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Datsun GO+ Performance & Test Drive

Datsun GO+ Overview

Datsun has now become a household name in the Indian market and is known to provide some of the well-packaged products at a very low price. To celebrate their three years in the Indian market Datsun has introduced a special edition of their existing product the GO+. Datsun GO+ is the only family car priced under 5 Lakh mark which provides 7 seats for its occupants inside. The Go+ is the second product from Datsun to cater the Indian market.

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The GO+ was designed to fulfil the needs of people who wanted a slightly bigger car for to accommodate a family of 7 persons. Datsun hasn’t made any massive changes to the exterior or interior of the GO+ MPV. However, the GO+ MPV is slightly wider and higher than the standard GO hatchback and also has a little longer wheelbase as well than the standard GO hatchback. Talking about this special edition GO+ Anniversary Edition Although the car hasn’t received any changes under the hood it undoubtedly has received plenty of cosmetic updates to keep things fresh and new. Datsun GO+ price range in India is between 5,75,074 to 11,20,469, check for detail pricing of Datsun GO+ in Carzprice

Datsun GO+ Design

In terms of looks, the Go+ leaves a nicer impression compared to its hatchback version with a better and balanced profile. Datsun has made sure the Go+ looks different and they have achieved the same by giving it a fresh approach rather than just slapping a boot on the compact tail door.The face has been retained with the pronounced radiator grille which forms the starting point of multiple lines flowing across the body. Large three dimensional headlights along with a well sculpted bonnet give a larger feel. The lines around the grille are treated in chrome in order to make it feel rich.

Even the top end trim gets manually adjustable rear view mirrors. They aren’t body coloured hinting at various cost effective measures undertaken. Like the hatch, this one too gets 155/70 R13 tyres. The main change is however in the new silhouette which gets an extension to accommodate the last row of seat. Must say, it is impressive to see how smartly the additional length has been married to the existing shape. The interim pillars have been blackened. The rear quarter panel gets a nice elongated shape with an only flaw of absence of an opening for air circulation for the third row occupants. The sloping design makes it difficult to have one.

The rear is comparatively neat with extended shoulder lines give it a wider upper track. The rear glass area is small giving just about sufficient visibility to the driver while reversing the car. There is no variant badging on the tail door but just the model name, nice and simple.

Datsun GO+ Cabin

Step inside the cabin and you see that Datsun has borrowed most of the components from the GO hatchback. The dashboard has a very simplistic design which does look boring, since we are used to seeing quirkier designs now. The door pads are simple with no fabric or leather and they house only the power window controls and a bottle holder. The door handles on the inside are similar to the ones used on the Micra and Sunny, without the chrome. The AC vents are circular and each one of them can be completely shut. The top variant T gets front two power windows and a manual central locking system. The driver’s door doesn’t have a button to control the passenger side window though. There is no proper audio system and all you get is a dock to connect your phone through an AUX wire with two speakers at the front. The speakers produce just average sound quality with hardly any bass or treble.

The dashboard has greige (grey+beige) plastics and the overall layout is quite okay. There is no proper glove box and all you get is an open space below the dashboard on the left side. The steering wheel is a 3-spoke unit without any controls on it and the instrument console is also very easy to read. It houses a digital tachometer and a display that shows average and instantaneous fuel efficiency and also distance-to-empty. Below the steering wheel there is a small empty space given to store nitty-gitties like coins, mobile phone, wallet, etc. The gear lever is mounted close to the dashboard and hence there is some amount of space freed up in between. The handbrake lever is very unconventional and it has a rod that needs to be pulled up to engage the brake. The front passenger seat is extended towards the driver’s seat and there is no gap between them, one can keep some stuff there.

The seats are slightly stiff but they don’t make passengers uncomfortable. The driver’s seat is void of height adjustment. The middle row seat is good enough for two adults and you could just squeeze in a kid in the middle. Legroom could have been better and tall people might face some issues with their knees rubbing against the front seat-back. The third row is best reserved for kids since the seat is placed directly on the floor and there is very little leg space so unless you want to make some new enemies, adults should be best avoided from being made to sit there. Cost-cutting is very much evident and only the middle row gets grab handles on the ceiling. With all the rows in their place, boot space is almost negligible but fold the third row and you get a whole lot of space which would be good for short outstation trips. For more info on Datsun GO+ visit ieso2013.in 

Datsun GO+ Performance

There are no changes made under the hood, and thus it is still powered by the same 1.2 Litre DOHC 12 VALVE 3 CYLINDERS unit which produces about 68 PS of peak power at 5000 RPM and 104 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission which sends power to the front wheels. This small and peppy engine also promises to return a claimed fuel efficiency figures of 19.44 km to a litre of fuel.

There have been no changes made to the suspension setup as well and for all your information the Datsun GO+ is fitted with Macpherson Strut with Suspension Member and Double Pivot Lower Arm towards the front and H-Type Torsion Beam with High-Performance Linear Damper towards the rear. The MPV relies on a ventilated disc brakes towards the front and drum brakes towards the rear to bring it to a stop.

Datsun GO+ Rideing

The Datsun GO+ has a really good ride quality and the suspension managed to absorb most bumps very well. The driver as well as the passengers remained quite comfortable on most bad patches of road and the vehicle too remained very composed. At speeds above the ton, the GO+ remains fairly stable but while taking corners or driving a bit quickly through twisties, we did encounter a fair amount of body-roll. In all of these situations, the vehicle did not lose form and never did we feel that it will go out of control. Datsun GO+ in Tryaldrive.

The MPV gets a speed-sensitive electric power steering. The steering is very light and it is devoid of feedback. The lightness comes in useful while driving on crowded roads or while parking and at higher speeds it does weigh up a bit. Handling is quite crisp and this is actually a fun-to-drive car, just let down by a poor choice of tyres. The puny 13-inch Strada tyres offer just average grip and they disappoint big time. It is clear that Nissan is using them just to save costs. An upgrade to 14-inch wheels will really add to the vehicle’s handling characteristics.

Datsun GO+ Safety

The Datsun GO+ is sparsely equipped and on the safety front it gets neither ABS nor airbags as standard although a driver side airbag is an option on the T variant. This is quite disappointing and since we already know how the GO fared in the recent NCAP tests, we expect the GO+ to be no better. This reason itself could be a big deal-breaker for many. It is a sure shot fact that Nissan-Datsun’s after sales service holds no candle against Maruti and Honda. This is one of the most significant reasons why most people don’t consider Nissan-Datsun vehicles even before taking a test drive. Since we don’t see many vehicles from these stables on our roads, long-term ownership costs and reliability issues are also unknown but the company is working hard to address the issue of sales and service reach.

Datsun GO+ Price

Datsun Go Plus On-Road Price in India ranges from 5,75,074 to 11,20,469 for variants Go Plus D and Go Plus Remix Limited Edition respectively. Datsun Go Plus is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Datsun Go Plus variants price in India. View offers on Datsun Cars from Datsun dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Datsun GO+ Verdict

Just like we said, earlier this special edition, Datsun GO+ Anniversary Edition has been launched to celebrate Datsun’s third year anniversary. The MPV gets subtle cosmetic updates to its exterior as well as interior while the mood lighting feature is something entirely new for this segment. Unfortunately, there are no mechanical changes under the hood though which is bit disappointing though.

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