Datsun redi-GO Review 2018: Specs, Images, Performance Review

by Vivaan Khatri | 15/07/2018
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Datsun redi-GO 2018 will be the right choice if you are looking for a new hatchback with a limited budget. Featured a rich list of features, the redi-GO rises as the next potential player in the segment.

Debuted at the 2014 Auto Expo, Datsun Redi-GO is the next car from the Japanese manufactures to join the Indian market. In the latest update, the new redi-GO offers a new engine option – the 1.0-litre engine which will replace the 0.8-litre engine. will give you the full Datsun redi-GO 2018 Review India.

1. Datsun redi-GO 2018 Exterior

With a funky and strong exterior, redi-GO is definitely the impression-maker. Having distinguishing ground clearance of 185mm, it looks much like what people would say, a tall boy.

Datsun Redi-Go Side green

Datsun redi-GO is a smart-looking hatchback

Despite the small size of a hatchback, the front remains to be impressive and aggressive as any other big guys. Right front, the honey-bomb grille strikes a great impression. The swept-back headlamp combines with the chrome-bordered grille emphasizes the aggressive look for the car. In the top-spec variant, the front of the car also features LED daytime running lamp.

To look from the side, the car has a clear layout and a minimal look with little details. There is only one simple line stretching from the front to the rear, creating a smooth transition along the car. The side features simple-looking 13-inch alloys. It is a sensible way to design the exterior for an A-segment hatchback. Despite the front being so stand-out, the rear is simple and neat.

Datsun Redi GO side look red

The side of the car is simple

For a car of the low-priced segment, we don’t have much to complain about the design of the redi-GO. Indeed the look might be the secret behind the success of the redi-Go.

2. Datsun redi-GO 2018 Interior

Step into the car, you can feel the brightness of the interior, which mainly comes from the choice of using beige-grey as the theme color. The redi-GO ATM gets black as the interior color to create the sporty vibe.

Datsun redi-GO interior black theme color.

The black interior adds a strong dose of sportiness to the Datsun redi-GO Sport

The plastic dashboard is optimized for practical purposes. There is generous space for storage, including a glove-box, some cubbyholes on the window and cup-holders on the centre console.

The instrument cluster and the head unit is simple and operation-friendly. For example, the instrument cluster comprises of only one blue-illuminated speedometer and a small digital screen displaying needed figures and replacing tachometer. As for the infotainment system, the redi-GO provides standard entertainment features, for example, USB/AUX port as well as CD and FM support for audio playing. However, the wireless connection like Bluetooth or Wifi is not available, which means that you cannot play music from your own mobiles. The power window is exclusively available in the T and S variants.

Redi GO dashboard grey and beige theme

The dashboard of Datsun redi-GO with a simple and practical layout.

Overall, the space inside the redi-GO is acceptable with an adequate knee room and headroom on the rear bench, and the front seat offers decent space for car driver and the front passenger. Regard of the shoulder room, if there are about three occupants on the rear, it might feel a little bit cramped and uncomfortable. Under thigh support is proper. The driver of the taller side might find there is short of space between themselves and the steering wheel even when the seat has been pushed back.

The redi-GO has a boot space of 222 litres, which is much larger than Maruti Alto 800. The interior space of the redi-GO could be listed among the most spacious cars in the segment, comparable with the Renault Kwid.

3. Datsun redi-GO 2018 Performance

In the older model, there is only one option for the engine setting. But now, car buyers can choose to have either 0.8-litre or 1.0-litre motor. It is notable that the rediGO and Renault Kwid are created on the same engine and transmission setting, which explains why the two cars share some common traits in terms of performance.

The 0.8-litre engine could generate the power of 54 PS and the torque of 72Nm. The power figure might be humble for a car of its segment. But the power delivery is not the cornerstone of this model. Instead, it is engineered to optimize the fuel consumption. If your car is more likely to involve short-drives and straight route, the redi-Go could still offer a satisfying performance and an incredible mileage of 22.7kmpl.

The 1.0-litre engine could provide a higher power figure of 68PS and the torque of 91Nm. The power delivery, however, doesn’t seem to live up to the expectation. For example, it falls short at descending or with full occupancy.

Generally, the new 1.0-litre motor scores better the 0.8-litre engine in terms of performance. The power delivery is more linear, feels smoother at acceleration. Moreover, the NVH level is much better in bigger engine variants, but there is a certain level of vibration inside the cabin. The mileage of the 1.0-litre redi-GO is not inferior to that of the 0.8-litre.

Datsun redi-GO 2018 green front and side look

Car buyers now can get more engine options from the redi-GO 

The driving process is supported by a light clutch and a light gearstick, allowing easy operation. However, they don’t bring in a highly-accurate control. With the automatic transmission option, it allows easy commutation within the city.

Despite sharing the same engine and gearbox setting with the Renault Kwid, the redi-GO possess a new suspension system. The suspension set-up of the car allows better ride quality. Bumps or potholes doesn’t seem to intervene the comfort inside the car. Handling is not the strong point of redi-GO, especially with the cornering. It does feel understeering and falls short when tackling with U-turn. Braking requires forces and stronger pushes.

In terms of safety features, the redi-GO is equipped with basic features like crumple zone and driver airbag. In the top-of-the-line variants, driver seat is equipped with side airbag. However, other advanced features like the ABS or dual airbag is not available even in top-spec variants. Within the price bracket, the lack of safety features is totally understandable.

4. Datsun Redi-GO 2018 Specs

 Datsun redi-GO 2018 Specs

Engine and Transmission
 Engine 0.8-litre 12V Petrol Engine 1.0-litre 12V Petrol Engine
 Displacement 799 cc  999 cc
 Cylinders 3 3





 Transmission 5-speed Manual

5-speed Automatic

5-speed Manual

 Drive Types 2WR 2WD
Dimension and Capacity
 Overall Dimension (W x H x H) 3429 x 1560 x 1541
 Wheelbase 2348 mm
 Boot space 222 litres
 Seating Capacity 5
 Brake and Suspension

Front - Double Pivot Arm

Rear - H-Type Torsion Beam


Front - Disc

Rear - Drum

 Steering and Tyres
 Steering Power
 Tyre size 155/80 R13
Safety Features
  • Central Locking
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Side Rear View Mirror
  • Halogen Headlamps
  • Rear Seat Belts
  • Keyless entry
  • Crash Sensor
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Check Warning
Other Features
  • Heater/Airconditioner
  • Fabric Upholstery
  • Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror
  • Remote Trunk Opener
  • Adjustable Headlights
  • CD player

5. Datsun redi-GO Prices

The price range starts from Rs 2.5 lakh and goes up to Rs 4.06 lakh. There are five variants available, which are D, A, T, T(O) and S. The base variant goes without the air conditioner, power steering, and immobilizer.

 Model Price 
D  Rs. 2.5 Lakh
A  Rs. 3.06 Lakh
T  Rs. 3.3 Lakh
T Option  Rs. 3.45 Lakh
S  Rs. 3.61 Lakh
1.0 T Option   Rs. 3.75 Lakh
1.0 S  Rs. 3.86 Lakh
Gold 1.0  Rs. 3.75 Lakh
AMT 1.0 Option  Rs. 3.96 Lakh
AMT 1.0 S  Rs. 4,06 Lakh

Competitors of Datsun redi-GO include Renault Kwid, Datsun GO, and the Maruti Alto K10. Datsun redi-GO offers a competitive price as well as an excellent fuel efficiency that worth considering if you have a humble budget.

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