Datsun will soon launch the redi-GO hatchback in the country which is set to stir up the competition in the growing entry level segment. As the launch date is approaching, dealers have started taking advance booking with a token amount of Rs 5,000. The automaker has already announced that the redi-GO will be priced very competitively and we believe the Japanese carmaker will introduce the car in price range of Rs 2.5 to 3.5 lac. The car will compete with segment leader Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 facelift, Renault’s runaway success Kwid and Hyundai’s stylish Eon. Let’s see how this new kid in the block performs.
Build on the silhouette of Kwid, redi-GO offers sharp design language in the form of beefy exterior contours, tall boy stance, and sharp curves around the body. Frankly speaking, Alto and Eon looks “small” while Kwid being its sibling shares the same chromosome. redi-GO is tallest among all four cars at 1541 mm and offers the highest ground clearance of 185 mm.
In terms of dimensions, Renault Kwid is longest and widest among the lot at 3679 mm and 1579 mm. It stands tall at 1478mm, taller only to Alto 800 but offers decent ground clearance of 180 mm. Talking about the exterior appeal and style statement, Renault Kwid is far ahead in its competition.
Alto’s recent facelift didn’t offered any substantial change in the car’s profile and it more or less still looks like an old hag that sells well.
Coming to Eon, the car is yet to receive a major makeover but the company is in no mood to update for that. Recently, the Korean automaker celebrated 20 years of its operation in India and launched special edition of Grand i10 and Xcent, but left the poor Eon alone. Aha! That rhymes.
For a change, all the cars in the segment are powered by 3-cylinder 0.8-liter engine with slight differences in the power output. However, Eon is also available with 1.0-liter engine which offers power of 68bhp. Alto 800 is least powered in segment with an output of 47bhp while all the three makes 54bhp. Gearbox are also same for the lot that uses 5-speed manual. In terms of fuel efficiency, redi-GO and Kwid are the most economic ones with mileage of 25.17kmpl while the Alto 800 and Eon stands at 24.7 and 21.1kmpl respectively.