January 23, 2016

Datsun Go+ MPV – New Family Car – AutoPortal’s view

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When we all thought that compact MPV segment would not cut ice with the customer, propositions like MarutiErtiga, Honda Mobilio and Chevrolet Enjoy came along and churned healthy sales for their respective manufacturers. And we were sure that this couldn’t get further small though Datsun sprung another surprise by launching sub-compact MPV, the Datsun Go +. Also check Ford cars Price List in India, Reviews, Model, Images

Datsun Go+ MPV

What is it?

One must see the Datsun Go+ in flesh to believe how small a 7-seat MPV could get in reality. The car is based upon Go hatchback platform as the company has added bulbous boot to carve this MPV. Overall the design of the car is not offending as boot stacking job is done quite competitively. Unlike some of the compact sedans around, design of Go+ MPV turns out to be cohesive and seamless.

How it looks and feels?

Frontage of the car is similar to Go hatchback, with large mashed grill and swept back head lamps. Most of the aspects of the car including height, width and even the wheelbase have been carried over to keep the cost factor in check. Story on the inside is no different as the basic layout, dash design, quality of material etc., largely remained similar to its hatchback cousin. Top of the line variant of car comes with mobile docking station that allows you to hook in your mobile listen in to the music. Sound quality is surprisingly decent although the whole arrangement of docking feels a bit flimsy.

Go + MPV comes with three seating rows and claims to offers spacious ride for extended family. Middle row can be folded to provide access to the third row, which is suitable only for two average-sized persons and that too for a short journey. It is best to left this for the small children.

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What lies under the hood?

Engine-tranny combination for the Go + MPV is same 1.2-litre petrol motor mated with 5-speed manual transmission. Same combo is available in the Go hatchback though here engineers have done excellent job in matching gear ratios with output of the engine. Even with modest 68 PS and 104 Nm, Go+ never feels to run out of breath. Drivability is simply excellent and you can pick up the pace from any speed in any gear whatsoever.

How much to pay?

Datsun offers Go + MPV in total of five variants –D, A, A EPS, T and T (O). The price range starts from Rs 3.7 lakh for the base D variant and stretches up to Rs 4.76 for top T (O) model. For now, there is no diesel variant on offer as all the models of the existing Go + MPV comes with the single choice of 1.2-litre petrol engine.

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