By Clive Funizwe
So it was time for Sibongile (as the team has named the Datsun Go we have for long term review) to visit a different team member. With warm hands she was welcomed and admittedly – she comes in packing features that make life a little easier. As per our introduction when the Go arrived, we appreciate the new design from a style and colour options point of view. All round electric windows, electric side mirrors, power steering, rear parking sensors, central locking, passenger and driver airbag and air-conditioner. The 7inch touch screen comes with Android Auto and Apple Car Play as standard and obviously points to the car having Bluetooth connectivity. We also welcome the inclusion of ABS and day time driving lights that increase visibility to other motorists and pedestrians.
Inside the Go, things have also improved greatly. The front seats are now singular – as per the initials car “bench-like” design. The redesigned seats have been improved and now offer more comfort. This means there’s significant better use of space in the cabin. There’s now 4 cup holders, 2 in the center console and one on each side pocket. There is also some added carbon-fibre like trim that adds to the dash appeal and brings out the binnacle. Rear space and design remains the same.
We are enjoying the time with the Go, especially its economical engine that also offers descent power for a 3 cylinder 1.2 engine. We are averaging around 5.5l/100km despite the erroneous reading on the trip calculator. The car is very easy to drive and offers great visibility all around without any blind spots.
At this price point however – the car starts to enter territory owned by some well-established names. This does mean that the Go will face even further scrutiny from the potential buyer. Priced at a starting price of R166,300 we would have liked to see at least a service plan. Another thing to note, particularly for the vertically challenged – is that the steering is also not adjustable via reach or rake and neither is the seat height adjustable – which means finding the ideal driving position can be tricky to find.
All in all the vehicle has improved in leaps compared to its initial offering. Such updates are normally found on a replacement model rather than an update. We commend Datsun for this. However, as previously mentioned – the price puts it amongst some serious contenders. We do however continue to enjoy its fuel consumption, glitch free infotainment system and ease of driving. The new looks have made a tremendous difference – and will please many a new driver!
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