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. Check for Datsun GO price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.
Datsun GO Style
On the surface, it might not look like the Go or the Go+ have got an update. Unless you happen to spot one in one of the two new paint schemes – orange and brown. We’d have to say the changes have made the cars look a tad more appealing than before. It definitely grabs attention.The primary reason for that is the new 14-inch alloy wheels. These replace the older steel wheels and also come with wider rubber (165/70R14) that gives the cars a better stance. Earlier, the Go (and especially the GO+) would look comical with the tiny wheels. That has been taken care of. Might we add, the machine-finished design of the alloys looks great, on the move in particular. Also, thanks to the wider tyres, both cars have a slightly better stance. Thumbs up.
Smaller changes are focussed around the front end of the vehicle. These include a slightly larger grille, with a heavier dollop of chrome and a reworked bumper with creases that are more prominent. There are no fog lamps yet, but you do get a new daytime running lamp setup. Unlike the ones on the redi-GO, these are properly bright.
Compared to the front, the profile and the rear end looks a bit staid. Datsun could’ve livened things up a bit by offering indicators on the wing mirrors, or even a neat little spoiler for that matter. However, what you do get is a mildly reworked rear bumper that now houses a set of reverse parking sensors.With the update, the Go twins aren’t suddenly going to be winning design awards. But yes, they will definitely get more second looks than before.
Datsun GO Space
This is where Datsun concentrated the most with this facelift. We think the new design is much more modern and up to the standards we have come to expect in this segment. The imitation carbon fabric patterns on parts of the centre console, above the glove box and door handles do well to break up the broad expanses of hard plastic that make up the dash. Fit and finish are also good, we couldn’t find any inconsistent panel gaps.The cabin plastics are understandably not of the highest standard, given the price point this car competes at. But Datsun could have used this opportunity and improved the sense of perceived quality, to round off the sweeping changes it has made on the inside of the two cars. The seats could have been better too. The cushioning is hard and there isn’t enough lateral and under-thigh support.
The new seven-inch infotainment system is a huge step up from the docking system that the Go initially came with. This system comes with a full HD screen with crisp responses. The Blaupunkt unit has a tile type interface with all major functions listed on the home screen. We found the system to be an intuitive one and a big step up from the Media Nav systems seen on other Renault-Nissan cars like the Kwid and Capture. The USB port though is difficult to access and the sound quality from the two speakers is average at best. The instrument cluster now gets an analogue tachometer which is much easier to read that the digital one from before.
Interior space is class leading and three adults can be seated in the second row, for short durations at least. Headroom might be an issue for six-footers but legroom should be good for all but the tallest of individuals. The third row in the Go+ is best reserved strictly for children. We found the space very cramped, with us sitting in a knees up position and our heads brushing against the headlining. The third bench folds flat completely though, freeing up a sold 347 litres of luggage space. We feel buyers should consider this as the primary criteria for choosing the Go+ over the Go, the third-row seats should be best reserved for occasional emergency use.
Datsun GO Gearbox
If you look at the spec sheet, the numbers seem to be just what you’d expect. There’s a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol motor that makes a healthy 68PS of power, and 104Nm of torque. Nothing out of the ordinary, then? Here’s where you are mistaken. The older Go was a bit of a pocket rocket. With a high power to weight ratio, the little hatch was quite peppy and fun, especially if you pushed the little engine to its redline. To know more details on Datsun GO visit Cmap
That hasn’t changed a lot with the update. The motor seems enthusiastic, and quick to rev. A small hiccup comes in the form of limited low-rpm pulling power. So, you really have to go heavy on the accelerator to get a move on. This is something you’d pick on when you’re travelling full house, or tackling the ghats. But, get it going and you should have absolutely no problems zipping in and out of traffic with this one. However, it doesn’t feel as quick as the older car. This might just be down to the added 150kg of weight. Out on the highway, it does seem to run out of breath. And there, you will need to plan your overtakes in advance. But, these cars are meant to trot about within the confines of the city. And there, it hardly gives you a reason to crib.
The steering, for example, is one finger light. The clutch pedal too won’t take a toll on your left knee even if you’re stuck in horrible bumper to bumper traffic. Even the gear action is light enough to not require too much effort. That said, we wish it slotted in a bit more fluidly. At times, it refused to slot into gear, and that can get annoying. Datsun seems to have gone back to the drawing board as far as NVH is concerned. Earlier versions lacked insulation, so you’d pick on little sounds like gravel hitting the underbody and even tyre noise. With the update, that seems a tad better controlled than before.
Datsun GO Riding
Mechanically, the Go and Go+ remain unchanged, they continue to be based on the V-platform from the Micra. On paper, the 1198cc, three-cylinder petrol motor with 68PS and 104 Nm seems par for the course in this segment, but the situation is quite different in execution. The power is concentrated at the higher reaches of the rev band, meaning that if you are looking to make brisk progress, you will have to rev out the engine. The gearbox’s long throws and mushy shift action had us double-checking on more than one occasion, in both cars, to see if we had managed to slot in the right gear. The brakes are progressive and provide good feedback, easily handling panic stops.
The upsized 14-inch wheels are a welcome new addition and have improved stability, but the Go twins still feel skittish at highway speed, never really settling down. This scepticism is aggravated further by the high levels of engine, tyre and wind noise that we felt while driving the two cars at speed. This is a missed opportunity by Datsun, the Japanese carmaker could have worked on this during this refresh. Improved NVH levels would have added more effect to the other major improvements that have been made in the cabin.
The two cars redeem themselves to an extent in urban driving. Aside from the slightly springy clutch, the cars perform well in these conditions. Visibility from the driver’s seat is good, which let us place the car easily on the road. The steering is light and though not very precise, allows for a good amount of lock, again aiding in manoeuvrability in tight Indian city roads. Ride quality is also good too, the Datsuns soak up small bumps, ruts and other undulations with ease. Only the larger bumps and crests cause the cars to become unsettled.
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 Cost in Hyderabad
Datsun Go On Road Price is 3,97,812/- and Ex-showroom Price is 3,29,000/- in Hyderabad. Datsun Go comes in 6 colours, namely Ruby,Sky,Silver,Grey,White,Blue. Datsun Go comes with FWD with 1198 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 67 bhp@5000 rpm and Peak Torque 104 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 13.3 seconds . Datsun Go comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .
Datsun GO Final Thought
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.