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Datsun Redigo review, road test

This stylish offering stands tall in the budget hatchback segment.

RATING
6 / 10
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The Datsun Redigo's tiny footprint along with its light controls and high seating make it a breeze to drive around town. In addition, its petrol engine packs adequate pep and returns good fuel economy too. And to top it off, it looks rather distinctive. Still, glaringly evident cost-cutting measures adversely affect its appeal. In isolation, the Redigo is a sorted budget car that has a lot going for it. However, with the can't-go-wrong Alto 800 on one side and the hugely appealing Renault Kwid on the other, this Datsun doesn't feel like it has a card strong enough to trump either of them in any way. It is a unique and interesting proposition but it just isn't the best one out there.

Overall Rating

6 / 10
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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 bring you drives of the Maruti Ignis, the Skoda Kodiaq, the new 5-series and take you on a trip from India to Paris in a Renault Kwid. All that and lots more inside!
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