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2018 Datsun GO Review

Car Tested: 2018 Datsun GO; Road Test No. 1005; Test Location: Chennai

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 4.04 – 5.22 lakhs

With the new updates, the Datsun GO siblings feel more appealing

Nissan brought back the Datsun brand to life few years back and launched the GO and GO+ in India. The entry-level GO hatchback was launched in 2014 while the GO+, which is a compact 7-seater, was launched in early 2015. These Datsun siblings brought in decent sales for Nissan India with the hatchback being more popular. Now, the automaker has given both the cars a mid-life update which makes the overall package much better than before.

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The exterior looks livened up and refreshed now

Exteriors – On the outside, both the cars come with minor changes but they really give a better appeal to the styling and the GO as well as GO+ look quite better now. At the front, both cars come with revised bumpers along with LED DRLs. 14-inch alloy wheels have been fitted too, while at the rear you now get a wiper which wasn’t present earlier. Along with this, both cars come with dual-tone roof rails. Colours common to both cars are Opal White, Ruby Red, Crystal Silver and Bronze Grey. The GO also comes with an exclusive Amber Orange colour while the GO+ gets an exclusive Sunstone Brown colour.

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The dual tone dash on the GO+ looks pleasant

Interiors – The interiors have been given a heavy revision. The dashboard gets a new design which looks more appealing than the older cars. The GO gets a full black layout for the dash while the GO+ gets a dual-tone theme. Fit and finish has improved a lot and so has the quality of materials used in the cabin. The handbrake has been moved to its conventional location. The older GO came with only speakers and a port to mount your phone but now it gets a Blaupunkt touchscreen audio system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, etc. Sound quality is just average though. The USB port has been placed a bit inconveniently below the centre console.

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The rear seats have very limited leg space

The GO siblings finally come with a proper music system now

Datsun claims that the vehicles come with anti-fatigue seats but honestly the front seats are quite thin and they lack proper support for the under-thigh while support for the back is good. Also the centre console which houses the gear lever is very large and it keeps hitting the knee of the driver and front passenger which gets really annoying because leg space is already very less. The seats aren’t very wide though. The rear seats offer average comfort but knee room is limited, more so when there’s a tall passenger sitting upfront. The GO has enough boot space for a couple of small bags while the GO+ comes with a third row which again has extremely limited space and isn’t suited to full-size adults. With the third row up, boot space in the GO+ is very negligible but with the last row folded, the cargo capacity gets increased drastically.