlamps look sharp and are halogen, along with a chrome line right below them which will remind of the Magnite. It has a flat design on the bumper to accentuate the look of the car.

Redi-Go

Coming to the sides, the design is very simplistic and a bit bland. It gets a deep line on the lower end of the doors which rise up to the taillights and the old school door handles look outdated and in dire need of an upgrade. It gets 14-inch steel rims which is better than the competition and will provide better grip on the road and also, look better.

Redi-Go

Finishing off with the rear, it has a wave in the boot-lid and has halogen taillights. There are some cuts and creases on the lower end of the bumper which make the car look a bit appealing. Overall, the design language of the Redi-Go is simple and will appeal to people who look for purpose and can compromise on the design of the car.

Interior and Features

Datsun has equipped the Redi-Go with an all-black cabin design with silver embellishes around the AC vents and chrome surrounds around the AC controls. The quality of the materials is better than the rivals but not very good when looked at individually. Hard plastics are used all over the cabin and there are some exposed bits on the lower part of the interior. The seats on this car are surprisingly supportive and have decent under-thigh support. It will be adequately comfortable to drive it for longer durations. The instrument cluster on this car is pretty basic, it gets a single analogue dial for the speedometer and a small screen for the multi-information display which houses the tachometer as well.

Redi-Go Interior

Being an entry-level hatchback, there are not many features you can expect at this price point. Some of the features on the list include power steering, air conditioning with heater, accessory power outlet, keyless entry, voice control, USB charger, fabric upholstery and an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Overall, Datsun has done a great job in equipping the Redi-Go with adequate features and increasing the experience inside the cabin, so that more and more people are attracted towards the product.

Performance and Ride Quality

Datsun Redi-Go comes with two engine options, both of them petrol. A 0.8-litre petrol engine which produces 53 bhp and 72 Nm of torque and the 1.0-litre engine produces 67 bhp and 91 Nm of torque. Considering that it is an entry-level car, the performance from both these engines are adequate with the 1.0-litre motor having slightly better performance. Initial performance is peppy and feels good to drive but fades out as the speed increases. Both these engines have bearable NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness) levels and the cabin remains insulated unless you push the engine hard. It is a great city car but can also be used for occasional highway duties. The steering feels light and weighs up nicely as the speed increases but it could have had a bit more feel and feedback to it.

Redi-Go Seats

Talking about the rear seat, it has just about enough space but taller passengers will struggle a bit. There is adequate kneeroom and headroom but under-thigh support is lacking. The rear is best suited for two adults and a child as three adults would be a tight squeeze and very uncomfortable. Ride quality on the Redi-Go is on the stiffer side and feels planted at higher speeds. It rounds off bumps and potholes well but sharper ones filter into the cabin with a ‘thud’. Overall, the cabin experience of the Redi-Go is good considering the segment it is in and what the competition offers.

Safety

Redi-Go Safety

Datsun Redi-Go is an entry-level hatchback and gets safety features corresponding to that. The list includes ABS with EBD, child safety locks, dual airbags, side and front impact beams, engine immobilizer, crash sensor, rear camera with parking sensors and pre-tensioners and force limiter seat belts.

Price

Here is the variant wise price list for the Datsun Redi-Go.

Variant Price (ex-showroom)
D Rs 3.83 Lakhs
A Rs 4.0 Lakhs
T Rs 4.28 Lakhs
T (O) Rs 4.56 Lakhs
1.0-litre T (O) Rs 4.77 Lakhs
AMT 1.0-litre T(O) Rs 4.98 Lakhs

Verdict

Datsun Redi-Go is an entry-level hatchback that has a simple design for the interior and exterior. Driving dynamics on the vehicle are good when compared with the competition and provides satisfactory performance. Datsun Redi-Go has been priced adequately and people considering buying an entry-level hatchback should definitely check out this car.

 

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