New Ford Figo: First Drive Review

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New Ford Figo: First Drive Review

Postby The Stig » Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:56 pm

Ford launched 1st generation ‘Figo’ in September 2009 to take on B segment hatchbacks like Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i10 and Honda Jazz. It was based on the European Fiesta B platform and powered with 1.2 liter Petrol and 1.4 liter TDCi Duratorq diesel engine, both tuned for better fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions.

The 1st Generation Figo received a really good response in India due to its spacious interior, great handling, competitive price, a superbly performing diesel engine and practical looks. But, over the last couple of years, Figo has seen declining in sales due to very stiff competition from the face lifted Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10, new Honda Jazz, Tata Bolt and Volkswagen Polo.

To take this competition head on, Ford has launched all new Ford Figo (2nd Generation) with a new design approach, refreshing look and best in class engine options.


The Old Figo did its job fabulously, even though it was underpowered, lacked some much needed features, had poor headroom and plain outdated look compared to its rivals. While, the new Figo has mass appeal and it comes with loads of features with enough power options available under its belly.

The New Figo is available in the price range of 4.42 lakh to 7.47 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It looks almost similar to its extended version, the sub- four meter compact sedan ‘Ford Aspire’. The new Figo features 6 – airbags, ABS with EBD, the dual clutch automatic transmission, the SYNC Voice activation technology to play music and to make and receive hands- free calls and MyFord Dock to support and integrate cell-phone, GPS device with car’s entertainment system


The new Figo will be available in four trims namely Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium+ and in seven different colour options. The colour options available are Sparkling Gold, Ruby Red, Oxford White, Tuxedo Black, Deep Impact Blue, Ingot Silver and Smoke Grey.


Figo Exterior:

The exterior of Ford Figo and its elder sibling Aspire are almost the same and it’s hard to notice any major differences. The front is dominated by Aston Martin look-like grille with four horizontal chrome treated intake strips. The grille border is highlighted with chrome; while below lies a wide rectangular air dam with two intake stripes without a chrome treatment.

On either side, the Front bumper gets the deep fog lamps housed in a big protruding black plastic cover.

The front bumper also features a black skirt (speed lip) at the bottom to deflect the air away from the under body to reduce overall drag.

While, the Aston Martin look-like grill gives Figo a distinctive look, the wraparound headlights adds an aggressive element to its style. These sweptback headlights extend all the way to the middle of bonnet above the front wheel arches.

The headlight unit is well integrated within the casing at the junction of front bumper, bonnet cover and wheel arch panel. Each headlight unit consists of a pilot lamp, headlamp and a turn indicator.

The bonnet features prominent bulge at the centre and two muscular lines on either side that run from the front grille until the windshield. The muscular lines are nicely blended with A-pillar roof line and add lots of character to front facia.

Coming on to the side profile, one could see a shoulder line that originates from the chrome insert on the front fender and traverses through the door handles all the way back into the tail lamps. A strong beltline running from the A Pillar to C Pillar adds character to the side profile. Also, there is another character line continuing over the front wheel arches, runs across the door panels just below the shoulder line and culminates into shut line of the rear door.

The roof line doesn’t drop sharply after C –Pillar allowing better headroom for the rear passengers. The well designed big front and rear windows provide better visibility for the driver and passengers and allow a good amount of sunlight inside the cabin. Only B-Pillars received black colour treatment, while the window frames received body colour treatment.

The two tone (black and body colour) wing mirrors are smartly designed and feature integrated turn indicators.

The new Figo is 3886mm long, 1695mm wider and 1525mm tall. Its 2491mm wheelbase is second best to Honda Jazz. A Ground Clearance of 174 mm is a welcome move, so no more bottoming out on the bad city roads.

The 14 inch wheels wrapped in 175/65 section tyres are standard across all variants. The 14 inch wheels don’t feel the wheel well completely and look too small for the car. For powerful diesel variant wheel upgrade is must.

The rear end of the Figo is marked with a pair of beautifully styled D Shaped tail lamps and prominent horizontal character lines running across the boot lid. The rear bumper carries well defined recess for the registration plate at the centre and has slightly muscled up outer edges. The exhaust pipe is nicely tucked away behind the rear bumper and isn’t visible from the rear.

Beautifully styled D Shaped tail lamps, rear spoiler with centrally mounted stop light.

The New Ford Figo has generous boot space of 257 liters.

Price and specification comparison:


The smart Ford hatchback comes with a pretty good interior which will ensure your comfort and safety at all times. Unlike its big brother the Aspire which comes in a dual tone interior, the Figo is only offered with a monotone charcoal black environment. The complete silhouette of the dashboard seems to have been taken from the Ford Ecosport which was a pretty big success for Ford India.

