Redi Go vs Nano GenX Comparison Review

Tata Nano Gen X vs Datsun Redi Go Comparison

"Datsun has been around for over two years in the Indian market, and its parent brand Nissan has been around for even longer. In this period, the reliability and After Sales Service of Datsun cars has, without any doubt, been better than Tata Motors."

Nano GenX vs Datsun Redi Go Video Comparison:

Pricing & Features:
The Nano GenX 'XM', is the cheapest car having AC & Power Steering in India. It retails for 2.7 Lakh Rs. on road, Delhi. For all the tall, well-built gentlemen, on a tight budget, the Nano used to be the only affordable option, since the Alto 800 was just too claustrophobic for them. But not anymore. Renault-Nissan has finally unleashed the double whammy, of the Kwid & RediGo, to take the Alto 800, head-on. Will the Nano end up bearing all the collateral damage? Let’s find out... The cheapest RediGo having AC & Power Steering, which is the ‘T’ variant, costs 3.6 Lakh Rs. which is 85,000 Rs. or 30% more expensive, than the equivalent Nano.

(Nano GenX XMA AMT automatic, retails for 3.15 Lakh Rs. on road, Delhi)

Common Features: AC, Power Steering
Extra Features in Redi Go (T): Stereo: FM + 2 Speakers, Mobile Docking Station
Extra Features in Nano GenX (XE): none

Fuel Efficiency:
The Tata Nano GenX manual, has an ARAI certified mileage of 23.6 kmpl, which is 1.5 kmpl less than the Datsun Redi Go’s mileage of 25.17 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the Redi Go was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the GenX Nano. Nano’s 90 kg heavier kerb weight, and its 4-speed gearbox, takes its toll on its fuel-efficiency. The Nano GenX AMT automatic, with the cutting edge 5-speed AMT transmission has an ARAI certified mileage of 21.9 kmpl, which is 3.3 kmpl less than the manual geared Redi Go. However in our real-world tests, the Nano automatic was just over 1 kmpl thirstier, than the Redi Go. This equates to an extra expenditure of around 15,000 Rs. on re-fueling the Nano, as compared to a Redi Go, over a usage of 75,000 kms.

ARAI Fuel Efficiency (kmpl): Redi Go (manual) – 25.17, Nano GenX (manual) – 23.6, Nano GenX (automatic) – 21.9

Fuel Cost (for 75,000 kms): Redi Go (manual) – 2.55, Nano GenX (manual) – 2.70, Nano GenX (automatic) – 2.75

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Datsun has been around for over two years in the Indian market, and its parent brand Nissan has been around for even longer. In this period, the reliability and After Sales Service of Datsun cars has, without any doubt, been better than Tata Motors. The inherent product reliability of the Datsun Go, has been better than any Tata product launched, till date, which shouldn’t really come as a surprise, since the Go & Go+ are essentially nothing but rehashed Nissan Micras. Nissan-Datsun’s Service Support has been observed to be inconsistent across the country, but the innate reliability of its cars, causes fewer unscheduled visits to their service centres in the first place. Secondly, Tata’s record for Service Support has been consistently bad, and is worsening further, day by day. Nissan-Datsun’s network reach with its 200+ dealerships and rising will soon catch up with Tata Motors 300 and shrinking, dealership count.

Resale Price:
The Nano has depreciated sharply over the past 5 to 7 years, and is expected to do the same going forward, which means a brand new Nano 'XM' bought today, will sell for no more than 1 Lakh rupees, after 5 to 7 years. The Redi Go on the other hand, is bound to depreciate much lesser, thanks to its excellent frugality, reliability and practicality, compared to the Nano.

Redi Go T – 1.80 Lakh
Nano XM – 1.00 Lakh
Nano XMA AMT – 1.25 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (over a usage of 5 to 7 years):
The Redi Go 'T', actually works out to be cheaper to own than a Nano XM, over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years. It more than makes up, for the extra 85,000 Rs. expenditure required while purchase, by saving around 15,000 Rs. in fuel costs, and by fetching at least 80,000 Rs. more than a Nano, when you finally decide to part ways with it. Nano's frugal nature seems to be more of a myth, than a reality.

