Datsun Redi Go vs Go Comparison Review

Datsun Go vs RediGo Comparison Review:

"The Redi Go has a 400cc smaller engine than the Go, but the difference is performance is almost negligible. That is because the Redi Go is around 150 kg lighter than the Go, resulting in a similar power-to-weight ratio as the Go's. However, the Go has noticeably better low-end torque, making it more drivable around city streets."

Datsun Go vs Redi Go Video Comparison:

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 retails for 4.7 Lakh, making it just 65,000 Rs. more expensive than the Redi Go 'S'. The Redi Go 'S' has a couple of 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 as basic as Central Locking, even in the top-end variant.

Common Features: Driver Airbag, AC, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Stereo: Aux + 2 Speakers

Extra Features in Go (T O): Central Locking, Mobile Docking Station
Extra Features in Redi Go (S): FM, USB, LED DRLs, Tilt Steering

Fuel Efficiency:
The smaller Redi Go has an ARAI certified mileage of 25.2 kmpl, which is 4.6 kmpl more than the bigger Datsun Go. In our real world tests, the Redi Go was over 2 kmpl more efficient than the Datsun Go. This translates to a savings of 60,000 Rs. over a usage of 75,000 kilometers, at current petrol prices.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Go (petrol, manual) – 20.63, Redi Go (petrol, manual) – 25.17 (difference 4.54 kmpl)

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh): Go (petrol, manual) – 3.35, Redi Go (petrol, manual) – 2.75

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
The Redi-Go is bound to depreciate slightly lesser compared to the Go over a usage of 5 to 7 years, since the used car market rewards cars with better fuel-efficiency at the time of resale over the less efficient ones, especially if they carry the same badge.

Go T O (Petrol, manual) – 2.35 lakh
Redi Go S (Petrol, manual) – 2.15 lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall the Redi Go ‘S’ works out to be a 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.

Go T O (Petrol manual) – 5.60 lakh
Redi Go S (Petrol manual) – 4.60 lakh

Reliability & After Sales Service:
Datsun cars have developed a humdrum reputation, for product reliability and service support in our country. Considering their rock-bottom price tags and an unestablished dealer network, it is quite understandable. At the same time we would like to point out, that they are certainly on the path of improvement. Datsun may not be in the same league as Maruti, Hyundai, Toyota or even Honda today, but still, they are definitely more Hassle Free than Tata, Mahindra, Skoda, Fiat, Chevrolet, Volkswagen etc. which in itself, is a remarkable achievement. Currently their service reach, is also fairly limited with just 200 odd touch points, but with each new product adding up to their overall volumes, dealerships in semi-urban and even rural areas will soon become feasible.

Performance & Drivability:
The Redi Go has a 400cc smaller engine than the Go, but the difference is performance is almost negligible. That is because the Redi Go is around 150 kg lighter than the Go, resulting in a similar power-to-weight ratio as the Go's. However, the Go has noticeably better low-end torque, making it more drivable around city streets. Both cars are in dire need of some sound deadening considering their three cylinder engines that are prone to vibrations across the rev range and quite a bit of harshness at higher revs.

Power (PS@rpm): Go – 68@5000, Redi Go – 54@5678
Torque (Nm@rpm): Go - 104@4000, Redi Go - 72@4386
Kerb Weight (kg): Go – 768, Redi Go – 635

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Go – 88, Redi Go – 85
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Go – 135, Redi Go – 113

Space & Comfort:
The Datsun Go has a huge advantage over the smaller Redi-Go when it comes to available space inside the vehicle. Not that the RediGo is short on space or anything, in fact it has adequate amount of space for four full-sized adults, with excellent ingress egress and comfortable seating. But the bigger Datsun Go is a genuine five seater. It also has slightly better knee-room and leg-room than the Redi Go. It also has a bench type front seat, which might 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 litres more capacious than the Redi Go’s 222 litre boot volume. What horrifies us though, is the 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 purposefully ruin the ambience of their cabins or some such nonsense that only makes sense inside the boardroom presentations.

Length (mm): Go – 3785, Redi Go – 3430
Width (mm): Go – 1635, Redi Go – 1560
Height (mm): Go – 1485, Redi Go – 1541

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 under panic braking. The Redi Go's ride quality, though not bad by segment standards, feels a bit deficient compared to the Go's. Sharper bumps tend to catch it out and there is noticeably more impact being transferred from the road to the occupants. However, being one of the lightest cars on the market, it is quite effervescent and responsive while snaking its way through rush hour traffic. Redi Go's slim tyres, tiny track and wheelbase as well as the tall body height don't help its cause around the bends. The Go on the other hand feels much more planted and safe while negotiating the turns.

Ground Clearance (mm): Go – 170, Redi Go – 185

Tyre Size:
Go – 155/70R13
Redi Go - 155/70R13

Wheelbase (mm): Go - 2450, Redi Go - 2348

The Datsun Go is a technically superior automobile than the Redi Go, which is quite obvious since we are comparing a proper mid-size hatchback to a little entry-level car. But then, the Go 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 better options lie for example the Celerio AMT automatic. But if you are visiting the Datsun dealership to evaluate the Redi Go as a sensible alternative to the Alto, then just tell the sales executive at the Datsun Showroom, who is deliberately trying to push you towards the Go, to just shove it. The fact that the Redi Go even puts up a strong fight against the Go, is indicative of 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 limits don't allow them the luxury of choosing the better value option. And that, is why the Redi Go is our winner of this test.

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