The entry-level small hatchback car segment is exciting with the number of choices from different manufacturers. We have the Maruti Alto 800, Renault Kwid, Hyundai Eon and recently launched Datsun Redi-GO.
Does the Datsun Redi-GO have what it takes? Let us look at some of the pros and cons of the small hatchback from Datsun.
First, the not so good aspect of the Datsun Redi-GO.
Disadvantages of the Datsun Redi-GO
The Datsun Redi-GO has been launched in the market when we have the dependable Maruti Alto 800 and the stylish and bold Renault Kwid. To cut competition, Datsun has priced the Redi-GO competitively.
Since the pricing is low, the quality suffers in the Datsun Redi-GO, there is excessive vibration from the engine and can be heard inside the cabin.
The Renault Kwid comes loaded with premium features like the touchscreen infotainment system. For Datsun to price the Redi-GO closer to the Kwid does not seem value for money.
On the highway, the performance of the Datsun Redi-GO is mediocre; it is pleasant when driven at less than 100kmph.
To cut cost and price the car at the lower end, you see a lot of exposed metal inside the cabin. All or most of the cars come with plastic cladding to have a better interior; however, the Redi-GO suffers here.
Cost cutting has resulted in the provision of a single wiper, wheels with three lugnut and small 28-litre fuel tank capacity. The Alto 800 and Kwid fuel tank capacity is at 32 - 35 litres.
Some of missing essentials are the internally adjustable ORVMs, retractable seat belts for the rear passengers, and central locking.
Lastly, the Nissan-Datsun dealership and after sales network is far inferior to Maruti or Hyundai.
Advantages of the Datsun Redi-GO
Datsun's other products in India are the GO and GO+ which are mediocre and cheap in design and quality. However, with the Redi-GO, Datsun has found the mojo and the design are funky and sporty for an entry-level hatchback.
The 185mm of ground clearance is the highest in the segment and helps in city driving conditions. When it comes to cabin space, the Redi-GO comes out in flying colours. Both ingress and egress are commendable for tall and elderly persons.
Maruti's Alto 800 comes with 177-litres in boot space; however, the Redi-GO comes with 222-litres. When you compare the pricing of the Alto 800 to the Redi-GO, it's a value-for-money proposition.
Datsun offers five years and unlimited kilometres as extended warranty, which is a deal if you are looking at after sales service. Other mentions include equipment on the budget car - driver's airbag, DRLs, full MID, remote for the audio system.
Verdict of the Datsun Redi-GO
Datsun's best bet for the Indian market currently is the Redi-GO. The design especially is great, and the funky looking design is much better compared to the likes of Maruti Alto 800 or even the Hyundai Eon.
The Redi-GO lacks the premium quotient which the Renault has equipped the Kwid. Apart from it, if you are looking to buy the Redi-GO, it has the USP of good looks and basic requirements of cabin space, fuel efficiency, and a crisp drivability, then Redi-GO could be your choice.