It is of the most underrated hatchbacks in India. The Ford Figo has got the basics right; it is efficient, got acceptable performance, a large boot and basic safety features. More importantly, it is a lot more affordable than the likes of the Maruti Swift and the Hyundai Grand i10.
The Figo is the only sensible option for a budget diesel hatchback in the used car market, if you understandably want to stay away from the Tata Indica. Also the recent generation change means that the buyer has an extra bargain power. For anyone looking for relatively cheap motoring thrills, the Figo is a perfect option, though that would mean hunting a lot more since there aren’t enough options compared to Marutis and Hyundais.
Why I’d buy it?
It is a no nonsense car that works well both in the cities and on the highways. The power figures of 68bhp and 160Nm for a diesel don’t seem to be exciting, but the drivability is fantastic. There is no turbo lag and the bottom end torque is sufficient to comfortably move around in the city traffic. The ground clearance is decent, so is the ride quality, also the car feels better built compared to the Japanese and Korean rivals.
But if you are an enthusiast, the reason to buy this car will be the Ford’s driving dynamics. Out on the winding roads, the hydraulic steering works brilliantly and the handling is good enough to put a smile on your face. Also the large boot is good enough to carry luggage for four on these trips.
Why I’d avoid it?
Also, it might be a big car, but back when it was launched Ford had positioned it in competition with the Hyundai i10 and the likes, so it is lacking for finesse. The hard plastic interior doesn’t feel too nice and the black fabric upholstery makes the cabin a bit gloomy.
The performance of the petrol engine is a deal breaker. It is way underpowered compared to the competition, though the four-cylinder unit sounds great.
My favourite version
Price: Rs 2.25 lakh to Rs 4.25 lakh
Engine: 1.2-litre petrol (70bhp/102NM), 1.4-litre diesel (68bhp/160Nm)
Gearbox: Five-speed manual
Fuel efficiency: 11kmpl to 17kmpl