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Datsun Redi-Go 2020 review: Prices, Offers, Features, Specs and Pictures

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By Rahul Hans - Automotive Journalist Mar 05 2020 Share this blog

The Datsun brand was first introduced in India to take on the low-cost budget vehicle segment and to differentiate supposedly ‘premium’ Nissan products and so the Redi-Go was bought to life. However, since its launch, Datsun hasn’t been able to make the impact that it was targeting. Renault Kwid was one of the very few Renault-Nissan products to taste success and the launch of Datsun’s version of Kwid was highly anticipated. The Redi-Go was launched amid quite a lot of fanfare in 2017 and was well-received for the first few months before sales started dropping off.

2020 datsun redigo front view

Datsun Redi-Go gets a segment-best five-year warranty with unlimited kilometres which makes it the most hassle-free vehicle to own in this segment. While the Datsun service network is still quite weak, a five-year warranty will help keep maintenance costs low and customer satisfaction high.

The Datsun Redi-GO comes in three variants i.e, D, A, and S. The prices start from  2.80 lakhs ex-showroom for the base ‘D’ variant. Redi-Go comes standard with a 799 cc petrol engine which produces 53 bhp and 72 Nm of torque through a five-speed manual transmission.


What will impress you?

  • Best-in-class warranty
  • Ample space for taller occupants as well
  • Decent music system
  • Easy to live by


What Won’t?

  • Cost-cutting is evident
  • Spotty service network
  • Poor safety rating
  • No passenger airbag


What’s New in the Datsun Redi-Go?

For the 2020 model year, the Datsun Redi-Go doesn’t get any major changes, save for some major safety additions which include:

  • Driver airbag
  • ABS with EBD
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Speed alert
  • Front driver and passenger seatbelt reminder

What are the variants available for Datsun Redi-Go?

The Datsun Redi-Go is available in 3 variants - D, A and the S. The D variant is priced at Rs. 2.8 lakhs, while the top S variant costs Rs. 4.37 lakhs. The 799 cc Smart petrol engine is available as standard from the factory, with the only option of a manual 5-speed gearbox. However, the Redi-Go is also available with a 1 Liter petrol engine that can be configured with an AMT transmission.

Variants

D

A

S(800cc/1L/1L AMT)

Price (ex-showroom)

Rs. 2,79,650

Rs. 3,33,419

Rs. 3,62,000/                            Rs. 3,90,000/          Rs.4,37,065 

Features 


Analogue Instrument cluster

Adds over D:

Adds over A:

Music system

Power steering

Central locking with remote lock

Vinyl seats

Air conditioner

LED DRLs

Driver airbag

Front power windows

Antenna

ABS with EBD

Wheel covers

Bluetooth audio

Reverse parking sensors

Body Coloured bumpers

Body-coloured door handles

Driver and co-driver seat belt reminder

Gear shift indicator


Fixed rear headrests

Fabric upholstery


Tachometer

Passenger side outside mirror


Datsun has finally addressed the elephant in this room and we now have a much safer proposition in the likes of Redi-Go which makes it a much safer proposition than before. Apart from that, the cabin has also undergone several changes which have drastically improved its value.


Which trim should you opt for?

The S variant is the value pick of this bunch since it gets all the bells and whistles available at an affordable price tag of Rs. 3.47 lakhs. Although a passenger airbag would’ve been appreciated even as an option, but for the price point, it is less of a complaint. You can also choose between three powertrain options, ranging from the humble 800cc for those peppy city drives to the more powerful 1L heart which can also be had with an AMT gearbox for ease of usage. Datsun has surely, learnt from its mistakes.


Datsun Redi-Go Offers (March)

According to Datsun India, there are currently three offers available on the Datsun Redi-Go. For CarHP Special Offers, check your local prices here: 

Variants

Offers

Ex-Showroom Price 

D

Cash benefits upto Rs. 24,000

Exchange benefits under NIC upto Rs. 30,000

Additional offers for corporate customers upto Rs. 5,000

2.8 Lakhs

A

Cash benefits upto Rs. 24,000

Exchange benefits under NIC upto Rs. 30,000

Additional offers for corporate customers upto Rs. 5,000

3.36 Lakhs

S

Cash benefits upto Rs. 24,000

Exchange benefits under NIC upto Rs. 30,000

Additional offers for corporate customers upto Rs. 5,000

Rs. 3.62 lakhs/                   Rs. 3.90 lakhs/         Rs.4.37 lakhs

The Pan India price of Datsun Redi-Go starts from Rs. 2.80 Lakhs and goes up to Rs. 4.37 Lakhs (ex-showroom). However, the on-road price of the vehicle may vary depending on the dealership and the taxes included by the state.


