Choosing your first car will be the most difficult purchase you ever make. Everybody will vouch for that. You may go on to make big deals, purchases and sales in the future, but your first car is something special - start of something big. It’s a sign that you’re ready to play in the big boys’ league. Years later you will look on fondly at your memories with your first car and it’s only fitting that you buy the coolest, the best possible car in that segment. Datsun is seeing considerable popularity in the entry level segment and its Redigo hatchback, launched in 2016 has been the most successful product for the company ever since. In fact, the company had to ramp up its production to meet the demand for the Redigo. We find out 5 reasons why Redigo is the ideal car for the first time buyer.
1. Looks and Styling
The Datsun Redigo is an entry-level car, undoubtedly. But unlike its competitors, the design and styling has been meticulously developed to create a modern and premium look. First up, the pair of bumper-mounted LED daytime running lamps, a segment first, catches your attention. The design is outgoing with striking contours and angles all round, making the car look aggressive and urban. The hexagonal grille up front, the defining creases on the side and the kinked tail lamp add to the visual drama. We will totally get it if you post an innumerable number of selfies online with this car.
2. Interior and Space
In spite of being a compact car, space is not a constraint in the Redigo, thanks to its tall-boy design. The upright seating means that if you are a six-footer, you will still be able to stretch out comfortably in this car without worrying about legroom and headroom. Ingress and egress is convenient even for older occupants as the seats sit higher. Your grandparents will be able to board this car without much physical support. The interior looks premium with its driver-focused design and quality fabric upholstery. The Datsun Redigo is an urban cross, the most compact one at that, with its best-in-class 185mm ground clearance and dimensions.
3. Features and Equipment
The terms ‘luxury’ and ‘first car’ usually never appear together in the same line. That’s because entry-level cars are usually not so-generous with features and equipment, all in an attempt to keep their costs down. But the Redigo does not cut any corners and comes loaded with an electric power steering, front power windows, air-conditioning with heater function and of course an in-car entertainment system. The music system gets a CD player along with USB and auxiliary input options as well. 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.
4. Engine and Performance
A glam appearance and generous features are definitely attractive in a car, but it’s all for nothing if the heart beating under the hood isn’t worth its salt, or in this case, its horsepower. Fortunately for you, the Datsun Redigo is powered by an 800cc 53bhp three-cylinder engine which is refined in its performance too. When driven leisurely the Redigo feels safe and predictable and its compact dimensions, great visibility, short turning radius and light clutch make it the perfect car for city driving. The long travel suspension and high profile tyres help the Redigo gobble up the biggest of potholes with ease and the suspension doesn’t bottom out easily either.
5. Economy and Maintenance
Mileage and fuel economy is always the clincher in buying a car, first or otherwise and the Redigo performs admirably in this regard. The Datsun Redigo is one of the cheapest cars to run. The 800cc engine is frugal and returns the best-in-class fuel economy of 25.17kmpl (ARAI approved). With the ever expanding service network, availability of service will not be an issue and the Redigo being a budget car, Datsun has made sure the maintenance costs will always be low.