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Datsun GO Performance & Test Drive

Datsun GO Overview

Datsun GO has received an update after a gap of four years. Changes to the hatchback have been made on the cosmetic front and it gets additional features that make it a better package altogether. In addition, the car maker has added new colour options to the carline. Styling changes have been made to the five-seat layout cabin; it now comes layered with a premium instrument cluster, sporty bolster cushioning and a host of other bits. Packed with the above changes, the Datsun GO price in India is pegged competitively. Apply car loan for Datsun GO.

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Datsun GO Design

The one thing that you immediately notice about the 2018 GO is that the car now looks a whole lot better than before. It’s not a distinctive change, but just enough to make you appreciate it a little more. The grille is now bigger than before and, along with the strong creases on the bonnet, the car looks more imposing. The headlamps too have been refreshed but continue to feature conventional bulbs. Complementing this look is the new bumper which features a lot of sharp creases towards the sides. It also houses new vertically stacked LED DRLs, which is further highlighted by the black surrounds.

From the side, the GO looks almost identical to the previous version. However, there are a few minor changes to make the styling easier on the eyes. The ORVMs now get a body-coloured casing, while the wheels are now dual-tone diamond-cut alloys. Not just that, they are bigger and wider – 165/70 R14 when compared to the older 155/70 R13 wheels – and look even better.

The Datsun GO now looks better from the rear as well. The creases on the bumper towards the edges help accentuate the width of the car. The bottom crease of the bumper, which looks like a lip extension, is a neat touch. Additionally, you also get a rear windscreen washer and wiper as well.Overall, there is a definite improvement in the way the GO looks. The updates make the car appear more premium and offer more universal appeal.

Datsun GO Cabin

It’s the interior of the Go that truly impresses. Yes, there’s no getting away from the fact that Datsun has built the Go with a stiff price target in mind; things like not having a lid for the glovebox, or not having passenger side power window operation on the driver’s side make this quite obvious. As does the fact that there’s no internal adjustment for the ORVMs even in the top of the line variant or the fact that the rear seat belts don’t use an inertia reel. The latter, by the way, is very inconvenient.

But, the fit and finish in the cabin, the quality of plastic and the operability of switches and dials be it for the light or wiper stalks or the air conditioning or even the windows, is well executed. In these areas, the Datsun Go just doesn’t feel like a car built to such a tight price target. The cabin feels airy as well thanks to the light coloured plastic and large glass area. It’s got decent storage areas too, does the Go. The door pockets can hold a bottle and a few thinner items, the open glovebox has usable space as well and then there’s storage under and to the right of the steering wheel. What the Datsun Go doesn’t get are cup holders, which to us is an oversight. Also Read: 10 facts about Datsun Go

The seats meanwhile are a mixed bag. The ones at the front offer good thigh support but the backrest is just too thin; so thin in fact that if one were to lean on the backrest a bit too much, the seat’s internals will be felt. The driving position meanwhile could have been fantastic, if it wasn’t for that backrest again. The steering and gear shifter location feels natural, the floor pedals are well spaced and the seat bottom is a good length and is well located in terms of height as well. But, no matter how one positions the backrest, it’s near impossible to find a truly comfortable driving position. Check for Datsun GO in ieso2013

And a good driving position contributes significantly towards making a car easy to drive. As does visibility. And on the Datsun Go, thankfully, the visibility isn’t a cause for concern, especially over the hood or via the ORVMs. Shorter people might still find it difficult to see the car’s edges but overall the Go doesn’t make for a taxing drive. The light steering and clutch operation help too, as does the progressive travel of the latter. The brakes for first time users is set up well too; these have potent bite, but the bite is progressive and feel from the brakes, positive.

Datsun GO Gearbox

The Datsun GO is powered by the same engine as before i.e. the 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol unit which produces 68PS and 104Nm of torque. However, Datsun’s engineers have made revisions to the gear ratios of the 5-speed manual box, which could have been done to manage the higher kerb weight. As a result, the car still feels peppy, with the engine pulling strongly from 2000rpm onwards. Datsun claims the GO can complete the 0-100kmph run in just 13.3 seconds. Rest assured, we’ll soon put the car through a thorough road test and verify these figures.

However, what’s been affected by the few extra kilos is the drivability. While it’ll still pick up from 30kmph in fourth gear without the engine knocking, you will have to wait a bit for the speeds to climb. This becomes apparent when the car is running on a full load, forcing you to provide a heavy throttle input to get going. Out on the highway, the car settles at triple speeds with ease but runs out of breath soon after, asking you to plan your overtakes in advance. At 19.83kmpl, the claimed fuel efficiency is now slightly lower than before. For more details on Datsun cars in Hyderabad visit Autozhop.

Datsun GO Driving

The Datsun GO gets a 10mm bump in ground clearance (now 180mm) thanks to the larger 14-inch wheels. This has also lead to a slightly different suspension setup, which, in this case, is better than before. The suspension takes on speed breakers and undulations with ease, cushions you well. This characteristic is even retained at higher speeds, as the car remains stable over broken roads and bad patches. What’s even more impressive is that the car is quick to settle down after hitting a pothole or bump. At triple digit speeds, though, it does feel a bit bouncy, but that’s something which is common across this category of cars.

Although engine noise is better insulated than before, the floorboard insulation still feels lacking as even the smallest pebble hit makes a sharp noise inside the cabin. Overall, the NVH levels have been improved to a point where it is now acceptable. As far as handling is concerned, it’s a car best suited for city use. The steering is light and lets you make quick turns or u-turns in traffic. However, the feedback from the unit feels a bit vague at high speeds and sudden lane changes doesn’t inspire much confidence. A slightly heavier steering would have gone a long way to help with that.

Datsun GO Safety

The Datsun GO features safety bits such as driver side airbag, 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 Cost in Jaipur

Datsun Go On-Road Price in Jaipur ranges from 3,69,857 to 4,82,749 for variants Go D and Go T Optional respectively. Datsun Go is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Datsun Go variants price in Jaipur. Check for GO price in Jaipur at Carzprice.

Datsun GO Summing Up

The Datsun GO 2018 facelift gets styling changes on the outside as well as inside. Datsun has also packed additional features such as a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, which is a segment-first feature. Overall, it is a better package than the pre-facelift version.Overall then, the Datsun Go as an entry-level car does very well. But, then it had too. Taking on the most successful brand in the country is no easy task. The Go is more spacious, more comfortable and more upmarket in look and feel. And, it’s not far behind in the fuel efficiency or price stakes either. Now, the challenge is to build customer confidence to actually draw them away from a well entrenched, house-hold brand that is Maruti Suzuki.

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