Ford Figo Review & First Drive

Ford Figo Test Drive

Ford Figo Overview

After the Aspire, it was time for the second-gen Figo to receive its midlife update. These updates usually address major issues plaguing pre-facelift models. So, what could be the need of the hour for the Figo? A heart transplant? Yes, the petrol-powered pre-facelift Figo was uninspiring and lethargic, unlike its diesel counterpart with a drool-worthy punchy engine. To counter that, Ford has now introduced its new Dragon family of petrol engines in the updated Figo along with some minor styling and feature updates. Are these changes enough to put the Figo back as an option worth considering? We took the updated Figo for a spin in sunny Jodhpur to find out. .

Ford Figo Design

The cosmetic upgrades on the 2019 Figo may feel subtle in these shots, but in the flesh, it looks fresh especially when viewed head-on. There’s a sportier honeycomb mesh grille that’s not only finished in glossy-black, but now fills the grille in entirety. Besides that, the lower bumper now has a more angular design, along with a snazzy fog lamp surround that’s finished in a bright matt blue shade.

While the silhouette is similar to the outgoing model, you’ll still notice the new shape 15-inch alloys finished in glossy-black (in Blu version). At the rear, only the mildly restyled lower section of the bumper catches your attention. We have to admit that all these tweaks make the 2019 Ford Figo more attractive than ever. In fact, when spotted from a distance, the new Blu variant (in white paint), is similar to the older Figo ‘Sports’ version.

Ford Figo Cabin

Well, if that had to be answered in two words we would say ‘largely unchanged’. But then, let’s talk about those little changes anyways. So sporty always invokes additional stitching on the seats, steering wheel, gear knob and they have to be red. So that’s a check.

Other than that, the dashboard layout remains the same but the only difference is that there are no silver accents anymore. It’s an all-black theme on the inside and Batman would absolutely love it. But none of us are remotely Batman and out in the 48 degree heat, the seats were absolutely baking our heinies. It’s only that chilling aircon that really saved us from getting cooked.

The driver seats are pretty comfortable and hold you well in place, but it’s more of a sitting on the seat position rather than in. It just doesn’t envelop you as well as it should especially if you have a large frame.

The rear bench is one of the comfortable ones when it comes to hatches in this segment, but we did miss storage at the rear thanks to the flat door pads. What we also loved is the barrage of storage places in the cabin overall. You have as many as 20 storage places to keep your knick-knacks making it an extremely practical cabin.

What we did not like was the plastics incertain areas like the door pads, the chrome dials on the aircon and with no contrast to add, the all-black does highlight the cost saving bits even more.The speedo console is another thing we are not too fond off. It’s too bland with no colour in it at all. The dials could have been bigger as well.

Ford Figo Engine

Coming to the most significant update in the Figo, its new set of petrol engines from Ford’s newest ‘Dragon’ family. There’s a 1.2-litre and a 1.5-litre petrol engine on offer, both 3-cylinder units. The former is offered with a manual, while the latter is exclusively available with an automatic. The petrol powertrain options are, in fact, completely fresh for the updated Figo as Ford has introduced the new 5-speed manual gearbox for the 1.2-litre as well as a 6-speed torque converter for the 1.5-litre, replacing the previous 6-speed DCT (dual-clutch automatic). The diesel engine has been carried forward from the pre-facelift model as is. However, it has also received the new 5-speed manual.

Driving the new 1.2-litre petrol as well as the diesel, while the 1.5-litre petrol automatic wasn’t available. Let us begin with petrol first. We’ve already encountered the 1.2-litre three-cylinder Dragon petrol on the Freestyle and most recently, the Aspire facelift. It is a huge, huge improvement over the old four-cylinder unit of the same displacement. And the updated Figo turned out to be no different. The new 1.2-litre is not only peppier but also more efficient than the engine (18.16kmpl) it replaces.

Being a three-cylinder engine, the new 1.2-litre purrs to life with a mild vibratory cold start. But it gets fairly smooth in no time. The engine is fairly refined given the segment standards and has a sweet note when pushed hard. The engine isn’t that responsive initially, but that doesn’t mean it requires frequent downshifts as it pulls cleanly in higher gears. The engine changes character around 3000rpm as it begins to surge ahead eagerly as it offers a pretty meaty mid-range. Just like other small displacement naturally-aspirated engines, it needs to be revved to extract the most out of it.

Keep it in its sweet spot and the new three-cylinder engine won’t disappoint. Power comes linearly and in a tractable manner till it maxes out just below the redline at 7000rpm. Out on the highway, the Figo is capable of hitting triple-digit speeds rapidly and its brakes are confidence-inspiring. This is expected because the Freestyle and the Aspire, based on the same platform, display these traits as well. For more details on Ford Figo check Changeonslapac

The diesel continues to shine with its outright power and torque, which are the best in the segment. From the get-go, the diesel pulls and pulls and pulls with hardly any turbo lag. We won’t be focusing much on the diesel as it has been carried forward, but continues to be among the strongest points for the Figo. Enriching the whole experience is the new slick-shifting 5-speed manual from Getrag. Available with both the new petrol and the diesel, it slots in much better than the older one.

Ford Figo Riding

Does it work? Oh yes it does. The steering was already pretty direct with plenty of feel. The recalibrated suspension has made turn in’s even quicker and the Figo attacks corners like nothing else in its segment or maybe even higher. The tail happy character means lift-off oversteer is run of the mill stuff for the Figo. Now this can be plenty of fun should you take it to the track or your favourite set of twisty’s, but we think for an amateur driver trying to push, it can get a little overwhelming minus the TCS and ESP which is available only in the automatic.

Ford Figo Safety

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 Price in Hyderabad

Ford Figo On Road Price is 6,85,403/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,82,600/- in Hyderabad. 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 .Check for Figo price in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Ford Figo Verdict

Let’s put things in perspective here. The 2019 Ford Figo falls short of expectations due to absence of some key features like LED headlamps, DRLs and phone mirroring functions on the new infotainment system. We have to admit that these can be deal breakers in an otherwise brilliant package. One that simply shines thanks to Ford plonking a new peppy petrol engine, fitting new manual gearboxes and freshening up the dash with the new infotainment system. These fresh additions join the Figo’s existing list of fortes, such as comfortable seating, and the sorted ride-and-handling combo. The icing, of course, is the pricing which seems to be spot-on with the competition. Ultimately, we feel that Ford has really nailed it this time with the 2019 Figo!

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