Tiago vs Datsun Go+ Comparison

Tata Tiago vs Datsun Go Plus Comparison

Why are we comparing these two cars?
The top-end Datsun Go+ ‘T O’ (petrol) variant costs 5.4 Lakh, on road, Delhi, which is just 20,000 Rs. more than the top-spec Tiago (petrol) 'XZ' variant, costing 5.2 Lakh. These two cars may pose a dilemma to customers looking for an affordable 'family' car. Not only is the Tiago cheaper, but it also has countless more features than the Datsun Go+ like ABS, Passenger Airbag, Central Locking via Remote, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Rear Power Windows etc. Tiago’s extra features are worth at least 50,000 Rs. making it 70,000 Rs. cheaper than an equivalent Datsun Go+. (Tiago diesel 'XZ' costs 6.1 Lakh Rs. on road, Delhi)

Datsun Go+ vs Tiago Video Comparison Review:

Common Features: Driver Airbag, AC, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Central Locking, Tilt Steering, Stereo: Aux + Front Speakers

Extra Features in Tiago (XZ): Passenger Airbag, Keyless Entry, Parking Sensors, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Rear Power Windows, FM, USB & Bluetooth + Rear Speakers & 4 Tweeters, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Alloy Wheels, Steering Wheel Switches

Extra Features in Datsun Go+ (T O): Stereo: Aux + 2 Speakers & Mobile Docking Station

Performance & Drivability:
The Datsun Go+ is a mind-boggling 225 kg lighter than the Tiago! It is remarkably quicker and faster than the Tiago, as well as more drivable around town, in spite of being 17 bhp down on paper compared to the Tiago. Just goes on to show how worthless spec sheets are at giving a true picture of vehicles performance. Both cars are fairly lacking in refinement, but the Tiago is especially raucous at high revs. The diesel Tiago matches the Datsun Go in terms of drivability, but loses the plot when it comes to overtaking ability on the highways.

Power (PS@rpm): Tiago – 85@6000, Go+ – 68@5000, Tiago – 70@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tiago - 114@3500, Go+ – 104@4000, Tiago - 140@1800-3000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tiago – 1012, Go+ – 794, Tiago – 1080

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tiago – 84, Go+ – 86, Tiago – 65
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tiago – 113, Go+ – 131, Tiago – 130

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real world tests, the Datsun Go+ returned identical fuel efficiency to the Tiago petrol. The diesel Tiago though, was almost 3 kmpl more efficient than the petrols.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 23.84, Go+ (petrol, manual) – 20.63, Tiago (diesel, manual) – 27.28

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 3.00, Go+ (petrol, manual) – 3.00, Tiago (diesel, manual) – 2.05

Space & Comfort:
Tiago’s interiors feel much more premium compared to the plain and simple interiors of the Datsun Go+. Although, the Go+’s interiors will stand up to years of abuse compared to the rather delicate trims inside the Tiago. Datsun Go+ has 2 extra seats at the rear, but they are so small that you will have to chop-off passenger’s legs to fit them in there. Plus with all seats in place there is just 48 litres of boot-space, which is half of that of the Nano! However, with the rear Seat folded, you get a cavernous 347 litre boot, which is a useful 100 litres more than Tiago’s 242 litre capacity. Datsun’s seats are also more ergonomic than Tiago’s excessively soft seats, which cause discomfort over long distances.

Length (mm): Tiago – 3746, Go+ – 3995
Width (mm): Tiago – 1647, Go+ – 1635
Height (mm): Tiago – 1535, Go+ – 1490

Ride Quality & Handling:
Tiago has an edge over the Datsun Go+ in terms of ride comfort over the pothole riddled roads of our country. The Tiago also corners with more enthusiasm and holds its line better, while the Datsun Go+ is prone to early onset understeer, if pushed hard around the turns. That being said, the Datsun Go+ itself has decent dynamics for the segment, just not as good as the Tiago’s.

Ground Clearance (mm): Tiago – 170, Go+ – 170

Tyre Size:
Tiago – 155/80R13 (XB/XB/XM), 175/65R14 (XT/XZ)
Go+ - 155/70R13

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Datsun Go+ has proven to be a much more reliable vehicle than all of Tata’s launches till date. Therefore Tiago buyers need to exercise patience for at least six months after launch before they book one in a hurry. Datsun-Nissan service operations are also in their learning phase and still not up to the expected ‘Japanese’ levels of dependability. But still, it is better than Tata’s service network which continues to treat all of their customers like Taxi-cab drivers.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Thanks to better reliability, Datsun Go+ is bound to fetch slightly better residual value than the Tiago Petrol. However, thanks to fantastic fuel efficiency, the diesel Tiago will depreciate just as much if not lesser than the Datsun Go+.

Tiago XM (Petrol manual) – 2.65
Go+ T O (Petrol, manual) – 2.92
Tiago XM (Diesel manual) – 3.29

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Both the Tiago and the Datsun Go+ will have similar Cost of Ownership over a usage of 5 to 7 years. The Tiago diesel though works out to be around 60,000 Rs cheaper than the petrols

Tiago XM (Petrol manual) – 5.56
Go+ T O (Petrol manual) – 5.50
Tiago XM (Diesel manual) – 4.85

Datsun Go has noticeably stronger performance than the Tiago. But it’s USP of being a 7 seater is nothing but a farce. The best use of the third-row seats is to fold them up and liberate extra boot-space over the Tiago. To counter the extra boot-space, the Tiago offers umpteen extra safety, convenience and infotainment features, while its own boot-space of 242 litres itself is more than adequate for carrying four passenger’s luggage for a weekend getaway. Plus there’s the mature dynamics and luxurious interiors of the Tiago making it our pick of this test. Amongst the two Tiago’s, the diesel wins our respect for being around 60,000 Rs. cheaper in terms of Cost of Ownership as well as having much better drivability than the petrol.

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