Ford Figo Facelift Review & 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 Look

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 Comfort

If you find it hard to see the changes on the outside, we bet you won’t say the same once you step inside and that is mainly thanks to the new 7 inch touch infotainment system. This makes the dashboard look cleaner thanks to lesser number of physical buttons. The infotainment system isn’t the Sync 3 you find on the Freestyle and the Aspire. Which isn’t such a big problem until you realise that there aren’t any phone mirroring features. So no android auto, no apple CarPlay and no mirror link either, which has now become a norm at this price range. For more information on Ford Figo visit Tony-allen

The Blu variant, on the inside, comes with blue accents on the door pads and contrasting blue stitching on the seats. Thankfully it doesn’t look over the top. In terms of quality, there are no soft touch plastics in the cabin and even the graining looks a tad cheap compared to the Grand i10 or even the Swift. However, this isn’t a deal breaker and on its own, the quality is acceptable. In terms of seating comfort, it comes with the same space as the old car and the front seats are wide enough and comfortable. The rear,seat doesn’t have the same amount of space unlike those of its competitors, but still it is quite comfy with decent thigh support and adequate knee room. Unlike the old car, the new Figo also gets adjustable rear headrests, which is a great addition in terms of safety and comfort.

The boot, at 257 litres, is large enough and the rear seat can be folded for added space. A split folding rear seat though would have been welcome. There is a good amount of storage space upfront with large door pockets and a number of small storage spaces. But at the rear you feel short changed as there is very little storage except for the seatback pockets and a single cup holder.

In terms of equipment, the Figo comes well equipped. It has premium features like automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers on the top Blu variant. Another thing to point out is that the touchscreen infotainment system comes as standard in all three variants. It does miss out on features like LED headlamps, daytime running lamps and phone mirroring features on the infotainment system which is offered on rival products. But it more than makes up for that, by offering best-in-class 6 airbags on the top variant.

Ford Figo Gearbox

The new Figo will be available in three engine options – two new petrols from the Dragon series and the 100bhp/215Nm 1.5-litre diesel (five-speed manual) from the outgoing Figo. Both petrols are three-cylinder setups that include a 1.2-litre 96bhp/120Nm that uses a five-speed manual gearbox, and a 123bhp/150Nm 1.5-litre unit with a six-speed automatic gearbox (torque convertor). Both five-speed manual gearboxes (1.2-petrol/1.5-litre diesel) are not only new, they are almost 15 percent lighter, and requires 40 percent lesser gear oil than the older car. We drove both the 1.2-litre petrol, and the diesel version.

Let’s begin with the new 1.2 petrol (claimed 20.4kmpl). Upon ignition, the first thing you notice is the refinement of this motor at idle. And then, off the mark, it surprises us with an effortless take-off to get into motion. However, as there’s not much grunt until 2700rpm, one is required to constantly shift gears at lower speeds to keep the engine revving in the optimum range. Post that though, the motor gets into its own with a relatively adequate mid-range punch that allows it to pull all the way to the 6500rpm redline. Having said that, overtaking needs to be planned in advance as performance is just about satisfactory. Also, its only when you rev the motor hard that its true three-cylinder nature becomes obvious. However, what makes the entire driving experience hassle-free is the new five-speed gearbox that has a well-defined gate with short throws and requires very little effort to engage.

As for the refined 100bhp/215Nm 1.5-litre diesel unit (claimed 25.5kmpl), there may be a few vibes at the pedals, but it simply shines when it comes to performance. Release the clutch, and the new diesel Figo darts forward with a strong tug. There’s a mild surge at 1600rpm, after which, the motor lugs strongly till about 4000rpm. Post that, however, the engine loses steam on its way to hit the red-line. But, what’s nice is the effortless and flexible manner in which the power is laid down on the road. As a result, there’s no need to constantly shift gears, even when slotted in fifth gear. Speaking of which, even if there was a need to shift, you’ll find the new gearbox to be smoother, with a more positive shifting action. This is a welcome change from the older car’s rubbery feel from the gear lever.

The Figo Blu (top model) gets a retuned damper setup that gets thicker anti-roll bars to complement the new 15-inch alloys with 195 section tyres (Ambiente and Titanium get 14-inch with 175 section tyres). This iteration too continues to draw a fine balance between a forgiving ride and potent handling. It continues to dampen even bigger potholes pretty well, and when the speeds increase, the ride gets impressively flatter. Ford has also worked on the steering to make it slightly lighter than before. Besides that, the feedback is the same, so you get the same direct steering which is not only quick to turn, but also progressive enough to let you know what’s happening at the wheels. It is this combo that makes it a hoot to drive around corners, and at high speeds. As for the brakes, this Ford does a good job of instilling confidence each time you want to shed speed. There’s good feedback at the pedal too.

Ford Figo Driving

When it comes to ride and handling, the Ford Figo remains as strong as before. The steering is direct and it is eager to change direction too. The Figo feels a little soft initially and body roll is gentle but not excessive. In fact, the suppleness doesn’t come at the expense of stability and even at high speeds on an undulating surface, the Figo feels rock solid. In terms of comfort too, this Ford shows great composure, whether it be at high or low speeds and the ride quality is flat and it absorbs the worst of road conditions with aplomb. Even the brakes feel strong and the pedal feel is sharp yet progressive.

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 Cost in Bangalore

Ford Figo On Road Price is 7,05,969/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,82,600/- in Bangalore. 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 Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Ford Figo Final Thought

Overall the small upgrades has made the Figo a good overall package. More importantly, Ford has addressed the problem of the old car with the new petrol engine which is more powerful and the dashboard now looks modern and up to date. When you combine that with the core Figo strengths like comfortable ride and fun handling it makes for a very competitive hatchback. What adds to the feel good factor is the 5 year optional warranty and it being the only car to offer six airbags in it’s segment. On the downside, there are some important features missing.

For example, you don’t get daytime running lamps and also the infotainment system lacks phone mirroring features which could be deal breakers in an otherwise competitive package. The trump car though is the price, as Ford has managed to price it really well as it undercuts most of its competition. So, is the new Figo armed with a competitive price tag, better than the competition? We will only know that when we drive them back to back. But one thing is certain – the new Figo is definitely back in the game.

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