Datsun has not had a very good start in our market. Agreed? However, that hasn’t been a deterrent to the company in terms of introducing new products or bringing in facelifts. While last year it was the Go and Go+ facelifts, a month ago there was the introduction of the VDC for the top trims. Now, surprisingly, they are out with the CVT versions of the Go and Go+. Both these cars have received the technology and we were lucky enough to sample them. While we will test the vehicles later on, here is a quick Datsun Go CVT review.
The Go and Go+, with the facelift, look quite good. Given that they are still a rarity on the streets, the freshness is still intact. The DRLs are quite bright and attention grabbing. Our test Go had an optional rear spoiler and both the cars ran on machined alloy wheels. We are being told that the CVT will be available in the T and T(O) variants. This means the Go CVT specifications will be limited to the top versions. The brochure says that there is a weight increase in the cars. This could be down to the new safety norms for which these cars are ready now. The CVT could also contribute to this factor.
We liked the sporty treatment Datsun had given the Go. The fixed headrests and all point towards cost cutting but then there is also the dual tone seats. We believe they are optional. Space in the cabin is okay at best and the goodies include all four power windows, air conditioning, semi-digital instrument cluster and a touchscreen infotainment system. If you remember, last year’s updates brought in a new infotainment system. Apparently, the feedback is that the it was a bit dull in response. The new one though is good and looks less cluttered. We though would have preferred a bigger unit plus one stacked on the top of the dashboard. This one requires you to take your eyes off the road as there are no steering mounted buttons. The steering itself is non-adjustable.
The driver’s seat too is not adjustable. We like the storage spaces provided in the cabin and only the driver side window has an auto down function. Even the electrical adjustment for the mirrors seems a bit crude as well. Datsun has provided the headlamp levelling switch knob at the lower part of the dashboard, where your knees will be. The rear seats lack underthigh support too.
Ride and handling
The Datsun Go runs on a monocoque chassis. We liked the way Datsun has handled the suspension. It is set up for Indian conditions. A ground clearance of 180mm (unladen) means that most of the speed breakers are cleared without a huff. The ride quality could have been a bit better but the handling and overall stability of the motorcycle is good. We didn’t like the steering wheel though. It was a bit hard and the base model has a manual steering too. NVH too is decent though the WagonR for that matter or the Santro are quieter.
Dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors are standard across the range. The CVT versions also get VDC which can be switched off. There is no rearview camera though the Datsun accessories have it.
Engine and transmission of Datsun Go CVT
The Go and Go+ both receive a power increment with the CVT. Underneath the hood resides a 1.2-litre, petrol, 3-cylinder engine. This motor is good for 77hp/104Nm. If you realise, the torque has stayed the same while the power has increased. This added pep is apparent in the way the car drives. The CVT as usual is good for city runs and on the highway, it just makes a lot of noise and doesn’t really take the car anywhere. Datsun claims a 20kmpl mileage from the Go twins. On our drive, we got around 12kmpl in mixed conditions.
The Datsun Go CVT and Go+ CVT will now become expensive. This is because the CVT doesn’t come cheap. At one point of time, the Honda City in 2005 had a CVT and it used to almost nudge the Rs 12 lakh mark then. Datsun introducing this may seem like harakiri but then the company will have thought of this. Expect a Rs 80,000 price increase on both the models. This way, they will be at par with rivals on pricing and still offer a superior technology. Wonder if it work for the company or not!