The Datsun brand has been resurrected and is here in India. The Go is their first offering and looks set to give the small car segment more get up and go. Find out how good the Go is as we put it through a rigorous road test
It's a small world, they say, but in truth, how small is small? When you stop at a traffic light, how often do you recognise anyone there? It's usually faces you've never seen before. It's quite a big world, it is. So, when the small hatchback segment gets a rather big challenger with a new face and an extremely competitive price-tag, it's almost certain that feathers will be ruffled.
Datsun is a company that began manufacturing operations in 1931. The brand-name remained until 1986, with Nissan exporting models using the 'Datsun' name. It was then phased out, but now, the name is back, returning as the entry-car brand for growing and upcoming markets. Nissan have positioned Datsun as the 'brand of the risers' and it makes complete sense. For a first car, you would expect something convenient, frugal and spacious with low maintenance and easy driveability, and the Go ticks all those boxes, or so it seems.
Take a good look at the car and, barring the front grille, it's very Micra. The proportions are rather generous for the segment; there's no question about that. The quality of sheet metal and levels of fit-and-finish are not too bad at all. The angular light clusters go well with the design theme, and each part looks well-integrated, unlike some of its competition, which look as if the creators merely rummaged through the parts bin.