Also Read,

How does Redi-Go pitch itself against this triumphant Maruti Suzuki?

Can it outdo its twin from Renault?


How peppy is the 799cc engine in Datsun Redi-Go?

Powering the Redi-Go is a 799 cc engine that belongs to the Renault Nissan SCe family. Developed specifically for the Indian market, the SCe engine has proven to be a reliable workhorse with a decent power output of 53.3 bhp of power and 72 Nm of torque. While the engine feels lethargic lower down the rev range, the engine does pick up the pace quite admirably, especially at higher speeds.

2020 datsun redigo engine

Initial batches of the SCe engine have been notorious for the high NVH levels produced by them, but these problems were also widespread on initial batches of the Kwid which share the same platform and powertrain. Datsun retuned the engine according to their standards, which brought down noise levels considerably. 

The 799 cc engine still produces the same power and torque as the Kwid but feels like an entirely different engine. The Redi-Go’s engine offers slightly better throttle output above 1500 RPM as compared to the Kwid.

Models

Datsun Redi-Go 0.8

Renault Kwid 0.8

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Price 

Rs. 2.8 Lakhs

Rs. 2.83 Lakhs

Rs. 2.88 Lakhs

Engine

799 cc SCe engine

(1L Petrol engine available)

799 cc SCe engine

796 cc

Transmission

5 Speed Manual (AMT transmission available)

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

Power 

53.3bhp                 @5678RPM

53.3bhp           @5678RPM    

47.3bhp                 @6000RPM

Torque

72Nm/91 Nm       @4386RPM

72Nm           @4386RPM  

69Nm                   @3500RPM

They have also included a much more powerful and potent 1L mill that can also be had with an AMT gearbox. This drastically improves its driving characteristics which further helps cater to a much wider audience. Renault Kwid is, basically its doppelganger that shares the underpinnings and so it all boils down to its looks and service network as so personal choice. Maruti Suzuki has been the household name and so there is n beating it here as well.


How quick is the 2020 Redi-Go from 0-100?

The Redi-Go has been tuned by Datsun for maximum efficiency and this gets quite apparent when you step on the accelerator. The engine takes its time to respond to throttle inputs and feels dead below 1500 RPM. Once past the point, the Redi-Go accelerates quite linearly without any additional drama or inconvenience.

2020 datsun redigo acceleration 0-100

The 100 kmph mark comes up in 16.8 seconds which is the slowest in the segment. The long gearing is also to blame for Redi-Go’s slow acceleration time. But, then again this has been pitched as the quintessential city car that should be more of the nimble handler and peppy engine characteristics rather than top speed, or 0-100 kmph timer.

Models

Datsun Redi-Go 0.8

Renault Kwid 0.8

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

0-100 Kmph

16.8 secs

16.14 secs

16 secs

Engine

799 cc SCe petrol

799 cc SCe petrol

796 cc petrol

But despite not being its forte, it still manages to cling on with decent numbers which are visible from the above tabulation. The competitors are in the same shoe here as the powertrain is of similar footprint which gives them similar performance characteristics. 


How nimble is the compact city car from Datsun?

In terms of handling, the Redi-Go tends to lean quite a lot, especially when going around corners. Body roll is very noticeable, even at low speeds. While the Redi-Go’s height was increased to accommodate taller passengers, the width was kept the same as the Kwid, which gave it odd proportions. The Redi-Go also tends to become slightly unstable on highways, especially at higher speeds.

2020 datsun redigo handling

The Redi-Go was designed as a city car, and you really can’t expect anything else out of it. Ride quality is pretty decent though since most bumps and potholes are barely felt in the cabin. The tall by structure gives it the unstable driving stance but it will not matter much in the urban jungle, but be careful while cornering at high speeds.


How sure-footed are the brakes?

The Datsun Redi-Go gets ABS and EBD as standard for the 2020 model year, finally, which makes it a much safer car when compared to the outgoing model. The Redi-Go’s brakes do feel very progressive and responsive and the distance required to come to a halt is very minimal. However, under heavy braking, the Redi-Go tends to nose-dive and bob, which is not a comfortable motion to be in!

2020 datsun redigo braking

The brake pedal does require some force though, especially after the initial bite. The ABS and EBD are well-calibrated and minimally intrusive. The lower kerb weight helps reduce a lot of load off the brakes which in turn results in better-stopping credentials.

Model

Datsun Redi-Go Std.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Renault Kwid Std.

