Nissan’s budget-friendly auto brand, Datsun entered the Indian auto market a few years back with an entry-level hatchback called ‘Go’. With the Datsun GO price starting from Rs. 3.29 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) to Rs. 4.24 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), it is one of the most affordable hatchbacks in India.
Datsun Go has gained good popularity over the years. It is more of a practical car, meant for the budget conscious buyers. Despite being a hatch, it gives the impression of a premium car from outset and looks to be larger than the rivals within the price segment.
If you are looking to buy a budget car, Datsun is a suitable candidate. Let’s have a quick look at the features and specs of the car to determine its worthiness.
While talking about the exterior, dimensions do need a special mention. With a length of 3784 mm, width of 1635 mm and height of 1485 mm, the car nowhere looks to be a miniature, though being a hatchback. At the front, the car receives a swept back halogen headlights and a trapezoidal radiator grille with chrome border. The bonnet is short and the curves present on the bonnet and bumper looks to take away all the limelight. The side profile looks ordinary, while the rear-end looks way too impressive with clear lens tail lamps and body colored bumper.
The car misses out on a premium interior compared to its rivals in the segment. However, it manages to offer a comfortable cabin inside for the occupants and the 5+1 seating layout is quite interesting. Boot space is lavish at 265 liters.
The car features a ventilated disc brake at the front wheels and drum brake at the rear wheels. In terms of handling, the steering wheel is quite responsive and the suspension serves its part effectively. However, the undersized wheels are a letdown for the hatchback. Also, it misses out on ABS. The car offers optional dual airbags as a safety kit only in the top-end variants.
Datsun GO features only petrol engine, which is what one can expect from an entry-level car. It offers a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder DOHC petrol engine that manages to churn out a maximum power output of 68 bhp at 5,000 revolutions per minute against a peak torque of 104 Nm at 4,000 revolutions per minute. A five-speed manual transmission is mated to the engine of the car.
The claimed mileage of the petrol engine is quite economical with 20.6 kmpl, which gives it an upper-hand over the rivals in the segment.
To buy or not?
The affordable pricing of Datsun Go is the real attraction here. The car offers an impressive design, roomy cabin and boot, big engine and good drivability. If this is all you need, the Datsun Go is for you. Overall, however, it lacks a bit in the safety department, which needs to be kept in mind before finalizing your decision.