Ford Figo Performance & Test Drive

Ford Figo Overview

The much-awaited update of Ford’s hatchback gets a number of changes inside out and also gets a new set of petrol engines. The car you see here is the top-of-the-line Titanium Blu variant, which gets a sportier-looking, all-black grille in what Ford calls a ‘cellular’ design and C-shaped fog lamp housings with blue accents. The black roof and black 15-inch alloy wheels are a nice contrast to the body colour and make it stand out in the crowd. There are very few changes to the rear; the Ford Figo facelift gets a redesigned bumper, and there’s no escaping the fact that the Titanium Blu variant looks much like the previous Figo’s Sports Edition, which was launched in 2017.

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However, the small details to the design do well to differentiate it from the previous car. It’s also worth noting that the lesser Titanium trim doesn’t get the contrast roof, sticks with 14-inch alloys and all those black and blue accents are chrome instead, just like on the Aspire sedan. The equipment list has also been updated, with the biggest addition being a 7.0-inch touchscreen. Test drive for Ford Figo .

Ford Figo Exterior & Style

The exterior updates for the refreshed Figo were previewed by the Freestyle and updated Aspire last year. The element of surprise for us was the new range-topping Titanium Blu variant, which looks much like the previous S. So we will be focusing more on the new Titanium Blu variant.

The refreshed front fascia looks sharper than the previous model. The slats in the grille have made way for a mesh pattern and the Blu variant gets a glossy black finish, while the lower Titanium offers chrome. The lower air dam has also become sleeker and wider than before and the fog lamp housing features blue accents in the Titanium Blu compared to chrome in Titanium. The headlamps remain multi-reflector units, but are smoked and features a slightly different internal detailing.

The side profile is identical to the pre-facelift model except for the blue and black decals and Aspire’s multi-spoke alloy wheels finished in gloss black. The roof as well as the outside rearview mirrors feature a gloss black paint job to jazz up things in the sportier Blu variant. Apart from the Oxford White that you see in the pictures, the Titanium Blu variant is also available in Moondust Silver and Smoke Grey. Speaking of the regular model, the flashy orange shade offered before has now been replaced by the White Gold which debuted with the Aspire.

Changes at to the rear profile are also limited except for the dual-tone bumper, which mimics the one up front. There are decals on the boot lid and that’s where you get the hint it is the top-spec ‘Blu’ variant, apart from its sportier appearance. The Figo now features rear parking sensors, standard across the variant lineup as per the norms.

Overall, if not for the rear spoiler, the Titanium Blu actually looks like a successor to the previous S variant. You can, however, get that spoiler from the Figo’s official accessories. The aesthetic updates on the updated Figo have refreshed the styling and added a couple more years to its life. The Titanium Blu variant, in particular, stands out compared to the lower variants as well as its peers since it has a more squat stance thanks to the fatter wheels and dual-tone paint job.

Ford Figo Interior & Space

Simply put, the interior of the Figo is largely carried over from the pre-facelift model. What grabs your attention is the redesigned central console. The cluttered and button-heavy centre console has been replaced with a sleek, floating 7-inch touchscreen in a piano black-finished panel.

The cabin of the Titanium Blue variant is all-black — the dashboard, the headliner, everything is jet black! There are blue accents on the doors to complement the exterior theme and the dark upholstery features contrasting blue stitching. The darker theme lends the cabin a sporty feel, but some could find it a bit claustrophobic. Personally, I love the black headliner on this variant. However, this all-black treatment is limited to the top-spec Titanium Blu variant as the lower Titanium features a lighter headliner.

The cabin, though not heavily updated, does get some nifty features to make it modern. There’s a new 7-inch capacitive touchscreen infotainment system (also available with lower variants of the Aspire and Freestyle), rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Sadly, the Figo doesn’t get the premium SYNC 3 infotainment system with CarPlay and Android Auto, like the Aspire and the Freestyle. The screen is also not as bright and crisp as the SYNC 3 unit, but is responsive and features built-in navigation and Bluetooth connectivity as well as rear parking camera support. For Ford Figo  check kotra.in   

There’s room for improvement inside, as is the case with the Aspire and Freestyle. For instance, the rear doors don’t offer a bottle holder or any kind of storage space at all. The instrument cluster, which has received new graphics and a more informative MID, still looks dated. There’s also no reach adjustment for the steering wheel and we would have liked an armrest for the driver, at least in the automatic variant. The rear headroom is limited and anyone around six feet or taller will ask for more. There are no rear AC vents, but that’s not a problem since the AC is an absolute chiller!

