Nissan’s low-cost brand Datsun is all ready to launch its new product redi-Go in the Indian car market. The new upcoming Datsun redi-GO small hatchback is one of the highly awaited cars in India this year which is expected to follow the success lines of its French cousin Renault Kwid. The bookings for the redi-GO are already in progress and the car is slated to launch this month.
Design is where the redi-GO and the Kwid are dramatically different from each other. The Datsun redi-GO has a tall boy styling which is also its primary draw point. The redi-GO upright stance makes it different from the others in its class of small hatchback models. The redi-GO also has a sloping roof, which gives it an overall well rounded visual appeal which is very attractive considering the segment it belongs to. On the other hand, the Renault Kwid rode success with its SUV-stance despite being a small hatch. The Kwid looks longer and wider and has a boxy rugged appeal of a SUV.
|Dimensions and Capacities||Renault Kwid||Datsun Redi-Go|
|Length||3679 mm||3429 mm|
|Width||1679 mm||1560 mm|
|Height||1478 mm||1541 mm|
|Wheelbase||2422 mm||2348 mm|
|Ground clearance||180 mm||185 mm|
|Boot capacity||300 litre||222 litre|
The design of the Kwid makes it seem to offer more interior space, but that is not true, as both the models offer almost the same amount of space. Nevertheless, the Kwid does offer better boot space of 300 liters as compared against the redi-GO’s 222 liters of boot space. The superb boot space of the Kwid is not offered by many of its larger hatchback rivals above its own segment.
The Datsun redi-GO is based on the company’s ‘Yukan’ design language which is Japanese for ‘Bold’. This bold styling comes with prominent character lines and a sporty appeal. The redi-GO Being is the tallest in the entry-level hatch segment and offers a roomy cabin with good headspace and easy access something like the popular Maruti WagonR and the discontinued Hyundai Santro.
The redi-GO flaunts LED DRLs on its front bumper, although not as bright as you would expect. The car draws attention with the patent radiator grille, while its sculpted rear design is highlighted by its tail lights that are pretty pronounced.
Looks-wise, the Renault Kwid is a completely different car and from all angles it shouts for the attention of the SUV loving public and kind of flaunts its relation with the Duster SUV. The Kwid gets partial body cladding and flaunts dual-tone bumpers, while the redi-GO comes with no body cladding. The Kwid is actually wider than the redi-GO and its gets pronounced flared wheel arches that makes it look even larger.
Interiors & Features
The difference between the two cars continues on the inside. It becomes two apparent that the two hatchback models from two different companies, and thus they flaunt completely different styling on the outside and the inside. Renault has made its Kwid look a bit more premium than the Datsun redi-GO. The Kwid is undoubtedly the most premium in the segment offering a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation in the range topping models and Bluetooth enabled system for the mid-level model.
On the other hand, the redi-GO doesn’t offer Bluetooth capability in its lineup and keeps it simple by offering single-DIN music system with auxiliary and USB inputs. The Datsun redi-GO also does not get the classy chrome highlights like the Kwid. The Kwid also offers glossy black central, partial leather wrapped steering wheel and glossy black inserts to make the interiors look glamorous and premium. The Kwid’s fabric upholstery is also more stylish than that of the redi-GO’s. Another striking difference is that while many body parts are exposed inside the redi-GO, all are well covered in the Kwid, which makes the difference.
Engine & Transmission
Now, it is a well known fact that the Datsun redi-GO and the Renault Kwid are both based on the same platform. Both the entry level hatchback models are the result of the Franco-Japanese alliance of Renault and Nissan, and both the cars are powered by the same compact 0.8-liter engine with exact same power figures and the same fuel efficiency of 25.17 km per liter. However, despite so much of common aspects, the two cars are really distinctly different.
|Engine and Gearbox||Renault Kwid||Datsun Redi-Go|
|Engine capacity||0.8 litre (P)||0.8 litre (P)|
|Gearbox||5 MT||5 MT|
The Renault Kwid is creating new records in terms of sales and booking with the passing of time after a year of its entry into the highly popular small car market of the country. Renault is ensuring that the hype around the Kwid doesn’t die soon and is soon going to introduce a new 1.0-liter engine along with an automated manual transmission (AMT) option. The Datsun redi-GO will first come with the Kwid’s current powertrain, while the said 1L unit and AMT are also on its cards. Nevertheless, the primary thing that marks these two vehicles apart is design. They do not look at all similar and have distinct styling that would make people disbelieve that they are actually twins.
The entry of the brand new Datsun redi-GO in the Indian small hatchback market will certainly increase the attractive options for the first time car buyers, but the confusion level will also increase at the same time. Considering the fact that the Renault Kwid is a massive success, people may get all perplexed while choosing one among the redi-GO and the Kwid.
In order to help the buyers with the correct decision and to remove the doubts between the two cars, here’s a comparison between the Datsun redi-GO and the Renault Kwid to see what all are actually different among the two and which is the better pick.
The Datsun redi-GO is all braced to launch in India in the first week of the current month if June. Datsun has already revealed the redi-GO’s price range that is Rs. 2.5 to Rs. 3.5 lakhs. Thus, it will marginally undercut its French cousin Renault Kwid’s pricing which starts at around Rs. 2.62 lakhs.
Looks, features and interior quality-wise, the Renault Kwid is a better choice than its newer cousin. However, if someone hates SUV-ish looks and prefers tall boy design better, then the soon to launch Datsun redi-GO is the pick for sure.