Datsun GO Hatchback First Drive Review

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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.

Datsun GO Look

The Go gets a series of visual updates and they do their job rather well. While the trademark hexagonal grille gets a new mesh, the talking point at the front is the new bumper. More angular and sportier, even more than the original Go’s, the bumper immediately gives the hatchback’s face more personality. Also, new to the Go are LED DRLs, though they are only unique to the new top-spec T(O) versions. At the sides, it’s the larger wheels that immediately distinguish the updated car – upsized to 14-inches and shod with 165/70 tyres, they enhance the Go’s stance. Diamond-cut alloy wheels, like the ones on the car pictured here, are exclusive to the T(O) variant. They do so much for the look that they are worth stretching your budget for. Of the other things, the body-coloured caps for the wing mirrors are also new. The roof rails you see on the pictured car are from Datsun’s accessories range and are just for show – they can’t lift any load.

The revised Go’s rear end is identifiable by the new bumper and a chrome lip at the base of the tail gate. While it is not a design detail, the rear wiper is also a fresh inclusion on the top-spec version. There’s no rear defogger, however. In all, the Go looks far more appealing than before, with the new Amber Orange colour also helping give the car a more youthful persona.

Datsun GO Comfort

The interiors have been given a heavy revision. The dashboard gets a new design which looks more appealing than the older cars. The GO gets a full black layout for the dash while the GO+ gets a dual-tone theme. Fit and finish has improved a lot and so has the quality of materials used in the cabin. The handbrake has been moved to its conventional location. The older GO came with only speakers and a port to mount your phone but now it gets a Blaupunkt touchscreen audio system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, etc. Sound quality is just average though. The USB port has been placed a bit inconveniently below the centre console. For more details on Datsun GO  check Getreadyoregon

Datsun claims that the vehicles come with anti-fatigue seats but honestly the front seats are quite thin and they lack proper support for the under-thigh while support for the back is good. Also the centre console which houses the gear lever is very large and it keeps hitting the knee of the driver and front passenger which gets really annoying because leg space is already very less. The seats aren’t very wide though. The rear seats offer average comfort but knee room is limited, more so when there’s a tall passenger sitting upfront. The GO has enough boot space for a couple of small bags while the GO+ comes with a third row which again has extremely limited space and isn’t suited to full-size adults. With the third row up, boot space in the GO+ is very negligible but with the last row folded, the cargo capacity gets increased drastically.

Datsun GO Gearbox

The Datsun GO siblings are powered by a 1.2-litre, 3-cyl, petrol engine which puts out 67 HP of power and 104 Nm of torque. The engine is pretty refined for a 3-cylinder car and offers decent enough punch for city driving. Low end isn’t very responsive but the engine has good grunt in the mid-range, continuing till the higher rev band. 0-100 km/hr is claimed to come up in 13.3 seconds. The ARAI-claimed fuel efficiency is 19.83 km/l but real life figures hover around the 14-15 km/l mark in city driving and around 16-17 km/l on highways. The 5-speed manual gearbox has slightly rubbery shifts but the clutch is very light. Another noteworthy thing is the exhaust note which sounds quite cool. Check for SBI car loan.

Datsun GO Riding

The suspension set up on the GO is pliant for our roads. The ride isn’t very plush but it is comfy enough unless the roads get really bad. The suspension travel is long and the GO siblings have a significant amount of body roll, which feels even more pronounced in the GO+ and sudden lane changes aren’t confidence inspiring. The steering doesn’t provide much feedback and is kind of vague. Braking performance is also pretty average and pedal doesn’t have a sharp bite. Book Datsun GO  Test Drive.

Datsun GO 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 Pune

Datsun Go On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 4,15,686 to 5,97,762 for variants Go D and Go T Optional respectively. Datsun Go is available in 7 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Datsun Go variants price in Pune. Check for Datsun GO price in Pune at Autozhop.

Datsun GO Bottomline

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.

