Datsun has unveiled its latest compact hatchback RediGo a few days ago, which has stirred quite a ripple in the segment. Unlike the previous models on offer in the Indian market from the automaker, the RediGo looks much better. It comes with a tallboy appearance, muscular and curvy design, practical and spacious interiors. So far, the car is expected to make a good fortune for the automaker in the Indian market.
The Datsun RediGo will take on the other models like Renault Kwid, Hyundai Eon and Maruti Alto 800 in the highly contested and congested segment. Hyundai Eon is a pretty popular car from the India’s second largest automaker. The first time buyers love this car as an entry level affordable hatchback. The South Korean automaker is expected to introduce a facelift version of Eon to stay alive in the highly competitive segment. The facelift Eon will be launched later this year.
Now as both the Datsun RediGo and the Hyundai Eon take on each other, let’s take a look at how the entry level hatchbacks stand face to face.
Datsun RediGo vs Hyundai Eon Exterior Comparison:
Talking about design, the Datsun RediGo incorporates Yukan design, which means bold and brave in Japanese. The car sports a taller stance. It comes with sharp swept back headlamps, hexagonal chrome garnished front grille. The lower bumper is adorned by sleek LED daytime running lights. Front overhang is short and sloping toward the nose section, while the raised shoulder line makes the car appear taller. The side profile has received sharp and thick cuts and creases.
The 13 inch alloy wheels, blackened wing mirrors and glass area deliver a sporty vibe. Not only the front and side profile, the rear also looks muscular with the deep cuts and creases. The taillamps are positioned vertically. Overall, the production variant of Datsun RediGo looks exactly like the concept model, which was showcased at the 2014 New Delhi Auto Expo.
The Hyundai has incorporated the Fluidic Sculpture design language in the Eon. The car sports swept back headlamp clusters with halogen units, while the front grille comes with a hexagonal shape. Moving to the side profile the car boasts a bit muscular wheel arches. A character line runs from just behind the headlamps and meets the taillights. The rear profile incorporates vertically stacked taillights. In terms of appearance, the Eon looks slightly over-done but the biggest plus in Redigo is its modern exterior
Datsun Redi-Go vs Hyundai Eon Dimension Comparison:
Dimensionally, the Datsun RediGo measures 3429 mm in length, 1560 mm in width, 1541 mm in height and 185 mm of ground clearance. On the other hand, the Hyundai Eon sports 3495 mm of length, 1550 mm of width, 1500 mm of height and 170 mm of wheelbase. The Datsun RediGo, in comparison, is 66 mm shorter, 10 mm wider and 41 mm taller with 15 mm higher ground clearance.
Datsun RediGo vs Hyundai Eon Interior Comparison:
Although many people might mistake the car as a small hatchback, the Datsun RediGo offers plenty of space inside the cabin. Up front, the RediGo gets a simple and practical dashboard complemented by a three spoke steering wheel sans any control button. The instrument cluster sports only a large round analog dial. The centre console doesn’t boast much of things except the minimalist stereo console. Being a tallboy, RediGo offers plenty of headroom to the occupants.
Hyundai Eon comes with a dual tone interior. Up front the cabin the instrument cluster features three round analog dials, while the centre console houses a 2 DIN audio system with AUX, USB connectivity. On the space and comfort front Hyundai Eon comes with a moderate amount of space, which can easily afford two passengers at the rear comfortably.
Both the cars offer minimalist yet very much practical interior. The tallboy stance of the RediGo appears to be offering more space than the Hyundai Eon on the headroom front. But the quality levels and the cabin feel of the Eon are class leading and thus a step above the RediGo.
Datsun claims, the RediGo is equipped with high strength body, reinforced crash protection shell, shortest braking distance; while the top end trim will get power steering wheel and driver side airbag. The Hyundai Eon on the other hand comes equipped with driver side airbag in the top Sportz trim.
Datsun RediGo vs Hyundai Eon Powertrain Comparison:
Datsun RediGo is powered by the same engine which produces power under the hood of Renault Kwid. The 796 cc displacing 0.8 litre SCe three cylinder petrol engine is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox, which sends power to the front wheels. The engine churns out 54 PS of peak power and 72 Nm of peak torque, while the claimed fuel economy is 25.17 kmpl – similar to the Kwid.
Power source for the Hyundai Eon is 814 cc three cylinder petrol unit paired with a 5 speed manual transmission generating 55 PS of peak power. On the power front the both the cars come with almost same power output. The fuel efficient engine from the Kwid will surely attract people to buy Datsun RediGo but the driveability is not as good as the Kwid. This could make buyers move towards the Eon.
Datsun Redi-Go vs Hyundai Eon Price:
Datsun RediGo would be priced between Rs. 2.5 lakh to 3.5 lakh once the hatchback gets launched, while the Hyundai Eon comes between Rs. 3.25 to Rs. 4.39 lakh (ex showroom, Delhi).
Datsun RediGo certainly looks better than the Hyundai Eon. The tallboy stance offers space, which is essential for comfortable drive in any form of passenger car. The driving quality of Datsun Redi is good as well.
On the other hand the Hyundai Eon is an already established model in Indian market, which is quite popular as well. however, it can be said easily that the along with Alto 800 & Renault Kwid Eon will get tough competition from RediGo with its aggressive price range.