Ford Figo Facelift Review & First Drive

Ford Figo Overview

The new generation Figo was launched almost four years ago and it was about time for the car to get a mid-life update. It has been on the cards for a while and now, we finally had an opportunity to test drive the 2019 Ford Figo facelift. Ford India says that the Figo facelift gets over 1200 changes over the outgoing model. Which means almost 50 per cent of the car is new. The front end now gets cellular style grille which is new. The swept back headlamp cluster stays same but the fog lamps get a new housing. We drove the top spec Titanium Blu variant, wherein you have blue accents on the exterior along with a dual tone roof and newly designed alloys. For more info on Ford Figo check Autozhop.

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Ford Figo Design & Style

If you’ve seen the 2018 Aspire facelift, consider that you’ve seen the Figo facelift as well, at least from the front. The updated headlamps, the front grille and the bumper design are borrowed from the Aspire. In the Figo Titanium Blu variant that we drove, the front grille is done in glossy black and there are blue inserts in the front bumper (chrome in the lower Titanium variant). It gets contrasting black roof and ORVMs as well. At the rear, the Figo gets a new bumper and revised tail lamp detailing. The multi-spoke black alloy wheels in the Titanium Blu variant are 15-inch units. These are shod with 195/55 R15 rubber, making them significantly wider than 175/65 R14 rubber on lower variants. The Titanium variant gets 14-inch silver alloy wheels.

With all these changes, the Figo looks fresher than before, but does it look modern? Not really. A rear spoiler, skirts, LEDs in the head and tail lamps and DRLs could have made the Figo Titanium Blu a looker. LED elements would have also made the lower Titanium variant look more in line with the times. So, while the updated Figo looks better than before, its appearance alone is still unlikely to seal the deal for many.

Ford Figo Cabin & Comfort

Simply put, the interior of the Figo is largely carried over from the pre-facelift model. What grabs your attention is the redesigned central console. The cluttered and button-heavy centre console has been replaced with a sleek, floating 7-inch touchscreen in a piano black-finished panel. The cabin of the Titanium Blue variant is all-black — the dashboard, the headliner, everything is jet black! There are blue accents on the doors to complement the exterior theme and the dark upholstery features contrasting blue stitching. The darker theme lends the cabin a sporty feel, but some could find it a bit claustrophobic. Personally, I love the black headliner on this variant. However, this all-black treatment is limited to the top-spec Titanium Blu variant as the lower Titanium features a lighter headliner.

The cabin, though not heavily updated, does get some nifty features to make it modern. There’s a new 7-inch capacitive touchscreen infotainment system (also available with lower variants of the Aspire and Freestyle), rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Sadly, the Figo doesn’t get the premium SYNC 3 infotainment system with CarPlay and Android Auto, like the Aspire and the Freestyle. The screen is also not as bright and crisp as the SYNC 3 unit, but is responsive and features built-in navigation and Bluetooth connectivity as well as rear parking camera support.

There’s room for improvement inside, as is the case with the Aspire and Freestyle. For instance, the rear doors don’t offer a bottle holder or any kind of storage space at all. The instrument cluster, which has received new graphics and a more informative MID, still looks dated. There’s also no reach adjustment for the steering wheel and we would have liked an armrest for the driver, at least in the automatic variant. The rear headroom is limited and anyone around six feet or taller will ask for more. There are no rear AC vents, but that’s not a problem since the AC is an absolute chiller!

Ford Figo Engine & Transmission

The 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that the Figo gets develops 96PS of maximum power, 8PS more than the outgoing engine. It’s not a big jump on paper, but this engine is more involving. It develops its peak torque of 120Nm at 4250rpm, but the surge starts to begin from around 3000rpm. The pull is strong in any gear and it makes the Figo accelerate at an appreciable rate.If there’s a lazy zone in the engine, it’s at the lower end. However, the Figo’s throaty exhaust note begs you to keep the engine over the 3000rpm mark. I’m happy to report that the petrol Figo has got a good dose of energy now, thanks to the Dragon. For more info on Ford Figo visit igc2016

The other 1.5-litre Dragon Series engine in the range is even more powerful (123PS), but it comes with an automatic transmission only, which is a torque converter now instead of the dual-clutch automatic earlier. We haven’t driven the Figo with this powertrain yet, but it’s the same as the one on the EcoSport. In comparison, the Swift gets an AMT (automated manual transmission) ‘box with both petrol and diesel engine options. Gearshifts in the AMT aren’t as jerkfree as the torque converter, but the AMT is the more affordable option as well. The Hyundai Grand i10, on the other hand, is available with a 4-speed torque converter, but with the petrol engine only.

