With the recent launch of the Freestyle and the mid-life makeover for the Figo Aspire, it was only time we witness the much-awaited update for the mid-size American hatchback, the Figo. No prizes for guessing, but in terms of overall sales and numbers, the Figo has done some wonders for the American automaker.
You see, the Figo has always been an enthusiast’s delight in complete generosity to its excellent suspension and fantastic steering feel. With this update, the Figo has undergone over 1,200 changes – according to Ford, and it is aiming to disrupt the hatchback market with the new Sports edition (dubbed as Titanium Blu) available from day one. How is to drive? Read on our Ford Figo review to find out.
While the overall silhouette is identical to its predecessor, the Figo retains its balanced stance with a touch of added sportiness to the overall character. We had the top-spec Titanium Blu trim in our Ford Figo review that now comes with 15-inch alloy wheels finished in gloss black, while the lower variants get the job done with 14-inch wheels. Other than that, the overall design is very identical to its cross-sibling, the Freestyle.
Inside the cabin, we definitely appreciated the all-black theme of the dashboard. Interestingly, there are certain bits like the door pads and the leather-stitched steering wheel that are acquainted with neon blue highlights on the Titanium Blu variant. The standard 7-inch touchscreen unit replaces the old cluttered system of its predecessor, and in all fairness, it is smooth to operate even though it misses out on Ford’s SYNC3 multimedia system. Despite the fact it misses out on Android Auto and Apple Carplay, the infotainment system offers in-built navigation, iPod, Aux and Bluetooth connectivity out of the box.
On the safety front, the Figo comes fitted with ABS with EBD and dual airbags for the front occupants as standard, while the top-spec takes it a notch further with six-airbags. In our time filming the Figo review, we did find the ABS to be a tad bit sensitive.
At the heart of the Figo, there is a range of engine and gearbox options. There are two petrol engines –1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol with 95bhp for the manual, while the automatic gets it done with the EcoSport’s 121bhp, 1.5-litre petrol. First, we got our hands on the diesel. On paper, 99bhp and 215Nm sound like a hoot for a mid-size hatch, and it certainly is. The Figo drives better than its predecessor, thanks to the revised suspension. Of course, the steering weighs up perfectly and there’s a lot of positive feedback from the wheels that makes driving the Figo a complete bliss.
It’s the 1.2-litre petrol that blew us away. For a three-cylinder motor, it remained quite refined throughout the mid-range while the top-end is where the Dragon started to scream and roar which certainly did put up a stupid grin on our face. The 1.2-litre Dragon unit is surprisingly amazing, it has loads of torque, it responds well to throttle inputs and it feels refined for the most part.
Ford seems to have done a great job with the refreshed Figo. With all the styling updates (not to forget the Titanium Blu variant), amazing engines and genuine driving dynamics, the Figo wins our heart all over again. Also with Ford’s aggressive pricing, renewed after sales and service package and class-leading safety, the Figo is bound to sell well too. To read our comprehensive Ford Figo review and to watch our take between the Grand i10, Maruti Suzuki Swift and the Ford Figo, be sure to tune in to autoX.