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Friday, 3 June 2016

Test Drive - Datsun

I returned to India about ten days ago after spending last ten years abroad. One of the first things me and my family craved for is a car. Some of my friends suggested Maruti and few others Honda and Toyota. We literally spent almost 3 days with these dealers but nothing seemed good to us. Just then a thought came to my mind. I remembered owning a Datsun in Mexico. Are these available in India. I immediately swung into action, checked the web and found the nearest dealer. We called Ola and set out to the see cars again. My wife wasn't too enthusiastic. She cribbed she hasn't heard of Datsun. Well, I ignored her comments as I knew she can't get out of her comfort zone (Her father's recommendation).

We reached the dealership. The sales person explained all the features of redi-GO. Some of the features got our attention more than the others. The salesperson then asked us to take it for a spin.

First thing that caught my attention was the performance. It was smart and efficient and provided a mileage of over 25 kmpl. Though the engine was sub 800cc, it provided a peppy response. I remembered it had an Intelligent Spark Automated Technology engine which automatically adjusts spark timing in response to fuel quality and power requirement. We could feel the smooth performance. I also found the car compact, easily maneuverable and had just a 4.7 meter turning radius which was perfect for the small roads in India.

My son liked the interior and comfort. We were all surprised by the legroom we had. We were four and when we got in we realized we had enough room to take the salesperson also with us. My son also pointed out the sport fabric which provided energetic feel and premium comfort. My wife liked the dashboard and I showed her how it indicates current fuel economy. The power windows operated smoothly and the controls were located conveniently and well positioned. It had a 5-shift manual transmission and as I rode, I found the gears change smoothly. My son commented the car should be a teacher as it indicated the ideal time to shift for maximum efficiency and performance.

I also like the feature PRO-SAFE 7 which runs across all Datsun cars making them safe and reliable. The car had a high performance breaks; Salesperson chipped in and explained the reinforced crash protection shell which was UN94 crash performance compliant. The car provided a wider view of the road and surroundings. This provided enough confidence while driving the car. As we drove through some of the smaller and bumpier roads, we found the efficiency of the suspension system. It was definitely superior compared to the earlier cars I test drove. Salesperson explained the H beam torsion beam which provided high stability and cornering performance. Added to that the steering wheel were easily maneuverable and the car is fitted with air bags which provided extra protection. After the test drive, I immediately booked the car and came home with my happy family.

When we returned, my brother asked where will you take it for a spin? 

I will take Datsun redi-GO out in the early morning hours for a spin along the beach road in Chennai. It is such a high performance and easily maneuverable vehicle that I will like to drive with my windows rolled down on a cool morning. It has such a short turning radius that I will enjoy taking U turns in city roads with ease.

In summary,
Fun. Fun. Freedom. Confidence. The ultimate Urban Cross - Datsun redi-GO - the capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback.

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