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Datsun Go 2020 Review: Prices, Features, Specs, offers and variants

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Mar 04 2020 Share this blog

Datsun Go is Nissan's subsidiary in India that plans on getting hold of the most populous segment in India. The entry-level hatchback market has been the go-to for first-time car buyers and for those on a stringent budget which makes the likes of Hyundai Santro and Tata Tiago stand out along with the recently launched Maruti Suzuki S-Presso.

2020 datsun go front view

For the 2020 model year, Datsun claims to have addressed to all the problems of its earlier iteration and has given the Go a much needed mid-cycle refresh in the form of a facelift. The facelift brings in fresher interiors, additional interior and exterior features and safety features like ABS and dual front airbags.

The Datsun Go might not be the segment leader in terms of sales figures, however, it does pack a punch in certain areas, like interior space and some segment-first features like daytime running lamps, highest ground clearance in its class and a tight turning radius.


What we like

  • Commendable boot space comparing its size
  • High ground clearance
  • Refined riding comfort


What we don’t like

  • Glove box doesn’t close
  • Lack of power windows
  • Lack of safety features


What’s New in 2020 - Datsun Go?

The Datsun Go received a mid-cycle facelift for the 2020 Model Year. It gets the following additional niceties over the previous model:

  • Redesigned front fascia
  • Hark-Eye styled headlamps
  • Anti-Fatigue Seats
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Advanced infotainment system
  • Diamond cut R14 Alloys
  • Rear wiper and washer
  • ABS and EBD
  • Optional Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox
  • Datsun got rid of the infamous connected seat upfront
  • Touch screen infotainment system

What are the various variants and features on offer in Datsun Go?

Frankly, Datsun isn’t the best when it comes to trim nomenclature and the name of the variants are more or less unchanged. However, what’s changed is the addition of an automatic gearbox, which can be had with the mid-variants itself. Prices start at 3.77 lacs and go all the way till 6.21 lacs for the top-end variant.

Trim

Go D 

Go A 

Go A (O) 

Go T 

Go T (O) 

Go T CVT 

Go T (O) CVT 

Price(Ex-Delhi) in INR

3,74,990

4,69,990

4,99,990

4,68,229

5,02,492

5,94,464

6,18,015

Features

Front power windows

Power adjustable exterior rearview mirror

Rear power window

Trunk light

Low fuel warning light

Driver airbag

Keyless entry

Gear Shift Indicator

Battery Saver

Tachometer

Glove Compartment

Digital Odometer

Air Quality Control

Accessory Power Outlet

The additional features have finally made a difference and put Datsun Go back on the map in this rat race. The addition of safety features along with the much-needed infotainment upgrade makes it an irresistible package for this price point.


Which variant should you go for?

Unless you’re on a budget, we recommend going for the top-spec T (O) variant since it offers all the bells and whistles and feels extremely value-for-money. Moreover, one can also opt for the automatic gearbox for additional convenience. Otherwise, the mid-range Go T trim is the cumulation of best of both worlds.


2020 Datsun Go Offers (March)

Model

Variant

Ex-Showroom Price (Pan-India in INR)

Special Offer

Datsun Go

All Variants

3,74,990-6,18,015

Benefits up to INR 32,000


  • Cash Benefit up to INR 10,000

  • Exchange Benefit under NIC up to INR 20,000

  • Additional Benefits for Corporate Customers up to INR 2,000

The surge of BS6 emission norms have also put a very sweet deal on the table which includes a heavy price cut for all BS4 stock. But this is subject to availability and will only last till the last week of March, so better late than never!

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What is this peppy car's power source?

The Go continues to be powered by a 1.2-litre three-cylinder Naturally Aspirated Petrol engine, which churns out 68 ps of power and 104 nm of torque. This is the sole engine option on offer and does its duty pretty well for a car of this size. Now Datsun claims they have tweaked this engine for better low-end drivability, by adding Electronic Fuel Injection, or EFI in Datsun's words. Power is channelled to the front wheels via a 5-Speed Manual gearbox with the option of having a CVT as well, for those seamless traffic manoeuvres.

2020 datsun go engine

The engine is acceptably refined, but the typical three-cylinder thrum and vibrations are apparent. There is a noticeable shakeup felt in the cabin on startup and shut down, and the vibrations on the pedal are directly proportional to the RPMs! The clutch is light, with slightly longer travel than some of its rivals. However, that won’t pose much of a problem in B2B traffic. Coming to the low-end drivability, it is acceptable, however, the engine doesn’t show any athleticism when you floor the throttle.

The part-throttle response is satisfactory, and the mid-range is where all the action lies. The gearbox has well-defined gates, however, it does have a rubbery side to it. Moreover, the long throws do not help its cause either. This engine is a commuter, feels adequate in the city and underpowered on the highway. Overtaking requires a lot of planning and you always have to keep the engine on the boil to extract performance.

