Kwid vs Datsun Go Comparison

Renault Kwid vs Datsun Go Comparison
Verdict: Kwid is better than Datsun Go

Pricing & Features: The Kwid’s top-end RxT Opt variant, is bound to be a super hit amongst its prospective customers. It costs 3.53 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). Datsun Go’s cheapest variant having a Power Steering is the ‘T’ variant, which retails for 3.84 Lakh, which is 31,000 Rs. more than the Kwid. The Kwid is not only cheaper but also has additional features like Driver’s Airbag, the MediaNav Infotainment System and front Fog Lamps, which are easily worth at least 25,000 Rs. This makes the Kwid around 55,000 Rs. cheaper than a Datsun Go with similar feature content.

Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Central Locking, Stereo: FM, Aux + 2 Speakers
Extra Features in Kwid: Airbag-1, Bluetooth, FM, USB, Fog Lamps, Navigation, 7” Touch-screen
Extra Features in Datsun Go: Mobile Docking Station, Fuel Computer

Performance & Drivability: Owing to a 400cc i.e. 50% larger engine, the Datsun Go has better drivability and performance than the Kwid across the rev range. However, the difference is much lesser than expected thanks to the ultra-light kerb weight of the Kwid, which translates into a decent power to weight ratio in spite of its 800cc engine displacement. Datsun Go has great drivability around town, but surprisingly the Kwid’s drivability is just slightly worse than the Go and in fact much better than the Alto 800. Out on the highway the gap in performance widens, with the Go having a clear advantage in overtaking performance over the Kwid. But the Kwid’s gear ratios have been matched perfectly with the torque characteristics of the engine and it will handle highway duties with surprising ease whenever required. Kwid’s outright performance is no match for the Go’s but the refinement is certainly a shade better than the Datsun.

Power (PS@rpm): Kwid – 54@5678, Datsun Go – 68@5000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Kwid - 72@4386, Datsun Go – 104@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Kwid – 660, Datsun Go – 769
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Kwid – 82, Datsun Go – 88
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Kwid – 109, Datsun Go – 135

Fuel Efficiency: the Kwid has an ARAI certified mileage of 25.17 kmpl, which is 4.54 kmpl more than the Datsun Go’s mileage of 20.63 kmpl. In our back to back tests, the Kwid was consistently more than 2 kmpl more efficient than the Datsun Go. This equates to a saving of 55,000 Rs. over an assumed usage of 60,000 kms at current fuel prices, which means that the Go is 1.1 Lakh rupees cheaper (adding in the 55,000 rupee feature & pricing difference) than a Datsun Go to buy and run.

Space & Comfort: Both cars have remarkably spacious and comfortable cabins. There is enough knee-room, headroom & elbow room for 3 adults at the rear. However, in spite of being one the cheapest and lightest cars in the country, the Kwid has one of the biggest boot with 300 litres of usable capacity, which is 35 litres more than Datsun Go's already capacious 265 litre boot. Interiors of both cars have a distinct feeling of being built to a price, but panel gaps are tight and uniform enhancing the feeling that they will survive for decades to come.

Length (mm): Kwid - 3679, Datsun Go - 3785
Width (mm): Kwid - 1579, Datsun Go - 1635
Height (mm): Kwid - 1478, Datsun Go - 1485

Ride Quality & Handling: Both cars have a remarkably pliant and comfortable ride quality and certainly feel like cars from a segment above in terms of dynamics. Neither of them is an enthusiastic corner carver, but both cars are surprisingly stable at cruising speeds and have decent stability under hard braking as well. What spoils the Kwid’s dynamics id its excessively slow (4 turns lock-to-lock) and overtly light steering, which has hardly any feel or feedback and requires excessive shuffling while taking u-turns.

Ground Clearance (mm): Kwid - 180, Datsun Go - 170

Reliability and After Sales Service: Both Renault & Nissan-Datsun are sister concerns, which are new o our country and yet to figure out how to micromanage their dealers effectively. So service support can be hit or miss depending on how professional your local dealer is. Product reliability itself is excellent, but it is best to adopt a wait and watch policy for the first six months just to be sure that excessive cost cutting hasn’t resulted in any serious teething troubles, especially in the Kwid as it has a brand new powertrain.