The third engine in the range is the existing 1.5-litre diesel unit, but paired with a new 5-speed manual transmission from Getrag that is claimed to have better shift quality than the outgoing one. With the new transmission, every gear slots with surety, but the gear changes could have been slicker. And this holds true for the manual transmission with both the engines. Like before, the diesel engine pulls the Figo forward with spirit and it comes into its own once past 1500rpm.

On the move

Ford has left the performance-oriented Figo S out of the mix for now, so whichever Figo you pick, it is tuned to offer a comfortable ride. That said, road inconsistencies do filter inside the cabin, but the suspension doesn’t crash into potholes and the ride is never uncomfortable.Between the petrol and the diesel Figo, the petrol is more agile around the corners. The steering is set up light, but it has a tendency to come back to the centre, and that adds some fun. That said, the steering setup on the diesel Figo feels more communicative, possibly due to the extra weight at the front. The top-spec diesel-manual Figo weighs 31kg more than its petrol counterpart. The difference between both becomes more apparent in straight lines; the diesel Figo holds the line with more confidence and the corrective steering inputs feel more precise. Check for car loan calculator intrest at Fincarz.

Ford Figo Driving Dynamics

Ford has upsized the wheels with the new top-spec Titanium Blue variant. It now rides on the Aspire’s 15-inch wheels compared to 14-inchers in the lower Titanium variant and the pre-facelift model. At 195/55, the 15-inch tyres are the fattest in the segment and are largely accountable for the ride improvement over the previous model. Moreover, this upsize aid in gliding over bumps as well as rough sections of the roads smoothly and the car feel planted most of the time.

Ford has not tinkered the suspension setup with this facelift. So, the Titanium Blu or the other variants don’t get the stiffer setup offered before with the S to aid handling. It is, for now, a successor to the previous S variant, but aesthetically. The suspension setup on the Figo is well tuned for Indian conditions and it offers a mature ride. It feels a bit bumpy sometimes at the back, and this is something we’ve experienced with the Freestyle and Aspire as well. These aren’t deal breakers though, but some might experience these things.

The steering on both cars is quite sharp and precise. Turn-ins are precise and you have a decent feel from the tyres as well. Thanks to around 30kg lesser kerb weight, the petrol feels slightly lighter to driver and chuck into corners compared to the diesel. Overall, the driving dynamics of the Figo remain engaging and praise worthy, and have only bettered compared to the pre-facelift car.

Ford Figo Safety & Security

The top-spec Figo remains the only car in its segment to feature six airbags. In its automatic avatar, the Figo also gets electronic stability programme, traction control and hill launch assist. Now that Ambiente is the Figo’s base variant, dual front airbags and ABS are standard. Over the previous pre-facelift Figo Ambiente, this variant is equipped with day/night IRVM, rear parking sensors and vanity mirror on the passenger sunvisor. On the whole, all Figo variants are now more equipped than before and yet cost lesser.

Ford Figo Cost in Ahmedabad

Ford Figo On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 5,24,378 to 8,44,187 for variants Figo 1.2P Base MT and Figo 1.5P Titanium AT respectively. Ford Figo is available in 13 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Ford Figo variants price in Ahmedabad. Check for Figo price in Ahmedabad at Carzprice.

Ford Figo Round Up

Ford has launched the Figo facelift at Rs 5.15 lakh (ex-showroom, pan India). This makes it significantly more affordable than the pre-facelift model by close to Rs 70,000! And it isn’t limited to the base-spec variant, prices have noticeably come down throughout the range, for both petrol and diesel variants, despite several additions to its equipment list. The new petrol engines definitely make it a strong contender for a buyer looking for a petrol hatchback in this space, while the diesel can punch above its weight without even breaking a sweat.

The Figo already had segment-leading safety features as well as a fun-to-drive character and the facelift is only built upon these traits. It brings a host of new features, powerful and efficient petrol engines and styling tweaks inside-out. The Blu would definitely satiate the need of enthusiasts looking for a go-fast hatchback that not only performs but looks like one as well.

There are some downsides, like no fancy things such as DRLs, LED head or tail lamps and unavailability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which have started to become hygiene now. That said, the dramatic drop in prices makes it an even more compelling buy now, especially given the new petrol engines and improved transmissions. It easily ticks most of the right boxes in the segment.

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