Datsun GO + Review & Specifications

OVERVIEW

Datsun GO+ MPV made its Indian debut at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo and shares platform with GO hatchback, but seems proportionally bigger and more spacious. Dimensionally, it measures 3995mm in length, 1635mm in width and 1490mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2450mm. With the third row of seats, which are made only for kids, the car offers a boot space of 48-litres, but it can be increased up to 347-litres by folding the third row seats. Though the vehicle has a decent ground clearance of 170mm, 13-inch tyres still feel undersized. In its segment, the MPV competes against the Maruti Ertiga, Mahindra Quanto and Honda Mobilio.

EXTERIORS

n terms of looks, the Go+ leaves a nicer impression compared to its hatchback version with a better and balanced profile. Datsun has made sure the Go+ looks different and they have achieved the same by giving it a fresh approach rather than just slapping a boot on the compact tail door.The face has been retained with the pronounced radiator grille which forms the starting point of multiple lines flowing across thebody. Large three dimensional headlights along with a well sculpted bonnet give a larger feel. The lines around the grille are treated in chrome in order to make it feel rich.

Even the top end trim gets manually adjustable rear view mirrors. They aren’t body coloured hinting at various cost effective measures undertaken. Like the hatch, this one too gets 155/70 R13 tyres. The main change is however in the new silhouette which gets an extension to accommodate the last row of seat. Must say, it is impressive to see how smartly the additional length has been married to the existing shape. The interim pillars have been blackened. The rear quarter panel gets a nice elongated shape with an only flaw of absence of an opening for air circulation for the third row occupants. The sloping design makes it difficult to have one. The rear is comparatively neat with extended shoulder lines give it a wider upper track. The rear glass area is small giving just about sufficient visibility to the driver while reversing the car. There is no variant badging on the tail door but just the model name, nice and simple.

INTERIORS

The Datsun Go+ features the same interior as you get on the Go. Practicality and no frills is the direction the Japanese automaker has taken for the Go+ with a very basic but well styled grey and black dashboard. The front and middle row of seats are quite comfortable and it is remarkable how much head room and shoulder room the Go+ has to offer. That said, the seats could have done with a little more padding on the back rest and on the head rests.The main attraction for most will be the extra two seats that the car offers. Although the Go+ does have seven seats that adhere to the ARAI specification of what can be defined as a seat in India, the third row is inconvenient to get into and there is no way two fully grown adults could sit there comfortably unless of course they choose to sit sideways. These seats are best suited for children under the age of 10 or your family dog. Or of course, you could fold them flat and enjoy the above average storage space that the Go+ offers.

An aspect that the Go+ really struggles to keep up with everything else in its segment are features. For starters, the glove compartment doesn’t get a lid and the second and third row passengers do not even get an inertia reel seatbelt. What is more annoying though is the fact that the ORVMs cannot be adjusted from the cabin, a feature that should not have been skipped.There is a simple instrument cluster that houses just one large speedometer dial and an LCD screen that houses a digital tachometer, fuel gauge and trip computer. The Go+ also comes with a basic entertainment package that offers the driver an auxiliary cable and a USB charging slot. That said, the Go+ does not feel cheap when it comes to things like the quality of the switchgear and plastics. In fact, even little things like the headlight and wiper stalks or the AC knobs feel solid and premium.

PERFORMANCE

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.

DRIVING DYNAMICS

Go+ offers a really pliant ride. Its suspension has been tuned to deal with the greater load at the rear, but seems quite pliant and absorbent overall. The light controls make it very easy to drive within the city and the small turning radius of 4.6 meters is like icing on the cake.The steering is light enough at low speeds, and weighs up when you hit the highway. Like other electronic units, this doesn’t feel too nervous or unsure at higher speeds.The MPV is not a corner carver and isn’t meant to be one either. Body roll is quite evident during the drive. At higher speeds, the car feels wafty and, on uneven highways, becomes bouncy at the rear.We would recommend upsizing the tyres as the stocks ones are too puny for the GO+. Also, they are produced by an unknown Strada brand. Upgrading them to a 175 size from a reputable manufacturer is what we would suggest. Book a Test Drive for Datsun Go Plus

SAFETY FEATURES

The car does not come with an ABS. Though, the brakes are well in place and do a good job, ABS has now become a standard, which has bolstered the road safety of cars in the modern generation. Standard security features have also been included that make this MPV a smart option in the first place.The standard brakes on the Datsun Go Plus do their job quite magnificently as far as reining the car is concerned. Even when used in emergency or under city usage, the car performed well beyond expectations as far as the braking system is concerned.

VERDICT

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. Apply Car Loan for Datsun Go Plus