The Datsun GO, although very popular due to its low-price tag, has been a major cause for concern for many people due to its lack of safety features. Datsun heard these concerns and has now launched the new Datsun GO which not only features ABS and two airbags, but is also better in every other way.
“Our new Datsun GO and GO+ represent a new experience for consumers. With its fresh looks, modern features and advanced technologies, the new Datsun vehicles are made for progressive, ambitious customers with a sense of style,” said Nissan SA Marketing Director, Kabelo Rabotho.
This new model has had a bit of a nip and tuck when it comes to the exterior. It features a redesigned grille and front and rear bumper as well as LED daytime running lights and 14-inch Alloy wheels.
But it’s what’s inside that really counts and the improvement over the previous model is substantial. The standard features list on even the entry level Datsun GO is impressive. The price tag is sits at just R144 900 but comes with a host of standard spec which includes reverse parking sensors, an intermittent windscreen wiper, immobiliser, keyless entry, central door locking, retractable seatbelts, a 7-inch Multi Touchscreen audio system, Android Auto And Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, USB port, all-round electric windows and electrically adjustable mirrors. Phew! That’s quite a list, right?
The LUX trim level just adds the daytime running lights and 14-inch Alloy wheels mentioned earlier (the Mid spec has 14-inch steel wheels), a rear wiper with washer and a few silver finishes inside. Either way, you are getting a ton of bang for your buck!
But what you should be most concerned with is that of the safety features on offer. I am so pleased to report that ABS as well as driver and passenger airbag come standard on the new Datsun GO and GO+. We are yet to get the safety rating score, but anything will be better than the zero the last model received.
The new Datsun GO is still powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine which has a claimed fuel consumption if just 5.2-litres.100 km. It’s an engine that you will be happy to drive around the city in. If you hit the open highway, with a loaded car, you will struggle to get up to cruising speed but once there, it’s pretty smooth sailing. Just choose your over taking manoeuvres wisely.
If it is more space you are after, take a look at the GO+ which is a versatile seven seater. You might just want it for the extra luggage space. But bear in mind that the more you load in to this little guy, the more strain the engine will be under. Either way, if you are on a tight budget and want to drive a brand new car, the Datsun GO is a vehicle that should be considered. If you need more reason to consider it then the one-year insurance customers will receive with their purchase should pretty much do it.
DATSUN GO AND GO+ PRICING
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