Redi Go vs Himalayan Bizarro Comparison

Datsun Redi Go vs Royal Enfield Himalayan Bizarro Comparison


Why are we even comparing these two?
Countless 20 somethings today, are caught in a bit of a quandary. A part of them yearns to extend their rebellious teenage days, and dream of riding to Ladakh, astride a big burly adventure bike, but in reality they'll actually be stuck in rush hour traffic, every day. But then, a part of them, thinks that they are past their cash-strapped college days now, and can afford to commute in a car, and become the goody-two-shoes that their parents always, hoped for, making them more eligible to prospective brides in the process! What we are trying to find out, is which inner voice, ends up making a stronger argument for itself.

RE Himalayan vs Datsun Redi Go Video Comparison Review:

Pricing & Features:
The mid-range Datsun Redi Go ‘T’ variant costs 3.4 Lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is exactly twice the price of the Himalayan costing 1.7 Lakh Rs.

Extra Features in Redi Go (T): AC & Power Steering
Extra Features in Himalayan: none

Performance & Drivability:
The Redi Go, is no match to the Himalayan, in terms of performance. The Himalayan sprints up to 100 kph in less than 11 seconds, while the Redi Go takes more than 15 seconds, which itself is quite good for a cut-price hatchback. Both of them top-out at a speedo indicated 140 kmph. The Himalayan's long-stroke motor has given it excellent tractability around town. Redi Go's excessively tall gearing hampers it drivability in city traffic. Redi Go claws back some lost ground by being incredibly more refined than the Himalayan across the rev range. Not only does the Himalayan sound gruff and loud, but it also transmits a hell lot of vibrations through the handlebars, foot-pegs and even the seat.

Power (PS@rpm): Himalayan – 24.5@6500, Redi Go – 54@5678
Torque (Nm@rpm): Himalayan - 32@4000-4500, Redi Go - 72@4386
Kerb Weight (kg): Himalayan – 182, Redi Go – 635

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Himalayan – 134, Redi Go – 85
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Himalayan – 176, Redi Go – 113

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real world tests, the Himalayan was twice as efficient as the Redi Go. Over a usage of 75,000 kilometers, the Himalayan will save you 1.3 Lakh Rs. in fuel costs, compared to the Redi Go.

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Himalayan – 1.55, Redi Go – 2.90

Comfort & Convenience:
On the Himalayan, you'll get to enjoy that one day with perfect weather, which God made just for riding motorcycles. Rest of the days you'll end up suffering through every inch of your daily commutes. Urban commuting is just what the Redi Go was made for. Firstly, the Redi Go’s seats have back support, which alone makes it more comfortable over long distances than the Himalayan. Then there are basic things like the roof, windows & windshield which acts as a barrier against the sun, wind blast and rains, as per the season. On the Himalayan you will either sweat like pig, freeze to the bone, or get drenched to your undies, in the respective seasons. Then there’s the air conditioning, which takes all weather comfort to the next level.

On the Himalayan you have the provision of attaching 4 small pieces of luggage, when you go touring. Rest of the time you will be carrying your backpack on your shoulders and your helmet in your hand, everywhere. The Redi Go on the other hand, can comfortably accommodate four adults, with a decent boot for all your weekend luggage, not to forget the assortment of bottle holders, door pockets and glove-box for the knick-knacks. Then there’s the provision to split-fold the rear seat on the odd occasions when you need to carry a washing machine, TV or a stroller etc.

Length (mm): Himalayan – 2190, Redi Go – 3430
Width (mm): Himalayan – 840, Redi Go – 1560
Height (mm): Himalayan – 1360, Redi Go – 1541

Dynamics:
You can take the Himalayan off-road, over rocks and boulders, over mud and slush, over dunes of sand, all of which you will probably end up doing once a decade. For the rest of the time, you’ll be commuting in rush hour traffic, where the Himalayan can be quite a handful. In a roadside bike parking with a typical dip at the end, it can be really difficult to get the front wheel out of the ditch, even for riders with an average built. Himalayans engine does get a bit too hot for comfort, in heavy traffic and its ultra-heavy clutch takes its toll on your palms. The Redi Go on the other hand is a cinch to drive in city traffic. It has a super light steering and a small footprint allowing you to squeeze into gaps, which you wouldn’t dare in wider hatchbacks. Of course, the Himalayan can find its way faster through traffic, depending on the rider’s ‘skill’.

The Himalayan absorbs all kinds of bumps and ruts exceedingly well, but the Redi Go absorbs them even better, thanks to 750mm longer wheelbase and two extra wheels. Himalayan is beautifully stable right up to its top speed, stability under panic braking is also reasonably good. Redi Go easily better the Himalayan in terms of stability, thanks to two extra and wider contact patches as well as two extra brakes. Given its height, the Himalayan is surprisingly good around long sweeping bends, but struggles a bit around tighter bends. The Redi Go is prone to a fair bit of body roll, but nevertheless is quite responsive and eager, around twisty roads.

Wheelbase (mm): Himalayan – 1465, Redi Go - 2422

Ground Clearance (mm): Himalayan – 220, Redi Go – 185

Tyre Size:
Himalayan – 90/90R21 (Front), 120/90R17 (Rear)
Redi Go - 155/70R13

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Lack of reliability has always been a defining characteristic of all Royal Enfields, throughout their history. Himalayan's brand new engine makes it even more of a gamble, compared to it brethren. Datsun's Go & Go+ on the other have proven to be fairly reliable products. Royal Enfield's Service reminds you of a different era, one where customer service wasn't taken too seriously. The amount spent on the upkeep of an Enfield is also no less than any entry-level hatchback. Datsun's dealership are also on a steep learning curve, trying hard to improve the Service Support up to the typical 'Japanese' levels of quality, but still it is much better than RE.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est.:
The Redi Go as well as the Himalayan are bound to depreciate to just over half their price over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years..
Himalayan – 90,000
Redi Go T (Petrol, manual) – 1.85 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall the Redi Go works out to be almost twice as expensive as the Himalayan in terms of Overall Ownership Costs. Combining the advantages of lower price and higher fuel efficiency, it will save you more than 2 Lakh Rs. compared to the Redi Go, to buy, run and maintain.
Himalayan (Petrol manual) – 2.30
Redi Go T (Petrol, manual) – 4.45

Verdict:
For the first time in the history of CarComparos, we do not have any winner in this comparison. Frankly, we wouldn't suggest you to buy either of these vehicles because one is a toy, while the other is a household appliance. You may buy the Himalayan for cross country touring, but what you'll probably end up using it for is hardcore commuting. You'll be suffering through all of its shortcomings in terms of refinement, reliability and maneuverability and missing out on all of it's strengths like cruising and off-roading.

The Redi Go on the other hand is a quintessential commuting machine, designed to take you from point A to B with minimum hassle, day-in and day-out. It will keep you cocooned from the adverse environment encountered during a daily commute. But it is still not a complete car. You can't really imagine taking it on inter-state road trips. It just doesn't have the balance and poise to really involve you in the joy of cornering. It doesn't have the grunt to effortlessly overtake fast moving lorries on the highway. It doesn't even have a racy exhaust note to egg you on and give it some beans.

What we would suggest over these two would be a pre-owned Swift. A well maintained example would cost a wee bit more than the Himalayan. Just like the Himalayan it is fun enough to take it for a drive to the nearby hills on a Sunday morning, just for the heck of it. It is potent enough to traverse through multiple states in a day and dismiss heavy vehicles on the highway without much of an effort. It has proven to be immensely reliable and is backed by the mightiest After Sales network in the country, not to forget one of the best resale value on the market.

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