Ford Figo Review & First Drive

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Ford Figo Overview

After the Aspire, it was time for the second-gen Figo to receive its midlife update. These updates usually address major issues plaguing pre-facelift models. So, what could be the need of the hour for the Figo? A heart transplant? Yes, the petrol-powered pre-facelift Figo was uninspiring and lethargic, unlike its diesel counterpart with a drool-worthy punchy engine. To counter that, Ford has now introduced its new Dragon family of petrol engines in the updated Figo along with some minor styling and feature updates. Are these changes enough to put the Figo back as an option worth considering? We took the updated Figo for a spin in sunny Jodhpur to find out.

Ford Figo Look

The cosmetic upgrades on the 2019 Figo may feel subtle in these shots, but in the flesh, it looks fresh especially when viewed head-on. There’s a sportier honeycomb mesh grille that’s not only finished in glossy-black, but now fills the grille in entirety. Besides that, the lower bumper now has a more angular design, along with a snazzy fog lamp surround that’s finished in a bright matt blue shade.

While the silhouette is similar to the outgoing model, you’ll still notice the new shape 15-inch alloys finished in glossy-black (in Blu version). At the rear, only the mildly restyled lower section of the bumper catches your attention. We have to admit that all these tweaks make the 2019 Ford Figo more attractive than ever. In fact, when spotted from a distance, the new Blu variant (in white paint), is similar to the older Figo ‘Sports’ version.

Ford Figo Comfort

If you find it hard to see the changes on the outside, we bet you won’t say the same once you step inside and that is mainly thanks to the new 7 inch touch infotainment system. This makes the dashboard look cleaner thanks to lesser number of physical buttons. The infotainment system isn’t the Sync 3 you find on the Freestyle and the Aspire. Which isn’t such a big problem until you realise that there aren’t any phone mirroring features. So no android auto, no apple CarPlay and no mirror link either, which has now become a norm at this price range.

The Blu variant, on the inside, comes with blue accents on the door pads and contrasting blue stitching on the seats. Thankfully it doesn’t look over the top. In terms of quality, there are no soft touch plastics in the cabin and even the graining looks a tad cheap compared to the Grand i10 or even the Swift. However, this isn’t a deal breaker and on its own, the quality is acceptable. In terms of seating comfort, it comes with the same space as the old car and the front seats are wide enough and comfortable. The rear,seat doesn’t have the same amount of space unlike those of its competitors, but still it is quite comfy with decent thigh support and adequate knee room. Unlike the old car, the new Figo also gets adjustable rear headrests, which is a great addition in terms of safety and comfort.

The boot, at 257 litres, is large enough and the rear seat can be folded for added space. A split folding rear seat though would have been welcome. There is a good amount of storage space upfront with large door pockets and a number of small storage spaces. But at the rear you feel short changed as there is very little storage except for the seatback pockets and a single cup holder.

In terms of equipment, the Figo comes well equipped. It has premium features like automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers on the top Blu variant. Another thing to point out is that the touchscreen infotainment system comes as standard in all three variants. It does miss out on features like LED headlamps, daytime running lamps and phone mirroring features on the infotainment system which is offered on rival products. But it more than makes up for that, by offering best-in-class 6 airbags on the top variant.

Ford Figo Gearbox

Coming to the most significant update in the Figo, its new set of petrol engines from Ford’s newest ‘Dragon’ family. There’s a 1.2-litre and a 1.5-litre petrol engine on offer, both 3-cylinder units. The former is offered with a manual, while the latter is exclusively available with an automatic. The petrol powertrain options are, in fact, completely fresh for the updated Figo as Ford has introduced the new 5-speed manual gearbox for the 1.2-litre as well as a 6-speed torque converter for the 1.5-litre, replacing the previous 6-speed DCT (dual-clutch automatic). The diesel engine has been carried forward from the pre-facelift model as is. However, it has also received the new 5-speed manual.

