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Datsun redi-GO 1.0L: First Drive

Datsun redi-GO 1.0L: First Drive

Snapshot: Datsun redi-GO 1.0L gets a new engine and updated intereior. So what else it has to offer, you fibnd in the review.

Even though the redi-GO is at the bottom end in terms of its pricing with its rivals and with the arrival of the new redi-GO 1.0L, the added another option to it. The new Datsun redi-GO 1L borrows from its cousin Renault Kwid. So does it make it a desirable car to buy or does it still lag behind on something. Scroll down to know more.

Exteriors

The exterior of the new redi-GO is similar to that of the earlier 800cc model. It gets the same big hexagonal grille and high mounted, swept back headlamps, while the LED DRLs have been placed where other manufacturers traditionally. Giving it more sporty and curvaceous, the side profile adorns character line running through.

With over 1,500mm in height, the Redigo 1.0L is the tallest car in its segment in India and not only this, its ground clearance of 185mm is what give it tall stance and Urban crossover is what Datsun has decided to call it. Just like its face, the tail of the car gets high mounted taillamps and a protruding curve on its boot. Overall, the exterior seems to be more appealing with the bold looks, character lines.

Interiors

The cabin of the car welcomes you with the high set seats, which are now dual tone leather seats and you don’t have to crouch, simply slide in and get started with your drive. Another good thing is the glass area at the front is generous enough that makes the cabin feel more airy and also gives you a clear view of the road ahead.

The design of dashboard similar to its smaller sibling, but with the all black layout on it, it feels more premium. Some silver finishing on the AC vents and the hon pad of the steering wheel give it a sportier feel as well. The car gets plenty of space to to keep your stuff, the glove is undoubtedly small and can’t even hold more than shades with its cover.

Occupants at the rear won’t find and compromise in terms of headroom and there is ample amount of knee-room, which is further complimented with raised seats where you can stretch your feel, even the tall passengers who like sitting up straight at the rear seat won’t feel tiresome. Entering and exiting the car is quite easy with the wide opening doors. Still you will find plenty of exposed when you are in the rear seat like missing quarter glass and exposed rear pillar are replaced by metal that would be a turn-down for most of the buyers. The boot is nicely square shaped and is bigger than the Alto at 222-litres but smaller than the 300-litres of the Renault Kwid, on which the Redigo is based.

Engine and performance

Adding another engine option, just like the other rivals, Dastun redi-GO now gets a 1.0-litre option as well, which makes 67bhp and 91Nm of torque. It also serves in the Renault Kwid. The engine response is average and to get the best out of it, you have to rev it hard. When driving at low city speeds smoothness is average, but when you rev it to the higher end, it does get rather noisy inside. The best way to drive this car is to keep up between the revs of 2000rpm to 3000rpm.

Though, the light weight of the car ensures of the swifty acceleration. Datsun claims a fuel economy of 22.5kmpl, not best in its class, but better with its brisk start.

The transmission is good enough for course for this segment, shifting is light and smooth, but with the light clutch also adds a sense of ease to the drive as well.

Ride and handling

The long wheelbase means that the car can take most of the small sized potholes. But it’s only the large crevices and expansion joints on flyovers that make their presence felt inside the cabin.

The super light steering gives you an ease to drive for long on the highway and also for the parking the car in the tight space. It is so light that you can drive with just one finger (but we don’t recommend that). Moreover, the stability of the pretty good at high speeds. We drive the car through many terrains, while it was raining. Unlike other small cars that feel restive at speed goes over 80-90 kph, it feels stable.

Special mention must be made of this cars high speed stability. It feels very stable and rides unlike other small cars that tend to feel skittish as speeds mount over 80-90kph. In fact the Redigo’s high speed ride is so good you could be forgiven for thinking it’s from a more expensive segment.

Summary

RediGo 1.0 litre is an extremely affordable package which works on the lesser power delivery of its 800 version. It now has the needed oomph to make it drive comfortable on city roads, as well as highways keeping up with the rest of the cars. adding to this, you also get a decent air conditioning system that keeps the cabin comfortable. All that remains now is the pricing, that will be competitive as expected.

Photography: Mohd. Nasir

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