September 21 2017
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New Ford Figo Long Drive Review

The Ford Figo is an old soul. It has launched in 2010 to build on the success of the erstwhile Ford Fiesta. It is a mid-segment hatchback. In practical terms, it’s competition is the Honda Jazz and Maruti Baleno. The New Ford Figo is the semi-premium hatchback that aims to offer you a value for money, yet a comfortable ride.

New Ford Figo

We previously reviewed the Ford Figo Aspire and were mightily impressed with what it offered.

The new Figo is something that builds upon the old one, but more importantly, strives to compete with other, newer models – the car’s look has been kept pretty sporty and most new-age features such as airbags, ESP and keyless entry. It also borrows from the Aspire which was launched early but makes it its own.

We got the Ford Figo Titanium VCT AT (Petrol) for review. This top of the line automatic transmission model comes for around 7.9 lakhs (on-road, Delhi). We took it for a long drive 150 KM long drive around Gurgaon and also drove it in rush hour traffic, along with highways and city roads.

Here is what we found:

Design

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The new Ford Figo’s styling is sporty and sharp.

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The backswept headlights  do turn heads at traffic signals. The car’s front end is equally stylish. The front of the car is definitely what draws you towards it. The wide front puts it ahead of the competition. No other car in this category has the looks like the new Ford Figo.

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The bonnet is also stylistically designed and makes the car look aggressive yet sporty.

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The sidelines are sharp while the back is equally sporty. The lines across this car make sure you notice it and in fact, the car calls you in for a ride.

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The backlights could have been a little sportier to go along with the car’s image, but otherwise, Ford has definitely nailed it with the new Figo.

Interior, exterior and Styling

The interior of the New Ford Figo is almost exactly like the Ford Figo Aspire. The look and feel are as sporty inside as they are outside. Both the interior and exterior seems exactly like that of its sibling, the Ford Figo Aspire.

Exterior

When you look at the front end, it is built to impress. Where it is the chrome grille, that looks super luxe, or the back swept headlights, both look sharp. The bonnet itself has a slightly raised profile which makes the car look like it is raring to go.

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A sharp shoulder line runs across the car and gives the car aesthetic appeal.

Interior

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The interior of the new Ford Figo draws upon its sibling – the Ford Figo Aspire. It has almost the same dashboard. The silver and black combination on the dash has a touch of appeal to it. It has a SYNC mobile docking system on board and Bluetooth connectivity.

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But the best part of the New Ford Figo is definitely its legroom, which due to its longer wheelbase makes it a pleasure to drive and comfortable to sit in.

The 257-liter boot space though was lesser than I expected.

Features

In case you want to be pampered, the Ford Figo is actually the most loaded with features in its segment. 

The AMT version came with:

  • 6 Airbags
  • ABS with ABD
  • ESP
  • Hill-launch Assist
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Ford SYNC
  • Ford MyKey
  • Dock for smartphones
  • Automatic climate control
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Cooled glovebox
  • Automatic gear system (of course)

Engine

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The New Ford Figo comes in 3 variants – the 1.2L petrol, the 1.5L petrol and the 1.5L diesel.

The 1.5L petrol model that we had produced 110 BHP of power, making it sufficiently revved up for our taste. The 6-speed automatic gear system worked pretty well. The sports mode is a little underpowered, but it is still very comfortable to drive.

There is something about the new Ford Figo that just makes it smooth – Dual-Clutch Automatic transmission. It is precise and quick and hardly ever gives you trouble.

Ford claims a mileage of 17, but going by its own reading – the real on road mileage came to be 11.5 on city roads and 14 on highways.

Ride and Handling

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We had the New Ford Figo over a period of 3 days and drove it over a variety of terrains. We took it through rush hour traffic and also took through a very rough terrain from Gurgaon to Tauru through a village terrain The terrain had speed breakers at every 500 metres and bad roads. This is where the Figo excelled. In almost any other car in the segment, it would have been a very back breaking journey. We did get a bit tired, but the drive still was pretty good.

On city roads, it works pretty fine. On empty stretches and busy roads, you can alternate between the speed and drive modes.

In traffic, the car is easy to navigate owing to its sharp turning angles.

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The suspension of the New Ford Figo works pretty well, just as it does on the Figo Aspire and Ecosport. The gearshift is smooth and the braking works well.

Overall, it is engineered for a comfortable, easy and smooth drive. Unless you nitpick, you won’t be complaining.

Verdict – The New Ford Figo excels in most areas

The New Ford Figo is the most affordable car in its segment. It is also the only one with automatic transmission besides the Honda Jazz, which is pricier by 1 lakh. Not just that, it is also the most powerful car in the segment with 110 BHP power output. But that’s not what we are raving about.

The suspension and the automatic transmission are the stars of the new Ford Figo. The dual-clutch automatic transmission and the low riding suspension makes this car a beast which can take much punishment.

The New Ford Figo offers sheer brilliance for its price. It is being understated compared to the competition right now, yet is one of the most value for money cars out there. If you are in the market for a hatchback, take it for a ride – you will be pleasantly surprised.

2 comments

  1. any reviews about lower models ? I find lack of accessories from Ford making lower models hard to buy.

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