The new 1.2-litre petrol as well as the diesel, while the 1.5-litre petrol automatic wasn’t available. Let us begin with petrol first. We’ve already encountered the 1.2-litre three-cylinder Dragon petrol on the Freestyle and most recently, the Aspire facelift. It is a huge, huge improvement over the old four-cylinder unit of the same displacement. And the updated Figo turned out to be no different. The new 1.2-litre is not only peppier but also more efficient than the engine (18.16kmpl) it replaces. To know more details on Ford Figo visit Byteintobigdata

Being a three-cylinder engine, the new 1.2-litre purrs to life with a mild vibratory cold start. But it gets fairly smooth in no time. The engine is fairly refined given the segment standards and has a sweet note when pushed hard. The engine isn’t that responsive initially, but that doesn’t mean it requires frequent downshifts as it pulls cleanly in higher gears. The engine changes character around 3000rpm as it begins to surge ahead eagerly as it offers a pretty meaty mid-range. Just like other small displacement naturally-aspirated engines, it needs to be revved to extract the most out of it.

Keep it in its sweet spot and the new three-cylinder engine won’t disappoint. Power comes linearly and in a tractable manner till it maxes out just below the redline at 7000rpm. Out on the highway, the Figo is capable of hitting triple-digit speeds rapidly and its brakes are confidence-inspiring. This is expected because the Freestyle and the Aspire, based on the same platform, display these traits as well.

The diesel continues to shine with its outright power and torque, which are the best in the segment. From the get-go, the diesel pulls and pulls and pulls with hardly any turbo lag. We won’t be focusing much on the diesel as it has been carried forward, but continues to be among the strongest points for the Figo. Enriching the whole experience is the new slick-shifting 5-speed manual from Getrag. Available with both the new petrol and the diesel, it slots in much better than the older one.

Ford Figo Riding

When it comes to ride and handling, the Ford Figo remains as strong as before. The steering is direct and it is eager to change direction too. The Figo feels a little soft initially and body roll is gentle but not excessive. In fact, the suppleness doesn’t come at the expense of stability and even at high speeds on an undulating surface, the Figo feels rock solid. In terms of comfort too, this Ford shows great composure, whether it be at high or low speeds and the ride quality is flat and it absorbs the worst of road conditions with aplomb. Even the brakes feel strong and the pedal feel is sharp yet progressive.

Ford Figo Safety

The updated Figo is available with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, front seatbelts reminder and rear parking sensors as standard across the variant lineup. The top-spec Titanium Blue variant adds side and curtain airbags, which are exclusive to the Figo in the segment. The petrol automatic variant exclusively comes with ESP (electronic stability program), TCS (traction control system) and HLA (hill launch assist) — these are also segment–firsts.

Ford Figo Price in Chennai

Ford Figo On Road Price is 6,73,751/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,82,600/- in Chennai. Ford Figo comes in 7 colours, namely Deep Impact Blue,Smoke Grey,Ingot Silver,Tuxedo Black,Sparkling Gold,Oxford White,Ruby Red. Ford Figo comes with FWD with 1196 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 87 bhp@6300 rpm and Peak Torque 112 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Ford Figo comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .Check for Ford Figo price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

Ford Figo Bottomline

Let’s put things in perspective here. The 2019 Ford Figo falls short of expectations due to absence of some key features like LED headlamps, DRLs and phone mirroring functions on the new infotainment system. We have to admit that these can be deal breakers in an otherwise brilliant package. One that simply shines thanks to Ford plonking a new peppy petrol engine, fitting new manual gearboxes and freshening up the dash with the new infotainment system. These fresh additions join the Figo’s existing list of fortes, such as comfortable seating, and the sorted ride-and-handling combo. The icing, of course, is the pricing which seems to be spot-on with the competition. Ultimately, we feel that Ford has really nailed it this time with the 2019 Figo!

Ford Ecosport Performance & Price

Ford Ecosport Overview

The EcoSport has been one of the highest selling Ford cars in India since its launch in 2014. It kick-started the sub-four metre compact SUV segment which has now turned out to be the highest growing segment in the Indian car market. The EcoSport now got a makeover as a part of its product lifecycle. It now gets a new face, redesigned cabin and a new petrol engine. The updated EcoSport continues its fray with the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Honda WR-V, Mahindra TUV300 and the Tata Nexon. The prices for the facelifted EcoSport remains unchanged over the older model. For information on contact details of Ford car dealers in Bangalore

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Ford Ecosport Look

In terms of design, the EcoSport manages to excel in leveraging the platform’s strength in creating a compact SUV, which still manages to be very aerodynamic. There is enough road presence and purpose to the design. With the wheels out on the extremities of the vehicle, the raised posture and the spare wheel mounted on the hatch door, the EcoSport has that butch stance that we associate with SUVs.

