Cars & Bikes

Datsun redi-GO 1-litre First Drive Review

Why will I buy the Datsun redi-GO 1-litre

For extra grunt and real-world performance advantage over the 800cc model.

Why will I avoid the Datsun redi-GO 1-litre

It’s still a little rough around the edges. Cars like the Hyundai Eon and Renault Kwid lend a more premium feel.


The Datsun redi-GO 1-litre aims at blending textbook small car efficiency with a bit of performance and finesse, unlike the standard 800cc model that focuses purely on maximum kilometres to the litre. The bump in power and torque figures will certainly help this new model’s case out on the highways but does it make the redi-GO significantly better? Let’s find out.

Unlike its closely related rival – the Renault Kwid 1-litre which is plastered with chequered decals on the sides and ORVMs with silver finish to differentiate it from the standard model, there are no tell-tale signs whatsoever (except for a tiny 1.0 badge over the boot lid) on the redi-GO 1-litre. This more powerful variant looks exactly the same as the 800cc redi-GO and retains that angular, tall boy design. All the design elements (including the hexagonal grille, chiselled bumpers, boomerang-shaped taillights and the bulging tailgate) that make the standard model stand out are on this car. All in all, the exterior design is pretty cohesive while the compact dimensions help keep the redi-GO’s footprint as diminutive as its name.