Datsun GO Facelift Review & Test Drive


Datsun Go Test Drive in Mumbai

Datsun GO Overview

The success of the Datsun redi-GO was truly an eye-opener for the Nissan-owned Japanese carmaker. The company saw that car buyers are more than willing to choose a Datsun model as long they get a trendy looking car, with all the modern creature comforts. Now, it was time for Datsun to apply the same formula to the GO hatchback and GO+ MPV, which have not received an update ever since their launch in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Yes, Datsun has finally launched the facelifted 2018 GO and GO+ in India and we recently got to drive both the cars on the traffic-laden streets of Chennai as well as along the beautiful East Coast Road (ECR), and here’s our experience.

Datsun GO Exterior & Style

Speaking of the cars’ dimensions, the new Datsun Go and Go Plus retain the same footprint as the car that it replaces. In fact, most of the styling cues are similar. Datsun have just focused on minor details to make the car look fresher. For one, the Datsun Go and Go Plus now feature new 14-inch wheels which not only do a better job of filling up the wheel arches better but also add a bit more stability to both cars. The diamond-cut alloy wheels on our top-trim test car looked great and add a certain premium appeal to the cars too.

The new LED DRLs in the fog lamp recess do their part in contributing to the up-scale facade although one does question the realistic usability of these DRL fog lamps. The 2018 Datsun Go and Go Plus get minor tweaks to bumper design as well although blink and you might miss it. In summation, these tweaks really do a good job of adding a fresh outlook to both cars, without really changing the design of the car entirely.

Datsun GO Interior & Space

Step inside and you’ll be welcomed by a heavily redesigned cabin equipped with premium quality plastics and smart-looking upholstery. We were given the top-end models with the optional interior package featuring black faux leather upholstery with orange accents for the GO and silver accents in the GO+. Both the GO and GO+ get an identical dashboard design with the only difference being an all-black treatment for the former and a dual tone black and grey treatment for the latter. Datsun has also added some carbon fibre elements which can be seen on the dashboard, centre console and door panels.

The cabin layout also remains unchanged with a standard five-seater format for the GO, while the GO+ continues to feature an additional third row, which in my opinion is still only suitable for maybe 2 children or to get some extended boot space with the third row folded. The GO offers a luggage space of 265 litres, while the GO+ (with the third row folded) offers 347 litres of boot space.Check for Datsun GO price in Chennai at Autozhop.

The 2018 Datsun GO and GO+ also feature loaded and the biggest addition is the brand new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system sourced from Blaupunkt. The system features both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with Google maps navigation, voice recognition, HD video playback, and Bluetooth connectivity among others. The cars also feature a new, more informative instrument cluster with trip computer MFD (Multi-Function display), which also gets the carbon fibre treatment.

Datsun GO Engine & Performance

Under the hood, both, the Go and Go Plus use the same 1.2-litre Motor as the outgoing car with 74 HP and 104 Nm of Torque. Now the motor was always one of the Datsun stronger suits, and Datsun have been wise not to tweak it. It’s not very refined, it has a little bit of a rasp but it’s quite a likeable rasp. The peppy motor is a pleasure to drive and is quick to respond to your right foot. 104Nm of torque ensures that the pull away is clean, even on slight inclines without really having to stomp your foot. Datsun claims a 0-100 time of 13.3 seconds for the Datsun Go and Go plus which is the best in its class. The peppy motor is a little bit of trade-off considering the Go and Go Plus only manage a 19 kmpl fuel average in the ARAI cycle. We expect this to drop to around 15 in a real-world test.

With the aggregate fuel efficiency in this segment still fairly above the 20 kmpl marks, Datsun is a little sub-par in this case. Although we feel it’s a fair trade off, if you don’t mind spending a few extra rupees on your fuel bill every month for a little extra punch. The Datsun Go and Go Plus also carry forward the 5-speed gearbox from the previous car and while the short setup might feel great on an open road, I can see it become annoying in heavy city traffic. Although we expect that Datsun will soon have an AMT version to take care of this.To know more information on Datsun GO viist Jsrr

Datsun GO Driving Dynamics

However, by this time you start to hear all kinds of noises from the road, from the tyre, and even the engine, which shows poor NVH levels of the cars. Another thing that kept on bugging me was the gearbox, which was a bit clunky and there was this occasional doubt whether the gear has been slotted in the right position or not. Here, we wish Datsun had worked on making the gearbox smoother and the shifts a bit more precise, because driving through city traffic with such a gearbox could become irritating after a while. Having said that, the ride quality of the cars, both the GO and GO+, has improved a lot thanks to the new suspension set up, which helps the cars tackle all the undulations on the road pretty nicely.

Datsun GO Braking & Safety

The Datsun GO features safety bits such as driver side airbag, vehicle dynamic control, co-passenger airbag, ABS with EBD and brake assist, rear parking sensors, central locking and driver seatbelt warning as standard across the line-up. It additionally comes with rear washer, rear defogger and rear wiper. Braking power on the entry-level hatchback is derived from disc front brakes and rear drum units.

Datsun GO Price in Chennai

Datsun Go On Road Price is 3,97,454/- and Ex-showroom Price is 3,29,000/- in Chennai. Datsun Go comes in 6 colours, namely Ruby,Sky,Silver,Grey,White,Blue. Datsun Go comes with FWD with 1198 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 67 bhp@5000 rpm and Peak Torque 104 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 13.3 seconds . Datsun Go comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .Apply car loan for Datsun Go at Fincarz.

Datsun GO Verdict

Datsun have a long way to go before they fully establish themselves in the Indian market. Tier 2 and 3 level visibility and a stronger dealer and service network is something that they will have to work on. Datsun are well aware of this reality, and they also realise that based on past experience, customers might not find the motivation to pick a Datsun product in a market full of time-tested brands. With the Go and Go plus Datsun have gone out of their way to ensure that the Customer gets the best possible bargain for his money along with a product that is in the very least at par segment standards (if not slightly better). Add that to a full two-year warranty on purchase and a different design approach and we think they have two refreshed cars that are capable of bringing some fresh enthusiasm to the sales charts.

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