Ford Figo Review & Test Drive


Ford Figo Overview

The new generation Figo was launched almost four years ago and it was about time for the car to get a mid-life update. It has been on the cards for a while and now, we finally had an opportunity to test drive the 2019 Ford Figo facelift. Ford India says that the Figo facelift gets over 1200 changes over the outgoing model. Which means almost 50 per cent of the car is new. The front end now gets cellular style grille which is new. The swept back headlamp cluster stays same but the fog lamps get a new housing. We drove the top spec Titanium Blu variant, wherein you have blue accents on the exterior along with a dual tone roof and newly designed alloys.

Ford Figo Style

Although the Figo and Figo Aspire have similar exteriors, I much prefer the execution of the new design on the Figo hatchback. It doesn’t look as awkwardly proportioned (an inherent sub-4m sedan flaw) as its Aspire brother.Aston Martin fans will appreciate the grille design, which features chrome slats and bezel in the top-end trim. It is flanked by large swept-back headlamps that offer conventional bulb lighting tech. A pair of round foglamps and a long plastic radiator grille round up the lower bumper. The new Figo’s hood has sculpted lines that hints at the power-packed diesel motor underneath it.

From the side, it looks well-proportioned, although the 14-inch alloy wheels don’t match the styling. It could have borrowed the sportier 15-inch 5-spoke alloy rims from its Brazilian cousin, the Ford Ka.The new Figo measures 3,886 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width, 1525 in height, and 2,491 mm in wheelbase, making it the longest in overall length, wheelbase and the widest in its segment. Compared to its predecessor, the 2015 Figo is 91 mm longer, 15 mm wider, 98 mm higher and 2 mm longer wheelbase.

Ford Figo Space

Just like the exteriors, the interior of the new Figo has undergone some minor changes. The basic layout of the dashboard remains the same as before. However, the centre console gets a new touchscreen infotainment system. This 6-inch unit comes loaded with Ford’s SYNC3 interface. It is best in the segment in terms of usability and responsiveness. Apart from upgrading the infotainment unit, Ford has also revised the layout of the central tunnel. The new design offers better ergonomics.

The rest of the specifics of the interiors remain the same as before. The top-spec Blu variant comes with an all-black colour scheme, while the rest of the variants are offered in a dual-tone colour scheme of black and beige. There is one big miss here though and that’s the absence of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which these days is available even in the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and Hyundai Santro.Check for Ford Figo price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

The overall quality levels inside the cabin remain good but not the best in its segment. In this case, we feel that Ford has missed an opportunity here. Though the quality of the materials used feel decent, it is in certain areas, such as the indicator stalk operation, that it lets you down. That said, considering what the competition offers, the overall experience inside the cabin of the Ford Figo is quite nice.

Ford Figo Gearbox

The Ford Figo diesel variant is powered by a 1.5-litre four cylinder TDCi engine from the Ford EcoSport. While the previous Ford Figo produced 69 PS from a smaller 1.4-litre Duratorq, the diesel engine in the new Figo produces 100 PS and 215 Nm of torque, thus making it the most powerful diesel hatchback for under 10 lakhs.Torque delivery from the engine to the front wheels is linear, but it thrusts you forward with untamed eagerness, once the turbo spools at 1800 rpm. Power at the low-end rev range doesn’t feel lagged, and allows for brisk take-offs at second gear from single digit speeds.

The Figo then comes to life between the mid and high rev ranges, where the relatively wide power band enables the car to keep pushing until 170 km/hr in 5th gear.The diesel variant is certainly a car that will put a smile even on a driving enthusiast’s face.The 5-speed manual gearbox has short throws, but was not smooth in shifting the gears. As for the clutch, it felt light, and has a predictable bite point. Thanks to the good low-end torque, it’s quite hard to stall the Figo from the get-go.

On paper, the 1.5 Ti-VCT petrol variant has the figures of an Indian hot-hatch. It produces 112 PS at 6,300 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,250 rpm. It is also paired to a 6-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox as standard. The only other hatchback with a powerful petrol motor and dual-clutch gearbox is the VW Polo GT.It doesn’t feel sporty or exciting to drive as what the specs promise. The naturally aspirated engine has a strong high range, but relaxed mid and low ranges. This confuses the DCT gearbox when the user has a heavy foot.

