FORD FIGO Review

A user review on Ford Figo. Written by Varun on 25 March, 2010

Price: ₹ 3.86 - 6 lakhs
Ex-showroom, New Delhi
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Version Reviewed : Duratec Petrol ZXI 1.2 [2010-2012]
Purchased As : New
Familiarity : Have done a short test-drive once
Fuel Economy : 14 kpl
Good : Price, boot space, powerfull AC, Rear Defogegr and wiper etc.....
Bad : No Split setas 60:40, No Tilt Stearing, Boot Opener

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Exterior

I like the curves FIGO has and this looks like a mini fusion when looks from behind. front is quite gud with full roll over body. Th eonly drawback in it's design is a tapered roof at the back. An inch or two more flatness on the curve could change the image of the Car

Interior (Features, Space & Comfort)

The interiors are roomy in first instance. All the things are placed just at appropriate place except for Boot opener (which is paced at the co-paseenger side0 and the position of wipers and turning indicators (on european standards).

The dash in ebony (black) is gud to feel but not the coral. Thanks to Ford thatthey haven't produced grey interiors (inspite of cost cutting), however i too think that if they produce 2-tone interiors as that of Fiesta - then that would be a class in itself.

The rear window though scroll down to only 40% but a gud airy atmospheric touch has been provided by doing some decent desinging.

The Air con is aboslute chille (and as per my likings :) ).

 

Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and Gearbox

Engine is not as peppy as of Swift and Ritz but it's neither sluggish. the car is gud and best suited to run in any indian city conditions. it's low end torque is just ok for driving in delhi roads. i TD on patchy roads and the pickup is ok even at speed of 10 in 2nd gear.

The gear shift is a bit messy to start on but later on it's nice to feel the box.

FE as per the sales manager lies in 15-17 but considering the engine and others i think it shoud fall somehwere in 12-14 in city.

Ride Quality & Handling

The ride quality is ok if not excellent. The suspension holds gud on the worst patchy roads (where i did TD) and no bouncy nature is observed at the rear seats as well. The rear leg room is just sufficient for my likings. though the thigh support does feel to be streached a bit more (say may be 1-2 inches)

Final Words

The Figo’s got great big-car feel. The ride is one of the best in class, good at both low and high speeds. It’s very stable at three digit speeds and you can see Ford’s ‘driver’s car’ DNA in it. The steering is light and nicely weighted for city use, though there’s not much feel at speed, it’s still nice and accurate.

The Figo is one of the biggest B-segment cars in India. It’s longer than the Swift, has a longer wheelbase than the Fusion. Interior space is good, but not great, especially at the rear. Still, the seats make up by being very supportive, and seat height and back support are good as well. Rear seat comfort is especially good and Ford has made good use of the leg room under the front seats.

I have booked the 1.2 Zxi on the basis as follows:

(1) Price - 4.31 for Zxi, which lags just ABS / Airbags / 6-way wiper from the top end (i.e.-TITANIUM).
(2) Big boot space in the segment (only exceptionally larger than VW-POLO) - 284 liters---simply WOW.
(3) 2-DIN in built stereo with bluetooth compatibility upto 4 phones.
(4) Height adjustable driving seat.
(5) Good inside fabric.
(6) Exceptionaly strong AC (159cc compressor).
(7) Rear Defogger
(8) Rear Wiper.
(9) Body Coloured outside mirrors.
(10) Body Coloured Door handles.
(11) Electrically outside mirrors (both side).
(12) Radial and tubeless tires on all varients.
(13) Features are same in both petrol and diesel.

 

Areas of improvement  

(1) Lack of automatic climate control in top end as well. - this is essential when one considering the compressor figo stays with.
(2) Rear window should be scrolled down to full - currently it doesn't scroll down more than 40% of the total.
(3) No rear power window.
(4) Suspension is though Ok but could be better - i guess VW-polo is the best hatch in this segment when look for suspension.
(5) No tilt stearing in top end as well.
(6) No Spilt seats in rear.
(7) Bonet opener should be in driver place (rather than at co-passenger side) when considering that boot opener is placed in the dash itself - just below the stearing wheel in right side.
(8) wiper and indicators should be in accordance with RHD. currently they are opposite to the standard conventionals (same in VW-POLO as in FIGO).