The new Figo has easy access to technology while making the car safer for driver and pedestrians. The dashboard mounted, MyFord Dock allows you to store, mount and charge your mobile phone, MP3 player or satellite navigation system and to integrate these devices into the car’s entertainment system.
The mirrors wont fail to impress you with electronically adjustable ORVM’s which can also be folded electronically is a great feature but they do not auto-fold on locking the vehicle.
The Figo comes with a powerful a/c system which is sufficient enough to cool the rear seats too. Climate control is also available but only on the titanium and the titanium+ variants.
The instrument cluster looks elegant and simple with a huge speedo and equal area is given to the tachometer on the left and the fuel gauge towards the right, maybe Ford wants to showcase that they provide unmatched mileage without compromising on power.

Additional features:-
• Ford my key
• 4.2 MFD screen & sync with voice control
• Ford my dock
• Keyless entry
• Rear view camera integrated IRVM
• 100% fold flat rear seat

Overall the Figo offers an elegant, stylish and comfortable interior with best in class safety features and accessibility options.


1.2l Ti-VCT Petrol MT:

Figo’s new 1.2l Ti-VCT petrol engine delivers superior power of 88 PS with an impressive fuel economy of 18.16 km/l and reduced emissions. It has a maximum torque output of 112Nm @ 4000RPM.

1.5l TDCi Diesel Engine:

Engineered for economy and performance, the super-refined 1.5l TDCi diesel engine delivers best-in-class 100 PS power. It has a maximum torque output of 215Nm @ 1750-3000 RPM and a pretty good fuel economy of 25.83 km/l.

1.5l Ti-VCT Petrol AT:

The best combination among all the other engine options is the 1.5l petrol engine. Mated to a 6-Speed PowerShift transmission that delivers a massive power of 112 PS. The PowerShift AT uses a dual-clutch shifting system designed for smooth gear changes and superior fuel efficiency. The torque output of the 1.5l Ti-VCT Petrol AT is 136Nm @ 4250 RPM.

Technical specifications:

Overall length (mm): 3886
Overall width (mm): 1695
Overall height (mm): 1525
Wheelbase (mm): 2491
Front track (mm): 1492
Rear track (mm): 1484
Ground clearance (mm): 174
Turning radius (m): 4.9
Boot space (l): 257
Fuel tank capacity (l): Petrol - 42
Fuel tank capacity (l): Diesel - 40

The Ford Figo is a small car which has good overall performance, ride quality and handling. With numerous engine and transmission options the Ford Figo is sure to beat all its rivals such as the swift, polo, Hyundai i20, etc.

Ride and Handling:
The new Ford Figo comfortably takes on any road with small obstacle without any fuss, and small jerks are easily absorbed through its softened suspension setup. Ford has provided the new Figo with best in class ground clearance of 174mm, so no more bottoming out on the bad roads.

The Figo looks stable at high speed and you will be surprised to see the change in steering response as Figo cruises up to 100 km/hr or above on highways. The Ford has replaced 1st generation Figo’s hydraulic steering with a new electric power steering. The new steering feels very light at low speed, thanks to EPS and it weigh up gradually as speed increases.

The New Figo does show some rolling tendency at very tight corners, but keep its excellent handling characteristics intact without losing any grip on the road. Thus new Figo is a perfect city car which provides excellent ride quality with best in class cabin comfort, and occasionally suitable for highway cruising.

The 175/65 section tyres wrapped around 14 inch wheels offers ample grip, but for a powerful diesel variant, the wheel upgrade (15 inch) is must.

The brake response in both diesel and petrol variant is absolutely spot on and positive. The top end variant Titanium and Titanium Plus features ABS with EBD as a standard for better handling and control.

There isn’t anything to complain about the ride and handling of the new Figo. The new Figo is dynamic, fun to drive and confidence boosting than its rivals.


Ford Figo has same safety features like its elder sibling Ford Aspire. Please refer the section - Safety features of "Ford Figo Aspire: First Drive Review"

Ford has released an animated video showcasing all safety features on its new Ford Figo:

The first generation Figo has scored zero stars in Global NCAP crash tests. The vehicle used in the crash test was a base model without safety equipments such as airbags.

Ford has really worked very hard on its new 2015 Ford Figo to meet all the safety requirements. A driver airbag as a standard safety feature across all variant shows its commitment towards it.

2015 New Ford Figo Technical Specifications and features:

Our special thanks to the METRO FORD showroom team for their support and cooperation in getting us this review. In photo, left is Mr. Keerthirajan and right Mr. Vasanth from the METRO FORD showroom.

Photo credits: Sathyajith Ullal & Sheldon D'mello
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