Launched at a starting price of Rs 2.83 lakh, Datsun redi-GO facelift BS6 is all set to take on its primary rival Maruti Alto BS6
Taking on the segment leader is a challenging proposition, but new redi-GO seems to have potential as it’s equipped with more than 50 new features. With its improved design, aggressive pricing, new features, and automatic option, redi-GO could emerge as a viable option in the entry-level hatchback segment. To understand its potential, here’s a quick comparison between BS6 Alto vs rediGO BS6.
Alto vs Redi-GO BS6 – Design and styling
New Datsun redi-GO BS6 comes with a bolder design, as is evident in its new chrome-finish honeycomb front grille, snazzy L-shaped LED DRLs, LED fog lamps, stylish 5-spoke wheel cover, new roof rails, and angular LED tail lamps. redi-GO now offers best-in-class ground clearance, which prepares it to take on any terrain. Customers can choose from six attractive colour options of Vivid Blue, Ruby Red, Sandstone Brown, Bronze Grey, Crystal Silver and Opal White.
New Alto facelift BS6 has also undergone style updates, noticeable in its sharper headlights, elegant new grille, refreshed front bumper and updated side fenders. Colour options include Uptown Red, Silky Silver, Granite Grey, Mojito Green, Cerulean Blue and Solid White. Alto could get some more style updates when the next-gen version is launched later this year.
Alto vs Redi-GO BS6 – DimensionsBoth hatchbacks look similar in size and there are minor differences in dimensions. For example, Alto is slightly longer at 3445 mm, as compared to 3435 mm of redi-GO. Similarly, Alto has a longer wheelbase (2360 mm) as compared to redi-GO (2348 mm). However, redi-GO is wider and taller than Alto.
Alto vs Redi-GO BS6 – Interiors
On the inside, Datsun redi-GO gets a swankier dual-tone dashboard. The spacious cabin offers best-in-class leg space and is equipped with intelligently designed utility spaces. The dashboard gets an 8-inch Bluetooth enabled touchscreen infotainment system supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features include chrome finish AC knob dial, front and lower glove box, and silver accents on steering wheel and AC vents.
Alto facelift BS6 has stylish dual-tone interiors, a new dual tone dashboard, and new speedometer design. The hatchback has Smartplay Studio 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity. Silver accents are widely used across inside door handles, louvers, and steering wheel.
Alto vs Redi-GO BS6 – Comfort and convenienceredi-GO facelift BS6 is equipped with features such as air conditioning, heater and ventilator, power steering, remote keyless entry, central door locking and front power window. The instrument panel displays a wide range of information such as instant fuel economy, trip meter, average fuel economy and distance to empty. Alto facelift BS6 has the same set of features, give or take a few.
Alto vs Redi-GO BS6 – Powertrain
Datsun redi-GO BS6 is offered with two petrol engines, a 0.8 litre unit producing 53 bhp and 72 Nm and a 1.0 litre mill that makes 67 bhp and 91 Nm. Both engines come with 5-speed manual transmission as standard. Customers opting for the top-spec T(O) trim can choose a 5-speed AMT. Alto BS6 is powered by a 796 cc petrol engine that generates 48 bhp of max power and 69 Nm of max torque. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Alto CNG variant is also available, which churns out 40 bhp and 60 Nm when used in CNG mode.
|Petrol 800 cc||Alto||Redi-GO|
|Transmission||5 MT||5 MT|
|Petrol 1.0 L||Alto||Redi-GO|
|Gears||NA||5 MT / AMT|
Alto vs Redi-GO BS6 – Fuel efficiency
Datsun redi-GO offers fuel efficiency of 20.71 kmpl, 21.7 kmpl and 22 kmpl for 0.8 litre MT, 1.0 litre MT and 1.0 AMT, respectively. In comparison, Alto BS6 petrol can run 22.05 kilometres per litre. Fuel efficiency is much higher at 31.59 km/kg for CNG variant.
Alto vs Redi-GO BS6 – Safety
Both cars have a similar set of safety and security features. These include ABS with EBD, driver & passenger airbag, immobilizer, over speed warning, rear door child lock, driver and passenger seat belt reminder, and high mounted stop lamp. Both cars have rear parking assist sensors, but redi-GO gets additional reverse parking camera with projection guide.
Alto vs Redi-GO BS6 – Price
Datsun redi-GO BS6 manual variants are available in the range of Rs 2.83 lakh to Rs 4.44 lakh. The top-spec AMT variant costs Rs 4.77 lakh. In comparison, Alto BS6 is priced in the range of Rs 2.94 lakh to Rs 4.36 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
|Price||Alto 800||Redi-GO 800||Redi-GO 1 L|
|Base P MT||3||2.83||NA|
|Top P MT||3.95||4.16||4.44|
In the entry level hatchback segment, customers tend to go with popular choice. There’s often a reluctance to experiment or try something new. This is why it has become difficult to take on segment leader Maruti Alto. The popular hatchback carries forward the legacy of Maruti 800 and has regularly featured in the list of bestselling cars in the country. On the other hand, Alto’s rivals such as Renault Kwid and Datsun redi-GO are way behind in terms of sales. Nonetheless, it’s always good to see a new contender in the arena.
Talking about redi-GO BS6 vs. Alto BS6, it’s evident that the former has various plus points such as lower pricing, segment first and best-in-class features, multiple engine options and AMT transmission. Alto BS6 strengths lie in its proven track record, reliable performance, factory fitted CNG and wide sales and service network. Eventually, the choice between the two hatchbacks will depend on things that customers value most.