Datsun is an automobile brand owned by Nissan. Datsun’s original production run began in 1931. From 1958 to 1986, only vehicles exported by Nissan were identified as Datsun. By 1986 Nissan had phased out the Datsun name, but re-launched it in June 2013 as the brand for low-cost vehicles manufactured for emerging markets.
Since then the company has made a name for itself in the Asian continent, with its new lineup of hatchbacks, it started with the Datsun Go and the Go+ , later the company launched the RediGo addressing the demands of the people for a small city hatchback and it has paid off nicely. The RediGo is one of the smallest hatchbacks in the country today and one of the most fuel efficient.
The Redigo is based on the same CMF-A platform as the Renault Kwid, but is 250mm shorter in length and has a 74mm shorter wheelbase. While the little Renault’s design is clearly SUV-inspired, Datsun calls the Redigo an ‘urban cross’ due to its tall stance and its 185mm ground clearance. Datsun’s ARAI figures at 25.17kpl are identical to the Kwid.
The Redigo uses the same 799cc, three-cylinder petrol engine as the Kwid with identical power and torque ratings of 54hp and 72Nm respectively which is adequate enough to cut through the inner city traffic for which the car is made for, compare that power with an electronically powered steering that is unrealistically light you get the power to manoeuvre in the city and parking in tight stop like a champion. The suspension tune is spot on and it does a great job of absorbing road imperfections and smaller bumps. Even the larger bumps are discarded in a very mature manner. Pitching and bobbing at high speeds are well controlled too and overall ride quality is very good.
On the inside RediGo comes equipped with the basics of what a driver wants inside of his car which is adequate but by no means complete, although for this price we are not arguing. The Redigo’s audio system is equipped with CD, USB and aux-in connectivity. A/C, windshield de-mister are also available.
To conclude, we can say that the RediGo is perfect for city roads, its light, its compact and its quick and easy to cut traffic and squeeze into tight spaces around the city, and on top of that its light on your pockets. The RediGo starts at just NRs. 14 Lakhs. If you are looking for a quick city commute on budget. Look no further.