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Datsun Redigo review, road test

This stylish offering stands tall in the budget hatchback segment.

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6 / 10
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Affordability, reliability and a hassle-free ownership experience are crucial factors for a car to achieve success in the entry-level hatchback segment. Want proof? Look at the Maruti Alto 800. A car that has been dominating the market, carrying forward the legacy of its predecessors, the mighty 800 and Alto. With the success of the Kwid, Renault proved that Indian car buyers are receptive to small cars outside the Maruti stable, as long as the product is seriously attractive. Its SUV-inspired styling, equipment list, space and competitive pricing have done wonders for the French manufacturer and have made others sit up and take notice.

Now, Nissan’s budget brand Datsun is also keen to make an impression on the volume-driven, entry-level hatchback segment, and hopes that its third offering, the Redigo, will set its cash registers ringing. It’s a snazzy little hatchback that breaks away from the conservative design language of its stablemates – the Go and Go+ – and promises to drive volumes for the Japanese manufacturer. In this price-sensitive segment, the company ensured that the Redigo’s launch price of Rs 2.39 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) was below that of the Alto 800, which turned the spotlights onto it. The frugal costs aren’t limited to the sticker price alone, as Datsun claims to offer the lowest cost of ownership compared to its rivals. It has also expanded its sales and service network to 274 outlets, with the number expected to nudge 300 in the coming months. So has Datsun’s efforts been good enough, and does this entry-level hatchback have what it takes to grab a significant share of the Alto 800’s sales pie? Let’s find out.

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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.
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