The sprightly hatchback that droveÂ the revival of the Datsun brand has spentÂ its first monsoon with OVERDRIVE, andÂ has surfaced with its head above the water.Â The rev happy litre petrol engine, the quirkyÂ ergonomics and the belying dimensions,Â all serve to make the Go as unique as itsÂ name – but as weâ€™ve learnt numerous timesÂ from experience – uniqueness can often beÂ perceived as anomalous.
The Goâ€™s instrument cluster comes withÂ a real time and average fuel efficiency indicatorÂ which, if accurate, donâ€™t bring great newsÂ while driving in city traffic. The rev happyÂ nature of the engine comes at a cost becauseÂ when commuting in Mumbai traffic, theÂ Go seldom indicates a mileage of more thanÂ 12kmpl, even when driven frugally. IrrespectiveÂ of whether itâ€™s accurate or not, thatâ€™s notÂ very confidence inspiring especially in a segmentÂ where competitorsâ€™ advertising campaignsÂ run on fuel efficiency.
The bench seat up front has had ourÂ curiosity and our readersâ€™ too since weÂ first saw the Go, and now not only are weÂ convinced that it doesnâ€™t really serve asÂ an extra seating option, it also serves as aÂ hindrance. If the driverâ€™s seat is set back for aÂ tall driver and the passenger bench is movedÂ up, the bench actually hinders the driverâ€™sÂ elbow when changing gears, and this can beÂ quite annoying.Â We arenâ€™t the biggest fans of the umbrellaÂ handbrake either – last month we found it toÂ be a constant discomfort to the clutch leg – thisÂ month thereâ€™s a new issue. Valet drivers in IndiaÂ are, more often than not, quite inexperienced.Â So you have to make sure you point out theÂ position and the operation of the handbrakeÂ lever to them lest your car is returned to youÂ with a burnt out clutch or a damaged gearbox.Â Besides, handbrake turns just arenâ€™t the same.
Notwithstanding the quirks, the Go is stillÂ one of the most sought after cars in the ODÂ garage, believe it or not. Iâ€™ve managed to keepÂ Vaishali from stealing it so far but the nextÂ long term report for the Datsun Go may justÂ have a womanâ€™s perspective.
Total mileage: 3,874km, Â date acquired: Junâ€™14, Â mileage this month: 818km, fuel consumed: Â 67.6 litres, efficiency: 12.1kmpl