The new Datsun Go offers a lot of spec as standard, improved styling and added safety – all still at an affordable price…
The new Datsun Go launched towards the end of 2018 with a whole lot of hype and intentions to change any previous perceptions about its predecessor. We’ve just spent a few days getting to know it a bit better, and the news is good: the new Datsun Go has vastly improved in terms of safety, standard spec and design. In fact, I’ve grown quite fond of it and here’s why…
There aren’t many brand new cars for this price in the market – and when you’re comparing the new Datsun Go to its competitors, it ticks a lot of boxes! At a starting price of R144 500, it’s definitely a car to consider for those who have previously been using public transport and are looking to upgrade to their own set of wheels. It’s also affordable to own, while Datsun recently calculated that you could own a brand new Datsun Go for as little as R75 a day.
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Even on its entry-level MID model, standard equipment includes Android Auto and Apple Car Play, as well as Google Maps, App Support and Voice Recognition – housed in its 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system! On its range-topping LUX model, Day Time Running Lights is also included.
This is an important specification to note, as the previous Datsun Go’s lack of safety features was a worry for many. Now, the new Datsun Go comes standard with Dual Airbags (previously only one), as well as ABS and EBD!
I have to be honest – the look of the previous Datsun Go was, well, nothing to write home about. It was desperate for a makeover and needed a lot of attention to detail. The new Datsun go is a huge step up in terms of exterior and interior styling – it is far more modern and has a sort of ‘upbeat’ appearance about it. I particularly like its orange metallic colour option, and if you add the optional roof rails – it fits perfectly into trendy urban environments. Good job!
Look, if you’re used to a more powerful car, you’re going to find the Datsun Go a tad bit underwhelming when you first get behind the wheel. But it needs to be kept in mind that this is really a car to help entry-level buyers get to work and back, and perhaps the odd trip to the beach every now and then. That being said, now that I’ve spent some time with it, I actually find it to be quite punchy – particularly in the city. Its turning circle is truly impressive and makes parking and navigating around random taxis parked in the road a breeze.
I love how easy the Datsun Go is to get used to – I think it’s going to be a great car for new drivers and those wanting the most value-for-money from an entry-level car. And now it looks good too!
The new Datsun GO and GO+ benefit from the impressive fuel efficiency of the 1.2-litre engine, which has a combined consumption of 5.2 litres per 100km to ensure that increases in the petrol price don’t put a damper on your driving pleasure.
These Datsun GO and GO+ models come with a standard 3-year/100,000km warranty and an optional service plan. In addition, consumers will receive one-year insurance with the purchase of a GO or GO+.
If you’re looking for a Datsun Go, with more space for more occupants, the new Go+ is also available:
Datsun GO Mid Spec: R144 500
Datsun GO Lux Spec: R165 500
Datsun GO+ 7-seater Mid: R154 200
Datsun GO+ 7-seater Lux: R175 900
Datsun GO+ Panel Van: R155 200
Also read: Car Review: New Datsun Go (2018)