Review

Datsun Redigo review, road test

This stylish offering stands tall in the budget hatchback segment.

RATING
6 / 10
DETAILS
18
photos

The Redigo’s electrically powered steering (EPS) is light, but feels lifeless. There’s little feedback on offer and even at higher speeds, the EPS remains inconsistent and vague. On the flip side, its 4.7m turning radius makes this car extremely easy to manoeuvre in the city and makes tight parking a breeze.

What stands out though is the Redigo’s ride quality. The suspension tune is spot on and it does a great job of absorbing road imperfections and smaller bumps. Even the larger bumps are discarded in a very mature manner. Pitching and bobbing at high speeds are well controlled too. This little Datsun has a slightly stiff suspension setup to counter the car’s higher body roll, yet on sweeping curves its tall stance does lead to the inevitable top heaviness although it isn’t excessive. Show the car a set of corners or fast curves and it feels outside its comfort zone.

Its feather-light weight shows its weakness on the highway where the car feels flighty at speeds beyond 80kph. High-speed stability isn’t really confidence-inspiring and crosswinds only add to its nervousness.

The car is best suited for city commuting. Thanks to its 185mm ground clearance, shorter wheelbase and slightly stiffened suspension, it should clear tall speed breakers and deep potholes with ease.

comments powered by Disqus

notSet

For its sub-three-lakh rupee price, the Redigo is very stylish.
The dashboard design is funky yet functional. Steering wheel is nice to touch and hold.
Front seats gets a long and flat seat base; cushion is soft; placement could be higher.
Two average-sized adults can fit one behind another. Headroom is great for the class.
Window switches require you to reach around the gear lever.
Cabin has lots of open storage areas for knick-knacks, and though it has a closeable glovebox, it is quite small.
Non-adjustable central air-con vent channels airflow to the rear seats efficiently and effectively.
Optional LED lights in the bumper are a segment first and add some bling.
Datsun’s signature front grille dominates the face of the Redigo.
54hp 799cc three-cylinder petrol engine is identical to Renault Kwid’s.
Mirrors feel flimsy and can only be adjusted manually from the outside.
Stylish vertical tail-lamps, but only a single reversing light.
222-litre boot is small and it gets a high loading lip. Rear seat can be folded down too.
Exposed body panels give a bare-bones feel to the cabin.
Tachometer is a segment first; it gets a gearshift indicator too.
We’ve exclusively driven the Jeep Compass in India, tell you what the all-new SsangYong Rexton is like, give our first impressions of the third-gen Maruti Dzire and have driven all of Lexus’ India cars. And there’s plenty more inside!
What's in this issue?

Trending Now
Find a car review

Latest Car Reviews

2016 Fiat Abarth Punto long term review, first report

2016 Fiat Abarth Punto long term review, first report

18 hours ago
In this first stint with our new hot hatch resident, sheer driving pleasure...
2017 Tata Tiago AMT review, test drive

2017 Tata Tiago AMT review, test drive

2 days ago
Tata has introduced a five-speed AMT in the top-spec Tiago and that has made...
2017 Skoda Octavia facelift review, test drive

2017 Skoda Octavia facelift review, test drive

2 days ago
The Octavia gets some styling tweaks and more features but mechanicals...
2017 Audi A3 Cabriolet review, test drive

2017 Audi A3 Cabriolet review, test drive

3 days ago
Updated convertible not only gets all the cosmetic and tech upgrades of the...
2017 Range Rover Evoque 2.0 diesel review, test drive

2017 Range Rover Evoque 2.0 diesel review, test drive

Jun 13, 2017
Another year, another Evoque update, this time with the new 2.0-litre...
Latest News
Skoda Octavia facelift variants explained
The Octavia facelift will be available in three variants and three engine...
7 hours ago   1 picture
Honda plant in Japan halts production for a day after cyber attack
Operations at the Sayama Plant suspended for a day as ransomware srtikes systems
7 hours ago   1 picture
India to be export hub for Honda's 1.6-litre diesel engine
Honda's iDTEC engine likely to be manufactured in two states of tune; could...
9 hours ago   1 picture
Ducati BS-IV model range to launch soon
The BS-IV/Euro-IV compliant Scramblers range, Monster 821 and Diavel will be...
11 hours ago   1 picture
Kaltenborn parts ways with Sauber F1 team
The team’s operations in Baku are being overseen by team manager Beat...
11 hours ago   1 picture

Autocar Magazine

Issue: 214 | Autocar India: June 2017

We’ve exclusively driven the Jeep Compass in India, tell you what the all-new SsangYong Rexton is like, give our first impressions of the third-gen Maruti Dzire and have driven all of...
Autocar Magazine
Latest Poll
Should the FCA group launch the Fiat Argo in India?


or View results
Yes, Fiat needs an infusion of new cars
  77%
 
No, they should instead discontinue the brand and focus on Jeep
  23%
TOTAL VOTES: 765

Vote now
View previous Polls »