Ford Figo Review
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Ford Figo Test Drive & Review
Ford, selling the Ikon,Fiesta and Endevour has made its entry into B segment in India with the launch of new Figo on March 10th 2010. Figo(literally means 'cool' in colloquial Italian language) is built based on Ford's global B platform. Figo is only crafted in Chennai, India and will be sold worldwide. The new kinetic design allows more usable space inside at the same time retaining trendy looks in par with other cars in B segment like Swift and i10. Figo, offered as both petrol and diesel comes in 8 variants with prices ranging from Rs3.5 lakh to Rs 5.3 lakh. Indian B segment is one of the toughest grounds for any new car. With the already crowded line up of cars from Maruti, Tata, Hyundai, Fiat, Honda, GM, will Figo survive the battle? Lets check out in this review
First sight, second sight and even at third sight! you may not able to sense its a new car. Figo is a neighbourhood's car. There is no question of love or hate. Figo is not revolutionary and it could please all especially the mature buyers.From some angles, Figo looks more like a upgraded car rather than an all new one. Young customers may wish a more modern styling. Ford says that it has used kinetic design philosphy (used in Ford's new Fiesta) in Figo too. Stretching the fact by a bit.
No rakish windscreen nor miniscal glass area in the figo. The windscreen follows a prominent bonnet. The cat eyed headlamps are nicely shaped and bounds the Ford's signature grille. A clipped trapezoidal airdam and fog lamps ensures a impressive stance. Spruced-up wheel arches and longer lines hides the taller profile of Figo. The pillar mounted taillamps though not new is still a subject of debate. Overall, Figo follows the principle of "form follows the function".
Unlike most of its peers, Ford can take the credit to launch a small car with both petrol and diesel engines. Open the bonnet to find a 1.2L Rocam engine (known as Duratec to new buyers) or 1.4L diesel engine (Duratorq). Figo's 1.2L which is essentially a stripped down unit of Fiesta's duratec produces 70bhp of peak power at 6250rpm and a maximum torque of 104Nm at 4000rpm.Ford Figo 1.4L diesel engine pumps out 68bhp of peak power at 4000rpm and 160Nm of peak torque at 2000rpm.
These engines are coupled with iB5 manual transmission. Ford has played safe. The powertrains of Figo are not modern but proven both in terms of fuel efficiency and performance. Both the engines are Bharat IV complaint. Figo 1.4L duratorq emits 114 gram of CO2 every kilometer. We don't have ARAI figures of Figo nor the CO2 emission of petrol engine to share with you.
Having driven mutliple cars with 1.2L engine, we did not expect much from Figo. But Figo thrown a surprise! Tuned to drive in city condition, Figo 1.2L is tractable. It's not rev friendly as Maruti's K-series engines but pulls effortlessly. Mid range performance is also commendable. Expect the top end performance to be decent.
Ikon and Fiesta owners knew about the 1.4L duratorq marvel. Under th hood of the Figo, it churns out a modest 68bhp at 4000rpm and 160Nm of maximum torque at 2000rpm. As expected, it pulls the figo effortlessly. But you need to bring rev the engine over 1800rpm to brig her alive.
Gear changes are required to crawl in the city.Strong mid end enables you to clock 100+kmph even in third gear. We can't test top end in the city roads of Goa. Figo diesel could be one of the best hatch to drive in the highway. But it is irritatingly noisy.
The award winning 1.3L multijet diesel sports in all the Figo competitors (Indica Vista,swift and more). It's hard to beat the performance of the Fiat's wonder but Figo's duratorq unit comes close to that.
Sit behind the steering wheel and get carried away could be the theme of Ford engineers. Ford's DNA is attributed to better driving cars. Figo is not an exception. The larger steering wheel gives the feedback well. It's not light as Hyundai i10 but i could say it is just about perfect. The 175/65 R14 radials don't need an upgradation but enthusiast might do.
Chassis and suspension set-up ensures sporty driving dynamics. Figo sports disc brakes at the front and drum at the rear. ABS with EBD makes the Figo a contemporary and safe hatch to play. But under hard braking we found wheels lock-up at some instance.
