GO’ing for gold

The Datsun Go's interior is surprisingly innovative and streamlined for a car in a price range of its own.

Crushing its competitors where price is concerned, the Datsun Go seems to be stirring up a storm in the motoring world. But does it live up to its name?

I had my reservations when I first laid eyes on the Go. After driving a double cab for more than a year, I have become accustomed to the safety and peace of mind larger vehicles offer. I had serious doubts that this vehicle would live up to my expectations.

Boy, was I wrong!

In terms of fuel economy, you really couldn’t ask for more. Consuming only 5.2 litres per 100km, the Go is the perfect car for students or first-time buyers.

The neat, nifty-looking car is as easy on the eye as it is eco-friendly. Speed sensitive wipers with intermittent and drop wipe functions complement one of the most cost-effective cars on the market.

The five-speed manual reaches 100km per hour in 13.3 seconds. With a gross mass of only 1152kg, the Go is everything you would expect from a car of its kind.

In terms of its handling, the Go exceeds every expectation. It sits well around the corners and accelerates with ease and stability on the straight and narrow.

I was taken aback by the Datsun Go’s ergonomically located gear shift lever and parking brake. While positioned higher than most cars, it somehow adds a sporty element to an already appealing interior. It mimics more expensive vehicles for a whole lot less.

The Go’s interior has a vintage feel to it. The connected front seat adds a hint of class and sophistication to the electronically fuel injected car.

The bold vent finishes, seat integrated headrests and spinal support seats are only some of the extras that make the Datsun Go that much more fun to drive.

I must admit, I was disappointed by the feel of the parking brake’s lever, but it didn’t deter me from having a blast in the ‘zippy nippy’.

In my opinion, the Datsun Go cannot be compared to cars in its price range, simply because it’s in a category of its own. There are currently two ridiculously priced models available in South Africa. With prices under R100 000, breaking the bank won’t be necessary.

After putting the Go to the test, I can honestly say I am no longer a skeptic. The words, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ ring true here.

If you’re in the market for a safe, reliable, cost-effective, fuel-efficient car, the Datsun Go really is the way to go.

The Go is the breath of fresh air its competitors should keep a close eye out for. Watch out world, Datsun is going for gold!

A special word of thanks to Nissan NTT Sale Representative, Xolani Maduna for making the experience that much more pleasant.


Nicole Collett

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