2015 Ford Figo Review, First Drive

Ford has brought the second-generation Figo hatchback to India. Can it live up to the standard set by its predecessor?

As seen in all recently launched Ford cars, the Figo sports a large hexagonal grille up front, with sweeping headlamps on either sides. The fog lamps are housed in a depression while the front air dam is split into two sections. Two broad lines on the bonnet connect the grille to the A-Pillar.

The side profile of the car is fairly clear: the A- and C-Pillar are angular in shape while the B-Pillar is black in colour. A broad shoulder line flows from the headlamp to the tail lamp.

Inside, the Figo sports all-black interiors with silver plastic inserts giving it an upmarket look. The quality of plastic is good for a car in this segment.

The cabin is fairly spacious, with enough legroom and headroom for both rear and front passengers. However, there is little space for the middle seat occupant, with a high transmission tunnel running underneath it.

In terms of equipment, the Figo comes with electric folding ORVMs, auto door locks, climate control, two-DIN stereo system, Bluetooth, USB, AUX, CD and SYNC voice control etc.

Ford offers two petrol and one diesel option with the Figo. An automatic gearbox is also on offer with the hatch.

The 1.5-litre, petrol automatic produces 110bhp of max power @ 6,300 rpm and 136Nm of peak torque @ 4,400 rpm. While the engine/gearbox combination works well in linear acceleration, the gear shifts become noticeable when in need of sudden power. This problem also occurs in the Sport mode and can be controlled to an extent using the buttons on the gear lever.

The turbocharged, 1.5-litre, diesel engine, on the other hand, offers good performance and driveability. It has an ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of 25.83km/l, and delivers 99 bhp.

The Figo remains planted on the road and handles undulations with relative ease. The steering is also linear, although it does lack the feedback of the unit fitted in the original Figo.

Ford needs to be commended for offering driver airbags across all variants. The top-end trim comes with segment leading six airbags. Other safety features include traction control, ABS, and hill hold function.

Overall, the Figo is a capable hatchback that tries to lure customers by offering enhanced safety features. It looks better from the outside, while the cabin is more spacious and loaded with newer equipment. And most of all, it has been priced competitively.

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