Everyone and their mother, mostly their mother, have said that it’s not wise to compare apples with oranges. Flouting the rules of common expressions, we have compiled a case in which, the Datsun Go assumes the role of the figurative apple and the Kia Picanto, by default, that of the orange. Everyone has their own set of preferences which guides their choices in terms of clothes, cars and uhm, fruit. To continue the fruit being likened to cars analogy, an apple has been said to keep the doctor away, while an orange packed with vitamin C, which is instrumental in strengthening your immune system, will in that regard, also keep the doctor away. So which one do you choose? The one you like or the one that fits in with your lifestyle needs and economic means? To assist you with this fruity (see: car) conundrum is the Fuel-Efficient & Wallet-Conscious title fight: Datsun Go vs. Kia Picanto 1.2 LS Man.
The Weigh In
With a starting price of R104, 900, the Datsun GO is light on your pocket versus the Kia Picanto which adds a little more weight tipping the scales in at R129, 900. Punching out an engine capacity of 1198cc, the Datsun GO lands a power move, while the Picanto produces an engine capacity of 998cc. A big knockout factor for many prospective car buyers is fuel consumption, which makes sense as the fluctuating price of gasoline affects every driver. The score appears to be close with the Kia Picanto using 5.7 L for every 100km driven, while the Datsun GO uses about 5.2 L per 100km. Both vehicles are fuel-savvy and could appeal to environmental enthusiasts and the budget conscious alike.
The Kia Picanto is like a slightly older, super trendy sibling that you want to emulate but somehow just can’t seem to get it right. The exterior design boosts a sporty and slightly animalistic touch a complement of its ‘tiger nose’ grille and its fresh interior is equipped with the kind of modern creature comforts that justifies its price tag. From its AUX/iPod/USB Connector, which keeps you listening to your favourite beats as you drive through the streets, to its Bluetooth (1.2 EX) feature, which allows for safe driving, the Picanto is a definite contender. Another bonus feature is that all Picantos come with standard ISOFIX child seats making it a safe choice for families. In short the Kia Picanto, especially its new and improved iteration means serious business.
The Datsun GO’s re-introduction to South African roads and the global public has assisted many a first time car owner to have what some have thought was impossible: a good looking vehicle that does not break the bank. Its compact body is emphasised with muscular features like its angular grille, vents and headlights. Its solid build also contains strategically placed insulation which minimises driving and wind noise. This is a definite plus when coupled with the GO’s mobile docking station, which ensures convenient access to your smartphone courtesy of a 3.5mm cable, allowing your digital needs to be met with ease. The docking station’s holding arm is also compatible with most music players and smartphones, which can be swivelled to either the landscape or portrait position.
The Fruit Punch
Each car holds its individual merits and both contain driver airbags, which is a definite must-have when behind the wheel. The Kia position’s itself as being the car for the young-at-heart, while the Datsun GO is all about having a car that reflects your personality. Whichever one speaks to your needs and personal choice, these two vehicles could certainly provide a funky, cool touch to your life and their fuel-economy has your wallet’s best interest at heart. So whichever you choose, it’s bound to be the right choice for you.