The launch of the Datsun redi-GO has been nothing less than a boon for those looking for feature-packed and attractively priced hatchbacks in India. Prior to its introduction, first-time car buyers always had to make certain compromises, be it in terms of looks, space, quality or features. Thankfully, the redi-GO has come as a breath of fresh air in a segment that’s devoid of stylish options. The smart-looking urban hatch offers dollops of space, packs segment-first features and is available at an unbelievable starting price of Rs 2.56 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Check out how the starting price of the redi-GO compares to that of its rivals in the picture below:
The Datsun redi-GO offers exceptional value and comes loaded with technological features such as a detailed drive computer, which displays useful information like distance to empty, instantaneous and average fuel efficiency and a tripmeter.
The list of useful features doesn’t end there as the redi-GO offers various features that you get in more expensive cars. Some of the highlights here include daytime running lamps (DRLs), digital tachometer and gear shift-up indicator.
Powered by an 800cc petrol engine, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, the Datsun redi-GO generates 54PS of max power and 72Nm of peak torque. For those who want more power, there is also an option of a 1.0-litre engine that produces 68PS/91Nm. These tried and tested engines come with proven Japanese engineering and reliability. And what strengthens the redi-GO’s case further is its certified mileage of 22.7kmpl (ARAI tested).
The 1.0-litre can be had in an AMT avatar as well, apart from the standard manual one. The redi-GO’s AMT packs the sought-after creep function along with a sportier manual mode. Thanks to the creep function, the redi-GO crawls ahead in Drive mode without using the accelerator, just like conventional automatics. This functionality comes in handy in bumper-to-bumper traffic as it allows you to keep the car moving without pressing the accelerator. Looking for a sportier drive? Manual mode lets you hold on to a gear longer than usual, thus inspiring confidence by making overtakes relatively predictable. And it is good for inclines as well.
The redi-GO is a smart-looking city car which comes with trendy colour options like Lime, Ruby, Silver, Grey and White. This, coupled with the tallboy stance, makes it an ideal car for those who wish to stand out from the crowd. By the way, at 185mm, it also has the highest ground clearance in the segment. Speed breakers and potholed roads are something you need not worry about in the redi-GO.
The Datsun redi-GO's black interiors make the cabin look sporty and premium. The high seating position not only offers great all-round visibility but gives one the feel of driving a bigger car. As mentioned earlier, the cabin is spacious and offers ample leg and shoulder room even for rear passengers. Numerous storage spaces and cubbyholes add to the cabin’s practicality. There are also smart storage spaces right above the glovebox, in the centre panel below the AC controls, and on the right side of the dashboard to keep coins or toll tickets. The boot space of 222 litres is also significantly more than the 177 litres offered by its nearest rival.
If you wish to possess the redi-GO in all its glory, you can opt for the top-end ‘S’ varint. It offers some unique features such as LED DRLs, illumination on door sill, distance to empty display and mileage display. For a hassle-free ownership experience, the Datsun redi-GO also comes with best-in-class 5 years/unlimited kilometres warranty as well.
So, if you are looking for a smart city car which combines style, comfort, space and practicality, the Datsun redi-GO certainly deserves a place on your checklist. Especially when you’re getting India’s first five years/unlimited km warranty as standard not only on the redi-GO but on Datsun’s entire lineup!
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