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Drum

Drum

Kerb Weight(kg)

678

757

705

Ironically, the very similar Renault Kwid adds a few extra kgs and that can be filtered down to the addition of components in the cabin which adds up to the creature comfort as well. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is the heaviest of the lot and that also reduces its braking efficiency as compared to the rest.


How big a role does mileage play for the Redi-Go?

All vehicles in this segment come with very similar engine and gearbox options. However, it is the Redi-Go’s sibling (the Kwid) that gets the best mileage of them all. The small fuel tank limits the total range by quite a lot, especially when you consider the range of the less efficient Alto 800.

Model

Datsun Redi-Go

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Renault Kwid 0.8

Mileage (ARAI)(kmpl)

23

23

25.17

Fuel Tank Capacity(L)

28

35

28

Range(km)

644

805

705

Most people considering the Redi-Go would be using the vehicle for city use most of the time, for which the range on offer is more than sufficient. But Datsun could have done better with its engine optimisation as the bigger 1L engine also chucks out similar figures which raises the question of the smaller 800cc mill's efficiency.

How has Datsun made the Redi-Go look muscular?

The 2020 Datsun Redi-Go doesn’t get any changes in terms of exterior looks or dimensions. The tall-boy design surely does look quite awkward, but on the flip side, this liberates quite a lot of space in its interiors. The front is dominated by the massive grille and the teardrop-shaped headlamps which look very smart.

2020 datsun redi go acceleration 0-100

The side profile gets a character line which runs from the headlight to the taillight and gives the car a slight illusion of width, although one look at the car’s exterior gives away its narrow-body design. The front fascia is unlike any other car in this segment and we can unsee the fact that with the black bumper cladding, it looks like a face with a goatee!

Model

Datsun Redi-Go 0.8 Std.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Std

Renault Kwid 0.8 Std.

Curb weight (kg)

678

757

705

Length(mm)

3429

3445

3731

Width(mm)

1560

1490

1579

Height(mm)

1541

1475

1474

Ground clearance (mm)

185

160

184

Wheelbase (mm)

2348

2360

2422

Overall, the Redi-Go’s narrow body makes it very easy to manoeuvre in the city. The Redi-Go is, definitely a tall person’s favourite in this segment because of the headroom on offer. With the best ground clearance of the lot, Datsun can ply over any type of roads with ease unlike the Alto 800 that can scrape at times.


Exterior Features

  • A large grille
  • LED DRLs on the S variant
  • Large headlamps
  • A single front wiper
  • Cladding on the wheel arches
  • A tall-boy design

How spacious is it on the inside?

The 2019 Datsun Redi-Go gets a set of five seats but its narrow width makes it difficult to seat three people across the rear bench thanks to limited shoulder room for all passengers. However, there’s quite a lot of headroom and legroom in the rear row, which makes the rear bench a very comfortable place to be in over long distances.

2020 datsun redi go dashboard

The front seats offer excellent support along with being extremely well cushioned and soft. The front part of the Redi Go’s cabin also does get decent legroom and headroom, but shoulder room is inadequate and might lead to the driver and the co-passenger brushing each other’s shoulders. The front seats lack any kind of adjustment however and only get the basic sliding function as standard. The Redi-Go’s dashboard is well laid out and all controls come to hand quite easily. Dashboard material quality is really bad though since there are hard plastics on almost every part of the dashboard.

2020 datsun redi go front row space

The standard music system and the AC vents and controls are the only things that occupy the sparse centre console and this does make the car feel quite basic. Overall, the Redi-Go is a comfortable car for transporting four adults, but its basic interiors do showcase its budget nature.  


What are the various infotainment features on offer?

The Datsun Redi-Go gets a basic music system as standard and adds Bluetooth connectivity in the higher S variant. While most vehicles in this segment try cutting costs by not offering a touchscreen, the Redi-Go’s sister car, the Kwid does offer one at a slight price premium over the Redi-Go. The Redi-Go does get a docking system to use your smartphone as a media control device, but it still feels quite behind the Kwid’s slick and smooth touchscreen.

2020 datsun redi go infotainment system

The Redi-Go’s music system does cover the basics in terms of a USB port, an AUX port and two speakers, but the music system feels very basic and the music quality is below average.


Infotainment Features

  • A monochrome display
  • Two speakers
  • One USB and AUX port
  • Music system and standard radio tuner
  • Bluetooth (only available on the S variant)

Interior Features

  • Digital tachometer on all variants
  • Infotainment system with a monochrome display
  • Power steering, power windows and air-conditioning on higher variants.
  • Spacious Glovebox
  • Standard trip computer with distance to empty


How much cargo can this tiny Datsun take in?

