Datsun GO Overview
Returning after a 34-year hiatus isn’t the reason why the GO from the Datsun brand has become one of the most awaited cars of recent times. All the hype surrounding the car and the fact that India is the first market where the first completely locally produced Datsun car will be launched is also not the only reason for so much interest.
The fact is the GO will be a serious new contender in the entry small car segment and going by the package that was unveiled last year all that excitement surrounding it seemed justified. The GO will be officially launched within the next few weeks. It will take on the likes of the Hyundai Eon, the Maruti Alto, the Ford Figo and the other B-segment cars.
For us, after having been witness to the entire birthing process for this new car from the first sketch to the roll-out at the Renault-Nissan alliance plant near Chennai, last week it was time for the proverbial “Proof of the pudding…’.
Datsun GO Design
On the face of it, it might look that the car has not given any update unless there isn’t the new orange colour option in the view. The overall looks have been drastically enhanced and the car can easily grab attention at first sight. And the primary reason for that is the addition of new 14-inch diamond cut alloy wheels which replaced the older steel ones and also feature wider rubber, providing the car an improved stance. The tiny wheels on the earlier model make the car looked comical. The ORVM gets body colour treatment in the update which is a nice move.
At the front, the changes are minors. The car gets solid dab of chrome, larger grille and revamped bumper with more prominent creases. The fog lamps are still missing in the car but what you get this time is the new daytime running LEDs which are brighter than the sibling redi-GO. Apart from this, the bonnet remains sculpted while the large headlamps are identical as well. The rear as against the front end, looks a bit sedate. The carmaker could have included a neat spoiler, however, you still get revised bumper which now houses parking sensors, rear wash wiper and chrome strip at the bottom of the boot lid. The large tail lamps remain the same.So with the latest facelift, the small hatch will certainly attract more eyeballs than before.
Kudos to the carmaker, it has now addressed the feedbacks coming from all the quarters. The earlier model was launched barebones and this has changed quite a lot with the newer version. Even the basics have been given importance this time around. What this means is that the twist and pull handbrake has been replaced by a conventional stick we are all used to. The instrument cluster has been updated incorporating a larger analogue tachometer in the display. This is especially important because the older setup makes it hard to determine the revs. Besides, the instrument shows information including digital clock, dual tripmeter, engine running time and average speed of the vehicle.
The plastics used in the newer model is improved yet not of high standard, but we can’t complain much given the price point of the car. The dashboard in the all-black cabin has also been restyled. The treat to the eyes lies at the center console in the form of 7-inch touchscreen infotainment that is powered by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. That means it gets Google Map Navigation, voice recognition, SMS/WhatsApp/Email Read, Bluetooth, USB, Aux-In as well as radio connectivity. This might really surprise many but the other cars from Renault-Nissan family such as Terrano and Captur don’t get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. So this may be a nice treat for the first time buyers.
The touchscreen unit is provided by Blaupunkt and is amongst the best one would see in a budget car. The touch response, resolution or graphics is surely going to set the benchmarks in the class. While there isn’t a rear camera offered in the car, you can get one fitted from a dealership as the screen supports camera and will relay the video feed. The rear passengers finally get power windows, the feature which was missing in the old car. Another well thought addition is the electrical adjustment of the ORVM. And then there is new rear wash wipe a feature which is often overlooked by many brands. However, there are still some misses in the car such as non-adjustable driver seat and day/night mirror. Coming to the comfort and space, the biggest miss in the car is perhaps the non-adjustable headrests. While if you are sitting at the front, you would not complain about the lack of headrests, however, the rear passengers are likely to complain. And for the taller passengers, the integrated headrests will be at the shoulder level, which would be practically unusable for them.
In terms of space, there is nothing special to differentiate between the older and newer model, it’s identical. Datsun GO is known for its space, especially at the rear and it is perfect for a small family. Three adult passengers can easily fit at the rear as oppose to Celerio and Wagon R. However, the middle occupant would not get much legroom, so the car should be better be perceived as a perfect 4-seater. Talking about the boot space, the 265L is still class leading which is one of the USPs of this car. Apart from this, there are several utility storages across the vehicles including the door pads, central floor console and at the rear. Overall, the interiors have been a nice overall package. Check for Datsun GO in seepennywork
Datsun GO Performance
The Datsun GO features a three-cylinder, double overhead camshaft (DOHC) engine that focuses on maximising efficiencies. But the engine managed to surprise us with its nimbleness and relatively refined performance. Compared to some of the other 3-cylinder engines in the market, the GO’s unit is quieter and less ‘vibey’. Yes, listen carefully and during hard acceleration one can easily figure out that it is a three pot burner, but inside the cabin during city driving and cruising, the engine is quiet enough.
During our test drive, we found that the 104 Nm of torque available to be a big plus in city traffic. The 64 PS of power seemed adequate for a car that weighs barely 800 kgs. Power delivery is also quite linear and the car sprints all the way to 70 kmph in second and 130 kmph in third gears respectively. Even at speeds of upto 140 kmph, the GO feels planted. ARAI rated fuel efficiency is 20.63 kmpl.
Being a small hatchback, fuel efficiency becomes one of the top priorities. Nothing has changed in the mileage figures though, the new Datsun GO returns the ARAI certified mileage of 19.83 kms for a liter of fuel which is good looking at class it falls in.Powered by the 1.2-litre petrol engine and linked to a 5-speed gearbox, the claimed Datsun GO mileage comes out to be an impressive 19.83 km/l. View offers on Datsun Cars in New Delhi at Autozhop.
Datsun GO Rideing
The GO’s suspension has been tuned to please rear passengers, with the set up being copied from some Infiniti vehicles, Nissan’s luxury car brand. The suspension travel has also been increased to make it more pliant and at the same time capable of handling some really poor quality roads. The 13-inch rims, a pliant suspension and the raised stance, explain the bit of body roll, but it is not unsettling even at high speeds. The power steering is speed sensitive and stiffens up at higher speeds. Overall handling is on a par with cars in the B and B+ segments. Some nifty features in the Datsun GO include the speed sensitive automatic windscreen wiper and follow me home headlights that can be activated by simply toggling the high beam flasher when you exit the car.
Datsun GO Safety
The Datsun GO features safety bits such as driver side airbag, 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 On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 3,78,162 to 5,00,114 for variants Go D and Go T Optional respectively. Datsun Go is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Datsun Go variants price in Hyderabad. Check for GO price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.
Datsun GO Verdict
The Datsun GO 2018 facelift gets styling changes on the outside as well as inside. Datsun has also packed additional features such as a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, which is a segment-first feature. Overall, it is a better package than the pre-facelift version.The Datsun GO is a complete package for the entry hatch buyer, even though some of the features seem to have been over thought. At the time of launch, the GO will be available only with the petrol engine in three trim levels. Safety features like ABS and airbags are also being considered as an optional addition to be introduced at a later date. The choice of an electronic throttle pedal and a hydraulic pressure type clutch (instead of cable type) are also good additions and the fact that they are easier to operate and maintenance-free will be appreciated by first time car buyers. It probably also hints at an automatic variant, which Datsun