The Datsun redi-Go is just a few weeks away from entering the unforgiving Indian budget small car space. It’s sibling Renault Kwid fared very well and hence there are enough reasons for Datsun to expect a strong start. Apart from competing with the Kwid, the new comer will also have to fend off the Hyundai Eon and the country’s best selling for decades, which recently got a facelfit, 2016 Maruti Alto.
Though the Datsun and Renault are based on the same CMF-A platform, the top hats have different characters and dimensions. The redi-GO is taller whereas the Kwid is longer.
Coming to the engines, all the four models adopt three-cylinder 800 cc petrol engines. The Alto (K10) and Eon are also available with more powerful 1.0L units. The Kwid will receive a 1.0L variant in the coming months. The Eon emerges as the most powerful hatchback of this lot but only by a nominal margin. The Kwid and redi-GO finish second with identical power outputs of 54 PS (both cars share the same engine). The RNA duo also emerges as the most fuel efficient in this comparo with a figure of 25.17 kmpl. At 21.1 kmpl, the Eon is the least efficient. A 5-speed MT is standard across this lineup.
With touchscreen infotainment system, front power windows, and optional driver airbag, Kwid emerges as the best-equipped model in this comparo. The other three cars offer front power windows and optional driver airbag but the touchscreen system is replaced by regular audio systems.
Also read – Datsun redi-Go review
Datsun redi-Go is expected to be the cheapest car in the segment with an estimated starting price of INR 2.5 lakhs (ex-showroom). The Renault Kwid and Alto 800 are roughly in the same price ballpark while the Hyundai Eon is by far the most expensive budget hatchback.
|Datsun redi-Go||Renault Kwid||Maruti Alto 800||Hyundai Eon 0.8L|
|Length||3429 mm||3679 mm||3430 mm||3495 mm|
|Width||1560 mm||1579 mm||1490 mm||1550 mm|
|Height||1541 mm||1478 mm||1475 mm||1500 mm|
|Wheelbase||2348 mm||2422 mm||2360 mm||2380 mm|
|Ground Clearance||185 mm||180 mm||160 mm||170 mm|
|Boot Space (L)||222||300||187||220|
|Turning Radius||4.73 m||NA||4.6 m||NA|
|Fuel Tank (L)||28||28||35||32|
|Engine||3-cy (P)||3-cy (P)||3-cy (P)||3-cy (P)|
|Displacement||799 cc||799 cc||796 cc||814 cc|
|Power||54 PS @ 5678 rpm||54 PS @ 5678 rpm||48 PS @ 6,000 rpm||56 PS @ 5,500 rpm|
|Torque||72 Nm @ 4386 rpm||72 Nm @ 4386 rpm||69 Nm @ 3500 rpm||74.5 Nm @ 4,000 rpm|
|Mileage in kmpl||25.17||25.17||24.7||21.1|
|Weight in Kg||640 (approx)||660 (approx)||695||760|
|Price in Lakh||2.5 – 3.5 (est)||2.62 – 3.67||2.49 – 3.34||3.24 – 4.42|