Expert Review

Datsun redi-GO

The Redigo is the smallest and has been the best-selling car in the Datsun range in India. The Redigo has been given an extensive facelift for 2020 with BS6 engines plus the AMT automatic. It is an entry level hatchback and was the third product of the Datsun range after the Go. The new Redigo has trim levels called D, A, T and T (O). MyNewCar recommends the T(O) version. The colour options on the new Redigo are Vivid blue, Opal White, Blade Silver, Sandstone Browns and Fire Red.


The Redigo is best seen from the front and it actually looks like a mini SUV especially with the 187mm ground clearance. Back to the front and the new Redigo has new DRLs at the side while there are new headlamps plus a new chrome outline grille. The car looks more aggressive plus the 14inch new wheel covers actually look like alloy wheels! The side and rear are more hatchback-like but the large LED tail-lamps look nice as well. The dimensions are 3435 mm in length, 1574 mm in width and 1546 mm in height while its wheelbase is 2348 mm.


The interiors of the earlier Redigo were bland and lacked quality which seems to be addressed now. The new Redigo gets a silver finish dash while there are new lighter colours used plus the use of silver is also lower down on the centre console. The other big change is the new 8inch touch-screen which is new and the touch-screen works quite well. Lower down the controls look a bit low rent as well as the rather plain dials. The Redigo has features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, rear view camera with projection guide, internally adjustable mirror controls etc. The other big advantage is the space as headroom is very good and for its class the legroom at the rear is also quite good.


The Redigo has two petrol engines which are BS6 compliant. The new Redigo is decent to drive and is a rather quick plus easy to drive hatchback. The driving position is nice and high which gets you a good view plus the tiny dimensions are convenient as well. The 800cc engine is decent but our advice is to go for the 1 litre engine while the manual is easy, the AMT version makes you driving more stress free. The Redigo rides a bit firmly though.


The Redigo range starts from a 800cc petrol with 54 bhp and 72Nm with a 5-speed manual. The 1.0 petrol makes 68 bhp and 91Nm with 5-speed manual plus AMT being an option on the 1.0 also. The mileage is 20.7 kmpl for the 0.8l petrol, 21.7 kmpl for the 1.0 manual to 22 kmpl for the AMT 1.0.


In terms of safety you get dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, seat belt reminder, speed reminder plus it is upgraded to meet new crash test norms.


The Redigo has a yearly service or per 10,000 km with price ranging from Rs 1.5k to Rs 3k.


The Redigo competes with the likes of the Renault Kwid, Maruti Alto and Maruti S-Presso.


The Redigo prices start from Rs 2.8 lakh and go all the way to Rs 4.7 lakh for the top-end AMT. Overall the new Redigo comes across as a much more improved car with better looks plus more feature loaded interiors while the AMT surely appeals. For a first car this is a good choice.