Date: June 11, 2014
Entry Hatchback Car Datsun Go Review with Positives and Negatives of the Model
Its been close to 3 months since Datsun Go is launched. The hatch is selling close to 2000 units a month.
Below is review of Positives & Negatives as observed in Datsun Go Hatchback
» 1.2 Litre Powerful Engine - much better in Power, Pep, Acceleration - against Alto & Eon 800cc & Spark 1 Litre Engine. Even in respect to bidy weight - Power output is still one among the best in the segment
» Space - you will love it - Legroom (thanks to much longer wheelbase), Shoulder rooom, Spacious Boot Space - it's no compromise and offers much more breathing space as a 5 passenger car
» Driving Dynamics with Handling coupled with Short Turning Radius - Datsun Go is designed intelligently to offer superior driving and handling experience
» Luxury at Affordable Price - The Top End Model is priced aggressively and already has AC, Power Steering, Front Power Window, Follow me Headlights, Speed Sensitive Wiper, Spinal Support Seats, Motion Sensor, Smart Mobile Docking Station with Aux & USB Support to play music from your Mobile.
Also has Smart Features - Gear Shift Indicator, Tachometer, Distance to Empty, Average Fuel Economy while Driving. Also - can install accessories from dealer - Keyless Lock, Parking Sensor, PU Seat Cover - to have a car loaded with great features in just Rs. 3.8 Lakh (including accessories cost. Insurance & Road Tax Additional).
» Mileage - Considering bigger 1.2 Litre Engine may falter on mileage, then relax!! Datsun Go is a promising car in terms of mileage too. Though claimed is 20.6 Kmpl, but for practical reasons -- can expect city mileage of 14 to 14.5 Kmpl (thanks to Technology along with 3 Cylinder Engine and smaller 13 Inch Tyres).
» Low Service Cost - Datsun Go is a pocket friendly car. Read the Go Service Review, can expect Service costs of just 30p per Km (on 50,000 Kms in 5 yrs)
» The Size, Stature of this Car along with Engine - does not make it cool with small punny 13 Inch Tyres. However - if you are comparing it with Eon, Alto, Spark or even with Santro and Wagon R Lxi trim - then no complaints - all these too comes with 13 Inch Wheel only.
» The Noise & Vibration levels are slight higher when you initially move the car. However - it seems to subsides as soon as you are on speed. Still - initial NVH Levels seems a bit on higher side as against Santro, Eon
» No Optional Safety Specs of ABS, EBD and Airbags in even the Top End Model Variant. No Rear Wiper & Washer too, No Defogger. In competition cars - Eon and Alto 800 do have Airbags available in there top of line model
» Interior looks are average. Though the cabin is spacious and airy but the dash, seat upholstery, plastic color tone looks average - nothing so special. No Cup Holders for Front Passengers due to bench like Seats
Though - its a 2 letter word 'Go' but its rather package of:- Space + Power Pep + Low Maintenance + Budget Price - is what an Entry Segment Buyer look for. An Excellent Power Packed Car - will not disappoint in its Value Buy Appeal to Indian consumers.
Manufacturer offer 2 Labor Free Services :-
» 5000 Kms or 6 Months (Periodic Minor Checkup with Air Filter Cleaning & Lubrication done)
» 10,000 Kms or 12 month (Regular Service with Oil & Filter Change along with Alignment & Rotation)
Then all Services @ 5000 Kms or 6 months will be paid Services
Below is the Service Replacement Interval
|Engine Oil & Oil Filter||10,000 Kms or 12 months|
|Air Filter||Cleaning at 5000 Kms or 6 Month. Replacement at 40,000 Kms or 48 Months|
|Fuel Filter||Estimated Change at 20,000 to 30,000 Kms basis condition|
|Brake Oil (750 ml)||20,000 Kms or 24 Month|
|Gear Oil (Upto 2 Litre Capacity)||Inspection only, Topping up as reqd|
|Spark Plug||40,000 Kms or 48 Month|
|Wheel Alignment, Balancing, Rotation||10,000 Kms|
|Coolant (Upto 4 Litre Coolant Capacity)||No Replacement upto 1.5 Lakh kms or 15 yrs. Inspection & Topping up as reqd|
|Cabin AC Filter||20,000 Kms or 24 Month|
Note: Wear & Tear Items - Brake Pads, Clutch Plates, Battery, Tyres etc are not mentioned and will be as per condition
|Engine Oil & Oil Filter||Rs. 1250|
|Cabin AC Filter||Rs. 350|
|Air Filter||Rs. 250|
|Fuel Filter||Rs. 300|
|Gear Oil (per Litre)||Rs. 300|
|Coolant (per Litre)||Rs. 300|
|Brake Fluid (250 ml) - basis topping||Rs. 150|
|Spark Plug||Rs. 400|
|Paint Protection Treatment||Rs. 3500|
|Wheel Alignment, Balancing||Rs. 650|
|Paid Labor Charges under Periodic Maintenance||Rs. 550|
* - Estimated Costs only
» Bill at end of 1st Year or 10,000 Kms - Rs. 1400 (with Taxes)
» Bill at end of 2nd Year or 20,000 Kms - Rs. 3500 - 4000 (including 6 month Service)
» Bill at end of 3rd Year or 30,000 Kms - Rs. 3000 (including 6 month Service)
» Bill at end of 4th Year or 40,000 Kms - Rs. 4500 - 5000 (including 6 month Service)
» Bill at end of 5th Year or 50,000 Kms - Rs. 3000 - 3500 (including 6 month Service)
Can expect Total Service Cost (with consumables, labor charges) of around Rs. 15,000 - 17,000 in First 5 yrs or 50,000 Kms - which actually is quiet low and is quiet competitive on lines of Maruti Wagon R, Hyundai Eon and Santro in India.
Note: Wear & Tear Items , Accidental Repairs and other Repair Charges are not mentioned in above and will be additional
|Mud Guard||Rs. 450||Keyless Lock||Rs. 3350 - 4250|
|Bumper Corner Protector||Rs. 650||Fabric Seat Cover||Rs. 4000 - 4500|
|Floor Mats Range||Rs. 750 - 1350||PU Art Leather Seat Cover||Rs. 5000 - 11,000|
|Body Cover||Rs. 1190||Front Fog Light Kit||Rs. 5250|
|Body Side Moulding (Black)||Rs. 1350||FM Music System||Rs. 5850|
|Sun Door Visor||Rs. 1750||CD Player Music System||Rs. 8350|
|Parcel Tray||Rs. 2850||Speaker - Front & Rear Door||Rs. 3350|
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