Ford Figo Facelift Review & Test Drive

Ford Figo Overview

The Figo enters it’s second generation, taking over the reins from what was Ford’s most successful hatch in the country. The 2015 iteration is more powerful, safer and looks as modern as it should. Let’s take a quick look at what the little Ford has to offer.Hatchbacks are the most popular segment in India and for a long time, only a couple of brands were readily accepted in this high volume space. With the launch of the Figo, Ford’s India game plan took a drastic change for the better and the car brought the American automaker new customers, those who had never ever thought of owing a Ford before. The success of the first gen model is now set to go to newer heights with the launch of the all new Figo, a car that looks hugely promising on paper that we drove it all the way to one of the seven wonders of the world to see what it offers in the real world. View offers on Ford Cars from Ford dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Ford Figo Style

The Ford Figo 2017 does not share anything with the earlier model and is an all new car. It is based on Ford’s Kinetic design 2.0 language and the theme is identical to other new generation cars from Ford. A robust passenger cage made from high strength steel is a part of it. The Ford Figo 2017 also offers driver-side airbag as standard, across all variants. Ford has given a lot of emphasis on passenger safety. In fact, the Ford Figo 2017 is the only car to offer upto six airbags in its top line variant. Thus it distinguishes itself from others cars in its segment.

The new Ford Figo 2017 stands out as one of the best looking hatchbacks in the country, clearly. The large dominating trapezoidal front grille, instantly reminds you of Aston Martin. It has chrome highlights and elongated headlamps look good adding some premium feel to it. Diagonally from the front it also resembles Fiat Punto Evo, as the headlamps are strikingly similar. The side looks well balanced with a slightly tapered windowline. The Ford Figo 2017 has a slightly tall stance due to the high window line. It comes with 14-inch alloy wheels, which do look small in comparison to the car. ORVMs have turn indicators on them. The rear portion is pretty neat and simple and integrates well with the overall look. The boot looks sporty and has a spoiler that adds a subtle flair.

Ford Figo Space

The cabin of the Figo hatch is a big step up compared to its predecessor. Soon after entering the car you can notice that Ford has made a huge effort in getting the ergonomics spot on, which was quite lacking earlier. Everything feels within your reach and focused on the driver. The dashboard design is exactly the same as the Figo Aspire but instead of black and beige it is black and grey. Ford has also added a vanity mirror on the co-passenger’s sun visor which is missing on the Aspire. The gloss black elements on the centre console, door handles, steering wheel, etc. have now been replaced by brushed silver finish. The darker colour scheme looks sporty but many would still prefer the beige interior of the compact sedan.

The instrument cluster on the Figo hatchback doesn’t get any silver elements like the Aspire but there is a different shade of blue for the illuminated needles. You get a 4.2-inch screen on the Titanium+ variant with Ford SYNC system while on the lower variants you get Ford MyDock which is the same as the Aspire. The audio system is user friendly and Bluetooth connectivity is seamless. Audio quality is top notch and the comprehensive connectivity with the AppLink system makes it a very entertaining cabin to be in. The ORVMs are electrically adjustable and are power foldable. There is no push button start/stop, keyless go or reverse parking sensors but the latter most is offered as part of genuine accessories. The car doesn’t get rear AC vents either but doesn’t need them as the AC is a chiller and cools the cabin in quick time, even at the rear.

The headlight controls are stacked neatly next to the steering and the stalks are India-friendly having the turn indicator lever on the right-hand side. The quality, fit and finish is worth appreciating as the Figo feels well put together now with long lasting materials. There are ample amount of storage bins to keep the cabin clean but the rear doors miss out on pockets. The seats are very comfortable at the front with height adjust for the driver. The rear legroom is way better than the old Figo and has more supportive seats with excellent kneeroom but headroom is limited for tall passengers whose hair will rub the sloping roof. The rear headrests are fixed (the Aspire has adjustable) and for tall occupants, the headrests will be at upper back level. 257-litres of boot space is more than enough for a hatchback of this size but there is no electro-magnetic tailgate opener.

