Datsun GO Overview
Datsun Go is the model which marked the entry of the Japanese brand in the country. The car which was first introduced in 2014, was pitched in the affordable hatchback segment and was able to grab a slight share of pie in the class. However, the overall response of the car was lukewarm since its inception so the carmaker decided to give a major update in 2018. The new Datsun GO has been launched with an impressive list of updates this time around. The car now looks a bit more upmarket from inside and out with the mechanicals remaining the same. The hatchback was also been high criticized on the safety ground but now the carmaker has responded rightly to the feedback by giving a major update in this department too. At the same time, the affordability factor hasn’t been compromised; even the newer model is more reasonable than the earlier version.Apply car loan for Datsun GO .
Datsun GO Design
Datsun Go is definitely bringing a fresh new styling with it which will attract lot of attention. Take a look at it and you won’t feel that this car looks cheap or below average in any way, overall it has an aggressive styling which we have seen when the manufacturer revealed its first sketch and the interesting thing is that it is still retained even in this production version as well.
The front of the GO hatch boasts a diamond shaped grille with a chrome garnish and a Datsun logo placed in the middle. The clear lens halogen headlamps also has a new styling which makes the front of the hatch look quite aggressive and interesting.
Coming to the side profile of the hatch, it is sub 4 meter in length and has few character lines and creases which gives it a premium appeal. The side door handles are a straight lift from the Nissan hatchback Micra which obviously isn’t a bad thing. The Datsun GO has 4 doors which opens wide for easy entry and exit for the passengers.Come to the rear of the GO and you will notice a big windscreen and a boot door just like any other hatch of its class. The only disappointing thing about this new hatch is its 13 inch 155/70 skinny tyres, the wheels looks tiny compared to whole external shell. For more info on Datsun GO check Changeonslapac
Datsun GO Cabin
Similarly, the GO’s cabin strikes you as being oriented towards practicality, starting from the way the centre console has been eliminated to ensure more space even for the driver and the front passenger. A pull and retract kind of hand brake on the dashboard and a gear shift stick that has been set right on the centre stack means that the floor has been freed of the restrictions.
The dashboard itself is a pleasing combination of three coloured panels, all in pastel shades of grey, light brown and mild biege. There are a lot of plastic panels all around, but, from no angle does it look like low-cost kit, focused on economising.
The amount of space available in the Datsun GO’s cabin will surprised you. There is enough shoulder room and legroom at the front and rear to even challenge the cabin volume stakes amongst some of the B+ segment cars. The GO’s seat squabs are thin, but the jacquard fabric (in the top trim) makes them quite comfortable even after we spent about five hours in the car. The overall symmetry of the layout and the fit and finish gives the cabin a quality feel, though clearly being that of a B-segment hatch.
The only element that sticks out as being a bit rough is the one that is being talked about by Datsun as a differentiator – the mobile dock. The holder a simple spring-loaded clamp feels too flimsy and a bit tacky. It also blocks the air-con vent when a phone is docked. Air-conditioner performance is good though, as is the functionality of the mobile connected music system, which features only a charging USB slot and a volume knob. If you want to play music it will have to be through your phone and you can receive calls hands-free.
The connected front seat is another unique feature in the GO. The rectangular squab extensions that connect the driver and passenger seats enable the user to leave a handbag or other object by the side. It will probably also allow passengers to slide across and exit on the other side of the car in case the parking slot is too tight. But our worry is the kind of violations that might happen, where buyers might unwittingly end up using the space for seating a child or small adult.
Datsun GO Performance
The spec sheet remains the same as before. The car comes powered with the same 1.2L 3-cylinder naturally aspirated 12V DOHC EFI petrol engine that produces 68PS and 104Nm of peak torque with the same 5-speed manual transmission doing its duty for transferring the power to the front wheels. This is the same unit that powers Nissan Micra Active and remains the biggest in its class in terms of power and performance.
The engine remains enthusiastic as before with high power to weight ratio. The hatch offers peppy and fun to drive experience especially if the engine is dragged to its redline. A small hitch comes due to limited low-rpm pulling potential. So, one has to really push the accelerator a little hard to get going. But this is something of advantage when you are travelling jam packed or handling the ghats. If you continue to get going, you would not face any problems whizzing in and out of the traffic.
However, the newer model is not as quick as compared to the previous version. Why? Because of the added 150kg of weight and on open stretches the car would run out of breath. And here you would need to plan overtake in advance. But there is nothing to worry much as these cars are meant for pottering within the city premises. Coming to the NVH levels, the carmaker seems to have taken the nasty feedbacks seriously. The engine sound is muffled right to some extent but it does get thrummy if you push it hard. The refinement levels in the facelift has been bettered, there is more cladding so those small pebbles and stones hitting the underbody are now better controlled.
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.
Datsun GO Riding
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. Book Datsun GO Test drive.
Datsun GO Safety
Safety is one of the main priorities of many Indian consumers especially when they are choosing a car for their entire family. For your information the Datsun GO will disappoint you once again here because quite frankly it lacks lot of safety features which you would normally expect out of your family hatch.The Go does not have any provision of a airbag in any of its variants. Although it has been provided with disc brakes at the front but there is no ABS option either in the car. So if you are concerned about all these safety measures then we are afraid that Datsun GO won’t provide you with any.
Datsun GO Price in Hyderabad
Datsun Go On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 3,97,812 to 5,82,901 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 Hyderabad. View offers on Datsun GO at Autozhop.
Datsun GO Verdict
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
The Japanese firm despite of all these additions, has priced the car quite sensibly. The new Datsun GO starts from Rs. 3.29 lakhs while top of the line variant is tagged at Rs. 4.89 lakhs, ex-showroom. Looking at the drastic changes this time, it seems Maruti Celerio, Tata Tiago, Maruti Wagon R and 2018 Hyundai Santro will be having tough time ahead. The new Datsun GO feels a more healthy and interesting package and goes beyond the stigma of an unsafe car. In short, it has become easier to recommend than before.