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The smallhatchback segment caters for the major chunk of the demand in the Indian automobile market.
Nissan had revived the Datsun brand to get more affordable cars on the road.
After launchingthe GO and GO+, Datsun is ready to launch the redi-GO.
We are in Kolkata to find outmore about it.
The redi-GO boasts of a tall boy design withsome sharp and dynamic elements.
The highlight being the segment first daytime running lights.
The redi-GO's dashboard is different fromits siblings but isn't as appealing as the Kwid.
Interior space is generous thanks toa cab forward design while the high driving position gives a clear view of the road.
Theredi-GO gets a basic audio system with average sound quality, digital tachometer and manualair-conditioning.
The rear seat offer good headroom and it'squite easy to get in and out.
The seat is wide enough for two adults.
The only downsidehere is that all doors have a lot of exposed metal which does make it look quite cheap.
Boot space is decent and the rear seat canbe folded to enhance it.
The Datsun redi-GO is based on the CMF-A platform,the same one which is used for the Renault Kwid.
Both these cars use the same engineand the same transmission.
This 800cc petrol engine comes mated witha 5-speed manual gearbox.
Power does feel quite adequate on most occasions but at timesit does feel a bit underpowered.
And frankly at this price, you really can't expect muchmore.
The steering is quite light, it offers decentamount of feedback in the city and its quite manoeuvrable but as you speed up, it doesn'treally give you the confidence to push that much harder.
However, a buyer in this segment barely looksat something like this.
For him practicality is of utmost importance which the redi-GOoffers in abundance.
Ride quality is quite good with the suspensionabsorbing most of the bumps.
The redi-GO has the segment highest ground clearance of 185mm.
Datsun claims that the redi-GO has the best braking in the segment but we found thebrakes to be too spongy.
The Datsun redi-GO comes across as a verywell engineered product.
We love the exterior styling and the interior packaging.
Definitely,this product is built to a price and coming to price, we know that Datsun will be pricingit very aggressively undercutting the competition by a good margin, thereby making this a verytempting buy in the entry-level car segment.