Figo's seven attractive shades includes diamond white,panther black,moondust silver,chille,sea grey, squeeze (launchc colour) and colorad red.
We were given top end variant (Titanium) of Figo for the test drive. This variant boasts bright interiors (corala red and faux aluminium rings). Figo could be the first hatch in India to come with bright interiors. We have to see how customers react. Ford offers ebony interiors (grey) in lower variant to cater to the taste of traditional customers. The texture are aptly selected and dual coloured seats are welcome feature. Decent quality plastics, fit and finish will satisfy the small car buyer.
Getting into the driver seat is an easy task. The well bolstered seats offers required comfort. Though driver seat is height adjustable, steering is not reach nor rake adjustable. Yet you can find the perfect driving positiong with ease. Credits the commanding driver seat position which enables a good all around visibility. Gear stick placement is awkward, especially for drivers with long hands. Dead pedal is absent but footwell is huge. The steering wheel is easy to hold but found to be little larger. The controls are within reachable limits.
Ride Quality and NVH
Figo employs conventional suspension set-up - Mcpherson strut at the front and twist beam at the rear. Ford cars are known to have stiffer ride coz suspension is tuned for better handling. But in Figo, Ford seems have factored in customers preference for good ride quality as well. Ride over speed breaker or rough patches, the shocks are evened out. It may not completely insulates.
For the sake of cost cutting, sound insulation is heavily compromised. Even in the petrol figo (when the windows are rolled up), noise creeps into the cabin. Figo 1.4L diesel is irritatingly noisy as the diesel clatter flows into the cabin without resistance. However, vibration is not there. Steering wheel and gear stick doesn't transmit the vibration even over bad roads.
Like other cars with taller profile (read WagonR and Ritz), Figo feels spacious. Airy and bright cabin is ensured by larger greenhouse area. Storage space on the centrai console is limited and in the doors it leaves nothing more than a litre bottle. Ford sports a decent glove box.
At the front, Figo is very spacious. Coming to the rear, legroom,kneeroom and hiproom is adequate. But for a 6 feet guy, kneeroom could be a problem. Wherever you are headroom is enormous. The ample boot offers class leading 284 litres of luggage space. Figo has a unique feature spilit all rear seats (both bench and seat back can be rolled down) which amplifies the space to suit even your weekend trips.
Convenience and Comfort
Ford said it has specially worked on the Air conditioner to suit the blistering summer of India. We found it to be very effective during our test drive. But before giving it full marks, we want to check once in Chennai. The shutter vents are welcome addition in Ford cars. The instrument panel is said to be inspired from motorcycles (you heard in Chevy Beat). But in Figo its not exciting.
Features and Warranty
Height adjustable driver seat, integrated music player with bluetooth and iPod compatibility, ABS with EBD, programmable ignition key,central locking, lane change indicator and distance to empty meter. Ford offer 2 years bumper to bumper warranty for Figo.
Figo will come in three variants. Titanium being the top of the line.
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Figo joins the entry level sedan ikon,mid level Fiesta and endeavour SUV to complete the line-up. None of the Ford's vehicle are segment toppers but entertains a significant set of users. With Figo, ford might want to replicate the same if not topping in the small car segment. Without doubt Figo is an excellent package - looks pleasingly, good ride - handling package, spacious interiors and packs much needed features. But it lacks the 'wow' factor which some competitors sport. Having tracked the Figo's development closely, we believe that Figo to be priced sensitively. Beat, Estilo, WagonR and base variants of i10 better watch out for Figo (petrol). Figo diesel may take on Indica and Swift.
