Ford Figo Diesel Model Review in Detail

Ford has launched it’s new Model called “Figo”. It caught many people in Indian market. It’s available in Both variants Petrol and Diesel. It get side repeaters, tailgate openers, chrome finished front grille, body colored ORVMs, cargo lamps, Bluetooth integration, automatic adjustable ORVM, tachometers, defogger, tilt steering, USB port connectivity, etc., in the highest models which people like most. The diesel variants are Diesel EXI, Diesel LXI, Diesel Titanium and Diesel ZXI. and Starting from Rs.7.5-9.8 Lakh. Here are gonna share Ford Figo Diesel Model Review in Detail with you. Keep these information on your mind before buying a Ford Figo.

Interiors

Ford Figo interior

Ford Figo interior

The Figo provides exceptional boot space and the design of the hatch makes it easy to load as well. Two suitcases can be squeezed in without dropping the single-piece bench (there is no split). As of the interiors, additional damping has been provided so as to make the cabin quieter, no matter what the location of the car. Ford has also gone in for better audio controls that are mounted on the steering column itself. There is loads of legroom in the front, even for six-footers. The front seats with their firm padding and durable material are pretty comfy and visibility is excellent. In fact, the Figo’s generous glass area and low window sills have given it a particularly airy cabin. It’s just as well that the Figo retains the Fiesta’s big-capacity air-con compressor, which is particularly effective even in peak heat. The driver’s seat adjusts for height but not the steering wheel which can sometimes feel odd, especially if the seat is dropped to its lowest setting.

The seat fabric is blue and the instrument panel also comes in a complementary colour of Riviera Blue. One could also pick the optional black interiors, instead of the blue ones. The other colours that are available are Colorado Red, Sea Grey, Moon Dust, Squeeze, Diamond, Chill and Panther Black. Despite the overall length of the car and the long wheelbase, legroom at the rear is not a Figo strength. That’s because the Figo with its sloping roof is low-slung at the rear and passengers have to crouch a bit and that takes up more kneeroom than when sitting more upright. Almost all the models of the car come docked with features such as keyless entry, speed variable front wipers, ABS with Dual Front Airbags, Anti- drip wiping, engine immobilizer, central locking, front power windows, remote trunk open, passenger vanity mirror, sun visor, removable parcel tray, full wheel covers, etc.To make up, Ford has cleverly liberated plenty of foot space below the front seats, which ensures you never really feel cramped. Equipment levels though are a mixed bag. On the top-end version, safety essentials like ABS and airbags are standard as are luxury items like electric power mirrors, a new double DIN audio system with MP3 and Bluetooth connectivity.

What’s missing is steering adjust and steering-mounted audio controls but the biggest bit of penny pinching is the absence of power windows at the rear. Another plus point is the generous width and long seat squab, great for underthigh support. The Figo’s interiors are based on the Fiesta saloon but have been redesigned extensively. The lower half of the dashboard is similar to the Fiesta, which means it is supremely practical with generous storage in the central console, door pockets and glovebox. The dashboard ‘topper’ is all new and smartly shaped with lots of edgy bits. However, the optional red colour for the dash top is really jarring but thankfully there’s an all-black interior that you can choose too. Splashes of silver, especially around the air vents, look great and lend an air of sophistication to the cabin. The plastics don’t have the richness you now expect in a big hatch but the plastics are hardwearing and the switchgear have a solid, workmanlike feel.

Exteriors

Ford Figo India HD Pic

Ford Figo India HD Pic

The slim upper grille and huge anvil-like lower grille are typical Kinetic Design elements, which work brilliantly to offer a sporty and contemporary look. Details like the very technical-looking headlamps and the prominent wheel arches add to the dramatic-looking front end. The car is still one of the best looking hatchbacks in the country. A lot of changes have been made to the exteriors and the interiors of the car this time around, since there has been a lot of competition between the Figo and Maruti Swift.

The headlamps of the car have been redesigned and the tail lamps have also undergone some changes. There is also a new hexagonal grille in the car that comes up with new lamp housings. Move over to the rear of the car and the Figo redeems itself with a completely re-designed tailgate and a new vertical tail-lamp cluster. There is an eight-alloy wheel that comes with the car as well. Two new colors, kinetic blue and bright yellow, have been added to the line up of the existing colors.