Ford Figo Gearbox

The Ford Figo is available with a choice of two petrol engines and one diesel. While the large petrol engine is available only with a 6-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox, the other two engines come mated to a five speed manual gearbox.

1.2 litre Ti-VCT

The 1.2 litre petrol engine, is best suited for the city. Out on the highways it definitely lacks punch. The motor needs to be revved really hard since the meat of the power is at the top of the rev range. Another peculiar thing we noticed was how audible the engine was at high revs. When driven sedately, it does return decent fuel economy. It is nothing more than a commuter class engine, that does it’s duty well. The benchmark petrol engine in the segment, continues to be the 1.2 litre K-Series motor harbored in the Swift’s engine bay.

1.5 litre Ti-VCT

This engine is available only with the 6 – speed dual clutch automatic transmission, in the Titanium trim. While it might make the Figo look like a hot hatch on paper, the 1.5 Ti-VCT fails to deliver on counts of performance. There just isn’t enough torque for the gearbox to exploit and deliver. Where the engine and gearbox combo do score however, is in terms of sheer convenience. When driven with a light foot, the automatic keeps the wallet happy too. The engine and gearbox combo is definitely miles better than the only other petrol automatic in the segment – the Hyundai Grand i10.

1.5 litre TDCi

The diesel engine is the one to pick if you enjoy driving. The 100PS power figure, coupled with the light body and compact proportions make it quite the pocket rocket. Low end torque is impressive and the engine pulls cleanly as the revvs climb. Issues with this engine remain the NVH levels inside the cabin, but that is a something that can be overlooked due to the immense potential the engine possesses. The diesel Figo is amongst the rare cars that can be fun and frugal at the same time

Ford Figo Driving

The suspension set-up in the Ford Figo 2017 is well balanced and offers a good riding experience by making the occupants comfortable. The Ford Figo 2017 is based on the new B572 platform and this has well tuned for Indian road conditions. Ford have increased the ground clearance of this car to 174mm. Handling is one of the best you will find and the car rides very well over potholes, though you can feel a few ones. If you have driven a Ford earlier, you will find a typicality in handling, which is precise. The steering is light for city condition as and weighs up well at higher speeds. The Ford Figo 2017 remains planted under hard cornering and the brakes compliment its overall handling. High speed stability is also impressive

Ford Figo Safety

On the safety front, the Figo is the only hatch to get six – airbags in the top-spec Titanium+ Variant. Dual airbags are standard across the range. It also gets ABS with EBD; and with the Automatic the Ford is equipped with Hill Launch Assist and ESP as well. Ford has nailed it when it comes to safety. No one would have ever imagined that in our country a carmaker would offer six airbags in a hatchback priced under Rs. 10 lakhs. Ford is also offering a driver side airbag as standard across all variants. No doubt the new Figo is the safest car in its segment and future-proof. That’s not it, the car also comes with traction control, stability control and hill hold assist with the automatic transmission variant. Ford is targeting rural markets as well with the Figo and is promising a competitive maintenance cost along with 24/7 roadside assistance and 2 year/1,00,000 kms warranty.

Ford Figo Cost in Hyderabad

Ford Figo Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 4,78,778/- (Figo 1.2P Base MT) to 7,79,163/- (Figo 1.5P Titanium AT). Get best offers for Ford Figo from Ford Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Figo price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Ford Figo Conclusion

Let’s keep this simple. Cars are of two types – fun or practical but rarely both. If you look at the hatchback segment, the Hyundai Grand i10 is a practical option but lacks fun while the Maruti Swift is very fun to drive but lacks practicality. Ford has managed to give both practicality and fun in a well priced package as the Figo is not only comfortable, spacious and safe, it’s a whole lot of fun too with its quick shifting petrol automatic or the punchy diesel, underpinned by a communicative chassis. Like we said in the start of this review, the new Figo will take this American hatch to newer heights, it’s that good.

Author Since: Aug 04, 2018

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