TUV300 vs Datsun Go+ Comparison

Mahindra TUV300 vs Datsun Go Plus Comparison
Verdict: Datsun Go Plus is better than TUV300
Pricing & Features: Datsun Go+ T variant is the most popular variant amongst its buyers, which retails for 4.71 Lakh, Ex-showroom Delhi. The TUV300’s cheapest variant on the other hand retails for 6.98 Lakh, which is a whopping 2.27 Lakh rupees more expensive than the Datsun Go. It also has lesser features like Central Locking, Mobile Docking Stereo System etc. which is worth around 25,000 Rs. This makes the TUV around 2.5 Lakh rupees more expensive than a Datsun Go+, which is more than what you will ever save by the way of the diesel-petrol price differential.
Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Tacho
Extra Features in Datsun Go+: Central Locking, Mobile Docking Holder, Stereo: FM, Aux + 2 Speakers, Fuel Computer
Extra Features in TUV300: Rear Power Window

Performance & Driveability: The Datsun Go Plus is an unbelievable 800 kgs heavier than the TUV300, which makes it as heavy as two entire Datsun Go Pluses. Mahindra is really in dire need of sending all its cars to fat camp, pronto. It is no surprise then that the Datsun Go+ has much better performance than the TUV300, in spite of having 17 lesser bhps. TUV300 has good drivability around town with hardly any turbo lag, while the Datsun Go Plus also has good low end torque for a petrol car and impresses with its drivability. However, as the speeds rise, the TUV300 starts losing the plot. Datsun Go Plus is much better than the TUV300 in terms of overtaking abilities on the highway. Datsun Go Plus is also much more civilised, refined and free revving than the agricultural clatter of the TUV300. Outright acceleration of the Datsun Go Plus is unmatched by the TUV300.
Power (PS@rpm): TUV300 – 85@3750, Datsun Go+ – 68@5000
Torque (Nm@rpm): TUV300 - 230@1500-2250, Datsun Go+ – 104@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): TUV300 – 1590, Datsun Go+ – 794
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): TUV300 – 54, Datsun Go+ – 86
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): TUV300 – 145, Datsun Go+ – 131

Fuel Efficiency: TUV300 is diesel powered with an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 18.49 kmpl, which means its fuel economy i.e. petrol equivalent fuel efficiency at current fuel prices is 25.46 kmpl. This simply means that TUV300 would require the same amount worth of diesel as a petrol car having a fuel efficiency of 25.46 kmpl. The petrol powered Datsun Go+ on the other hand has an ARAI certified mileage of 20.62 kmpl, which is 4.84 kmpl less than the TUV300. In our back-to-back tests, the Datsun Go+ was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the TUV300

Space & Comfort: TUV300 is by far the more spacious car than the Datsun Go Plus. The middle row has enough width to accommodate 3 passengers and even a fourth one if required. In comparison, even a third adult is a bit of a squeeze in the Datsun Go Plus. TUV300’s second row is also more comfortable than the Go+, with high set seats, excellent under thigh support and a negligible transmission tunnel.  Datsun Go+ being inferior to the TUV300 on all three parameters. And then there’s the third row. Conventional wisdom would suggest that Datsun Go Plus’ front facing seats would be better than TUV300’s sideways facing units. However, in reality, the Datsun’s seats are too small, narrow and low-set, with hardly any legroom, making them suitable only for small kids. The TUV300’s seats on the other hand are adequate for two adult males. In our tests, we seated two  journos, 5 feet 10 inches in height whose knees weren’t even touching. Of course, with all seats occupied, there’s no room left for luggage in both the cars.

Ride & Handling: Both the TUV300 & Datsun Go Plus, have excellent ride quality. TUV300 having a slight edge over the Datsun Go Plus, thanks to bigger wheels, longer wheelbase and soft springs. TUV300 is also better suited to Indian road conditions and can handle a bit of off-roading, thanks to a 190mm wheelbase and rear wheel drive. Datsun Go+ on the other hand will run rings around the TUV300 when it comes to cornering. Datsun Go Plus corners with much better confidence and feel compared to the TUV300, its monocoque architecture and almost 800 kg lighter kerb weight making it far more agile than the, ladder frame underpinnings of the hefty TUV300. TUV300’s suspension brakes and steering are all devoid of any feel and feedback making it highly unsuitable for any enthusiastic corner carving.

Reliability & After Sales Service: Both brands have struggled to earn good reputations for reliability and after sales service in our country. Datsun’s products have decent product reliability, thanks to its Japanese roots. But the company has struggled to establish its typical flawless process and customer centric approach at dealerships owned by the politico mafia controlled car dealership business in our country. Mahindra on the other hand has managed to keep good control over its dealers, but has struggled to sort out the basic reliability issues in its products, which has established the norm of wait and watch policy for the first six months amongst its intending customers for all new launches.

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