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Ford New Figo
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Customer Rating
: 4/5
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5.83 Lakhs-8.46 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Attractive styling
  • Loaded with features
  • Powerful engine
  • Spacious cabin

Weak Areas

  • Pricey diesel
  • Tacky quality
  • No diesel automatic
  • Limited dealership support
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Ford Figo Sports Edition Expert Review

Figo Sports Edition is a new iteration of Ford’s hatchback. It comes with a stiffer suspension, bigger tyres and some distinct cosmetic changes. The ride characteristics are notably different from the regular model.


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Ford’s new Figo was launched in 2015. It came with attractive looks, average handling, simple electric steering and a well –loaded cabin. But what made it likeable was its 1.5 litre efficient diesel engine. The car was also priced lower than India’s best-selling hatchback Maruti Swift. That helped it to bag good number of sales.

         Ford Figo Sporty Exterior Design

The latest offering now by Ford in the market is a special Sports Edition of the Figo. It has been launched only with the Titanium trim that sits one position below the top end Titanium Plus. The modifications on this variant are more than aesthetic. And what’s even better, they have been discerningly balanced. One of the major changes is the tuning of the suspension. 

Figo Sports is powered by the 1.5 litre diesel engine that generates 99 bhp at 3750 rpm and 215 nm of torque at 1750-3000 rpm. It also comes with the smaller of the two petrol engine options. This is 1.2 litre Ti-VCT that churns out 87 bhp at 6300 rpm and 112 nm of torque at 4000 rpm. 

Both these engines are mated to 5 speed manual transmission. 

We’ll now look into what is different with the new Sports Edition:


The External Impression 

On the front grille you see a honeycomb mesh pattern with matte silver outline. The regular Figo grille design comprises chrome slats. The sweptback headlamps have a smoked effect here and to highlight the look there is a piano black strip on their sides. Again, while the other Figo also has this strip on its headlamps, it is in chrome. The fog lamps on the bumper have black plastic surrounds. Figo’s hood has a flared look towards the sides and the two creases in the middle create a power bulge.

           Ford Figo S Sleek Headlamps

The outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) for this variant are in glossy black colour and have integrated side turn indicators. Seen the chrome insert on the front fenders of Figo? The Figo Sports has these inserts in black. The wheel wells of this hatchback have hard plastic claddings to minimise the tyre noise. Wheel size has been upgraded to 15 inch for the variant and it is shod with 195/55 R15 Apollo Alnac tyres. The bigger wheel and tyre combination fills the wheel well better than in the regular model that has 14 inch rims.

A black and silver strip with ‘S’ decal runs across the doors as an identity for the Sports Edition. The roof of the car also has black finish and it is ribbed. Radio antenna is positioned towards the front.

            Ford Figo 16_Alloy Wheels

At the rear there is a more prominent spoiler reflecting the sporty character of the car. A twin nozzle washer spray for the rear windscreen has been provided on the high mount stop lamp (HMSL). While the cladding on the wiper looks good, the reach of this little unit is restricted. There are (black and silver) decals on the bumper too.

The tuning of the suspension is the most significant change in this model. The ground clearance has been reduced by about 4mm. Regular Figo sits 174 mm above the ground. More details on this in our Ride and Handling section. 

Figo Sports comes in 5 body colour options – Oxford White with black roof, Ruby Red with black roof, Absolute Black with white roof, Moondust Silver with black roof and Sparkling gold with black roof.

The Cabin Look and Feel 

You won’t find the interiors much different. Where the Figo has all-black cabin with some parts highlighted by silver inserts, the Ford Sports Edition’s interiors have piano black highlights. These can be seen on the steering, centre console and door panels. Its steering wheel is leather wrapped with red stitching. Seat covers and the covering of the gear lever stick also get read stitching.

                Fig Instrumental Cluster

The instrument console has not been modified. So there is large speedometer dial in the centre. It is flanked by tachometer and fuel gauge. The blue needles on the black background look good. The MID shows trip meter, real time fuel efficiency, average fuel efficiency, average speed, distance to empty and outside temperature.


Ford has configured the controls stalks for right-hand-drive. So the wiper is activated from the left and for the headlights & indicators, you use the stalk on the right side. 

With the audio system you do not get the 4.2 inch SYNC display screen because this is the Titanium trim of Figo. It has Ford’s My Dock system that can be used to dock a mobile phone. It does get Aux and USB input ports. 

Front seats provide good support and feel comfortable. Down in the footwell there is no dead pedal. Spacing between the A-B-C pedals could have been more.
 

              6-SPEED-PowerShift-Transmission

You find a number of coves and pockets for keeping small things in the Figo and the same is seen in the Sports Edition. Next to the hand brake there are 4 holes for cups, small bottles and to store coins. But the glove box lid is too thick and so the space inside it is small. On the other hand the door pockets are good enough to take in 1 litre bottles.

