The small car segment in India is perhaps one of the most competitive one due to not only the increasing number of cars, but also small operating margins. Intensifying the competition in the segment further is the Datsun Redi-Go, which is the most recent launch. Let’s take a close look at how it will fare against the market leaders Hyundai Eon and Maruti Suzuki Alto.
Datsun Redi GO Vs Hyundai EON Vs Maruti Alto 800 (Design and Exteriors)
|Dimensions and Capacities||Datsun Redi Go||Hyundai EON||Maruti Alto 800|
|Length||Not confirmed||3495 mm||3395 mm|
|Width||Not confirmed||1550 mm||1515 mm|
|Height||Not confirmed||1500 mm||1475 mm|
|Wheelbase||Not confirmed||2380 mm||2360 mm|
|Ground Clearance||185 mm||170 mm||160 mm|
|Boot capacity||Not confirmed||215 litre||177 litre|
Datsun Redi-Go would most likely retain the typical Datsun grille and much of the strong character lines that we have seen in the concept so far. The exteriors of the car are quite masculine and sporty to look at. Hyundai Eon, on the other hand, has the company’s Fluidic design whereas Maruti Alto 800 is quite a simple-looking car as compared to the other two. Although Maruti Alto 800 gets new headlights, taillights and smart curves, it still looks somewhat old school. While the looks of Alto 800 and Eon have grown upon us, Redi-Go, in comparison, looks quite refreshing.
Datsun Redi GO Vs Hyundai EON Vs Maruti Alto 800 (Interiors and Features)
We expect Redi-Go to be as spacious as Hyundai Eon and Maruti Alto 800, if not more. It is expected that Datsun would give Redi-Go a quality finish and the interiors would be stitched in fine quality upholstery. Hyundai Eon has better fit and finish than Alto 800. While Maruti Alto 800 has become more spacious than earlier generation, Eon feels tad more premium and spacious at the same time. The boot capacity of Eon is 215 litres whereas Alto 800 can hold up to 177 litres. Although we are yet to receive official specs for Redi-Go, it seems like the space and size of the car will definitely work in its favour.
Datsun Redi GO Vs Hyundai EON Vs Maruti Alto 800 (Engine, Gearbox and Transmission)
|Engine and Gearbox||Datsun Redi GO||Hyundai EON||Maruti Alto 800|
|Engine capacity||0.8 litre (P)||0.8 litre (P and LPG) / 1.0 litre (P)||0.8 litre (P & CNG)|
|Gearbox||5 MT||5 MT||5 MT|
|Power||53bhp||55bhp / 68.5bhp||47bhp|
|Mileage (Kmpl)||25kmpl (Expected)||21.1 (0.8 P) & 21.1km/kg (0.8 LPG) / 20.3kmpl (1.0 P)||22.74kmpl (P) & 30.46km/kg (CNG)|
Datsun Redi-Go will be powered by a 3-cylinder petrol engine that will have a capacity of 800 cc, sourced from Renault Kwid. This also leads us to believe that the power output of this car should be somewhere around 50 bhp and the torque should be close to 100 Nm, just like Kwid. Driving Hyundai Eon is an 814 cc, 3-cylinder engine. The power capability of Hyundai Eon is 55.2 bhp at 5,500 rpm whereas the torque produced is 74.56 Nm at 4,000 revs per minute. Coming to Maruti Alto 800, it is powered by a 769 cc engine, which delivers a power output of 47 bhp at 6000 rpm and the torque is 69 Nm at 3500 rpm. All the three cars come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Hyundai Eon also offers a 1.0 Kappa engine, which produces a power of 68.5 bhp and a torque of 94.14 Nm at 3500 revs.
The LPG Hyundai Eon uses an 814 cc engine and offers a power of 55.2 bhp whereas the Maruti Alto CNG uses a 796 cc engine and offers 47.3 bhp. It is expected that Datsun Redi-Go will also be offered with LPG/CNG fuel options.
Datsun Redi GO Vs Hyundai EON Vs Maruti Alto 800 (Mileage and Safety features)
It's expected that Datsun Redi-Go would provide a mileage of around 25 kmpl for the petrol variant since it would use the same engine as Kwid's. Hyundai Eon powered by a 1.0-litre engine offers 20.3 kmpl, while with the 814 cc engine, it offers 21.1 kmpl. Coming to its LPG variants, the mileage offered is around 21.1 km/kg. On the other hand, Alto 800 churns out a mileage of 22.74 kmpl and its CNG variants offer 30.46 km/kg.
In terms of safety, Redi-Go is expected to come up with an extravagant list that would definitely put others in a tight spot. Hyundai Eon Sportz comes with a driver airbag as well as front fog lamps that are present in the Magna+ (O) as well. In Alto 800, the top-end variant, VXi, comes with an optional driver airbag. Apart from this, an immobiliser is standard along with tubeless tyres.
Hyundai Eon offers equipment that’s at par with Alto 800; however, it definitely feels more premium as compared to Alto 800. With the entry of Datsun Redi-Go, things are bound to get more competitive. What remains to be seen is that would the car's cost of ownership of Redi-Go be as low as its competitors. Until the time Datsun Redi-Go arrives, Maruti Alto 800 remains the leader of this segment.