The Indian automobile is so structured that there are a wide range of options to choose even if you have the minimum budget to spare. There are some automakers who have kept some quality cars, hatchbacks mostly, reserved as affordable cars.
Datsun is more like the affordable brand owned by Nissan. It presently sells one of the most affordable hatchbacks, the Datsun Go. However, the company does not enjoy a monopoly in the segment as there are many more such cars. Hyundai Eon, for example, is a car that has been doing well in the Indian market since it was launched way back in 2011.
Before you come to a decisive point about which one to buy among the two, find out which one is the best and how they would fare against each other.
The Datsun Go and the Hyundai Eon are two contrasting cars, especially considering the physical design. The Datsun Go is more like a simple hatchback with a minimalistic design language. It has got swept back headlamps and a small hexagonal front grille with mesh design. The Hyundai Eon, on the other hand, is sharp in design. It is small and boxy but is extremely sculpted on all ends. There are a lot of curvy character lines all across the side section.
Features on offer
When it comes to the features on offer, the Hyundai Eon seems to have an edge over the Datsun Go. The Eon has remote controlled central locking, steering adjustment, rear passenger headrest with adjustment, dual-tone interior, fog lamps, etc. The Datsun hatchback does not get any of these features even on the top end model.
Both the cars come with a single airbag (driver’s side) only. However, none of the cars has ABS or EBD.
The Datsun Go is powered by a 1.2-litre engine petrol engine which is capable of making a maximum power of 67 bhp along with a peak torque of 104 Nm. The transmission duties are done by a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox.
The Hyundai Eon comes with two sets of engines. The smaller 814cc engine makes a maximum power of 55 bhp along with a peak torque of 75 Nm. However, the bigger 1.0-litre engine is very much at par with that of the Datsun Go. The engine produces a peak power of 68 bhp along with a peak torque of 94 Nm. For the transmission, there is a 5-speed manual gearbox in both the variants.
The Datsun Go is an affordable car, for sure. But when it comes to offering features, the Hyundai Eon does better, that too at a similar price. You can consider the lack of power with the Eon for a drawback, but would you really need to cruise at over 100 or 120 km per hour if you are buying a mini hatch?
Going by the features that are being offered at that very price and brand value, the Hyundai Eon seems a more suitable option than the Datsun Go.