Datsun Go is one of the popular car in Indian Auto Market. The Datsun Go compact hatchback is based on Nissan’s V platform just like the Micra, but it is an altogether new car meant for emerging markets like India. The interior and exterior both looks trendy which gives it a latest nice look. Datsun Go is competing with other cars like Alto 800, Hyundai i10 and Wagon R of this segment. You can also find here Datsun Go Plus Interior HD Photos & Full Video Review. In this post we are going to share about Datsun Go Petrol Model Review in Detail with you. We hope you like it and get important knowledge from this post.
The extended front passenger seat, the base and backrest of which stretch to the driver’s seat to form a sort of a bench. The rear seat is quite flat, could’ve provided more thigh support and should have come with larger headrests. For their part, the front seats, though flat, are quite supportive, if slightly lacking in thigh support. It doesn’t take long to spot other areas where Nissan has saved costs. The boot lid lacks cladding, the seat fabric is pretty average, the rear seat belts don’t retract automatically and the front passenger gets no grab rail to hold. There’s also some parts-sharing with the Micra Active, and that’s a good thing. Bits like the door handles, air-con controls, vents and meaty stalks feel nice to operate. In fact, the Go is quite well screwed together and overall quality is actually good for this price.
The bench seat leaves no space for cupholders, but the door pockets make up for this with large bottle holders. Sadly, there’s absolutely no storage at the rear of the cabin. Rear-seat passengers will also have to contend with a limited view forward thanks to the unusual bench seat in front. Moreover, the bench blocks the flow of air from the AC vents, and though this wasn’t an issue during our test, we are not sure if it will affect cooling during summer. But a bigger issue is the one-size-fits-all driving position. You can’t adjust the seat height or the high-set steering, and for shorter drivers that could prove a problem in terms of visibility. And that’s a shame, because the two-generation-old Nissan Micra that served as the inspiration for the Go, was known for its large glass area and excellent visibility. The ergonomic issues don’t stop there either. Even the dash-mounted gear lever is positioned a tad too high, while the space-saving, pull-type handbrake that sits beside it is a bit tricky to operate on hill starts, especially for first-time drivers.
The base D spec gets black bumpers and comes without air-conditioning and power steering. The middle-spec A version adds power windows and the audio system with its mobile phone stand. The Go’s dashboard is pretty functional, with lots of usable space. There’s a useful recess on the dash top and a large shelf under the steering column. The glovebox too is large, but shockingly, it comes without a lid, which effectively makes the cabin devoid of any concealed storage areas. However, as an accessory, Datsun will offer a storage box under the passenger seat for your papers. Where the Go scores, and scores big, is with its massive 265-litre boot. It’s large enough to accommodate big suitcases flat, rather than vertically as in other hatchbacks. Sadly, you can’t conceal your luggage, as there’s no standard parcel tray. Also, since the hatch doesn’t have a key lock, you have to open the car and unlock the boot from the internal boot release next to the driver’s seat every time you want access.
The weight savings have come from optimizing the thickness of the metal across the body, and from a greater use of plastic all around. However, it is likely that, in a bid to pare weight, Nissan has also done away with some reinforcements required to meet the best crash norms. Speaking of safety kit, the Datsun Go does without ABS or airbags, and these are not even offered as optional extras. There’s no rear wiper or defogger either, and only a single (albeit speed-sensing) wiper up front. You won’t be wrong to think the Go belongs to a segment or two above; it’s that much larger than similarly priced rivals like the Maruti Alto K10 and Hyundai Eon at one end, and the Maruti Wagon R at the other. Comparable in size to the Nissan Micra (with which it shares its underpinnings and 2,450mm wheelbase), the Go immediately makes an impression on the price-to-size front. But it’s not the Go’s size alone. The styling doesn’t reveal that this is, in effect, a budget car either.
There are no straight lines or easy-to-produce flat panels in sight, and that says a lot. The Go’s front is dominated by a large hexagonal grille, which is a detail that will be seen on Datsun of the future as well. Lending a healthy dose of aggression to the design is the bold V on the bonnet and that smartly sculpted front bumper. The large, swept-back and beautifully detailed headlamps look neat and also serve as the starting point for the well-defined beltline. Like the current-generation Micra and Micra Active, the Go is built on a modified version of Nissan’s V platform and features similar front MacPherson-strut and rear torsion-bar suspension. However, the Go uses different ‘high-response’ linear dampers (which Nissan claims is technology derived from its luxury brand Infiniti), and even the electronic power steering has been tweaked. But the bigger difference is in its weight. At just 788kg, the Go is a full 110kg lighter than the Micra Active.
