First generation Figo, despite of the cutthroat competition, managed to sell in good numbers in the initial phase of its launch. However later in its life cycle, the car couldn't able to maintain the steam as new propositions poured in the market. Ford tried to infuse new life by giving Figo a facelift in 2012 but it didn't able to cut the ice with buyers. And now three years down the line, Second generation Figo breaks cover. Barring name, there is nothing common between old and new generation Figo. Up against the likes of Maruti Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and VW Polo, new Figo is touted to have come with plenty of style and substance. We check the validity of the claim by putting new generation Figo through its paces.
Style, design & Interiors
Like its elder cousin Aspire, new Figo wears large trapezoidal grille flanked by shapely headlamps. The power bulge at the centre is quite prominent in appearance though air dam and fog lamps are understated in appearance. Profile is dominated by sharp and crisp creases with a kink sloping upwards towards the rear. The roof line merges with rear portion quite aptly though from the rear, looks seem to be a tad plain. Wrap around lamps are neat touch and so is the crease running across the tail lamps.
Inside the cabin too Figo is exactly similar to Aspire save for the upholstery treatment. In Aspire, there is provision of dual-tone dashboard though Figo comes with all black treatment. Further, the similar wheelbase as of Aspire gives Figo an edge over the rivals in overall space. Figo's wheelbase of 2491 can be easily counted among the best in class. Seating comfort however lags behind and Ford could have certainly done better on this aspect.
On feature front, Figo smashes all its rivals quite handsomely. It is feature laden car with segment first 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, hill-hold assist, height adjustable driver seat, 4.2 inch infotainment system etc.
Specifically, Ford has given good attention to safety as even the base variant of Figo has got driver side airbag. Boot space in the car is also decent and though it is big enough to swallow your week long luggage, we have nagging feel that loading lip is a bit high for the convenience.
Engine, Transmission& Driving Dynamics
Figo comes powered by two petrol engines and one diesel engine. As diesel is the preferred choice of the masses, we got behind 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine. The oil-burner is good for 100 PS of max power and 215 Nm of max torque. Both these figures are class-leading. The engine is mated to 5-speed manual transmission. Strength of Figo diesel lies in its ability to produce low-end torque. Apparently; there is ample torque down the rev range which makes driving Ford extremely easy. Both in city as well as on highway, Figo lunges forward uninhibitedly. There is strong mid-range torque though towards the red line, the things starting to feel strained.
-cross is available only in diesel variants for now. It sounds a bit bizarre but then its the way Maruti thinks that things will work for them. Available in two diesel engines 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre, the models are named after their net torque output. While 1.3-litre makes 200 Nm of max torque, 1.6-litre dishes out 320 Nm of rotating force. We took the latter bigger one to spin and found that engine is quite punchy in its power delivery and strong mid-range torque. Its refinement is not in the league of benchmark set by Hyundai's diesel as Maruti's oil-burner sounds a bit clattery. However, once it starts revving in the mid-range, it becomes less intrusive. Performance is very contagious, and quite addictive. Strong torque spread throughout the rev-range makes S-cross deliciously flavoured for performance-seekers. Especially on highway, S-cross feels very much confident and aggressive too.
5-speed manual gearbox is nice unit to operate though throws could certainly be shorter. The gates are well-defined, and although new transmission is not as slick as the older ones from Ford, it still manages to do the job quite well.
T Ford it seems also have made changes to the suspension geometry of the Figo. The typical old firmness has gone, and is now replaced by the mildly, softly sprung geometry. The result is good as new Figo happens to feel quite comfortable over the bad patches, ruts as well as potholes. That said, the stability of old Fords’ are missing though on positive side, this Ford feel much more stable than other class rivals. Handling is of benchmark level as steering weights up nicely as the car progresses even along the twisty roads.
AFord has priced Figo in the range of Rs 4.29 lakh for base petrol trim to Rs 7.41 lakh for top-end titanium plus model. New Figo is undoubtedly a well-rounded package which ticks all the right boxes. It looks modern, has acres of space inside, features power and fuel efficient power trains, and sport a good ride handling balance. Further, top-speccedFigo comes loaded with features to the hilt, and can easily give even a class higher car a run for its money. Unlike last time, in this inning Ford claims to have a done thorough work on the maintenance of the Figo. Last generation Figo was quite expensive to maintain though with new Figo, Ford is offering 3 year maintenance period which could be instrumental in catapulting the fortunes of Figo around. Overall, we feel new Figo is quite competitive package and has the ability to sell well in the highly competitive Indian auto market.
Style & Substance 3.5/5 Ride & Handling 3.5/5
Interiors & Ergonomics: 3.5/5 Safety & Equipment 4/5
Power-Plant & Transmission 3.5/5 Fuel Efficiency 4/5
Value for Money 3.5/5