Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Datsun redi-GO Fun, Smart – New Kid on the Block

Small cars are on my mind currently. Why, you ask? Well, I have more than a decade old weather beaten Santro that I just love but would now like to upgrade. Hence started my hunt for a small car. Well, why small car? Do you need to ask that question in India? The traffic, the chaotic driving conditions, tight parking and manoeuvring all make driving a small car an absolute necessity for a woman driver like me. Besides, I am looking for a city car which is zippy and I must admit that I have a bit of a weakness for a stylish vehicle. I have already test driven the small Marutis and the Hyundai Eon (overpriced). Next on my list is the Datsun redi-Go. Fun. Freedom. Confidence. The ultimate Urban Cross - Datsun redi-GO - the capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback.

Here are the three reasons that make me want to test drive this car today:

Aesthetics: There are no two ways about it. A stylish, modern design is what my heart desires. And after Kwid which took India by storm last year, Datsun redi-Go has worked on giving us contemporary yet classy looks. It looks fun and sporty – both the things I dig. And its stylish lines make its design a head turner. I really like its honeycomb grille in front along with very stylish and elongated head lamps and tail lamps. I like that they have invested in the little things on the design which makes it stand apart from the other small cars in the market.

The Tall boy Design: I have loved the Santro that I own for its amazing tall boy design. I have never liked the low slung design of Maruti vehicles. This design makes the cabin feel roomier and also gives a better view of the surroundings while driving. Datsun redi-GO promises the same tall boy design. The high road clearance is an added boon as we all know how unscientifically road humps are designed in India. In all, this car has taken into consideration easing the practical aspects of driving in India. And this really works for me.

Fuel Efficiency and Good cabin space: We all know that fuel efficiency is very important especially with the high petrol prices in India. At a promised 25 km./litre, its fuel efficiency is better than the other cars in this segment. Of course, on real road conditions, this mileage will reduce but hopefully not too much. It promises good cabin and boot space which I am interested in. It also offers things like a drive computer which is nifty and much appreciated for someone like me. Overall, from what I have seen I really like the car.

I have called the toll free number and booked my test drive. Since the Datsun redi-GO is only being launched on 7th June, information about the variants, colours offered, exact on-road pricing and test drives are not yet available which is a real dampener. I am also keen to know what the waiting periods are for this car because I personally hate to wait for any car for months after booking. So, I will be soon taking this beauty for a test drive in Bangalore. Let’s see if she will deliver on my expectations!

All pictures courtesy: Datsun website