Once inside you are greeted by a modern looking dashboard which is finished in dull grey colour. The swooping design looks nice and the well-defined centre console with the integrated music system looks mature. The rectangular centre vent is quite unique, as it is non-adjustable and flow is always directed to the rear passengers. Although this helps cooling you can’t shut it which is quite irritating especially for the front passengers. This car was built with a price in mind and it shows. The exposed metal surface inside the front door pockets, pillars and other places looks crude and lets you know you are sitting in a budget hatch. Quality, fit and finish though decent is not as good as the Kwid either
Thanks to the high mounted seats, getting in and out of the Datsun Redigo is easy. The perched up driving position and the low dash gives you a fantastic view and what helps further is the tapering front window-line which help make you feel at home in the worst of traffic conditions. But tall drivers will find the seats placed too high and steering too low and as both are non-adjustable you just have to get used to it. Headroom too is in short supply and anyone more than six foot will have their heads brushing against the roof. What makes matter worse is the short seat travel, so for a tall driver, knee room is in short supply and the protruding centre console fouls with your left knee too. The thin seats though are quite comfortable with good back support but there is not much side bolstering to keep you in place while cornering. At the rear Datsun claims to have class leading space but on our measuring scale it proved otherwise as we got 40mm less kneeroom as compared to the the Renault Kwid. The space though is enough by class standards and the high mounted bench offers good under thigh support and the upright backrest felt comfortable too. The cabin though wider than the Kwid is still a bit narrow making it best for two in the back. In terms of practicality you get as many as nine storage spaces upfront which includes the tiny glove box, two large bottle holders and the thin door pads. But the rear passengers will feel shortchanged as there are absolutely no storage spaces except for the rear parcel tray.
As the Redigo is substantially shorter than the Kwid, Datsun had to compromise boot space too and its volume at 222litres is well short of the 300litres offered by the Renault. Apart from the small boot the high loading lip compromises ease of use further.