The Datsun redi-Go launched today at a starting price of Rs 2.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). Competing with the redi-Go are other entry-level hatchbacks like the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Hyundai Eon and the Renault Kwid. We take a look at how the new Datsun fares against the competition based on how its price scales across the variants, as well as how light on the pocket they are right out of the showroom.
The redi-Go D is the entry-level trim priced at Rs 2.49 lakh and comes with no air conditioner and airbag. The respective Renault Kwid STD comes for Rs 2.72 lakh, Hyundai Eon D-lite for Rs 3.38 lakh and the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 STD for Rs 2.65 lakh. With the launch of the redi-Go, Datsun is offering a down payment of Rs 80,000 with an EMI of around Rs 5,000 for five years. Upon contacting a few dealers, we found out that the base Kwid has a minimum down payment of around Rs 90,000 with an EMI between Rs 7,000 and Rs 8,000 for five years. The Alto STD is available on a down payment of Rs 60,000 with an EMI between Rs 5,000 and Rs 6,000, while the Hyundai Eon D-lite has a down payment of around Rs 90,000 and an EMI of around Rs 6,500.
The mid-range Datsun redi-Go T is priced at Rs 3.22 lakh and now gets essentials such as an air conditioner and power steering. The others also follow suit equipment wise, with the Kwid RXL costing Rs 3.32 lakh, the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 LXi costs Rs 3.27 lakh, while the Hyundai Eon Era+++ (O) comes in at Rs 3.91 lakh. While the redi-Go is cheaper than its competitors at the base level, its price catches up to the rest in the mid-range.
The top of the line Datsun redi-Go S is priced at 3.48 lakh, now equipped with a driver-side airbag and LED DRLs. The Renault Kwid RXT costs Rs 3.73 lakh, the Alto 800 VXi (O) is for Rs 3.53 lakh and the Hyundai Eon Sportz sits at the top with a Rs 4.19 lakh price. When it comes to purchasing the cars, the redi-Go has a Rs 1,00,000 down payment and an EMI of Rs 6,500. The Kwid has a down payment of around Rs 1,10,000 and an EMI of around Rs 8,500. The Alto 800 is lighter on the pocket with a down payment of Rs 80,000 and an EMI between Rs 7,000 and Rs 8,000. The Eon has a down payment of around Rs 1,10,000 and an EMI of around Rs 7,500.