Step into the cabin of the Freestyle and you greeted by familiar but a two-toned space of black and chocolate brown across the cabin. The space within looks quite familiar as much of the design has been carried over from the current Figo and Aspire. The instrument cluster, dashboard and even the air con vents all carry the familiar Ford family look but now in a brown and black colour scheme. The quality is acceptable considering that this vehicle will be priced lower than the compact SUVs.
The centre console is a new design and has been lifted from the slightly larger EcoSport compact SUV. Where the older design was cluttered with buttons and looked like an after-market fitment, this new one looks far more cohesive and pleasing to the eyes. Its minimalistic design appears quite modern with most of the buttons being easy to reach and operate.
One of the main highlight is, of course, that you get a touchscreen system on offer across six of the eight variants. It’s a capacitive unit for the lower spec models while the top-of-the-line Titanium+ models comes with Ford’s latest SYNC3 infotainment system. This is the same unit that debuted in the 2017 Ford EcoSport. Space and comfort for the front seat occupants is pretty good as you get a pretty wide and lengthy seat base, a great boon for a person like me with ‘generous+. during long journeys.
The rear seats have never been a strong point for Figo and it’s not really quite different here. The headroom is cramped thanks to the sloping roofline and even on this top-of-the-line Titanium+ model you do not get an arm rest, 12V outlet, rear vents and door pockets. The only standard useable space being a bottle holder between the front seats.
You get the same boot as the Figo which means that at 257-litres, it is not particularly big and at best, it will hold 3-4 small bags with a bit of shuffling around. The rear seat back does, however, fold down for additional space.
Finally, the feature list for this top-spec model that we drove is quite comprehensive. You get automatic climate control, touchscreen infotainment system, automatic headlamps, button start, rain sensing wipers, six airbags and ABS with EBD, traction control as well as hill start assist.