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Datsun Redi-GO AMT Review: Affordable automatic hatch for city

Datsun Redi-GO AMT Review: Affordable automatic hatch for city

Snapshot: An AMT makes the already easy to drive Redi-GO hatchback an even better choice for commuting.

Nowadays automatic hatchbacks are were all the action is. Maruti Suzuki started using automatic in the entry level hatchback segment with Celerio and Alto, and then Renault with Kwid. Now clearing that edge with its rivals Datsun has added the AMT version to the Redi-GO. The AMT used is the same as on the Kwid. So how this car will take on its rival and at the same time with its sibling as well, lets find out?

Exterior

Exterior is still the same and we could not find even a tiny change, not even an AMT badging. Just to remind you this is a variant add-on, not a facelift and Datsun thought of keeping it subtle. Built on Kwid’s platform, the Redi-GO is narrower and shorter in length too, but the tall stance makes it look bigger.

It comes with chrome strip surrounding the honeycomb grille, a dash of DRLs at the lower side of the bumper and headlamps flanked to the sides. With the creases passing through the front bumper and shoulder line, it projects more of a smart city car. Overall, the Datsun Redi-GO gets a quirky design.

Interiors

As I mentioned earlier that the tall stance makes it look larger adding to what you will feel inside, an airy cabin with good headroom. Seat comfort is decent enough to take you through city rush hour. In terms of convenience, you are a bit tight on space, but you still get two cup holders near the gear lever, magazine rack on the front and a glove box, but don’t expect too much at this price point.

Material quality is also good enough as per its pricing, though the interiors get hard plastic, but if we think of it in another way, isn’t that good for extended usage! Another slight change you will find is in the tachometer of the AMT version, you get a gear indicator instead of rev-counter as seen on the manual variant. Another interesting add-on to this new version is the Bluetooth enabled music system that would definitely attract consumers.

The rear seats are decent in terms of space, thanks to the its tall stance that gives generous head room. For the rear seat, two passenger seating is easy, but adding the third is manageable for shorter runs. For weekend getaway, it comes with 222 litre of boot capacity, bigger than Alto, but smaller than the Kwid.

Engine and performance

Datsun Redi-GO AMT is powered by the same 1.0-litre iSAT 3-cylinder petrol engine that powers the regular 1.0L manual variant, giving a power output of 68bhp with 91Nm of peak torque. The power is sent to the front wheels via a 5-speed AMT (Automated Manual Transmission). Unlike, its sibling from Renault, the Kwid, the Redi-GO gets a conventional gear lever instead of a rotary knob. The AMT gets dual-drive modes and you can select between automatic and manual drive, but what makes it more easy in the city traffic is the Creep function, dubbed as ‘Rush Hour Mode’ by Datsun.

Ride and Handling

Though, we have already discussed about the driving in the regular variant, but we will still do a recap. Steering is very light that you can turn the car with a single hand (though we don’t recommend that) and parking the car in the tight space easy and less muscle work. The AMT in the Datsun Redi-GO will give a sense of ease while driving in tight city traffic, as it comes with creep function.

Gear shifting is smooth and unnoticeable in mild acceleration, but if you are a heavy footer, the shake will be more pronounced (just like a typical AMT). The mid-revs are quite good and you can comfortably cruise in the city. Manual mode on the other hand makes it more responsive to take charge, just a downshift and ready with the peppy ride. For the highway, you will get a firm ride, but the steering does get vague.     

Summary

Redi-GO AMT does add a sense of ease in the congested city roads. Though its rivals also offer an airy cabin, fuel efficient engine and stylish look at an affordable price point just like this peppy Datsun. If you are the first time buyer, then Datsun could be your first peppy ride and more its blend of stylish from outside and simplicity from within. So check out the Redi-GO AMT at your nearest Datsun dealer.

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