Datsun has launched the Redi-GO 1.0 L in the Indian Market. The Redi-GO was initially showcased as a concept in 2014 Auto Expo. The car was then launched in June 2016 with 0.8 Litre engine. The car shares the underpins with its French counterpart – Renault Kwid. Both the cars are based on CMF-A platform. However, the Kwid looks like a compact SUV, whereas, the Redi-GO is a urban crossover and both are completely different from outside.
Datsun has been increasing its offering under Redi-GO and has launched the car with an 1.0 Litre engine option is offered in top two trims – T(O) and S only. It also comes with a driver air bag in top variant and now comes with refreshed all black interior which is more attractive compared to the previous dull light grey, offered in 0.8 Litre engine. It has all new alloy wheels new color option only and central remote locking to the 1.0 litre version. However, the features like internally adjusted OVRMs, rear wipers, and central touch infotainment systems are missing, compared to the Kwid 1.0 Litre. The car doors still has those body colored metal inside the cabin which really looks bad. The Car can be distinct from the 1.0 Litre chrome badge at the rear.
The car is powered with 1.0 Litre bored version of 0.8 Litre engine which is a three cylinder engine. This 999cc, 3-cylinder, 12-valve motor makes 67 BHP @ 5,500 rpm and 91 Nm of torque @ 4,250 rpm, which is 14 BHP and 19 Nm more than the 0.8-litre engine. Once you are onboard and start the ignition you can feel some vibration over the steering wheel and gear knob and a bit in the body. However, on the go the vibration reduces but there is still slight vibration in the gear knob which is ignorable as this is a 1.0 Litre 3 cylinder engine. A lot of plastics components are used in the Car engine to meet the cost cutting, like valve cover, intake manifold, oil sump etc.
The car is quite quick and peppy compared to the 0.8 Litre and easy to drive in the Highway with triple digits @ around 100 to 120 KMPH and easy to overtake the vehicles, specially the trucks. But to the fact that the car is very light and taking it high can increase the risk as it also has low ratings in NCAP testing. While the engine capacity has been increased, there has been no change in the suspension. The car has good gear ratios and in case you are slowing down from 100 to 60 you won’t need to change the gears. The corner turns are also good and controlled than what expected for a small tall car.
Redi-GO has a CMVR-certified fuel-efficiency of 22.5 km/l. Despite its slightly higher kerb weight, the Kwid 1.0 is more efficient with 23.01 km/l on paper. The segment-leading Alto K10 is the most efficient of the lot with a figure of 24.07 km/l. The car has direct rival with the best-selling Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, Renault Kwid 1.0 L, Hyundai Eon and the featured rich Tata Tiago.