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2019 Ford Figo – Review | Cheap Thrills

Exactly one year ago, Ford had introduced a Crossover Utility Vehicle in the name of Freestyle which was positioned between the Figo and the Ecosport. It gave us some hints on what the new Figo will be designed like. Well, with the new Figo’s launch it does put a question on which one should you buy? The Freestyle or the Figo?

Now, the Figo comes in three variants, the Ambiente, Titanium, and the top of the line Titanium Blu variant. This one here is the Titanium Blu variant. It’s got blue accents on the fog lamps, automatic headlamps setup, black sporty cellular grille, 15-inch gloss black alloy wheels, black decals on the door panels, blackened out roof, and the Blu badging at the rear.

Gloss Black treatment on the rims wrapped in 195/55 R15 Apollo Alnac 4G tyres

How Is It On The Inside?

Moving on to the interiors, where your maximum time will be spent. The stitching on the steering wheel gives it a premium finish along with gloss black treatment on the steering mounted buttons. However, you can find the blue accents on its window buttons only in the Titanium Blu Variant. It has got a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which has inbuilt navigation, Bluetooth, but misses out on apple car play and android auto, which for me isn’t big of a deal but I have certainly liked it if they were on offer as seen on the Freestyle’s Sync3 system. Talking about the touchscreen system, the interface is smooth but the navigation experience is just about average and you can notice that it lags.

But that has been the case with almost all the navigation systems in the market. The rear view parking camera has an average camera quality and the rear parking sensor is very accurate. The audio quality from 4 speakers delivers crisp sound. For a 5ft 7inch guy, the driver’s seat has good under-thigh support, lumbar support is also good, and the seat height can be adjusted. However, it took me quite a while to find the perfect seating position. Also, it misses out on a dead pedal! Let’s move in the backseat, as you can see the headrests are now adjustable in the new Figo which wasn’t the case in the Freestyle. Headroom here is sufficient for an average heightened person, there’s ample amount of knee room and the scooped out front seats does add up extra space for your knees. It would have been convenient if there were bottle holder pockets on the rear doors.

How Does It Drive?

Figo’s torquey 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine

Now, assessing the most major aspect before buying a car, is the engine’s performance and efficiency. Since this was the diesel variant that we drove, which has a 1.5-liter TDCi engine. Its numbers may not faze you that much. But with 99bhp of power and 215Nm of torque, it delivers on performance. The Most exciting bit is when you get behind its wheel, the torque pull is outright crazy when you put your foot down. There’s, of course, a lot of wheelspin and there’s a slight amount of torque steer, but that elevates its fun to drive aspect! It initially takes some time to pull, but when you go above 2,000rpm it shows is true colors. No diesel hatches in this price segment comes close to this pocket rocket! For a diesel engine, the refinement levels are above average and you can barely encounter any noise from the engine. And with the Electric Power Assist steering, it handles like a charm around the corners with so much ease and maneuvering around traffic is super easy. There’s a minimum body roll around the corners due to its stiffer suspension setup, the riding is more sporty also the viewing angles across the windshield is quite decent.

No LED DRLs or Projector headlamp setup! Disappointing.

Here’s how the Figo fares against all its diesel hatch competition in terms of performance:

What do we know after the comparison with other hatches?

– The 2019 Ford Figo does not have an automatic transmission on offer

– It competes with the German hatch in terms of performance, which is far more expensive than the Figo

– It has a bigger engine displacement with a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine

The difference between the Titanium and the Titanium Blu Variant is about 65,000 rupees, and I feel it is a good deal to upgrade to the Titanium Blu as you get the safety of 6 airbags along with all the bells and whistles.

A comparison of the prices between the Figo and the Freestyle’s variants.

 Verdict

The new Figo is like a younger sibling of the Freestyle, it has most of the qualities of its elder sibling with a little bit of oomph factor to it. Just like your younger sibling, it hogs all the limelight in a party with its looks and styling that’s where for me the Freestyle feels left out. With these stylish looks, the Figo has also become cheaper than its elder sibling. Younger people will definitely prefer the Figo over the Freestyle. Now, if you’d ask me, with these cosmetic changes which add a sporty appeal to it, I would not think twice to buy the Figo Titanium Blu variant because I know, it will always put a smile on my face with that peppy 1.5 diesel engine. And in the Smoke gray color, the Figo Titanium Blu variant will look absolutely killer! I know which one I’m picking between the two. Do let us know your pick in the comment section.

ENGINE: 1.5-litre TDCi

POWER: 99 Bhp

TORQUE: 215 Nm

TRANSMISSION: 5-speed Manual

PRICE: ₹7.5 Lakh (ex-showroom, India)

 

Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Equipped With A New 1.5-Litre Diesel Engine

 

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