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Datsun GO Plus Review: 2015 Datsun Go+ Review

2015 Datsun Go+ Review

By Aditya Chatterjee; 20th December, 2014
Introduction

2015 Datsun Go+ Review

For all those who have been waiting for a BIG family car at not a very BIG price, Datsun has a fresh new offering – the Go+. They made a humble start with Go hatchback and are still very young to be taking competition by its horns.

Bringing back simplicity in design and offering more than others in the segment, the Go+ is more for the weekend seekers. It fits the MPV type with an additional third row seat, which will see more of luggage bags tucked than passengers.

Datsun GO Plus

Datsun wants you to think of it as a smart family wagon, which can take care of all your BIG family car needs. They have managed to squeeze an extra seat, give more space and features and almost everything without going generous in length by sticking to the sub-4-meter mandate. How good is it in real? We tell you. 

Exterior

In terms of looks, the Go+ leaves a nicer impression compared to its hatchback version with a better and balanced profile. Datsun has made sure the Go+ looks different and they have achieved the same by giving it a fresh approach rather than just slapping a boot on the compact tail door.

Datsun GO Plus

The face has been retained with the pronounced radiator grille which forms the starting point of multiple lines flowing across the body. Large three dimensional headlights along with a well sculpted bonnet give a larger feel. The lines around the grille are treated in chrome in order to make it feel rich.

Datsun GO Plus

Even the top end trim gets manually adjustable rear view mirrors. They aren’t body coloured hinting at various cost effective measures undertaken. Like the hatch, this one too gets 155/70 R13 tyres. The main change is however in the new silhouette which gets an extension to accommodate the last row of seat. Must say, it is impressive to see how smartly the additional length has been married to the existing shape. The interim pillars have been blackened. The rear quarter panel gets a nice elongated shape with an only flaw of absence of an opening for air circulation for the third row occupants. The sloping design makes it difficult to have one.

The rear is comparatively neat with extended shoulder lines give it a wider upper track. The rear glass area is small giving just about sufficient visibility to the driver while reversing the car. There is no variant badging on the tail door but just the model name, nice and simple.

Datsun GO Plus 

Interior

The inside feel of the cabin is not premium justifying its affordable price tag. The trims and designs have been kept very basic concentrating more on functionality than aesthetics.

Datsun GO Plus

What comes straight from Infiniti, luxury division of Nissan, are spinal support front seats. These seats have individual support points for the pelvis and the chest thus cancelling the stress causing by bending moments. In terms of features, it gets a MDS – Mobile Docking Station mounted on the front dashboard. It looks simple but has its high points considering Indian consumers are fast moving towards smartphones. There is a USB charging slot and an AUX input which can pair with a smartphone and play music, navigate or even take calls depending on the features of the Smartphone.

The driver gets a big three spoke steering wheel which offers adequate grip. The instrumental cluster has an analogue speedometer and a digital tachometer. It also shows information on average fuel consumption, low fuel warning and distance to empty. To help reduce fuel consumption it also comes with a gear shift guide which aids the driver to shift gears at correct engine speeds.

Datsun GO Plus

The gear stick has been smartly shifted from the floor to the dashboard. It is very conveniently positioned and is in very easy reach of the driver. The change in position of the gear stick makes the seating very spacious. But on the flip side it keeps touching the knee of taller front passengers.

The base variants will get plain fabric upholstery while the premium variant gets Jacquard fabric upholstery which has a special pattern on it. The seats are bench type and Datsun claims that the front seats have been specially designed to keep the fatigue level low. The rear seats have a flat rear support and can do with some more cushioning. Both row seats come with integrated headrest. The third row seat, which is the main reason for the Go+ to qualify into an MPV is best suited for luggage bags primarily followed by younger beings as it is impossible for an average sized adult to fit in this zone.

Datsun GO Plus

Being a Japanese soul, the Go+ gets lot of practical spaces for storing mundane articles. Front door pockets can hold 1.5 litre bottles while the rear doors don’t get similar options. Fold the third row seat and you can free up to 347L of boot space, enough for the weekend.

 

Performance

The Go+ comes with the same three cylinder engine with a displacement of 1198cc which makes 68PS of power and 104Nm of torque and also comes with a 5-speed manual transmission. It is the same engine as seen on the Micra Active except for this one is differently tuned to make it peak at a lower engine speed.

