One of the biggest draws for me when I volunteered to take up the Figo as my long term mate was its automatic 'box. It's a dual clutch unit, after all. Okay, so the ones among you who have sampled both the Volkswagen's dual clutch auto ‘box on the Polo and the Figo's PowerShift, you'd know that the Polo does a finer, more seamless and a more predictable job of shifting and reacting to throttle responses. But, that's when you are going hell for leather.
In the city, wherein you'd rarely go past 3,000rpm, the PowerShift is pretty seamless too. One really has to pay attention to the shifts to catch them, particularly during down shifts. The throttle response is excellent as well. Yes, the Figo automatic runs one on the largest naturally aspirated engines in its class, so it has good grunt. But, the combination of this engine and the alert gearbox means picking gaps in traffic, getting past sleepy and wayward drivers, and being the first off the line from a traffic light, is all so effortless, it adds an happy edge to commuting. It does get a little snappy at crawling speeds though when it can’t decide whether it wants to stick with second gear or drop down to first.
What also works well for the Figo in the city is its steering response. It has feel and it's pretty quick too. So, avoiding those sleepy and wayward drivers when they start drifting into your lane as you are overtaking them is well, easily done! Plus, the way the steering feels in your fingers and palms as well as its positioning, further cuts the fatigue down. It’s also great for making those three-point turns in narrow lanes or to get the Figo into a tight parking spot.