Datsun GO+ Review & First Drive

Datsun GO Plus Overview

Dastun Go+ MPV is the first ever compact MPV from Datsun in India. This car comes in a total of four trim levels with a petrol engine under the hood. GO+ is a stretched version of the GO hatchback that aims to provide more style, more seats, better power and more practicality. The multipurpose vehicle (MPV) segment is one of the most looked after segment in India. Most of the vehicles in this segment come with 7-8 seater options, which sadly, Go+ doesn’t provide. Go+ MPV is essentially a 5+2 seater vehicle, with the rear 2 seats essentially being child seats. Book a test drive for Datsun GO Plus in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

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Datsun GO Plus Design & Style

Styling is also another important priority when it comes to Indian customers Maruti has realized that and thus they have designed their new MPV in a clever way, it has an impressive space inside while it looks brilliant from the outside. On the other hand Honda Mobilio looks brilliant too.

Coming to the exterior of the Datsun GO+ MPV you will find that it has many similarities when compared to their hatchback GO. The Go+ shares the same wheelbase with the Go hatch, while the front fascia with the large headlamps and huge grille with the chrome treatment surrounding it are similar to what you will find in their other car.

The side profile of the MPV is also identical to the hatch. However you will only begin to notice the difference only from the C-pillar of the MPV, the rear of the MPV has been extended in overall length to fit a third row of passenger seats. According to us the attractive part of the MPV is mostly its rear styling, the roof bends down and blends with the rear design of the car perfectly. It looks quite modern and also has a strong shoulder line which is carried all the way to the rear side of the car. However the design of the tail lamps has been inspired from their hatch Go.

Datsun GO Plus Cabin & Space

The inside feel of the cabin is not premium justifying its affordable price tag. The trims and designs have been kept very basic concentrating more on functionality than aesthetics.What comes straight from Infiniti, luxury division of Nissan, are spinal support front seats. These seats have individual support points for the pelvis and the chest thus cancelling the stress causing by bending moments. In terms of features, it gets a MDS – Mobile Docking Station mounted on the front dashboard. It looks simple but has its high points considering Indian consumers are fast moving towards smartphones. There is a USB charging slot and an AUX input which can pair with a smartphone and play music, navigate or even take calls depending on the features of the Smartphone.

The driver gets a big three spoke steering wheel which offers adequate grip. The instrumental cluster has an analogue speedometer and a digital tachometer. It also shows information on average fuel consumption, low fuel warning and distance to empty. To help reduce fuel consumption it also comes with a gear shift guide which aids the driver to shift gears at correct engine speeds.The gear stick has been smartly shifted from the floor to the dashboard. It is very conveniently positioned and is in very easy reach of the driver. The change in position of the gear stick makes the seating very spacious. But on the flip side it keeps touching the knee of taller front passengers. Check for Datsun GO Plus in msresearch.in

The base variants will get plain fabric upholstery while the premium variant gets Jacquard fabric upholstery which has a special pattern on it. The seats are bench type and Datsun claims that the front seats have been specially designed to keep the fatigue level low. The rear seats have a flat rear support and can do with some more cushioning. Both row seats come with integrated headrest. The third row seat, which is the main reason for the Go+ to qualify into an MPV is best suited for luggage bags primarily followed by younger beings as it is impossible for an average sized adult to fit in this zone.Being a Japanese soul, the Go+ gets lot of practical spaces for storing mundane articles. Front door pockets can hold 1.5 litre bottles while the rear doors don’t get similar options. Fold the third row seat and you can free up to 347L of boot space, enough for the weekend.

Datsun GO Plus Engine & Gearbox

The Datsun GO+ MPV is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine. This is a 3-cylinder unit and it also powers the GO and Nissan Micra (in a higher state of tune). It churns out 68 PS of power at 5000 RPM and 104 Nm of torque at 4000 RPM. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Datsun will not be offering any diesel engine with this MPV. The petrol engine is very peppy and power is always available on tap. The low-end and mid-range offer good power while delivery is decent at speeds above the ton too. At the top-end of the RPM spectrum we found the engine to be a bit strained but it still performed well. With three bulky people on board and a boot full of luggage, we did not face issues in gaining speed or overtaking other vehicles on the highway.

Since this is a 3-cylinder unit, the engine does make some noise and it becomes fairly audible inside the cabin once the RPM begins to rise. With all four windows closed, the GO+ offers decent NVH levels and the cabin is moderately silent but some noise from the outside world does creep in. The gear shift is not-so-smooth, say like the Honda Brio, but it slots well and there is no notchy feeling. Torque delivery is also good and linear and it contributed majorly while climbing ghats.

The Datsun GO+ has an ARAI-tested fuel efficiency of 20.6 km/l but in our day-to-day driving conditions, the MPV managed to give around 13 km/l in the city and around 17 km/l on the highway. Talking about braking, the GO+ does not get ABS but we did encounter a couple of emergency braking situations and the vehicle handled all that without much drama. Even under regular driving conditions, the brakes work well with their good bite and don’t feel faded at all.

Datsun GO Plus Driving Dynamics

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.

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 Plus Safety & Security

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 Plus Cost in Chennai

Datsun Go Plus On-Road Price in Chennai 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 Chennai. Check for GO Plus price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Datsun GO Plus Round Up

The GO+ MPV is a very ordinary looking MPV and from the looks of it we can certainly tell you that Datsun has adopted many interesting methods to cut the overall expense of this car. While most of the important parts were taken from their hatch GO including the engine the interiors too look pretty basic with the third row seats not promising much comfort either. So in this case the only thing that will attract the attention is price tag of the GO+ MPV. Datsun has taken many important measures to keep the overall pricing of the MPV low which also is a main USP of this MPV.

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