DRIVEN: 2018 Datsun GO LUX

DRIVEN: 2018 Datsun GO LUX 1

When I consider Datsun, the best photograph my brain inspires is boxed fashioned 510 and Y-frame coupes of the 60s and a further aged gentleman posing with a spouse.

That changed into the Brand’s heyday.

Datsun pulled out of South Africa about 20 years ago and again to the local marketplace in 2014 with concentrated on the compact city automobile marketplace with its Go hatchback.

Going ahead

I could test the LUX specification all through the vacations, and I become quite excited to have a move at the ‘new school’ Datsun seeing because the closing one I drove became the Stanza SSS. Safe to mention, a lot has been modified because then.

Seat and aspect-mirrors adjusted, I turned on my merry way. Its first check turned into 4 pm height Cape Town traffic on a sweltering day.
I had experienced the GO earlier than, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the massive seat that nearly serves as a barrier among the back and front. It reminds me of an old Hi-ace taxi, so I changed into relieved that it wasn’t found in this up to date model.


While the GO is not a rocket on wheels, its tiny 50kW 1.2-liter engine combined with a weight of just 820kg makes for an enormously nippy little car. It does the task of accelerating whilst you need it without a massive amount of lag. It took a few being used to at first, but the expanded ergonomically-positioned tools shift lever is actually very cool. Shifting is made easier and gives you a more controlled driving revel in whether it’s a brief ride to the shops or simply cruising about.

I often found myself turning the aircon transfer on a few activities, forgetting that it has to be achieved through the cool 7″ touchscreen infotainment display. Connectivity capabilities, which include Bluetooth and Apple Carplay, are to be had on the contact of a button, a real massive tick in the container for someone like me who likes comfort at the same time as using. Another neat touch turned into the ‘Welcome’ and ‘Goodbye’ message that displays on-the screen when you begin and transfer the car.

I regularly observed myself turning the air-con transfer on a few activities, forgetting that it has to be executed through the cool 7″ touchscreen infotainment display. Connectivity capabilities and Bluetooth and Apple Carplay are to be had at the contact of a button, a real big tick within the box for a person like me who likes comfort even as riding. Another neat touch becomes the ‘Welcome’ and ‘Goodbye’ message displayed on a display screen whilst you start and switch off the auto.

It really seems the component wherever you power it. I wasn’t in any respect surprised to discover a bystander gazing at the car and commenting that it looks “clean and funky on a hot summers day’. I strongly consider him. The blue decals on its white base coat and 14″ wheels bode properly with each other and the daylight hours jogging lighting fixtures is some other remarkable feature that ticks the field for me in phrases of modernity.

A well-packaged deal

While it’s far blatantly apparent that the Go is not made for all humans such as myself, it suits those of common top and body simply first-class.

While the automobile is packaged properly ordinary, I even have some puppy peeves. One of them changed into that buttons that don’t routinely lock after driving for about 20km/h; this is essential given SA’s horrendous hijacking scourge. The AUX and USB factors aren’t always without delay visible from the driver’s seat as it placed awkwardly below the tool’s console.