But, it must be remembered that the design also cleverly uses visual cues to elevate itself into SUV territory. Some of the features that help it achieve this include the roof rails, the aggressive oversized bonnet grille, and the wrap-around rear glass that merges with the kink in the C-pillar, the large stalked door mirrors, the high shoulder line and the body-side cladding that visually raises the EcoSport even more than its already high 200mm ground clearance.

Ford Ecosport Comfort

The interior of the EcoSport has Ford’s signature details in many places. The centre stack is particularly familiar. The chunky steering wheel and the centre stack have largely been borrowed from the new Fiesta. The seats are comfy and sport contrast stitched faux leather, with horizontal support squabs. The bug-eyed dials are another novel touch. The trim level that I was driving was the Titanium with the optional additions and the engine was the 1.0-litre EcoBoost with a manual gearbox.

The interior has a certain feel of premiumness in terms of fit and finish quality, but the material quality is only about the same as that of the other vehicles in the sub-Rs.10 lakhs segment. The variant I was driving had six airbags, but I’m guessing that there will be lower trim variants without as many. But the side curtain airbags in the car apparently are the reason why there are no grab handles on the roof for the passengers.

The seat position is nicely raised and you do get a commanding view of the road, but the thick base of the A-pillar does increase the blind spot on either side. The small quarter glass doesn’t manage to offer much in terms of improved visibility. Storage options abound and the rear 60:40 split bench seat can also be folded and flipped forward for increasing the boot space. And because the spare wheel is mounted on the hatch door, the loading height is lower in the boot.

There is enough legroom at the rear. But even though the EcoSport’s overall width is more than the new Fiesta’s, the chunky door design tends to take up some of the lateral space. So, the rear bench will be a squeeze for three adults. The hatch door handle has been neatly integrated into the tail-lamp at the left, with the handle itself looking like a part of the lamp’s combination. The hatch door is hinged on its side to the left. It is said to have been strengthened and tested extensively. But my test vehicle did come up with a few rattles and squeaks towards the end of the test drive.

The rear glass is quite narrow thanks to the design and the need for retaining space for the spare wheel on the hatch. So visibility is a bit restricted. But you do get parking assistance. The EcoSport is also said to be capable of wading through 550mm of water, just right for the flooded streets in our cities during monsoon.

Ford Ecosport Gearbox

Now known to all, the EcoSport would be available in three engine trims which include 1.5L petrol and diesel engines along with the 1L EcoBoost engine. Since 1.5L is the clear winner in popularity as the Duster and Quanto too have it, we expected our test car to have the same. All hopes went flying by the window as we realized it’s plonked with the 1L EcoBoost engine.

A night earlier to the drive, we were given a comprehensive and detailed explanation about the 1.0L EcoBoost engine and its perks. The company claims that this small engine which can fit on an A4 size paper and can be carried in a small suitcase equals 1.6 L petrol engines in performance. Call me orthodox but then this was difficult for me to believe it as I belong to the old school thought where strength of a vehicle is designated by the “CCs” it displace

The EcoBoost engine breaks all such myths and brings a lot on the table. This one is the smallest engine in its class and Ford’s first three cylinder engine in the country. It produces a power output of 125PS and a peak torque of 170Nm. The company claims that the EcoBoost offers 8% more power than a 1.6L diesel engine and 7% more torque than a 1.6L petrol engine.

To negate the demerits of a conventional 3 cylinder engine, Ford has intentionally unbalanced the pulley and flywheel with counteracting weights to act against the shaking forces of the engine and drive the energy in a less sensitive direction. The engine mounts uses also use the same theme.

All about the EcoBoost engine seems fantastic on paper but then how does it react in real time conditions? This engine is not a fun engine to begin with. The drag in its performance is evident. In the initial rpms, the car just refuses to pull. The pull felt on the engine however decreases as it climbs higher rpms. Till 2500 rpm, it acts a commuter but post that it begins to get more active and responsive. Unlike in the Duster where you get a sweet noise of the turbocharger spooling, in the EcoSport it is more of the three cylinders scream which is not disappointing.

