With the bookings for the Datsun RediGO already opened, we take a look at how this latest kid on the block compares with its closest rivals the Maruti Alto 800, Renault Kwid and Hyundai Eon on paper. Lets take a look.
The Datsun RediGO being the newest looks the most dashing of the lot, although other cars are not far behind. The Renault Kwid with its SUV inspired styling won thousands of hearts across the country and instantly sold like hot cakes. Both the Renault and Datsun are based on the CMF-A platform but it will hard to tell any similarity between the two. The Kwid looks like a pumped up hatchback while the RediGO has been positioned as a Urban Crossover. The Hyundai Eon has a lot of busy design lines that look very futuristic. When it was launched such a design language was unseen in the entry level hatchback segment but competition has caught up and how. Sadly, the Maruti Alto 800 ends up looking the most dated out of the lot. It is quite a contemporary design but compared to new rivals its falls a behind on this front. Thankfully, a facelift is expected soon which will pretty much help take care of the matter.
The Renault Kwid comes truly loaded on the insides. Renault has given a full blown 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system along with Satellite Navigation and a fully digital instrument cluster. The Datsun RediGO on the other hand has all the essential features like a CD player with AUX and USB, and looks much better built than its elder cousins the GO and GO+. The Hyundai Eon has the best interior quality of the lot and comes with a whole load of equipment like an infotainment system with 4 speakers, Bluetooth telephony, etc. The Maruti Alto too comes fairly loaded with a Bluetooth stereo system but the area where the Alto beats its rivals hands down is in safety. Maruti has offered a driver side airbags as an option on all the variants of the Alto. The Hyundai skips the base variant to offer a similar driver airbag on higher variants. The Datsun and Renault both offer a driver side airbag on the top models, though none of them offer ABS even on top variants.
Engines and Transmission:
The Renault Kwid and Datsun RediGO are powered by a 800cc motor that develops 53 BHP and comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Renault will be offering a 1.0-litre variant soon on the Kwid which will come mated to a AMT automatic gearbox and we expect the same drivetrain option to be made available on the RediGO too. The Hyundai Eon is powered by a 800cc and 1.0-litre motor that develops 54 BHP and 68 BHP respectively, and comes mated to only a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Maruti Alto 800 is powered by a 800cc motor that develops the least power here at 48 BHP and is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Alto is also offered with a 1.0-litre petrol that develops 67 BHP and is offered with an option of a 5-speed manual or a AMT automatic gearbox.
The Renault Kwid took the market by storm when it was launched last year and currently sells at a ratio of 1:2 when compared to the Maruti Alto. That said the Alto 800 has been the king of this segment but finally is seeing some stiff competition from rivals. It has the best service network among all the cars here and comes with the Maruti peace of mind. The Hyundai on the other hand is extremely well packaged, but somehow could not follow the success that its predecessor the Santro gained over the years. The Datsun RediGO will be launched on 1st June 2016 and is expected to be priced at Rs. 2.50 lakhs ex-showroom. At that price, this car could be a popular choice and build the much needed brand image for Datsun in India.
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