Welcome to CarComparos! Today, we'll be comparing the Datsun Redi-Go vs its bigger sibling, the Datsun Go.
Pricing & Features:Datsun Redi Go's top-end 'S' variant, retails for 4.
00 Lakh Rs.
On road, Delhi.
Datsun Go's 'T O' variant Welcome to CarComparos!Today, we'll be comparing the Datsun Redi-Go vs its bigger sibling, the Datsun Go.
Pricing & Features: Datsun Redi Go's top-end 'S' variant, retailsfor 4.
00 Lakh Rs.
On road, Delhi.
Datsun Go's 'T O' variant retails for 4.
7 Lakh, makingit just 65,000 Rs.
more expensive, than the Redi Go 'S'.
The Redi Go 'S' has a coupleof extra features over the Datsun Go 'T O', like Tilt Adjustable Steering and a conventional 1-DIN audio system.
The Go, on the other hand, has the ingenious Mobile Docking Station,which we think is better than even the so called top-of-the line 'Infotainment Systems'in luxury cars, because, even the most over hyped systems still don't work as seamlessly,as a 5000 rupee android phone.
Surprisingly, the Redi Go 'S' does not offer something asbasic as Central Locking, even in the top-end variant.
Fuel Efficiency: The smaller Redi Go has an ARAI certifiedmileage of 25.
2 kmpl, which is 4.
6 kmpl more than the bigger Datsun Go.
In our real worldtests, the Redi Go was over 2 kmpl more efficient than the Datsun Go.
This translates to a savingsof 60,000 Rs.
over a usage of 75,000 kilometers, at current petrol prices.
Resale & Cost of Ownership: The Redi-Go is bound to depreciate slightlylesser compared to the Go over a usage of 5 to 7 years, since the used car market rewardscars with better fuel-efficiency at the time of resale over the less efficient ones, especiallyif they carry the same badge.
Overall the Redi Go ‘S’ works out to bea good 1 Lakh Rs.
cheaper than the Go's 'T O' variant in terms of Overall Ownership Costs,which is not a small sum of money for entry-level car buyers.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Datsun cars have developed a humdrum reputation,for product reliability and service support in our country.
Considering their rock-bottomprice tags and an unestablished dealer network, it is quite understandable.
At the same timewe would like to point out, that they are certainly on the path of improvement.
Datsunmay not be in the same league as Maruti, Hyundai, Toyota or even Honda today, but still, theyare definitely more Hassle Free than Tata, Mahindra, Skoda, Fiat, Chevrolet, Volkswagenetc.
which in itself, is a remarkable achievement.
Currently their service reach, is also fairlylimited with just 200 odd touch points, but with each new product adding up to their overallvolumes, dealerships in semi-urban and even rural areas will soon become feasible.
Performance & Drivability: The Redi Go has a 400cc smaller engine thanthe Go, but the difference is performance is almost negligible.
That is because theRedi Go is around 150 kg lighter than the Go, resulting in a similar power-to-weightratio as the Go's.
However, the Go has noticeably better low-end torque, making it more drivablearound city streets.
Both cars are in dire need of some sound deadening considering theirthree cylinder engines that are prone to vibrations across the rev range and quite a bit of harshnessat higher revs.
Space & Comfort:The Datsun Go has a huge advantage over the smaller Redi-Go when it comes to availablespace inside the vehicle.
Not that the RediGo is short on space or anything, in fact ithas adequate amount of space for four full-sized adults, with excellent ingress-egress andcomfortable seating.
But the bigger Datsun Go is a genuine five seater.
It also has slightlybetter knee-room and leg-room than the Redi Go.
It also has a bench type front seat, whichmight come in handy on rare occasions for seating the smallest members of your family,but only for short intra-city drives.
Go’s 265 litre boot is also a useful 43 litresmore capacious than the Redi Go’s 222 litre boot volume.
What horrifies us though, isthe sheer cheapness of their interiors.
What on Earth was the Datsun Management smoking,when they convinced each other that to 'distinguish' Datsuns from Nissans, they needed to purposefullyruin the ambience of their cabins or some such nonsense, that only makes sense insidethe boardroom presentations.
Ride Quality & Handling:The Datsun Go has a definitive edge over the Redi Go, especially in terms of ride comfort.
Go has fantastic bump absorption and excellent stability at highway speeds as well as underpanic braking.
The Redi Go's ride quality, though not bad by segment standards, feelsa bit deficient compared to the Go's.
Sharper bumps tend to catch it out and there is noticeablymore impact being transferred from the road to the occupants.
However, being one of thelightest cars on the market, it is quite effervescent and responsive while snaking its way throughrush hour traffic.
Redi Go's slim tyres, tiny track and wheelbase as well as the tall bodyheight don't help its cause around the bends.
The Go on the other hand feels much more plantedand safe while negotiating the turns.
Verdict:The Datsun Go is a technically superior automobile than the Redi Go, which is quite obvious sincewe are comparing a proper mid-size hatchback to a little entry-level car.
But then, theGo is almost a lakh rupees more expensive to own and run, over a span of 5 to 7 years.
If you have the extra money to spend on the Go, you might as well consider even betteroptions lie for example the Celerio AMT automatic.
But if you are visiting the Datsun dealershipto evaluate the Redi Go as a sensible alternative to the Alto, then just tell the sales executiveat the Datsun Showroom, who is deliberately trying to push you towards the Go, to justshove it.
The fact that the Redi Go even puts up a strong fight against the Go, is indicativeof how it will fare against the Alto.
Sometimes being better value-for-money is not the point,sometimes the aim is to deliver the best possible package to customers, whose monetary limitsdon't allow them the luxury of choosing the better value option.
And that, is why theRedi Go is our winner of this test.