Datsun GO Plus

Normally, when a hatchback is given an extra boot its ride and dynamics changes completely and with the Go+, there are host of additions which include an extended roof and more space in the rear row but surprisingly the confidence in ride quality has shifted upwards and proved to be better than the Go.

The three-cylinder unit feels adequately powered. Even under strained conditions, it does not knock or cough unlike other asymmetric engines. We even managed to drive it at 15km/h on 3rd gear on a hilly terrain. It was impressive to see the engine haul the vehicle swiftly. The gear pattern has been divided into two parts for the Go+ according to the general trend in shifting. First two gears offer greater torque which makes them best suited for city conditions while the rest three increase the momentum and continue it focussing on highways.

Datsun GO Plus

This one also drives better than its smaller sibling as the suspensions have been tweaked to take on that extra bulk. Sourcing it from their premium luxury brand – Infiniti, the Go+ gets a high response linear damper system, which is quick and highly effective in absorbing uneven undulations with a faster response timing than others in the same segment.

This feature proved its worth when we threw it on harsh roads near Risihikesh, where the harshness was completely disconnected. It also gets long travel suspension in the rear. It may not look appealing from an aesthetic sense but with its length, it breaks the resonance effect of hard road conditions without making the wheels touch the inner fender even on extreme surfaces.

Datsun GO Plus

In terms of safety, the larger three-dimensional headlights provide better illumination in width and depth than other cars. It has the best braking timings bringing the vehicle to a complete halt at a lesser time than competition. Datsun also assures that the crumple zones in the Go+ can take great level of impacts. It fulfils all safety requirements as per Indian road standards mentioned by ARAI.

 

Tech specs
Technical Specifications
 Make Datsun
 Model Go+
Variant T
Fuel Petrol
Engine Capacity 1198
Power in PS/RPM 68 / 5000 
Torque in Nm/RPM 104 / 4000
Gears 5 / MT
Length mm 3995
Width mm 1635
Height mm 1490
Wheel base mm 2450
Kerb Weight in Kg 790 - 812
Ground clearance mm 170
Fuel tank capacity L 35
Tyre Spec 155/70 R13
Features
Features Datsun Go+ T
Digital Tachometer Yes
Distance to Empty Yes
Low Fuel Warning Yes
Trip Meter Yes
Mobile Docking Station Yes
Gear Shift Guide Yes
Air Conditioner with heater and Filter Yes
Power Steering - Speed Sensitive Yes
Front Speakers Yes
Child Lock Yes
Engine Immobilizer Yes
Central Locking Manual Yes
Halogen Headlamps Yes
Clear Tail Lamp Yes
High Mounted Stop Lamp Yes
Integrated Headrest Yes
Bottle Holders in Front Seats Yes
Competition
Specifications
Datsun
Go+
Maruti Suzuki
Alto K10
Hyundai
Santro Xing
Variant T Vxi GLS
Fuel Petrol Petrol Petrol
Engine Capacity 1198 998 1086
Power in PS/RPM 68 / 5000  67 / 6000 62 / 5500
Torque in Nm/RPM 104 / 4000 90 / 3500 96 / 3000
Gears 5 / MT 5 / MT 5 / MT
Length mm 3995 3545 3565
Width mm 1635 1490 1525
Height mm 1490 1475 1590
Wheel base mm 2450 2360 2380
Kerb Weight in Kg 790 - 812 750 820
Ground clearance mm 170 160 172
Fuel tank capacity L 35 35 35
Tyre Spec 155/70 R13 155 / 65 R13 155 / 70 R13
Conclusion

The Go+ is more of a station wagon than an MPV because the last row seats realistically do not qualify to seat occupants. The main challenge that Datsun will face is convincing consumers about the merits of one. Tata Estate, Indigo Marina, Baleno Altura, Corsa Swing and Octavia Combi are some of the many cars which couldn’t do well in India as the concept of a weekend car didn’t exist back then. With the Go+, Datsun can pitch a budget family wagon and create a new segment.

Datsun GO Plus

The Go and Go+ still have a long way to go in terms of final finishing as the cost conscious measures seep in every detail of both these cars. The build quality is not the best and even the interiors feel too basic compared to competing models. However, it is just the beginning for the Japanese car major and we hope the future iterations will come in a more acceptable form.