Datsun GO+ Review & First Drive

 Datsun GO Plus Overview

Dastun Go+ MPV is the first ever compact MPV from Datsun in India. This car comes in a total of four trim levels with a petrol engine under the hood. GO+ is a stretched version of the GO hatchback that aims to provide more style, more seats, better power and more practicality. The multipurpose vehicle (MPV) segment is one of the most looked after segment in India. Most of the vehicles in this segment come with 7-8 seater options, which sadly, Go+ doesn’t provide. Go+ MPV is essentially a 5+2 seater vehicle, with the rear 2 seats essentially being child seats. View offers on Datsun Cars from Datsun  dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

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Datsun GO Plus Look

Similar is the case with the Indian car market. The sub 4-metre and the small size engine duty have made the business a bit too complicated for car manufacturers. Compact-size sedans and even SUVs are making their way, with some compromise. However, Datsun has introduced a larger hatch called as the Datsun GO+. It is being marketed as a compact utility vehicle and does it do that? We take it for a weekend camping trip and find out how much of the addition exists.

The PLUS stands for the larger boot and additional third row of seating. The Datsun GO+ is based on the GO, and it shows the striking resemblance. The fascia’s of both are the same and the body design is the same till the rear door. After which the belt line rises as you move towards the rear and even the wheel haunches are protuberant. The blacked-out door pillar after the rear door (C-pillar) has a lesser glass area and this makes it very prominent. The roof also gently slopes downwards towards the rear. The boot lid of the Datsun GO+ is a new body part and the tail lamps are the same as the GO. The rear bumper looks stylish and does look muscular.

The length of the Datsun GO+ is under 4 metres, so it is as long as the Honda Amaze and Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire. However, what this offers is extra flexibility with another row of seating or a humongous boot, when compared to the compact sedans and SUVs. As the ground clearance is the same, it drives like any other compact car and is easy to manoeuvre through tight city lanes with a turning radius of 4.6 metres.

Datsun GO Plus Comfort

While the exterior received a few minor updates, the interior has been heavily revamped. The plastic quality remains more or less the same as it was before, but it now sports an all-new, dual-tone dashboard. Not only is the layout here a lot cleaner, it does feel like the in-cabin experience has been uplifted. The centre AC vent design has been changed as well and they are now a part of the the top layer of the dashboard.

Unfortunately, the steering still isn’t adjustable for rake or reach but is now finished in a better-looking black colour. There is a brushed aluminium-like plastic cladding, which makes it look more premium. A value addition that’s been missed here is steering-mounted audio and telephony controls. Including at least one of the functions would’ve added a great deal of convenience, especially since the GO+ now gets a serious upgrade when it comes to in-car entertainment.

The instrument cluster is new as well, but may look familiar as it is borrowed from the Micra. When compared to the outgoing models, the new versions get an analog tachometer on the left. The small orange-backlit MID (multi-info display) at the bottom displays the odometer, tripmeter, distance-to-empty, time and fuel level. Strangely, there is no lane change indicator, which is a very basic yet useful feature.

Now, we come to a major highlight of the new GO+: the in-car entertainment. The centre console now features a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Nope, it’s not the same unit we’ve seen in other Renault cars like the Kwid or even the Captur. This new system is responsive to use and features crisp graphics for menus. Yes, it also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity apart from the usual USB, Bluetooth and Aux inputs. The screen itself is compatible with a rear camera, although you will have to buy the camera separately as it’s not included in the GO+ features list. Sadly, the sound system itself hasn’t seen a corresponding upgrade.

The two-speaker setup offers disappointing audio quality, which doesn’t complement the experience you get with the touchscreen. Below the touchscreen are knobs for the manual AC. The USB and Aux-in ports are placed a bit oddly on the panel below the gear shifter, away from the line of sight. The gear lever is no longer a ‘floating’ unit as there is the centre console compartment going all the way to the bottom. Thankfully, following customer feedback, the dash-mounted handbrake lever has been removed, replaced with a conventional lever between the seats.

The seats themselves have been reworked. Datsun has added what it calls ‘Anti-Fatigue Seats’ which aim to deliver better comfort, especially for long drives. This is an important touch, since Datsun’s cars are quite popular in hilly regions, where the tough terrain can turn short journeys into long ones. Fortunately, these seats feel well cushioned and support your back even quite well. However, much like the steering, the seat is not adjustable, which can make finding the right driving position a little tricky. On the plus side, you now get electrically adjustable ORVMs, which add a much needed dose of convenience.Check for Datsun GO Plus in iiitdm.in

Although the rear seat offers adequate headroom and legroom, you sit a bit low with your knees pointing upwards, which gives you the impression that the seats lack under-thigh support. That said, the shoulder room feels wider than cars in its category and is just enough to squeeze three average-sized adults, albeit for shorter journeys. A few little misses remain, though. The headrests, for example, are fairly small and non-adjustable. There’s no rear armrest either, nor do you get seatback pockets.

