The hot hatch: Living with Figo Diesel

ford figo aspire 2016

Ford Figo 2016

I drive the 2011 Figo Diesel. The reason I chose Figo that time because, it was the only better handling car in its segment under 7 lakh even though it was not having much power punch. The 1.4 liter TDCi engine develops 68bhp and decent 170Nm of torque with a best possible fuel efficiency of approximately 18 kmpl in city and 20+ kmpl on highways. I like driving and since 2011 November I completed close to 65,000 in my car. I am very much satisfied with sales and service from FORD India and I am a happy Ford owner with 4 years of Figo ownership.

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2016-ford-figo

A Few months back Ford India launched all new Figo and Figo Aspire in the Indian market. Both these cars built on same platform shares many things with each other from dashboard, engine to suspensions and lots of underpinnings too. I was very curious to drive these cars, not just for the review, but how it feels everyday for the owner. Living with Figo Aspire was really interesting and you can read all about it here. Thanks to Ford India, I also got new Figo as a part of Living with section for AutoColumn and here is the review of 2016 Ford Figo after 1000 kms on the odo.

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2016-ford-figo

This is the best looking hatchback and the only hatchback from Ford in India. Based on Aspire compact Sedan new Ford Figo has got everything from Aspire except the beige colour in interiors. The Figo gets all black interiors and the car I was testing was top of the line model, the titanium variant. Comes with 6 airbags and Ford My key functions, the car feels home as soon as you get inside it. Nice padded chubby seats give a good comfortable position with better thigh support. This point was lacking in Old Figo and Ford India really worked on these small aspects while developing new Figo.

Ford Figo Interiors

Ford Figo Interiors

The interiors are very similar to Aspire and black colour adds all sporty factors in it. The all new Figo is bigger, wider than the current Figo and every bit of driving it surely make you feel that. It is powered by same 1.5 liter oil burner that pumps out 100bhp for a hatchback. A 1.5 liter on a hatchback makes me remember a car from Hyundai Getz. This car had similar specs from a 1.6 liter CRDi engine. Being Hyundai it had all soft suspensions and there was no handling fun in it even though with 100 bhp of power. I was more eager to drive Ford Figo as the previous Figo was having best suspension and chassis setup even though it was just 68bhp. The company itself sets a benchmark in my mind that I was expecting more than what my 68 bhp Figo gave me in terms of ride quality and ride handling.

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To understand new Figo in a best possible way, I decided to take it on the road that has uphill section, hairpin bends, few straights and awesome curves. To head to Lonavala i started from Pune-Mumbai Expressway where i could check the turbo range and top speed of the car. In every gear the turbo kicks in around 1200 rpm and keeps it alive till 3800rpm. The range is not so much important, but the feel of the torque pushing you back in the seats is the best experience in this hot hatch. The straighline performance of this car can take you till the speed of 185kmph, well, that’s the best we could match with different test drivers. Due to the soft suspension setup at high speeds the car doesn’t feel planted on the road and then it not encourages you to go hard on the throttle. While attacking corners the car had too much body roll and that’s certainly not a good feeling at the driver seat. While the steering is correct and achieving perfect driver commands, the suspension setup is not something that you would really enjoy this car a bit aggressively around the corners. The handling expectations from the Figo didn’t meet at all for the power this car produces. In my opinion, this car becomes another Hyundai Getz CRDi with the awesome quality of interiors and better in-cabin space.

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2016-ford-figo

Ford India claims fuel economy of 27kmpl with this 100 bhp hot hatch. Surprisingly the car did give us 25+ kmpl while having the fun mentioned above. There is so much power in the car that engine and brakes are always on overtime work. This is fun hatchback and yet frugal in your pocket. The car is priced a little over 8 lakh for top end diesel variant in Pune. The new Figo looks best in its class and have superbly comfortable ride compared to Maruti Swift, VW Polo. The car is punchier than Swift and Polo and also frugal. Daytime running lights and Projector bi-xenon headlamps would have been a perfect package for this car under 9 lakh to have value for money tag. We expect these updates will follow in the facelift version later this year.

Photos by : Sumit Gaikwad

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