For Datsun its re-entry into the Indian market has to be right, and with Go it wants to target the first-time buyers. With high-end features and very competitive pricing, Datsun is all set to unleash a war in the compact car segment. Ammar Alvi finds out whether it has the metal to perish others or get perished!
The Datsun Go is based on the same platform as the Nissan Micra. However, it is a complete new car, from inside and out. It isn’t the styling or design but it is the features, space and modern upmarket characteristics that make it look better than the rest. It has a bold front with a dominant chrome grille and well-defined front bumper. The rear in comparison is a bit bland but not one that can be dismissed completely. It’s the interior that truly impresses. Some of the features which will impress you include:
Gear Shift Guide
The Go has gear numbers indicated with upshift markings on its clocks alongside the speed marking. So, when the speedo needle hits that mark, one is supposed to up shift to the gear marked. This gear shift guide on the Go works when the car is driven sedately.
It gives instantaneous fuel consumption and can act as a handy guide towards improving fuel economy. The average fuel consumption tells you how you have been faring as an efficient driver over the course of a tank fill. And the distance to empty—handy for those who like to use even the last drop in the tank before filling up.
It has reasonably large storage for car papers, owner’s manual, maybe even a book or water bottles in the open glove compartment. It has usable bottle holders in the front two door pockets and then there’s a little cubbyhole on the right hand side of the steering that can hold both your cellphone and wallet.
At 265 litres, the Datsun Go has the biggest boot among entry-level cars. In fact, its boot is larger than a few B+ hatchbacks as well.
Follow me home headlamps
These headlamps might not be the best thing that’s happened to an urban customer, but in semi-rural areas where the lighting might not be as bright as daylight and approach to the road far less than perfect, these lamps are a boon.
The engine—three-cylinder, 1.2-litre petrol—is the same as on the Micra and at 68PS, it is less powerful. The upside here, of course, is higher fuel economy as tested by ARAI. Expect over 18 km to a litre under normal city driving conditions. Ride and handling is satisfactory if not the best. The manufacturer is showing confidence in its product by offering a two-year/ unlimited kilometres warranty. The warranty is currently the best in its class. And this class includes Maruti Suzuki Alto and Hyundai Eon.
Go is not officially launched yet but it will be priced between Rs 2.8 lakh and `4 lakh and would certainly appeal to a host of compact car lovers and first-time buyers.
Engine: 1.1 litre petrol, 69 PS; 1.2 litre petrol 80 PS
Mileage: 16-20 kmpl
Price: Starting Rs 4.20 lakh (ex-showroom)
Engine: 1.2 litre petrol,
Mileage: 18 kmpl
Price: Rs 2.8-4 lakh (ex-showroom)
Maruti Suzuki Alto
Engine: 998 cc petrol, 68 bhp
Mileage: 17-20 kmpl
Price: Starting Rs 3.2 lakh (ex-showroom)