With the 2018 GO+, the third row experience remains exactly the same as before. There is no way adults can fit in there comfortably and it is best suited for small children. An expected compromise when you try to fit 7 people in a car that’s no larger than a family hatchback. It lacks headrests and AC vents too. Also, you only get lap belts here. In our opinion, it’s best to fold or completely remove the third row and use the additional boot space (347 litres with third row folded) it offers.

Datsun GO Plus Gearbox

Despite the same motor churning out the exact same number of horses as in the Go and with an added 20 kilograms to pull, the torque helps the Go+ MPV take off with quite some eagerness. The motor has been re-tuned and made more responsive and, as a result, the Datsun responds when you put your foot down. The Go+ is even comfortable cruising around in a high gear in city traffic. What’s nice is that you don’t even need to go to a lower gear most of the time.

The gearbox and light clutch work well enough if you work with a firm hand. Other things that make driving easy are the well-metered brakes and the light steering. While the sound insulation is still quite poor with plenty of road and tyre noise filtering in, it is definitely a step ahead of the Go hatchback. Also, if you rev the motor to 5000rpm, it starts to sound quite noisy. It rides well too, the suspension has been upgraded to deal with the greater load at the rear, but it is very pliant and absorbent and really silent when going over rough patches and there isn’t too much pitching or nose-bobbing. It does roll when cornered hard though, owing to the high ground clearance, soft springs and lack of anti-roll bars. And the slim tyres don’t offer too much grip either.

Datsun GO Plus Rideing

The Datsun GO+ gets a 10mm bump in ground clearance (now 180mm) thanks to the larger 14-inch wheels. To account for the different wheels and subsequent clearance, the suspension has also received some tweaking, and we’re happy to report, the tinkering has worked for the better. The suspension takes on speed breakers and undulations with ease, and cushions you well.

This characteristic is even retained at highway speeds as the car remains stable over broken roads, undulations and bad patches. What impresses most, though, is that the car is quick to settle down after hitting a pothole or bump. None of the bouncy aftershock you’d expect in comfort-set suspension. At triple-digit speeds though, it does feel a bit bouncy, hinting that whether it’s the engine or suspension, the Go+ prefers low to medium speeds. Test drive for Datsun GO Plus.

Another improvement can be noted in engine noise insulation. The motor isn’t as audible as it was before. However, the floorboard insulation still feels lacking as even the smallest pebble hit makes a sharp noise inside the cabin, something you will get annoyed by over roads that are still under construction. But overall, the NVH levels have improved to a point where it is now acceptable.

The handling package offers nothing unexpected. The steering is light and lets you make quick turns or u-turns in traffic. However, there isn’t much by way of communication from it and it feels a bit vague at high speeds. Go for sudden lane switches and there is some guesswork involved, which can be unsettling. A slightly heavier steering would have gone a long way to help with that. Body roll never becomes an issue inside the city, but you will feel it in the GO+ on the highways.

Datsun GO Plus Safety

It’s good to finally see Datsun taking some action to improve its notoriety when it comes to safety in India. For starters, the structure of the GO+ has received a good deal of reinforcement. In the process, it has gained about 150kg in weight and Datsun claims the GO+ will comply with the upcoming Indian crash test norms.

What’s more, not only do you now get dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist and rear parking sensors, all these features are included as standard even in the base variant. Yes, follow-me-home headlamps are also included as standard.

Datsun GO Plus Price in Hyderabad

Datsun Go Plus On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 4,42,303 to 5,90,345 for variants Go Plus D and Go Plus Remix Limited Edition respectively. Datsun Go Plus is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Datsun Go Plus variants price in Hyderabad. Check for GO+ price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Datsun GO Plus Bottomline

While Datsun insists on calling it a seven-seater, the Go+ isn’t exactly a proper one. The third row can only accommodate luggage and can’t really be used to seat anyone (but small children).If you look at it as a five-seater, with a decent amount of luggage space, that makes it more of sense. True, the budget segment treatment by Datsun isn’t very subtle, and could even put off some customers. But if you consider the Rs 4.1 lakh (estimated) price tag (which is only around Rs 30,000 more than the hatchback), this could very well turn out to be a practical and popular five-seater.