Models

Datsun GO A (O)

Hyundai Santro Magna

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso VXi

Tata Tiago XE

Price

(Ex-Delhi) in INR

4,99,990

4,81,990

4,24,500

4,39,990

Engine

1.2-litre three-cylinder NA Petrol

1.1-litre Kappa four-cylinder        NA Petrol

1.0-litre K10B three-cylinder      NA Petrol

1.2-litre Revotron three-cylinder NA Petrol

Transmission

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

Power(bhp)

67@5000RPM

68@5500RPM

67@5500RPM

84@6000RPM

Torque(Nm)

104@4000RPM

99@4500RPM

90@3500RPM

114@3500RPM

The 2020 Facelift also brings in the convenience of an automatic gearbox. A Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is optional from the mid-variants itself. Straight to the point, there is nothing much to expect from this gearbox, since the engine itself isn’t very enthusiastic. The CVT just adds a bit more convenience and makes the slow engine feel more lethargic. All this aside, the CVT gear lever looks and feels premium, and won’t look out of place in a car two segments above.

How linear is the acceleration from 0-100?

The Go takes around 13.3 seconds to sprint from 0-100 kmph. While the timing may not be staggering, they are decent for the segment norms. However, the sore point of the car is its in-gear acceleration. The car accelerates sluggishly in the 40-100 kmph run in fourth gear. In comparison, rivals like S-Presso aren’t quicker in 0-100 kmph sprint only, they boast of faster in-gear acceleration as well.

2020 datsun go acceleration 0-100

A great part of this impressive acceleration can be related to its least kerb weight which gives the engine a stress-free life. That being said, this Datsun does not love being revved hard and its sweet spot is confined to the mid-range. Tata was smart here and they pumped up its powertrain set up to produce more thrills per hour.


How nimble is the Datsun Go on Indian roads?

With a ground clearance of 180 millimetres, the Go sits a good 15 mm higher than some of its rivals. However, it is not the highest sitting car in this segment. Due to the softer suspension setup and high ground clearance, there is a tad bit bounciness while going over the potholes. Low-speed ride is compliant, thanks to the (new) larger 14-inch wheels. That said, the car tends to feel wallowy at higher speeds, and it is nowhere stable. Cars like Santro and Tiago feel more solid and compliant at high speeds.

The steering, like most budget hatchbacks, lacks any feedback, and is adequate at best! Talk about slack in the centre-head position, and the Go will surprise you, because of its excessiveness. Around sweepers too, the Go feels subdued and is nowhere as stable as the Tiago. The lighter chassis further dampens the Go’s spirits and the car fails miserably around corners. 


How confidence-inspiring are the brakes on Datsun Go?

The Datsun gets a ubiquitous Disc and Drum setup at front and rear, respectively. To put it in simpler words, Go’s braking is rudimentary as best. The brake pedal feels wooden, and it takes quite some time to get used to it. ABS and EBD are a welcome addition, finally, and they do help in panic braking situations.

2020 datsun go braking

The addition of safety system has drastically improved on the brake front as the ABS and EBD system helps subdue jittering and slippage under hard braking. This brings the Datsun Go upto the mark with the rest of the lot and gives them a run for its money.


What is the mileage figure for 2020 Datsun Go?

The Go’s fuel economy is rated at 19.83 kmpl, according to ARAI. While the figure is decent, it is still the lowest in its segment. What works in its favour though is, its 35-litre fuel tank, which gives it an overall tank range of approximately 690 kilometres and if you are brave enough, this tiny car can also be your long travel companion.

The engine is perfectly tuned to provide the best of both worlds and Datsun has not stressed on it which helps it run longer and further without a fuss. Its inability to rev higher is a boon as you will be involuntarily adding to its mileage figures.

Model

Datsun Go A (O)

Hyundai Santro Magna

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso VXi

Tata Tiago XE

Mileage (kmpl)

19.83

20.3

21.4

23.84

Fuel Tank Capacity(Liters)

35

35

27

35

Range(Km)

694

711

578

834

Tata again has the edge here with an equally large tank but coupled to a more efficient as well as powerful engine. This has been possible due to the batch of in-house developed Revotron engines that packs a punch without being guilty.

How compact looking is the 2020 Go?

The 2020 Datsun Go gets a redesigned front fascia, with a wide grille and hawk-eye styled headlamps. Daytime running lamps sit lower into the bumper, and the new design looks fresh and appealing, compared to the bland design of the earlier model. Coming to the side profile, the only change is in the form of new diamond-cut alloy wheels. 

2020 datsun go compact looks

The rear now gets a much required and important update in the form of a rear wiper and washer. In terms of looks, the Go isn’t going to win any beauty contests. The car does look good now with the facelift but is still a notch behind Tata Tiago, which has the most pleasing design of the lot.

Model

Datsun Go A (O)

Hyundai Santro Magna

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso VXi

Tata Tiago XE

Kerb weight(kg)

838

897

758

930

Length(mm)

3788

3610

3565

3746

Width(mm)

1636

1645

1520

1647

Height(mm)

1507

1560

1554

1535

Ground clearance(mm)

180

165

180

165

Wheelbase(mm)

2450

2400

2380

2400

If not the biggest car, the Go doesn't seem to go too low in terms of dimensions and scores an average in all the departments. So, if you want a car which does well enough in the competition grounds, then you are better off with this car.