The torque curve becomes a plateau post 1500rpm and it goes all the way till 4500 rpm. These figures are helpful while climbing terrains as well as in traffic conditions as it completely shun the use of gear shifts. The 5 speed manual transmission is very smooth and works seamlessly.

Other than the EcoBoost, there is the 1.5-litre TiVCT 4 cylinder petrol engine which churns out 112 PS power at 6300 rpm and a peak torque of 140Nm at 4400 rpm. Diesel seekers get an option of 1.5-litre TDCi intercooled turbocharged diesel engine. This engine produces a peak power of 91PS at 3750 rpm and a torque of 204Nm between 2000 to 2750 rpm. The TiVCT engine has an optional 6 speed automatic transmission option.

The EcoSport is an Urban offering in the SUV market. It is what a Honda CRV or a Mutsubishi Outlander is in the premium segment. It is not for the hard core off roaders but more for the occasional soft roaders. The tall ground clearance of 200mm is fantastic for Indian road conditions so the moon craters won’t be felt much. It has an approach angle of 25 degrees and a departure angle of 35 degrees. The EcoSport also claims to have an ability to wade through 550mms of water

To sum up the good, bad and ugly of EcoSport, the EcoBoost 1-litre engine is not a fun to drive motor. It gets exhausted on long stretches of roads. The transmission is smooth and the engine scores more on torque than power. It is an ideal configuration for city driving where performance is minimal.

The good rather fantasic bits about EcoSport are its handling and suspension. Ford cars are known for this and the EcoSport does a fab job too. It has no body roll. The reason of this is its aerodynamic design approach.

Suspension setup is capable of taking vigorous bruises on the street. It is inclined on the softer side with sufficient dampening. The only issue faced was during high speed braking where the bite was not sufficient.We did a small off-road stint with it and were mighty impressed with its ground clearance and suspension. We got a real time mileage of 11Kmpl during our test run.

Ford Ecosport Rideing

The ground clearance of the Ecosport has been a boon. At 200mm higher from the ground, this makes it easy to drive on bad roads and even park on not-so-well paved roads. Driving on winding roads is also a lot of fun with the Ecosport. The electronic steering is precise and doesn’t make you feel tired at any moment. However, the suspension set-up is on the stiffer side. This means a lot of the bumps and the occupants feel shocks from the road.

One thing that many experts will miss out on talking is the stowage space in the Ecosport. There is a drawer under the co-driver seat, two one litre boots can fit in any of the front door pockets and even the glove box is large enough.

Ford Ecosport Safety

To begin with, our press demonstrator was the Brown. The Mars Red colour might appeal to several, but I prefer the Kinetic Blue on the Ecosport. This in my opinion looks more upmarket and carries a hint of sophistication. The variant we drove was the Titanium Option. It comes with keyless entry, push start and stop, artificial leather, in-dash music system with Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB connection, reclining rear seats, 60:40 split, six airbags and ABS. In our long-term report, we share the fuel efficiency, performance and the pros and the niggles that we faced with the Ford Ecosport in our daily running.

Ford Ecosport Cost in Hyderabad

Ford Ecosport Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,29,211/- (EcoSport 1.5 TIVCT Petrol Ambiente) to 10,71,300/- (EcoSport 1.5 Diesel Platinum Edition). Get best offers for Ford Ecosport from Ford Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Ecosport price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Ford Ecosport Bottomline

It’s a long time since a new Ford was as bad as the EcoSport. It may not be a European-hailing car and it may be due an early revision to address its failings, but customers won’t care and neither should we.Its perceived quality is regrettable, its diesel powertrain is rough and flat, and its chassis is so rudimentary that it could even damage Ford’s prized reputation for dynamic excellence.

Anyone who has test driven a rival or two will instantly be aware that the EcoSport just isn’t worthy. Neither is it cheap enough to be unworthy.Ford’s repost will be that this has already proven a successful car for developing markets, but on tougher roads and catering to different tastes from oursThere have been plenty of great Fords like that over the years – from Mustangs to Broncos to Falcons – but none has cut the mustard in Europe. Neither will this.