In profile, you can see a nice balance in the Go’s design, with a hint of the Nissan Leaf in the raked rear windscreen. Sadly, you also can’t escape the impression that the Go is under-tyred. The diet 155/70 R13 tyres look two sizes too small and lost in the large wheel arches. Further up, an interesting detail is the black cladding just aft of the rear windows; it helps mask some of the bulk of the thick C-pillars. But what will really grab your attention are the muscular haunches that originate at the rear doors and flow elegantly into the outward-bulging tail-lights. Even the tailgate has nice surfacing, with a central ‘platform’ for the Datsun logo. All in all, the Go looks smart, modern and robust, yet steers clear of looking overstyled like the Hyundai Eon.
The long-travel suspension is also absorbent enough, with the considerable ground clearance coming into play on really bad stretches of road. But the small wheels do crash through larger potholes and you can also always hear the suspension. Within the city, you’ll like the Go’s light steering and small turning radius. It rolls a fair bit when pushed hard through corners, but the well-sorted dynamics and safe handling allow you to punt the Go around with confidence and ease. Just keep in mind that the Go comes without anti-lock brakes and that the tyres respond to emergency stops with lots of squealing and squirming.
The poor sound insulation is to blame. This becomes a bigger issue at highway speeds, where road and even wind noise become constant irritants. The lack of cladding in the rear wheel wells also means you can hear everything the tyres throw up at the body. Noise apart, the Go does make for a reasonably good highway car. Straight-line stability is very impressive for the most part (strong crosswinds do disturb its composure), and the steering feels adequately weighted too.
With a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol motor already doing duty in the Micra and Micra Active, Nissan didn’t have to look too far for an engine. These variants are fitted with a 1.2-litre petrol engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1198cc. The mid range and top end of this motor are the best bits, with power flowing seamlessly and never leaving you wanting for more. There’s a delightful little surge every time you floor the throttle in the meat of the revband. The engine does get noisy after 4,000rpm, but never to point of feeling strained or harsh. That’s probably because Nissan has fixed the rev limiter at a rather low 5,250rpm in the interest of fuel economy, so you’ll often find yourself maxing the car in each gear earlier than you’d expect. The company claims that with the help of a five speed manual transmission gear box, it can deliver a healthy fuel economy as well as good acceleration. It has the ability to churn out a maximum power of 67.06bhp along with 104Nm of peak torque output.
In brief, it’s an all-aluminium unit that produces 67bhp at 5,000rpm. And with just 788kg to hurl around, it does a rather impressive job of giving the Go some real go. A bit of hesitation at low revs apart, the Datsun feels very peppy at typical city speeds and it responds well to light throttle inputs. You can also pull away from low engine speeds in higher gears with ease, which means fewer gearshifts. Part of the credit for this goes to the smartly chosen (if slightly tall) gear ratios. Interestingly, the Go doesn’t use the Micra’s Renault-sourced gearbox (code: JH), because it was too expensive. Instead, Nissan has dusted off an older five-speed unit (code: FY) and pressed it into service here. This is not the most modern of gearboxes and there’s a noticeable whine at all times. The gearshift is slightly notchy too, but doesn’t require much effort. Neither does the clutch, which is light and progressive.
Efficiency & Mileage Review
Datsun GO Petrol D (1198 cc, Petrol, Manual), gives mileage of 20.63 kmpl on the highway road and 18.57 kmpl in the road of city.
Datsun GO D1 (1198 cc, Petrol, Manual), gives mileage of 20.63 kmpl on the highway road and 18.57 kmpl in the road of city.
Datsun GO A (1198 cc, Petrol, Manual), gives mileage of 20.63 kmpl on the highway road and 18.57 kmpl in the road of city.
Datsun GO T (1198 cc, Petrol, Manual), gives mileage of 20.63 kmpl on the highway road and 18.57 kmpl in the road of city.
|Datsun GO Petrol D||₹ 3.2 Lac|
|Datsun GO D1||₹ 3.3 Lac|
|Datsun GO A||₹ 3.6 Lac|
|Datsun GO T||₹ 4.0 Lac|
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