Ford Figo Engine & Gearbox

Of the three powertrain options, we got to sample both the manuals. The new 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine makes 96hp and 120Nm of torque and is mated to a new Getrag-sourced 5-speed manual gearbox, which was first seen in the Freestyle. With a light clutch operation, getting off the line is a smooth affair, and the engine is very refined too. The engine’s performance at low speeds, however, is not that exciting. It is not that responsive below 2,500 rpm, and therefore you’ll find yourself working the gearbox more than usual. Luckily, the gearbox has short throws and is easy to slot. The real power comes in after the 2,500 mark and, here onward, the engine delivers strong and linear performance. There is good power even in the top end, all the way until the 6,800rpm redline. The engine does get noisy as you climb the rev range, but the engine note is nice and suits the hatchback’s sporty nature more than it does the Aspire sedan.

The 100hp, 215Nm, 1.5 diesel has always impressed us, and it did again with this new 5-speed gearbox (it’s the same unit as in the petrol, but with different ratios) when we sampled it in the Aspire and Freestyle. There is a small amount of turbo lag at low speeds, but it’s very well masked. And once the turbo kicks in at 1,700 rpm, you get a strong surge of power which is sustained until 4,000rpm. Here, too, the gearbox works much better than the old IB5 unit, with lighter, smoother, more positive shifts that add to the driving pleasure. The taller gearing of the new transmission also makes this diesel version a good cruiser and allows it an ARAI-rated fuel efficiency of 25.5kpl. The clutch, although heavier than in the petrol car, is well weighted and has a consistent feel to it.

Ford Figo Driving Dynamics

Ford has upsized the wheels with the new top-spec Titanium Blue variant. It now rides on the Aspire’s 15-inch wheels compared to 14-inchers in the lower Titanium variant and the pre-facelift model. At 195/55, the 15-inch tyres are the fattest in the segment and are largely accountable for the ride improvement over the previous model. Moreover, this upsize aid in gliding over bumps as well as rough sections of the roads smoothly and the car feel planted most of the time.

Ford has not tinkered the suspension setup with this facelift. So, the Titanium Blu or the other variants don’t get the stiffer setup offered before with the S to aid handling. It is, for now, a successor to the previous S variant, but aesthetically. The suspension setup on the Figo is well tuned for Indian conditions and it offers a mature ride. It feels a bit bumpy sometimes at the back, and this is something we’ve experienced with the Freestyle and Aspire as well. These aren’t deal breakers though, but some might experience these things. The steering on both cars is quite sharp and precise. Turn-ins are precise and you have a decent feel from the tyres as well. Thanks to around 30kg lesser kerb weight, the petrol feels slightly lighter to driver and chuck into corners compared to the diesel. Overall, the driving dynamics of the Figo remain engaging and praise worthy, and have only bettered compared to the pre-facelift car.

Ford Figo Safety & Security

The updated Figo is available with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, front seatbelts reminder and rear parking sensors as standard across the variant lineup. The top-spec Titanium Blue variant adds side and curtain airbags, which are exclusive to the Figo in the segment. The petrol automatic variant exclusively comes with ESP (electronic stability program), TCS (traction control system) and HLA (hill launch assist) — these are also segment–firsts.

Ford Figo Cost in Bangalore

Ford Figo On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 5,70,568 to 9,32,849 for variants Figo 1.2P Base MT and Figo 1.5P Titanium AT respectively. Ford Figo is available in 13 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Ford Figo variants price in Bangalore. Check for Figo price in Bangalore at Cazrprice.

Ford Figo Final Thought

Ford has cut down the number of variants from five to just three (Ambiente, Titanium and Titanium Blu) and the prices start from Rs 5.15 lakh for the base 1.2 petrol, going up to Rs 7.74 lakh for the top-end diesel Titanium Blu. The 1.5 automatic is available only in the mid-spec Titanium variant for Rs 8.09 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom India). That works out to an average of Rs 40,000 less, variant for variant, compared to the earlier Figo!

The Freestyle, launched almost a year before, showed us pretty much exactly what we would be getting with this Figo facelift, so it wasn’t much of a surprise. But then that’s no bad thing, because the Figo comes together as an excellent all-round package. We just wished the top equipment level – 6 airbags, auto lamps and wipers etc – wasn’t restricted to the ‘Blu’ styling package because the racy decals and black accents might not be to everyone’s taste.

The equipment upgrades are welcome, but also necessary amidst aggressive competition, but we really wish they’d have sprung for the higher-spec infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, which has quickly become the norm for cars with touchscreens. The new petrol engine (and the accompanying gearbox) does its best work in this hatchback, where you’ll be more inclined to wring it out and get the best out of it. The diesel, as ever, is an absolute gem.

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