Front: McPherson Strut
Rear: Twist Beam with Coil Spring
Rs. 2.4 lakh (ex showroom Delhi)
I recently read a report which said that India will become the
youngest country in the world by the year 2020. Thanks to this overwhelming
population and incessant breeding, by 2020 around 64pc of our population will fall
in the working age group. When I started my career, despite having big
ambitions, my pocket allowed me to buy only something with a budget tag
attached to it. So I went ahead and bought a Maruti Alto. That was 7 years back
and today people who are entering the job market with big ambitions have plenty
more options to choose from.
While Maruti has the Alto running its crusades, Renault launched the
Kwid last year and on the same platform comes the all new redi-GO from the
Datsun stable. We reached the culture rich city of Kolkata to take it for a
spin and figure out what defines this pocket friendly car. Following the
success of the Kwid in India, Datsun has brought forth a worthy contender. At
first sight the redi-GO looks chic and suave. It has smooth and curvy lines
running seamlessly from front to back and an overall bold stance. The interiors
of the car are also quite exceptional and contemporary.
At the heart of the redi-GO is a 799cc petrol motor which also
powers the Kwid. The engine produces 53.6bhp @ 5678rpm and 72Nm of torque at
4386rpm. The engine is complimented by the overall dimensions of the car which
are small and precise to make the motor feel zippy. The power of the engine
lies in the mid range of the band and towards those higher revs the vehicle
does seem to feel a bit stressed but then again how fast can you drive in the
city. The redi-GO is almost 25kgs lighter than the Kwid and returns an average
of 25.17kmpl. The overall length of the car stands at 3429mm while the width is
1560mm and the height stands at 1541mm. The redi-GO actually has a very
deceptive look and does not look too small. This is probably thanks to a high
ground clearance of 185mm which is more than the S-Cross and the Creta!
The suspension setup on the Datsun redi-GO is a Mac Pherson Strut
with a lower transverse link in the front and a Twist Beam with coil spring in
the rear. The suspension has been tuned to be on the stiffer side making the
ride over bumps on the road a bit more bearable. The brakes on the redi-GO have
been facilitated by discs in the front and drum brakes in the rear. The braking
is progressive and the vehicle exudes a lot of confidence in panic braking
situations. The turning radius on the Datsun Redi-Go is 4.73m making it quite maneuverable;
in tight corners also the vehicle can get through quite easily. However, we did
feel a bit of body roll. The steering wheel is a speed sensing one which makes
it all the more fun to drive. While I was driving around in this vehicle the
words 'easy peasy lemon squeesy' kept playing in my head because that is the
Redi-Go's style, it can achieve tight turns easily, it is light on the foot, it
has an exceptional fuel economy and will definitely be light on the pocket as
When compared to its length the wheelbase stands at 2348mm, making
room for a spacious cabin. The dimensions of the car make it such that it can
be easily maneuvered through traffic and fit in to tight parking spaces as well.
The clutch of the vehicle is on the lighter side so when stuck in traffic you
are not in too much trouble when it comes to clutching. The gear shifts are
also quite precise and the throws are quite short. The Datsun redi-GO has been
designed to be an ideal city car and not too much of a highway touring vehicle.
The boot space on the redi-GO stands at the 220L mark, it is smaller when
compared to some of the other contenders in this segment but then again when
using it for traveling in the city it does have sufficient space. The loading
lip of the boot however is quite high as the boot is deeper than long. Thus one
needs to put in an extra bit of effort to load bigger luggage. The advantage
though is that you get to keep a bigger suitcase in that space and still manage
to shut the hatch.
This vehicle can seat 5 adults though we felt that the second row
can be a bit cramped if you plan to seat three people. On the features front
this vehicle is quite bare. The redi-GO has an airbag, a manually adjustable
air conditioner, an audio system with USB and AUX inputs, a 12 volt power
socket and plenty of cubby holes. The dash has been designed smartly and has
suave looking interiors to go with the overall design theme of this car. The
build quality and plastics used are quite exceptional and boasts of Datsun's
engineering prowess. The accessories and functional buttons/ knobs have also
been laid out in an ergonomically optimised manner and everything is quite
easily accessible. A few things about this vehicle which we did not enjoy too
much were the facts that the door panels were naked. But it can be customised
to look better. The NVH levels of the car are also a bit of a letdown as noise
from the outside and the engine bay does seem to seep in. All in all Datsun
seemed to have made a very technically sound and adept vehicle which is quite
useful in city driving conditions. The design and styling boasts of freshness
and does carry a significant amount of road presence. What remains to be seen
is the price which we expect could be around Rs. 2.40 lakh (ex-showroom). w
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