Datsun GO Facelift Review & First Drive

Datsun GO Overview

Datsun GO has received an update after a gap of four years. Changes to the hatchback have been made on the cosmetic front and it gets additional features that make it a better package altogether. In addition, the car maker has added new colour options to the carline. Styling changes have been made to the five-seat layout cabin; it now comes layered with a premium instrument cluster, sporty bolster cushioning and a host of other bits. Packed with the above changes, the Datsun GO price in India is pegged competitively. View offers on Datsun Cars from Datsun dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

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Datsun GO Exteriors

The one thing that you immediately notice about the 2018 GO is that the car now looks a whole lot better than before. It’s not a distinctive change, but just enough to make you appreciate it a little more. The grille is now bigger than before and, along with the strong creases on the bonnet, the car looks more imposing. The headlamps too have been refreshed but continue to feature conventional bulbs. Complementing this look is the new bumper which features a lot of sharp creases towards the sides. It also houses new vertically stacked LED DRLs, which is further highlighted by the black surrounds.

From the side, the GO looks almost identical to the previous version. However, there are a few minor changes to make the styling easier on the eyes. The ORVMs now get a body-coloured casing, while the wheels are now dual-tone diamond-cut alloys. Not just that, they are bigger and wider – 165/70 R14 when compared to the older 155/70 R13 wheels – and look even better.

The Datsun GO now looks better from the rear as well. The creases on the bumper towards the edges help accentuate the width of the car. The bottom crease of the bumper, which looks like a lip extension, is a neat touch. Additionally, you also get a rear windscreen washer and wiper as well.Overall, there is a definite improvement in the way the GO looks. The updates make the car appear more premium and offer more universal appeal.

Datsun GO Interiors

Unlike the exterior, the interiors are brand new. While the overall plastic quality is only slightly better, there is an all-new, all-black dashboard which gets a much cleaner layout. The centre AC vent design has been changed as well and they are now a part of the the top layer of the dashboard.

The non-adjustable steering wheel is the same unit as before but now comes in black. There is a brushed aluminium-like plastic cladding, which makes it look more premium. There are no buttons for audio or phone calls here, a feature which would have been a definite value addition. The instrument cluster is now borrowed from the Micra. When compared to the outgoing models, the new version gets an analog tachometer on the left. The small orange backlit MID (multi-info display) at the bottom displays the odometer, trip metre, distance-to-empty, time and fuel level. Strangely, there is no lane change indicator, which is a very basic yet useful feature.

The biggest change here has to be the centre console, which now features a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This system is responsive to use and features crisp graphics for menus. It also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity apart from the usual USB, Bluetooth and Aux inputs. Datsun will also offer a rear parking camera as an accessory, which sends the video feed to this screen. Sadly, the disappointing audio quality from the two-speaker setup takes away from the experience a bit. Below the touchscreen are knobs for the manual AC. The USB and AUX-in ports are placed a bit oddly on the panel below the gear shifter, away from the line of sight.

The gear lever is no longer a ‘floating’ unit as there is centre console compartment going all the way to the bottom. The 12V socket has been retained, but the cap is still not attached or connected to the socket, making it easy to misplace. And following customer feedback, the dash-mounted handbrake lever has been removed and has been replaced with a conventional lever between the seats. Check for Datsun GO in aspnetmenu

Speaking of seats, Datsun has reworked them and they are now called ‘Anti-Fatigue Seats’ These feel well cushioned and supports your backs even on longer journeys. However, there is no height adjustment for the driver’s seat, while the steering wheel continues to be non adjustable. This can make finding a comfortable driving position a bit tricky. Nevertheless, you now get electrically adjustable ORVMs, which is an added convenience.

Although the rear seat offers adequate headroom and legroom, you sit a bit low with the knees pointing upwards, which gives you the impression that the seats lack under-thigh support. Shoulder room feels wider than cars in its category and is just enough to squeeze three average-sized adults, albeit for shorter journeys. Sadly, there are a few things missing here as well, including adjustable headrests, rear centre armrest and lack of storage options as you only have one centre bottle holder and seat back pockets.At 265 litres, boot space in the GO remains the same as before and is enough to accommodate the family’s weekend luggage.

Datsun GO Gearbox

The Datsun GO is powered by the same engine as before i.e. the 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol unit which produces 68PS and 104Nm of torque. However, Datsun’s engineers have made revisions to the gear ratios of the 5-speed manual box, which could have been done to manage the higher kerb weight. As a result, the car still feels peppy, with the engine pulling strongly from 2000rpm onwards. Datsun claims the GO can complete the 0-100kmph run in just 13.3 seconds. Rest assured, we’ll soon put the car through a thorough road test and verify these figures. Apply car loan for Datsun GO in Fincarz.

However, what’s been affected by the few extra kilos is the drivability. While it’ll still pick up from 30kmph in fourth gear without the engine knocking, you will have to wait a bit for the speeds to climb. This becomes apparent when the car is running on a full load, forcing you to provide a heavy throttle input to get going. Out on the highway, the car settles at triple speeds with ease but runs out of breath soon after, asking you to plan your overtakes in advance. At 19.83kmpl, the claimed fuel efficiency is now slightly lower than before.

Datsun GO Rideing

Mechanically, the GO is rather sorted. The tyres are thin and tiny (13 inches) and the car does exhibit substantial body-roll. The GO should come with a sticker – “Statutory Warning: Don’t drive like a lunatic; this car has a tendency to tip over on one side”. But if you know what you’re doing, it can be quite a playful thing too! The steering feels detached and lacks any real feel. The chassis feels very balanced though, and the GO would make for an exciting car if fitted with larger wheels and wider, better tyres. The ride quality is extremely good and the suspension doesn’t go into trauma even when going over large potholes – a big annoyance with the Eon and Alto. The Datsun GO does give you that big-car feel which others in the segment don’t and that in itself is quite an achievement.

Datsun GO Safety

Safety has been a major concern for buyers looking at the Datsun GO. After receiving dismal scores in crash tests, Global NCAP had deemed the structure of both cars unstable and unfit for further loading. However, Datsun seems to have pulled up its socks and has worked on improving the structural strength of the car, adding about 150kg of weight in the process. As a result, the updated model now meets the upcoming crash test norms in India. You even get dual front airbags, ABS (anti-lock brakes) with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), BA (brake assist), rear parking sensors and follow-me-home headlamps as standard throughout the range.

Datsun GO Price

Datsun Go On-Road Price in New Delhi ranges from 3,78,162 to 5,00,114 for variants Go D and Go T Optional respectively. Datsun Go is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Datsun Go variants price in New Delhi. Check for GO price in New Delhi at Tryaldrive.

Datsun GO Bottomline

The Datsun GO 2018 facelift gets styling changes on the outside as well as inside. Datsun has also packed additional features such as a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, which is a segment-first feature. Overall, it is a better package than the pre-facelift version.Overall then, the Datsun Go as an entry-level car does very well. But, then it had too. Taking on the most successful brand in the country is no easy task. The Go is more spacious, more comfortable and more upmarket in look and feel. And, it’s not far behind in the fuel efficiency or price stakes either. Now, the challenge is to build customer confidence to actually draw them away from a well entrenched, house-hold brand that is Maruti Suzuki.

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