Exterior Features

  • LED DRLs
  • Roof Rail lines
  • Chrome accents
  • Bodyside cladding
  • New diamond cut alloys

How drastically has the interiors changed?

The 2020 Datsun Go features a fresher cabin, with all-black theme, which does invoke a bit of sportiness. All the controls are logically laid out, with everything falling to hand, and there is no major concern in terms of in-cabin ergonomics. The front seats now get anti-fatigue function, which is nothing but more firmness and side bolstering. They are comfortable and accommodating for people of all build types. Space on offer is satisfactory too, and this is one of the rare cars in the segment that actually can seat five people.

2020 datsun go interior

Quality of materials is somewhat acceptable, but nowhere in the league of Santro or Tiago. The switchgear is rudimentary to use, and so are the AC and infotainment knobs. This is one area of concern for potential buyers looking for plushness. 

Model

Datsun Go

Hyundai Santro

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

Tata Tiago

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

The Go gets some much-needed creature comforts, which were conspicuous by their absence in the pre-facelift model, like a tachometer, front and rear power windows and a touchscreen infotainment system. All of these upgrades bring it up back to the league and it won't be turned down blindly, like before!


How feature-laden is the new infotainment setup?

The 2020 Datsun Go is equipped with a new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the top-spec variant. The lower variants have to do with a mobile phone dock, which just about does the job. On the other hand, the touchscreen unit is another welcome addition, and gets Navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, MirrorLink, FM, HD Video Playback, Radio and Bluetooth connectivity. Sound output is via a 2 speaker system which is placed in the front doors.

2020 datsun go infotainment system

In terms of usability, the system is good to use, however, it does suffer from glare in direct sunlight. It even gets Voice Recognition, which isn’t very intuitive but again, this is a budget hatchback and expecting too much from it might be a bit unfair. We would have liked speakers in the rear doors as well, however, Datsun has provided slots for them if you wish to get them installed aftermarket.


How much cargo can the Datsun Go surprise us with?

The boot space can accommodate a family's weekend luggage. It is good for a short family trip though but not enough for bigger luggage which may not fit in there. The total capacity is of 265 litres, which is not the best in class.

2020 datsun go cargo space

The flexible cargo space is beyond expectation from a car of this price range and form factor. The taller design language helps you extract a tad bit more room which puts it marginally behind the lot-leading S-Presso.

Model

Datsun Go

Hyundai Santro 

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

Tata Tiago

Cargo Volume with rear seats up(Liters)

265

235

270

242

Hyundai Santro is the tiniest of them all and Tata had to sacrifice on its cargo capacity to provide for a more comfortable cabin experience. But, the bottom line here is that all of these cars are entry-level hatchbacks and will mostly be used as urban tools which frankly would need cargo space for the weekly grocery runs and that the Datsun does pretty well.

What are the safety features on offer in 2020 Datsun Go?

The build quality of the Go was questioned on the day of its launch itself. The car scored a ZERO rating from Global NCAP, as per the crash tests conducted by them under the ‘Safer Cars for India’ campaign. To make matters worse, the car’s structure was rated as unstable, and the agency had requested Datsun to pull the plug on this model. That model lacked any sort of safety features and pictures of its crumpled chassis had taken the Indian automotive industry by storm.

2020 datsun go safety

But with the 2020 facelifted model, Datsun has added a ton of safety features, to appeal to the safety-conscious audiences. The car comes with ABS with EBD, speed alert, seat belt reminders and ISOFIX Child Seat mounts as standard. These safety add-ons are expected to improve the safety ratings of the car, however, we will reserve our judgement till the results are made public.

How does the Datsun Go fare against its competition?

Datsun Go vs Hyundai Santro

2020 hyundai santro

A cramped boot aside, the Santro comes across as better product in every aspect. The Santro offers better interior quality, features and an engine which is not only more refined, it’s more efficient as well. Moreover, the brilliant suspension setup on the Santro makes it difficult for the Go to compete against it and nothing can beat nostalgia!


Datsun Go vs Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

2020 maruti suzuki spresso

The newest kid on the block, the S-Presso has a lot of things going for it, and against it. While the design of the centre console is polarising, the quality of materials in the interior is better than that of the Go. The infotainment too is better and add a larget boot space and the Go feels out of place. However, the Go’s engine is more powerful and offers almost the same fuel economy as the S-Presso’s.


Datsun Go vs Tata Tiago

tata tiago

The Tiago is better in almost every aspect, be it performance, build quality or the features on offer. The only sore point of the Tiago is lack of Apple CarPlay connectivity, however, it makes up for it with its top-notch interior quality, features and brilliant suspension setup. So, if you can stretch the budget by a bit, then you will be gifted for sure, with a more "stretched" proposition with more of everything.

Where does the Go stand in the entry-level hatchback race?

No two ways about it, the Go is a car for those who are first-time buyers and not for people looking for a better car. Both, the Hyundai Santro and Tata Tiago are better in almost every aspect and throw the Go out of the park from the competition arena. If budget isn’t a constraint, one should opt for the Santro or Tiago.