July 26, 2017: Datsun has launched the RediGO with a more powerful 1.0-litre engine. It shares its powertrain with the Renault Kwid SCe, but an entirely different styling gives the redi-GO a distinct flavour.
Features like a high seating position and healthy ground clearance make it a car that's easier to drive around the urban jungle. It's shorter than the low-slung Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, but the Datsun makes up for that by offering a wider and taller cabin with more boot space too.
The 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine in the new Datsun Redi-GO makes 68PS of max power and 91Nm of peak torque. More than the increase of 14PS and 19Nm in peak power and torque figures, the bigger engine impresses with off-peak performance. It's much easier to drive in the city and requires fewer downshifts to pick up the pace. It delivers a fuel efficiency of 22.5kmpl as per the new ARAI test cycle. The number is just 0.2kmpl less than the new figures for the 800cc Redi-GO. The 5-speed manual is the only transmission option right now. That said, an AMT version is likely to make its debut soon.
With GST kicking in, prices of the Datsun Redi-GO have been revised. Based on pre-GST taxes, the ex-showroom prices have gone down.
Mumbai:The starting price for the hatchback now starts at Rs 2.41 lakh, as opposed to Rs 2.67 lakh pre-GST. That's a reduction of Rs 26,000. Prices have been slashed across variants. The top variant is now Rs 34,000 cheaper and now costs Rs 3.39 lakh as opposed to Rs 3.73 lakh pre-GST.
Delhi:The starting price for the car remains unchanged for Delhi and starts at Rs 2.41 lakh. However, the top variant has received a Rs 2,000 reduction and now costs Rs 3.39 lakh. Prices have been slashed across all variants except the base variant.
Do note that prices for insurance are marginally higher, as they are taxed at 18 per cent instead of the earlier 15 per cent.
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The Datsun redi-GO is available in five trims: D, A, T, S and Sport. There's also a T(O) trim that sits between the T and S variants. The smaller motor is available across all variants, but the bigger engine is only available in the T(O) and S options. Pricing for the 800cc variants ranges from Rs 2.41 lakh for the D trim and goes up to Rs 3.63 lakh for the Sport. The 1.0-litre variants are available at a premium of Rs 23,200 over comparable 800cc variants and priced at Rs 3.57 lakh for the T(O) and Rs 3.72 lakh for the S. There's no automatic available with the redi-GO, but it's likely to borrow the 5-speed AMT setup from the Renault Kwid.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800: The Alto 800 challenges the 800cc trims of the redi-GO. On the design front, the Alto 800 feels dated, but its strength lies in its reliable mechanicals, extensive sales and service network, low running costs and a strong resale value. Although its USP isn't visible to the naked eye, it’s still at the top of its game.
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10: The Alto K10 competes with the 1.0-litre variants of the redi-GO and offers the same no-frills ownership experience that you'd associate with a Maruti, in a package that's quite a bit faster than the basic Alto 800. It has its shortcomings which swell up when parked next to the Kwid. Thankfully, it packs no unpleasant surprises, and that's its strength.
Hyundai Eon: The Eon wears Hyundai’s Fluidic design theme that's starting to show its age. Just like the Alto, it offers solid reliability and a low cost of ownership. What sets it apart from the competition is its styling, which is more than just functional. The 1.0-litre engine in the Eon has a bit more power and torque, but its heavier kerb weight keeps its performance at par with the Alto K10. Just like the redi-GO, the Eon doesn't offer an automatic transmission of any kind.
Renault Kwid: The Kwid has made budget hatchbacks cool without sacrificing on practicality. It is surprisingly spacious, very well-equipped and handles bad roads with ease. The only critical miss is the lack of ABS, but the competition doesn't offer that either. The rotary dial-type AMT is available with the bigger 1.0-litre engine, and it's, possibly, ‘the world’s simplest interface in an automatic’. Although this system requires a steep initial learning curve for experienced drivers, the benefits for new drivers are unmatched.
value for money, spacious, good ground clearance
average build quality, low quality plastics and is low on features
The Datsun redi-Go looks very appealing from most angles and has ride quality working in its favour. But, the engine isn’t very refined and quality isn’t impressive either.
Datsun is set to launch its micro-hatchback, the redi-GO in the Indian market, which happens to be its third offering. Will Nissan’s sub-brand get third time lucky?
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The Japanese, the French, and the Indian hatchbacks compared on paper
The bigger engine demands a premium of around Rs 23,000
Gets the same 3-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol motor from the Renault Kwid
Apart from the bigger engine and the 1.0 badge, it also gets an all-black cabin