 

 

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Dwarika Tripathy on 23 Jul, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Hi Guys,

  I tried the 1.4 TDCI and was surprised with the performance and smoothness of the engine. FYI I drive an 1.3Lts 85BHP Esteem and I am a enthusiast driver. 

 

Yes it was slower to my esteem but it was smoother and was decent. I could reach 140KMPH easily and I believe claimed top speed of 160KMPH is doable as againt 165+ on my esteem. This is a better top speed as compared to the FIAT 1.3multijet engine powering FIAT palio, punto, maruti Swift and Ritz and Tata Indica Vista. Also you never notice the turbo lag on this as against FIAT multijet.

 

Control was superb compared to others and its more feature rich car.

 

 

Gururaj on 29 Mar, 2010 at 10:05 AM

HI all:

I took TD of Figo on 25/03/2010; I really agrees with comments by paraglider.. some of the facts which i noticed are as..

Pros: 1) Good looking Instrument panel

        2) Good interriors; comfertable seating

        3) Very smooth gear shifting

        4) compitative pricing

Cons:  1) Sluggish engine; after putting on 1st gear and releasing of clutch....it wont roll even...( response of engine is too low!)

        2) even topend  model is not provided with Rear power windows and head rests!!

        3) Ground Clearance is less..which led me hitting car bottom to  all speed brakers in my colony( even at low speeds Cry)..!!

       4) Milage claimed by sales engineer is around 18kmpl on highways for Diesel..which is not attarctive milage as far as diesel engines are concerned.

in total; Figo is not satisfactory; as it was much awaited by car lovers high expectations

 

Parag on 29 Mar, 2010 at 07:45 AM

I have done 2 testdrives on the Figo. On the exterior, its a typical Ford, nothing to get a unique nod. But from inside its beautiful. The layout is good. Just that the turn indicators are on the wrong side of the steering wheel, so you end up starting the vipers. But I guess you would get used to this.

The car has a big car feel to it. Shut the doors ans start the engine. I bet you will not know when its started. Super silent, impressive. Put on the ac. Engage the 1st and get it rolling. So far so good. Now I suggest try to accelerate in the 2nd. This is where you will feel the absolute lack of power. You floor the pedal and nothing happens. There is just no power. The car needs a better low end torque, as most of the driving in the city happens in 2nd and 3rd, opting for the 4th for about a 100 mtr between signals.

The steering also felt a little stiff as compared to the other hatchbacks. Surprise Surprise, its a Hydraulic power steering and NOT Electronic power steering. Which basically means that the power to feed your steering comes from the engine. So there is always a power loss due to which there will be reduced torque and the mileage will also be reduced.

My final decision was not to go in for the Figo, no matter what the auto magazines said. Its low on power, will give about 10.3 kmpl in city, costlier than the competition, higher on maintenance and service.

Figo guys: Good work on features and interiors, but retune the engine and gear ratios.

Cyrus Sanches on 29 Mar, 2010 at 07:06 AM

The Figo is a teenage Fiesta, so the mileage will be good, considering the ancestry, and Ford cars are always drivers cars. The problem lies in the service and cost of spares which are tire - some.

Praveen Tyagi on 28 Mar, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Boot opener is on the driver side.  Rear Window half opening is for protecting children.

Gopinath on 28 Mar, 2010 at 06:28 PM

I am not sure if this reviewer did test figo or not, boot opener and split seats are very much there in figo.

Varun on 25 Mar, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Dear Friends,

I have written a review on Ford Figo and look forward to your comments on it.

Review Link: FORD FIGO Review 

Thanks.

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