The Datsun redi-Go is trying to carve its way in the most popular automotive segment of the country. Dominated by the Alto 800 and accompanied by the Hyundai Eon and the Renault Kwid, the baby Datsun is ready to take a slice from the largest selling pie of the country. Been in the country since Priyanka Chopra won the Miss World title, the Alto 800 has over a decade of experience and the nation’s trust. Will the redi-Go be able to shake the king, or even rattle the likes of the Kwid and the Eon? Let’s find out. Engine Specifications Price Displacement (cc) Power (PS) Torque (Nm) Transmission Mileage (km/l) Datsun redi-GO Rs 2.4 - 3.3 Lakh 799 54 72 5-Speed Manual 25.17 Maruti Alto 800 Rs 2.5 - 3.8 Lakh 796 48 69 5-Speed Manual 24.7 Renault Kwid Rs 2.7 - 3.7 Lakh 799 54 72 5-Speed Manual 25.17 Hyundai Eon Rs 3.3 - 4.5 Lakh 814 56 76 5-Speed Manual 21.1
Clearly, the most powerful car on paper in the space is the Hyundai Eon and the least powerful car is the Alto 800. But when it comes to the drive, the Alto feels much more smoother that its rivals, especially the new arrivals in the segment -- the Kwid and the redi-GO. Now, coming to the most important aspect of this segment, the fuel efficiency. The redi-GO and Kwid take the lead here with the highest claimed fuel efficiency in the segment, followed by the Alto and then the Eon. Dimensions & Space Length (mm) Width (mm) Height (mm) Boot Space (Litres) Ground Clearence (mm) Datsun redi-GO 3429 1560 1541 222 185 Maruti Alto 800 3430 1490 1475 177 160 Renault Kwid 3679 1579 1478 300 180 Hyundai Eon 3459 1550 1500 215 170
The Kwid dominates the dimensions and space aspect in the segment. It is the longest and widest car within the segment and also has the biggest boot. In terms of height, the redi-GO, courtesy its tall boy design, is the tallest car and hence, offers the best headroom for tall passengers. The Alto and the Eon offer almost similar room inside the cabin. Features Datsun redi-GO Maruti Alto 800 Renault Kwid Hyundai Eon Daytime Running Lamps Fog Lamps SUV-ish Stance Tinted Glass Radio, CD, MP3, USB and Aux-in CNG Option 7-inch Touchscreen Gear Shift Indicator Front Power Windows Fabric Upholstery On Door Panels Lane Change Indicator Internally Adjustable Outside Mirrors Mileage And Distance To Empty Display Rear Door Child Lock Digital Instrument Cluster iPod And USB Connectivity Gear Shift Indicator Remote Keyless Entry Intrigated Roof Spoiler Dashboard Storage
When it comes to features, the Kwid dominates the segment with its seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation. It also has a fully digital instrument cluster and is one of the highlights of the car. The Datsun redi-GO does offers some features over the other cars like DRLs, mileage display and distance-to-empty display, but is not outright impressive. All other cars offer similar features in terms of audio system, safety, upholstery, instrument cluster display and center console features. The Final Question
Is the redi-GO any good? Yes,the redi-GO brings a fresh design language in an age old segment. It has a decent list of features and drives well too. The Alto was recently updated, but still looks very much like its older self. The Eon desperately needs an upgrade and the Kwid has made its mark in the market. Amidst it all, the redi-GO appears to be a good new option for the buyers to choose from. And for prices starting from Rs 2.4 lakh and going upto Rs 3.3 lakh, it is a worthy entrant in the segment. If Datsun is able to win the trust of the customers and improve its image in India, the redi-GO can be seen in good numbers on roads near you.
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Source : CarDekho