Redi Go T – 4.30 Lakh
Nano XM – 4.40 Lakh
Nano XMA AMT – 4.65 Lakh

Performance & Drivability:
The Nano GenX is disappointingly slow compared to the Redi Go, be it in terms of low-speed drivability, overtaking prowess or outright acceleration. The Nano, is an eye-watering 60% less powerful and torquey, than the Redi Go in terms of its power-to weight & torque-to-weight ratios. Redi Go's refinement though not great, is still immensely better than Nano's tractor-like sound-works, courtesy of its 2-pot engine.

Power (PS@rpm): Redi Go – 54@5678, Nano GenX – 38@5500+250
Torque (Nm@rpm): Redi Go - 72@4386, Nano Genx – 51@4000+500
Kerb Weight (kg): Redi Go – 635, Nano GenX – 725

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Redi Go – 85, Nano GenX – 52 (difference 64%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Redi Go – 113, Nano GenX – 70 (difference 62%)

Space & Comfort:
Tata could have easily managed, the space inside the Nano's cabin a little more sensibly, and given a decent 200 odd litre boot. But instead they decided to give unnecessary amounts of knee-room and leg-room, as if it is going to be used by six-foot-four Vikings, leaving hardly any space for luggage. Earlier, they hadn't even thought of a door to make that 110 litre, rear glove-box accessible. But later on they seem to have at least decided, to make the best of what they've got. Redi Go on the other hand didn't go around reinventing the basic concept of an automobile, that has evolved over the past hundred years, and simply made a car as compact as possible for seating four adults with a usable 222 litre boot. One area where the Redi Go could have easily done better, is the look and feel of its interiors, though in comparison to the Nano, it still feels considerably upmarket and well put together.

Boot-space (lit): Redi Go - 222, Nano GenX - 110 (XE, XM & XT), 94 (XMA & XTA)

Length (mm): Redi Go - 3430, Nano GenX - 3164
Width (mm): Redi Go - 1560, Nano GenX - 1495
Height (mm): Redi Go - 1541, Nano GenX - 1652

Ride Quality & Handling:
Nano's dynamics are fundamentally flawed. Nobody knows, what logic the buffoons at Tata applied, when they gave it 12-inch wheels. They must've kept forgetting what Indian roads are like, every time they entered the company premises? The only explanation is that, they tried to emulate the Maruti 800, forgetting the fact that it was a Japanese kei car, made to run on Tokyo's inch-perfect tarmac. To make matters worse, Tata made it so tall, that to stop it from rolling over, they had to make its springs extra-stiff, and then there was the tiny wheelbase joining the party. Not surprising then, that it has one of the most punishing ride quality of any mass market car ever sold in India. With spindly 135 section rubber at front, the lesser we talk about its handling the better. The Datsun Redi Go on the other hand, tries so hard to overcome its inherent shortcomings of a tiny footprint, tall-body and narrow tires, that you can't help but feel impressed by the final outcome. There is decent bump absorption and excellent stability at highway speeds. Thanks to its feather-light kerb weight, it is delightfully responsive, though enthusiastic cornering is not quite its forte.

Ground Clearance (mm): Redi Go - 185, Nano GenX - 180

Wheelbase (mm): Redi Go - 2348, Nano GenX - 2230

Tyre Size:
Redi Go - 155/70R13
Nano GenX - 135/70R12 (Front), 155/65R12 (Rear)

Choosing the Redi Go over the Nano is an absolute no brainer. Technically it is a far superior automobile than the Nano, thanks to better drivability, performance, refinement, efficiency, handling and even safety. It is also a more practical car than the Nano, thanks to well packaged interiors and better driver ergonomics. But most importantly, after a circumspect comparison, the RediGo actually turns out to be cheaper, yes, you heard that right, cheaper, than an equivalent Nano. If you don't believe us just check out how steeply, five year old Nanos have depreciated, compared to the Eons and Altos of similar vintage. However, we still can't wholeheartedly recommend you to go ahead and buy the Redi Go, especially when its twin sister, the Renault Kwid, is available at showrooms across the street.

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