Ford Figo Review & First Drive

Ford Figo Overview

The new generation Figo is a step up from its predecessor sporting new elements, powerful set of engines and additional equipment. Resembling Aspire, it is essentially a replica of its sub-four meter sibling minus the boot. Cabin mirrors the styling as seen in Aspire and also gets same equipment such as a 4.2 inch SYNC multimedia infotainment system, three-spoke steering wheel with silver accents and steering mounted controls etc. In terms of safety, only the top end Titanium and Titanium+ trims were armed with ABS and EBD initially, but later Ford also added these provisions to the Trend variant.Compared to its predecessor, the new generation model has transformed cosmetically and gets more powerful engines. Additional kit akin to Aspire makes it a well-equipped car in its space. With prices starting at Rs 4.53 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Figo is a value for money car giving rivals a run for their money.Request a test drive for Figo in Tryaldrive

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Ford Figo Exterior & style

As can be seen in the Ford Figo pictures of the exteriors, Figo hatchback and Aspire sedan are indistinguishable except for the additional boot fixed at the rear of Aspire. Leave that apart and you can very well confuse Figo hatchback to the sedan version. Similar modish radiator grille in the front with multiple chrome bars boosts the overall outer look. Again the identical swooping head lights flank front grille, trickle to the lower bumper and you will notice the petite lower grille and fog lamps in higher variants. Side profile is simple yet impressive, it gets body

Colour matching outside rear view mirrors, body painted outside door handles, multiple spoke alloy wheels, indicators and subtle character lines. The outside rear view mirrors get integrated turn indicators along with power adjustable and foldable functions. At the back, wrap around tail lights are present, an integrated roof spoiler, fog lights and body coloured bumper pretty much define the rear styling.

Ford Figo Interior & Space

As opposed to its immediate competition, the Hyundai Grand i10 and the Maruti Suzuki Swift, the Figo is relatively longer, and it shows on the inside too. Seats are comfortable and supportive enough. Knee room for passengers at the back is in plenty thanks to a best in class wheelbase of 2,491mm. The shoulder and leg room though is a bit compromised due to the large transmission tunnel at the back. The extra bit of space for the passengers at the back has resulted in a smaller boot. In fact this 2015 Figo has smaller boot space than its predecessor. There are quite a few cubby holes to store bottle and knickknacks.

The dashboard of the Figo is similar in every detail to the Figo Aspire. But the silver and grey combination on the hatchback looks a lot better than the black and beige on its larger sibling. Use of a lighter color scheme has also made the cabin feel airy. The V-shaped center console is in line with Ford’s design philosophy. We particularly loved the instrumentation – it not only looks good but is also easy to read and informative; a rare combination to find nowadays.

Ford Figo Engine & Gearbox

There are three engine choices available across the line-up, petrol trims get two engine options and diesel trims feature one engine unit. Among the two petrol motors a 1.2 litre, three cylinder and a 1.5 litre motors are included. Diesel variants are powered by 1.5 litre powertrain. Power yielded by 1.2 litre motor is 88 PS at 6250 RPM along with 112 Nm of peak torque. 1.5 litre diesel motor can pull off 100 PS at 4000 RPM along with 215 Nm. The 1.5 litre, four cylinder petrol engine is capable of yielding 112 PS along with 136 Nm implying that it is the most powerful of all three engine options. Ford Figo transmission choices comprise of a five-speed manual and one six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. As for the manual tranny, it serves in 1.2 litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel variants. Automatic transmission is available only on the 1.5 litre petrol mill.

Since the engine set up is similar to Aspire, performance yielded by Figo facelift is somehow same as offered by Aspire. That said, the hatchback is more suited to city driving, diesel engine is not as punchy as petrols. Overall, the hatchback can be handled well specially within city conditions. Diesel engine is not very noisy which means quieter cabin, all thanks to the impactful insulation.The 1.5-litre diesel engine of Ford Figo returns ARAI-certified mileage of 25.83 kmpl. Petrol variants, which include 1.2-litre manual and 1.5-litre automatic trims, can return 18.16 kmpl and 17 kmpl, respectively. Of all three engine options, 1.5-litre diesel engine is the most frugal with highest mileage numbers.

Ford Figo Ride & Handling

From inside the car, visibility all round is decent and they say that simply because the fat A-pillar can take a little getting used too. That aside,thanks to the height adjustable driver seat, it is easy to find the right driving position. The clutch is fairly soft making it easy to drive in city traffic conditions. We also didn’t like the positioning of the ORVM controls and the button to open the boot lid; rest all buttons are well within reach. The suspension is setup slightly on the stiffer side but surprising the Figo manages to deal with bad roads and undulations with fair poise. Moreover, the best-in-class 174mm of ground clearance too contributes in dealing with large potholes. At the back too, passengers will not feel the bumps filtering through as it offers a supple ride.

In terms of handling, the Figo manages to challenge a series of bends with utmost enthusiasm. There is a bit of body roll but not so much that it would have you questioning the Figo’s handling capabilities. The steering though is a bit light for our liking and could do with a little more feedback. The front disc – rear drum setup gives the Figo impressive braking ability. There is enough bite and the tires support the car well, as it doesn’t lose its line.

Ford Figo Braking & Safety

Driver airbag is standard on the line-up, whereas passenger airbag is missing only on the base trim. In addition to these, the top-spec variant also gets side-bags, curtain-bags and Ford MyKey. EPS with TCS and HLA is provided only on the automatic petrol variant. Besides the above mentioned primary features, Figo also sports ABS with EBD, engine immobilizer and seat belts in front & rear etc.Figo’s exterior get a bunch of features such as chrome radiator grille, front fog lamps, rear fog lamps and rear defogger. Inside, it sports fabric seats, single tone colour scheme, adjustable headrests on front seats, map pockets, height adjuster for driver’s seat, rear parcel tray and a 12V power point in front.

Ford Figo Cost in Bangalore

Ford Figo Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 4,78,525/- (Figo 1.2P Base MT) to 7,78,839/- (Figo 1.5P Titanium AT). Get best offers for Ford Figo from Ford Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Figo price in Bangalore at Carzprice

Ford Figo Conclusion

Compared to the first generation model, the Figo embodies plethora changes and good news is that these changes have bettered the hatchback. Exterior styling is in line with Aspire, similarities don’t end here even the interiors and engine choices are similar. The automatic option comes with a number of additional features missing in the rest of the line-up. Performance is not as good as one would expect but the other pros in the hatchback are good enough to make do with this void. Interiors are not just stylish but comfortable too in terms of space. With dual front airbags as standard and total six airbags employed for occupants’ safety, Figo has a cusp over rivals. Pricing is affordable which should also work in the vehicle’s favor.

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