As a safe option, it goes down two gears to access the screaming high rev range, although it sometimes appears unnecessary. This can be neutralized by setting it in manual mode, where the drive can change gears via an odd button on the gear selector.Around the evening traffic of Delhi, the 6-speed DCT was smooth, and contributed to its effortless city drivability. But on a road as empty and wide as the Yamuna Expressway, it doesn’t feel as lively and eager as its diesel brother.

The new Ford Figo diesel has an ARAI-certified fuel consumption of 25.83 km/l, while the 1.5-litre Ti-VCT with the 6-speed DCT is certified at 17 km/l.With a light foot and an empty expressway, the Figo diesel is capable of doing 22.4 km/l, as per the MID reading. As for the petrol-automatic variant, it is capable of returning 12.7 km/L with a heavy foot.To know more details on Ford Figo check Kokoliko

Ford Figo Riding

This same engine is offered in the Freestyle and Aspire as well. The low end grunt is a little lacking, which means driving in the city will require you to work the gearbox. On the highway, it is easy to find your rhythm and let the car do its thing. The gearshifts are precise and we are happy to report that the Figo Facelift retains its handling prowess and supple ride quality. The car can filter through traffic easily and is happy around corners as well. The suspension doesn’t crash going over big potholes and keeps the occupants in comfort at all times. The only grouse that we could figure in the driving dynamics is that under hard braking, the car isn’t that stable. It wavers a fair bit and robs you of confidence when you pump the brakes hard.

The Figo always had good driving dynamics and the new facelift model keeps it the same way. While the 1.2 petrol was brilliant on the highway, it was the 1.5 litre diesel which is better suited for the city. There is a nice shove of low end torque which makes things better and also the gearshifts are a touch slicker in the diesel variant. The top-spec Titanium Blu variant gets 15-inch wheels while the other models are shod with 14-inch wheels.

Ford Figo Safety

Like the new Figo Aspire, the Figo also comes with an enticing safety feature list that will not go unnoticed.Firstly, the Base trim features a driver’s airbag as standard, while rest of the trim levels add a passenger airbag to the mix. If two airbags aren’t enough, the range-topping Titanium Plus trim can sate your need by offering a pair of side and curtain airbags – bringing the total count to six. The new Ford Figo is the only hatchback in its segment to offer more than 2 airbags.

An interesting aspect to note is that people opting for the Titanium Plus trim with six airbags will not get ceiling grab handles. The reason is attributed to the packaging of the airbags and limited space available to fit the handles. So if the driver is getting a little bit too adventurous, passengers will have to make do with the small door pockets to hold onto.The 1.5-litre petrol variant with the 6-speed DCT is only offered in the Titanium variant, thus losing out on 4 extra airbags. However, it does gain exclusive features like Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System and Hill Launch Assist.

Ford Figo Cost in Chennai

Ford Figo On Road Price is 6,73,751/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,82,600/- in Chennai. Ford Figo comes in 7 colours, namely Deep Impact Blue,Smoke Grey,Ingot Silver,Tuxedo Black,Sparkling Gold,Oxford White,Ruby Red. Ford Figo comes with FWD with 1196 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 87 bhp@6300 rpm and Peak Torque 112 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Ford Figo comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Ford Figo Final Thought

To sum it up, the Ford Figo, in this new avatar irons out the imperfections and shortcomings of the pre-facelift iteration. It looks better, comes with an improved package with the additional equipment and continues to offer the same ‘fun-to-drive’ attribute that it has always been famous for, especially the diesel derivative. That said, there are still a few things which Ford could have further improved like the clutch and material quality of certain components along with the inclusion of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Nevertheless, the Figo, just as before, continues stands as a worthy competitor in the compact hatchback segment and brings something unique to the table. With prices falling in-between the range of Rs 6.13 lakh to Rs 7.54 lakh for the diesel variants, it stands as a strong contender for those who are looking for a fun to drive hatchback.