Datsun Go not quite coming of age
The updated Go is smarter-looking inside and safer, but refinement still lags behind the opposition
Relentless criticism about the Datsun Go’s lack of basic safety features finally encouraged Nissan to install dual airbags and ABS brakes in its baby hatchback. The updated Go, launched in SA a couple of months ago, sports a facelift, updated suspension, added insulation for better refinement, but most importantly improved safety in a car that previously had only a driver’s airbag and no antilock brakes. After being launched here in 2014 at a starting price of R89,500, the Go was lashed for receiving zero stars in a crash test conducted by Global NCAP’s Indian division. The addition of a driver’s airbag later raised the car’s rating to one star out of a possible five, but its body crumpled so much under impact that it negated the effect airbags may have had. Nissan claims to have made improvements to the Go’s upper body and front body structure, while stability control will be introduced later in 2019. Despite its dismal crash-test result, the car’s keen pricing made it a popular se...