The series of crash tests conducted on new Indian cars resulted in the Santro and WagonR getting two stars. The Datsun redi-Go too was crash tested and unforunately could only get a single star out of five. This is the third made-in-India Datsu car to have failed the test. The previous two were the Go and Go+. It is alarming considering that Datsun India had, in April this year, updated the car with a driver airbag, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors as well as front seat belt reminders. The Datsun redi-Go price in India starts from Rs 2.67 lakh and going by the festive season offers, one can get up to Rs 60,000 off on the vehicle.
Why did the Datsun redi-Go fail the crash test?
The Datsun redi-Go, according to GNCAP, achieved a lone star for adult protection while the child occupant dummy received two stars. It’s body structure as well as the footwell (brake, accelerator area) was rated as unstable. The driver’s chest protection was said to be weak while that of the shotgun was considered as marginal. The latter’s head protection was said to be good but that for the driver was considered as adequate. In GNCAP’s studies they have found that if there is poor protection of any body part in the crash, the car usually gets a one star. Perhaps use of more steel may have aided things a bit better.
From its side, Datsun India says that their car meets all the safety requirements for the Indian market. Recently, the car was also updated for pedestrian protection compliance. The Datsun redi-Go competes with the Renault Kwid and Maruti Alto K10 as well as 800. It is available with two petrol engine options as well as manual/automatic transmissions. The redi-Go first came in as a concept at the 2016 Auto Expo. Currently, it is said to be the highest selling model for Datsun India.