It doesn’t take much effort to realise that the Figo’s dash looks dated. Even the dials on the instrumentation are small and uninspiring. Although quality is par for the course, the same on the Nios, along with its fit and finish, can easily match cars from a segment higher. Add to that, the Nios’ fresh dash design with a dual tone and flowing theme onto the centre console, and you have quite the concoction. In terms of visibility, the Figo’s A-pillar can get in the way of the driver’s view, but the thinner one on the Nios combined with the wider door mirrors makes spotting other motorists an effortless task.
As for storage in the front, the Figo has the upper hand with numerous compartmentalised cubby spaces on the centre console and the front door pads. Interestingly, the Nios fights back with rear doorpad storage and rear ac vents, both of which are sorely missed in the Figo. Space wise, in the front, the Figo offers more legroom, shoulder room and overall larger seats.
In comparison, the Nios’ front end entices only if one is taller, and the ingress is much easier. What’s tricky is the rear. If you’re out for more headroom, a larger bench and favourable ingress, the Nios hits that nail. However, the Figo offers marginally more legroom and considerably more space for three occupants.
As much as the seats on both hatches offer good cushioning, the Nios’ front ones lend better lateral support. But, we’d have certainly loved an improved shoulder support on both. As for the rear benches, the one in the Nios offers much more thigh support than the one featured in the Ford, but the latter offers a more appropriate upright backrest angle. Boot-wise, the Nios’ enclosure is wider while the Figo’s enclosure is taller. So, while you can arrange your luggage horizontally in the Hyundai, the Figo allows one to stack it vertically. But what aids luggage loading is the lower boot lip on the Figo.