Handling

Ford Figo handle

Ford Figo handle

Ford has reduced steering effort at low speeds in accordance with customer demand. The steering feels delightfully light at low speeds but up the pace or attack your favourite twisty road and the Figo steers very accurately; however, some of the ‘Fordness’ and feel of the steering system is lost. Nevertheless, this remains one of the nicest steering systems around and offers a purity of steering only achieved by hydraulic and not electric assistance. With the Fiesta chassis as a starting point, we expected the Figo to have outstanding ride and handling. What we didn’t expect is how much of an improvement it would be. Ford’s engineers wanted to deliver a comfortable ride without compromising the fun-to-drive elements that characterize every Ford, which they have succeeded in doing.

Body control and chassis balance are outstanding as well and the Figo simply begs to be driven hard. It’s such a pity that neither engine option can fully exploit this wonderful chassis. The brakes, though pretty effective, need an extra shove on the pedal to shed speed quickly. Ford has reduced steering effort to make maneuvering at parking speeds a lot easier. The ride on the long-travel springs and finely tuned dampers is perfect. The suspension has the right amount of suppleness to absorb bumps without getting unsettled, and functions silently with no crashes or thuds. And this is at low, medium or high speeds. Having sophisticated suspension geometry and a long wheelbase pays dividends and straight line stability is hugely impressive.

Performance

Ford Figo engine

Ford Figo engine

A digital throttle also helps improve control over the engine and this motor is Euro IV-compliant from the word go. The power output of the motor is an unimpressive 70bhp – the Honda 1.2 produces 89bhp in comparison. The engine is the same 1.4 liter Duratong diesel engine and a 1.2 liter Duratec petrol engine. The petrol car has an acceleration of 0-100 kmph is 15.5 seconds. The maximum speed allowed by the car is around 170kmph. The Diesel variant can do 0-100 in 16 seconds and can achieve a maximum speed of around 175 km/hFord has also curtailed the top end of the motor. Unlike the 1.6 or even the 1.4, it no longer pulls to 7000rpm, the limiter cuts in at 6500rpm, and the last 1000rpm feels strained. As a result, flat-out acceleration to 100kph takes a leisurely 16.3 seconds with 120kph only coming up in 24.8sec.

The Duratorq has only two valves per cylinder which reduces high-speed flow to the cylinders. In fact, Ford used the European Fiesta’s 1.25-litre Sigma engine as a base and merely reduced the bore (the stroke is the same). Along with this reduced capacity comes a lower compression ratio of 9.75:1 and a new design for the head, both done to allow the engine to adapt better to our lower octane fuel. Ford has also constructed a special water jacket to cool the head more effectively. This gives a very strong bottom end and good mid-range too but there is a lack of top-end grunt. Still, the diesel does the 0-100kph in a petrol-matching 16.3sec and can stay with the petrol as speeds build up as well. This common-rail diesel is also exceptionally smooth and vibration-free. You can hear some amount of diesel clatter but it’s one of the quieter diesels around.

The Figo diesel is clearly the better of the two engine options. The front struts with the lower A-arms are mounted on a tough sub-frame for rigidity and road isolation and the Figo gets a long 170mm travel suspension. Throttle response is pretty decent and on part-throttle the Figo is quite sprightly for its power-to-weight ratio. However, floor the throttle pedal to overtake in a hurry and you will be disappointed. The mid-range is quite weak and you need to drop down a gear, sometimes two, to get a serious move on. The ‘valveing’ on the rear dampers has also been altered to make ride more comfortable  For all practical purposes, the Figo is a Fiesta without a boot and around 20kg lighter. The Figo comes with two engine options – a 1.2 petrol and a 1.4 diesel. The diesel is the same Duratorq unit that powers the Ikon and Fiesta while the petrol is a scaled-down version of the 1.4/1.6 Duratec engine from the Fiesta and belongs to the same Sigma engine family.

Efficiency & Mileage Review

Ford Figo on Road

Ford Figo on Road

The Ford Figo is available to people in both petrol and diesel, as mentioned. Both the cars come with a 5 speed manual transmission. This is a hatchback that has already been quite popular in the Indian market for its fuel efficiency and the number of features it offers. The Figo’s diesel variant can deliver around 15kmpl within the city limits and a whopping 18kmpl in long journey.

Ford Figo 1.4 Duratorq Diesel EXi (1399 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives 15.62kmpl in city and 18.74kmpl on the highway.

Ford Figo 1.4 Duratorq Diesel LXi (1399 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives 15.62kmpl in city and 18.74kmpl on the highway.

Ford Figo 1.4 Duratorq Diesel Titanium (1399 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives 15.62kmpl in city and 18.74kmpl on the highway.

Ford Figo 1.4 Duratorq Diesel ZXi (1399 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives 15.62kmpl in city and 18.74kmpl on the highway.

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