Almost after a year of its official unveiling, the Datsun Go has finally made its commercial debut in the Indian market with prices starting at Rs 3.12 lakh for the base D variant, and going up till Rs 3.69 lakh for the top-end T variant. (Both prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi.) Slotted in the entry-level hatchback segment, the Datsun Go directly rivals the well established and strong contenders such as the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 and the Hyundai Eon. We take a quick look at how the newest entrant sizes up against its rivals.
One glance at the Datsun Go hatchback and you can’t miss the fact that the car is relatively big, as compared to the Alto K10 and the Eon. It looks fresh and perky as well. The Alto K10 appears to be a scaled up version of the smaller and the now discontinued Alto compact hatchback, while the Hyundai Eon represents the Korean company’s highly successful Fluidic design philosophy. Among the three hatchbacks, we reckon the Eon looks the most trendy, the Datsun Go looks the most freshest, while on the other hand, the Alto K10 continues to follow the path of safe and practical design approach.
The Datsun Go, the Hyundai Eon and the Alto K10 - all of them share a common layout, when it comes to interiors - thanks to the position of the AC vents, the music system, gauges, three spoke steering wheel and buttons. The Datsun Go however, immediately stands out among the three - thanks to its peculiar front bench, which features an additional cushioning between the passenger and the driver seat. While, there are only two seat belts in the front row, Datsun insists that the additional space is strictly for storing knick-knacks and other items and not for a small-sized third person in the front row. The Datsun Go also boasts, of the most comfortable and spacious seating arrangement as compared to the other two hatches, considering its overall large demeanor. The quality of plastics, switches and knobs in the Go feels more upmarket than the ones seen in the Eon and the Alto K10. The GO, Eon and Alto K10 all get two tone interiors, with black as the predominant shade for the latter two. The GO has been given a more pleasant beige trim with grey as the second colour.
When it comes to features, like always its the Korean automaker Hyundai who scores top marks - thanks to the long and enviable list of comfort and tech gadgetry. The Eon boasts of a 2-DIN audio system that is compatible with USB, AUX, iPod and CDs. The Datsun Go gets a basic air conditioning and a 1-DIN music system, while the Alto K10 is sold without a music system. All three cars feature central locking but only the Eon is offered with remote central locking as well as a digital clock.
Engine & Transmission
The Eon is powered by a three cylinder 800cc unit that produces 55PS and 75Nm, while the Alto K10 gets a three-cylinder 998cc unit that produces 67PS and 90Nm. The GO, on the other hand also gets a three-cylinder unit but this is in the displacement of 1.2-litres and produces 68PS and 104Nm of torque making it a better offering to drive in bumper-to-bumper traffic. All the three cars are offered with a five-speed manual gearbox. In terms of alternate fuels, only the Eon is offered with a ready fitted LPG system.
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No doubt that the Datsun Go has a really huge task in front of it, to be able to go head to head with the well established and potent rulers in the entry-level hatchback segment. The Go hatch may lose out to the Eon and the Alto K10 when it comes to creature comforts and safety features. However, it very well makes up for it, with its best in class boot space, spacious and comfortable cabin, perky performance and good mileage range. Add to that, the absolutely phenomenal pricing of Rs 3.12 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) for the base D variant (though bereft of power steering or even an air-conditioner,) and what you have in hands is a serious contender to fight the likes of the Alto K10 and the Eon.