The rear doors of this car open at a nice angle making ingress and egress easy. At the back the bench seat is not different from the regular Figo’s. There is adequate legroom and the front seats have scoops making knee room for rear seat occupants better. However, as in the other hatchbacks the width of the seat is better for two rather than three passengers. Thigh support is fine but the fixed neck rests don’t feel very ergonomic.

With fabric cushions near the armrest the door panels look good. Even if it is black and grey, the cabin of Figo and Figo Sports feels quite airy, thanks to large glass areas. Support handles with coat clasps are provided. To keep small items the rear seat passengers do not get pockets on their doors but a cup holder is given near the transmission tunnel hump. Front seat backs have pockets for maps and other papers. There are no rear AC vents. 

Figo’s boot has 257 litres of capacity. To increase the space you can push down the rear seat back. The bench seat cannot be split 60:40. 

Engine, Transmission and Performance 

We drove the 1.5 litre diesel engine variant for this analysis. This engine is also used in Ford Fiesta and Eco Sports. There are some vibrations felt in the cabin on starting up the engine. The diesel clatter can be heard. But that is not really a negative point. You go for a short drive in this car and you will love the experience. We have driven the regular model of Ford Figo petrol too and if you wondering which one to pick between the petrol and diesel, we strongly recommend the latter.

Let us first give you a general idea about the abilities of this oil burner before we talk about its characteristics in this Sports Edition.

With the power and torque specs it has, the brilliant performance is not surprising. Driving within the city is easy because there is adequate torque in the lower zone of the rpm band. The response against accelerator inputs is also pleasing. Turbo lag is well under control. Power delivery is linear when the turbo spools up.

The performance of Figo is admirable in the city and it delights even more on the open roads. When you step down harder on the accelerator it can go into triple digit speed easily. With a strong mid-range overtaking is easy. You will not need to downshift very often on the highways.

What is new in the Sports Edition? It is even more amusing to drive. Its suspension set-up is similar to that of the Figo sold in Britain. The car is very enthusiastic to just go in any gear. The second gear is particularly good to overtake in slow moving traffic. In terms of performance, this car can compete well with some others having a bigger, more powerful engine.


The engine delivers its finest performance between 1700 and 3500 rpm. Do not try to push beyond this because there is not much to gain and the engine becomes too noisy.

The gear ratios on the 5-speed transmission are spaced out well and make highway cruising comfortable. If you are driving in the fifth gear, you will not always need to downshift to 4th to overtake slow moving vehicles. Gears are sure slotting but the clutch is somewhat heavy and has a spring back action. This becomes annoying in bumper to bumper traffic.


Ride and Handling 

In tuning of the suspension the front and rear springs have been cut to be lowered by 10 mm. The anti-roll bar has been made stronger and the 195 mm tyres with 15 inch wheels are broader than the ones on regular spec. The raised ground clearance also lends a sportier character.

You will not get the feel of a “modified suspension” while driving in the city because its ride behaviour at slow speed is similar to its regular sibling. The stiffened suspension however is felt over the potholes and the sharper speed breakers. The improvement in ride comes at highway speeds. The vertical movement in Figo Sports is less as compared to the Figo. It feels really composed.

With regards to handling, when you try cornering at speed, there will be lesser body roll - it’s because of the smaller springs and stiffer anti-roll bar. But there is yet some body roll because Ford has not retuned the suspension to the extreme opposite side. The point was to make the hatch more of an enthusiast’s car.

This car eagerly turns in and can hang its rear end out slightly if you ease on the throttle mid-corner. What we liked is the improved composure at high speed, the reduced body roll and the readiness to turn in.

One thing that Ford should have also worked upon is the steering response of Figo. Even though the suspension willingly complies with fun-to-drive factor, the feedback from the steering is lacking and it is pretty light for our liking. Although it does weigh up with increase in speed, the confidence you hope for in a straight-line position is still lacking.  Indeed, this unit feels lighter at centre position even at speed although it is better when slightly turned. This is why pushing around the corner is more confidence-inspiring than keeping centred on plain highways.

The grip of the tyres is nothing to write home about. But these are better than the 175/65 tyres on the 14 inch wheels of regular Figo. When you suddenly upshift from 1st to 2nd gear, it sounds like the tyres are struggling to get a grip and they do squeal. The decrease in ground clearance does not bother much as the suspension has been stiffened. You won’t scrape the underbelly of the Figo Sports on average sized speed breakers.


Fuel Efficiency 

The 1.5 litre diesel engine of Figo has an ARAI fuel economy of 25.83 km/litre. The actual efficiency varies according to the driving style, passenger and cargo load and the air conditioner usage.

Verdict 

If you are looking for a fun-to-drive car in the hatchback segment, the Figo Sports Edition will fit the bill well. It has some cosmetic variations over the regular model and the changes in suspension make it real sporty. Even though there is no improvement in terms of steering feel, the ride characteristics have become significantly better.

The diesel model is priced at Rs. 7.29 lakh and the petrol at Rs. 6.38 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Comfort: 3.5/5
Refinement: 3.5/5
Safety: 3.5/5
Ride: 4/5
Handling: 3/5
Value for Money: 3.5/5

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