The redi-GO can be had in either 800cc or 1-litre form. This new AMT version, however, is exclusive to the bigger 1-litre model which makes 68bhp of power and 91Nm of torque from its 999cc, three-cylinder motor. Now these figures may sound like you would need to push the Datsun hard to get anywhere, but in reality it doesn’t take that much effort to get up to speed although you won’t be going anywhere rapidly.
We have experienced the 1-litre motor with the manual gearbox-equipped redi-GO and its business as usual in this car. It’s a willing little unit, one that revs cleanly from about 2,500rpm with surprising amount of gusto. Being a three-cylinder unit, this engine does vibrate at idle but the redi-GO feels right at home once you are on the move and doing city speeds. As for the highlight i.e. the AMT gearbox, it’s a bit indecisive at times, notably in stop and go traffic. The shift quality is fairly smooth for what is basically a manual gearbox with an automated clutch. That said, the gear changes aren’t as crisp as a conventional auto, especially when downshifting, but most owners wouldn’t mind it one bit and we would recommend the AMT over the manual for city driving. Also, what comes as a distinct advantage over the Kwid AMT is the fact that you can switch to manual mode for better control over gear changes.
The redi-GO AMT is made purely for inner city driving and in that regard it’s got a lot to offer. Despite the rudimentary gearbox, it does well when it comes to keeping up with traffic and when you are not working it hard, the drivetrain is refined and unobtrusive. However, things aren’t as effortless as you up the pace. On the highway, the motor gets vocal at normal cruising speeds. Sure, you can easily maintain speeds of up to 100kmph all day long but you will have to mash the throttle when overtaking, especially with all the seats occupied.
As we have concluded in our previous tests of the redi-GO, the ride quality is one of the key highlights of this car. For a budget hatch, it tackles bad roads with ease thanks to the long travel suspension and the high profile tyres absorbing the bumps and potholes. Overall, the ride is marginally on the stiffer side but it’s no deal breaker. At higher speeds, the softly sprung setup results in more vertical movement than what one would expect and there’s some notable road noise from the suspension and wheels over rough surfaces.