Ford Figo Petrol Test Drive and Review
Introduction With more than 20000 bookings and Ford India's May sales raising 3 folds when compared to the same month latst year, we have more reasons to make another slideshow on Figo, this time with the alluring Red colored car. This petrol Figo will attract of most of the buyers out there who want an affordable and durable hatchback. In this slideshow we get into the feel good factors that made Figo an instant success. Check out! Figo Styling and Design - Exterior Figo is completely different from Fusion, its elder sibling. Look at the carved headlamps, the new design signature grille with the blue oval at the middle. The aerodynamically sculpted windscreen angle and the drooping roof rail,makes it stable at high speeds. The fenders arching the wheels serves the purpose well. The windows allow more outside light to enter into the cabin, thanks to the optimal shoulder level which allows people to gaze at the fast moving side landscapes irrespective of one's seating position in Figo. The vertically mounted christmas tree like tail lamp, warns miles ahead and the tail top rear lamp also serves the purpose well. Tiny rectangular reflectors at the rear bumper is a nice add on feature. Figo Styling and Design - Interior On the interior, Figo has derived some design cues from the successful Fiesta, say the chrome rimmed air cons, and the solid steering. The central console imbibes durable buttons. But even in the top end, features like tiltable steering, steering mounted buttons are missing, which might be a disappointment for premium Figo buyers. The top end comes with an optional funky orange colored dash apart from the regular black one. The thigh support and comfort is best in the front row, while the rear seats have average leg room and modest head rests, which doesn't serve the purpose. The rear seat can comfortably swallow 2 people of any size, but the bulgy middle section will not comfy a 3rd person especially in longer drives. The Air conditioning is splendid and the cool car (Figo mean cool) cools faster than one would expect. The suspension is equally good for this small hatch and the engine's noise doesn't creep into the cabin expect at higher speeds. The door pockets provided in the front rows are larger and quite useful. While ingress and egress is somewhat difficult due to the low seats, the same factor provides more comfort in the long run. Figo Petrol Engine Figo is powered by a 1.2 Litre petrol engine which churns out a peak power of 71 PS @6250 rpm and a peak torque of 102 Nm@4000 rpm. The engine is pretty smooth as expected and provides decent pull in mid ranges, which will be very helpful in city driving. The petrol powermill lacks the needed punch which the rival cars provide. For making the engine wake up, atleast a 2000 rpm is needed at times, this means down shifting the gear is a better option during lower ranges. A top whack of xxx speed can be reached with this Ford's hatch. The mileage is roughly about xxx kmpl, which is quite impressive and better even than some smaller 1.2 L cars out on the road. Figo Ride and Handling I Figo surprised us greatly with its subtle but uniform performance that sometimes make us feel that everything is fine with the car. The engine's pull is best in the first and second gear. This suits mostly for the slow moving city traffic. The steer feels responsive and can ease your turnings with lighter twists from the hands. Although, it is not as best as Fiesta, still Ford's car as always impress us with its handling. Suspension is firm and keeps the car planted almost in all terrains. One could take this car out for long drives with a confidence on bad roads too. The belly doesn't seem to get scratches easily although the rear of the car appears to be too low. The ground clearance is equal to other cars and no need to worry on this factor too much. The real power of the engine is revealed only at mid ranges and above. Comfort is commendable for 4 adults inside the cabin as the lower saddle and optimal rooms for heads and legs allow sitting in them for longer hours. Figo Ride and Handling II With people fully loaded, at higher speeds, Figo inspires confidence from the sharper steering feedback and powerful braking aspect too. The low height of the car proves a great advantage to bypass the stronger side winds, making the car less roll in fast cornering. The powerful lights throws brighter light at night and the lit instruments are pleasing for th eyes too. The boot space can swallow the whole luggage of a 4 member family for a weekend trips. Conclusion Thinking deeply on the Indian car market, Ford could have given this smart car some years before and would have reaped more success as it would have attracted more buyers towards the blue oval company. But still, there is lot more promising scope for the company to sell this worthy budget car, Figo. i10, the segment leader, needs to run for money, as it has finally got a very tough, unignorable hatchback rival , and also Figo has more room inside and a durable chassis too. Figo is a winner in hands for both Ford India as well as the hatchback buyers.
* Ford Figo review and Figo test drive report listed here are done by experts. However vicky.in advises users to check the Ford Figo variants personally and decide as per their liking. Mileage figures quoted in the Ford Figo review are test data and mileage in actual conditions may vary. We test drive Ford Figo car provided by Ford.
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