DATSUN GO+ T LUX
Offering seven seats at a very affordable price, is the GO+ really as good as it seems?
B14,50 sec 50 kw/104 N.m 161 km/h E careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.” This little zen-infused adage has a knack of coming true … just ask our editor. In last month’s issue, he bemoaned the increasing unaffordability of new vehicles and called on manufacturers to build cheaper, less technologically laden options. And that’s exactly what arrived a few weeks later.
The Datsun GO+ is, of course, not an entirely unfamiliar vehicle – we tested its ve-door hatchback sibling in our December 2014 issue. While in that test we acknowledged the GO’S attempt at affordable mobility and commended its plucky engine, the CAR team 6,24 L/100 km 123 g/km was highly critical of its lack of safety features, namely airbags and, most crucially, ABS. It received a low score of 63/100. Does the larger GO+, then, offer any features or improvements that could convince us it deserves a higher rating?
Well, they are fundamentally the same car, with the same drivetrain, chassis, wheelbase and interior and exterior designs. The difference is a body that is 210 mm longer and 5 mm higher, freeing up space inside for a third row of seats. And the GO+ does come standard with a driver’s side airbag (now an option on the GO), but still no ABS...
Inside, the GO+ is identical in execution to the hatch; there are swathes of hard plastics and seats covered in cheap fabric. This is acceptable for a car at this price, though, and a lack of creaks and rattles was a plus.
There isn’t much spec beyond an air-con, front electric windows, a trip computer, follow-me-home headlamps and a rather odd, radio-less sound system. The latter comprises a smartphone clamp, USB and