Nissan revived the Datsun brand after a huge time period and launched the GO entry-level hatchback in India. Unfortunately, the GO did not sell as well as anticipated in the market and recently the vehicle received a lot of flak for performing terribly in the NCAP crash test. Datsun has also developed an MPV based on the GO and with the recent climb in sales that MPVs are witnessing, Datsun seems to be quite optimistic that it will be able to gain decent sales with the GO+. But, the Datsun GO+ competes with some products that have the backing of manufacturers with a huge service network. So how does the GO+ perform? Does it have what it takes to capture the market? A nice drive through Rishikesh, Uttarakhand allows us to test the GO+ and its capabilities. EMI Calculator for Datsun GO +
DESIGN AND 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 i t 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.
CABIN AND COMFORT ;
Get inside the Datsun GO+ and the first two rows are exactly the same as the GO. The fit and finish is good and plastic quality is decent. In the top-of-the-line variant “T”, the GO+ gets front power windows, mobile docking station connected to two speakers, electric power steering and air-con. If your smartphone is larger than 5.2-inches then the docking station cannot hold it. All the three rows have fixed headrest. In terms of features it misses out on basic things like rear wiper and maybe even rear defogger for improved rear visibility in monsoon and winters. The A variant doesn’t get the mobile docking station, or power windows or the electric power steering also.
The first row is spacious and it has a bench-like seat, for storage of excess luggage next to the driver and the co-driver. Some believe that three people can sit in the front row, but that isn’t the case, as the gear lever will make seating uncomfortable. The second row has generous headroom, but knee room is just fine for tall people. The thigh support too could have been better, but this is one of the best in its segment.
The third row is strictly for kids, and even Datsun calls this as a 5+2. There is barely any head room, knee room or should room for adults. With the third row raised, the boot size is a mere 48 litres and when the seats are flipped the space is 347 litres. One can even flip the second row of seats and further increase the loading space. With the third row of seats folded our entire tenting luggage fitted with ease.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;
The compact MPV is powered by the familiar 3-cylinder, 1.2-liter petrol from the GO & Micra Active hatchbacks. It churns out the same 67 BHP @ 5000 rpm & 104 Nm of torque @ 4000 rpm. The ARAI puts its fuel economy at 20.62 kmpl that’s just 0.01 kmpl lower than the GO.Despite the same motor churning out the same number of horses as in the Go, that too having an added 20 kilograms to pull, the Go+ doesn’t gives you a chance to complain. The motor has been re-tuned, but the altered ECU tune hasn’t changed the eager nature of the three pot mill. Engineers at Nissan have done a great job in enhancing the overall drivability and refinement of the motor.
Thanks to its healthy power and torque to weight ratios, Go+’s engine feels quite peppy and the throttle is responsive too. The MPV doesn’t feel sluggish, although continuous downshifting helps might irritate you a bit. It’s reasonably quick in a dash to 100 kmph and able to easily attain & sustain 120 kpmh. Though we don’t recommend going over that speed. Period.NVH & Insulation is better than Go hatch, but engine as well as wind noise permeate through the cabin easily. Not just motor’s gruff note, you can even hear the exhaust as well, which we found very irritating. The suspension is also noisy, accompanied by excessive tyre noise on bad roads.
RIDE AND HANDLING
;The Datsun Go+ is a perfect car for the first time buyer. Not only does it offer great all-round visibility, the Go+ also offers relative ease of driving due to its light steering and relatively upright seating position. That said, as we mentioned earlier, the seats could have done with slightly more padding to offer more long term comfort.The most impressive aspect of the Go+ though has to be the way it rides over rough surfaces. Not only does the go plus feel comfortable on bad roads, the way it absorbs bumps is noteworthy too. That said the front end does tend to bottom out on larger potholes.
The Datsun Go+ is not really meant to go through twisty roads like a hot hatchback but then it is no slouch either. Although the steering feels precise and well weighed, the Go+ does showcase a lot of understeer especially when pushed anywhere close to the limit. The 155 section tyres mounted on 13-inch wheels also accentuate mid-corner roll and pitch. What does manage to impress us though is the ridiculously short turning radius that the Go+ offers. The Datsun Go+’s brakes are also well set up to offer adequate bite when applied in both city usage and under emergency stop situations. That said, having an optional ABS module for the T variant is something Datsun should seriously consider.
SAFETY AND SECURITY ;
Driver airbag and manual central locking are available only on the top-spec variant. Other features such as 3 point ELR front seat belts, second row seat belts, third row seat belts, child lock and engine immobilser are standard on all trims.
The all new Go+ by Dastun is a decent attempt to target the MPV market. It’s a perfect budget family MPV, which can be used as seven-seater if needed. The engine performance and fuel efficiency is very good. Though the interior space could have been better and safety features could be improved.