The Redi-Go’s boot lands right in the middle of its competition in terms of sheer size and volume. At 222 litres, the Redi-Go’s boot is sufficient for 2 medium-sized suitcases at most. The boot is very deep, but the high load lip makes it difficult to load.

2020 datsun redi go cargo space

The boot is also very narrow, so loading slightly wider items might require you to fold down the rear seats, which is only available on the higher variants. The Redi-Go’s boot misses out on clever features in the boot and only gets a false floor under which the spare tire is located.

Model

Datsun Redi-Go 0.8

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Renault Kwid 0.8

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (Litres)

222

177

279

The Redi-Go’s boot is much more usable than the Alto 800’s minuscule boot, although the Kwid’s massive boot makes it the vehicle to buy if boot space is important to you. But it is perfectly slotted for your daily grind and occasional weekend trips.


How has safety improved in the 2020 Datsun Redi-Go?

The Redi-Go was the first vehicle in its segment to introduce ABS with EBD in a car priced this low. It also gets standard safety kit such as a driver airbag a seatbelt reminder for the driver and co-passenger, rear parking sensors and a speed alert system. However, the Redi-Go misses out on a passenger airbag on all variants and its not even available as an option. This is unfortunate since safety should always be a top priority for all manufacturers and other vehicles in this segment offer the passenger airbag as an option.

2020 datsun redi go crash test

The Datsun Redi-Go does fare well in the NCAP crash test since it received a 1-star rating, (even the Kwid gets a similar 1-star rating) which is the best any vehicle has performed in this segment. The Datsun’s cabin has been rated as unstable and there’s a high chance the driver might get stuck due to the small driver footwell and the lack of proper crumple zones in the car. There’s also a high chance of chest injuries since chest protection is marked as ‘Poor’. While the Kwid does get the same rating as the Redi-Go its structure was not rated unstable after the most recent crash test done by NCAP, which makes it a better vehicle in terms of safety. However, the Datsun gets the best warranty in its segment which stands at 5years/unlimited kilometres.

How does Datsun Redi-Go fare against its competitive counterparts?

Datsun Redi-Go vs Renault Kwid

2020 Renault Kwid
The Redi-Go and the Kwid sit on the same platform, but they get very distinct body shells and feature sets. The Redi-Go is targeted towards budget-conscious buyers who just need a basic vehicle for their day-to-day commute. The Datsun’s tall-boy design opens up quite a lot of headroom in the cabin, which is unparalleled in this segment. Driving dynamics are also much better sorted than what you’d get on the Kwid since the Datsun’s steering provides good feedback. However, the Datsun rolls around corners quite a lot and feels unstable at highway speeds. The Kwid trumps the Redi-Go in terms of interior layout and quality since the Kwid’s interiors look and feel much more premium than the Redi-Go’s. This is made even more obvious by the cost-cutting signs around the cabin which include quite a lot of exposed metal on the door pads and dashboard. The Kwid gets an 8-inch touchscreen in its higher variants and the overall music quality from the speakers is a notch above the Redi-Go. Boot space is also another area where the Kwid’s massive boot dwarfs every other vehicle in this segment. Finally, in terms of the warranty, the Datsun gets a 5year/unlimited kilometres warranty which is a cut above the Kwid’s 4year/80000 kilometre warranty.



Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 vs Datsun Redi-Go 

2020 maruti suzuki alto 800

The Alto 800 and the Redi-Go are nearly matched variant to variant in terms of standard features on offer. This includes a two-speaker music system with a monochrome screen, USB and AUX input and Bluetooth on higher trims. In terms of safety, the Alto 800 trumps the Redi-Go since it gets a passenger airbag as an option on all variants, but the Redi-Go hits back with more interior space and a larger boot. Driving dynamics are pretty good ono both cars, but the Alto 800’s lower roof make sit feel like a much nimbler and more planted car, especially on highways. In terms of warranty, the Alto 800’s 2year/40000 kilometre warranty feels inadequate in light of the standard 5-year warranty available with the Redi-Go.

Has Datsun finally got it right with the Redi-Go in 2020?

The 2020 Datsun Redi-Go does get most of its basics right, but it still does cut corners in some areas. While the base variant is extremely sparse and comes with barely any equipment, higher variants get essentials like air-conditioning, power windows for the front and a power steering. However, the Redi-Go misses out on a proper comprehensive safety kit since it doesn’t offer a passenger airbag, even as an option. We’d only suggest opting for the Redi-Go if you’re on an extremely tight budget and you’ll be using the car by yourself, since its safety rating isn’t that reassuring, especially for the passengers. Cars like the Renault Kwid offer much more equipment and safety features at a marginal price bump, and we’d suggest increasing your budget by a bit and opting for the Kwid instead.

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