The Indian car war is on and the car manufacturers are leaving no designs untouched. Ford has unleashed Figo to conquer the roads of India.
Figo draws inspiration from the architectures of Ford Fiesta and fusion models. Does is have in it the punch to win over the Indian roadies ? Lets see.
The outer look:
At first look Figo is not loud and flashy but solid. The lines are fluid with wrapped head lamps nesting an integrated indicator giving a confident look. The rear sports a towering tail lamps and a shapely rear window completing the looks of the car which is little conservative, masculine and nice. Not a show stopper but packs a strong personality.
Figo comes in 7 colors: squeeze, colorado red, diamond white, moondust silver, panther black, sea grey, chill. My pick was colorado red and diamond white.
The inner look:
As you step in, you would be happy with the roomy feel – a good head room & leg room. The inside out view instills a confidence behind the steering wheel.
The instrument cluster comes with a digital odometer and tripmeter in all the variants and gets better in the higher variants. The dashboard finish could have been better. Personally, I did not like the vibrant coral color of the dashboard. The seating is good with an average upholstery. The 284 litre boot space gives you pretty good area for you to fill up.
Figo comes in petrol as well as diesel variants. Sitting pretty under the bonnet and powering the car is a 1.2-litre Duratec engine in the petrol version and a 1.4-litre Duratorq TDCi engine for the diesel version. The engines packs punch in both the version making it a hot contender in the B-segment cars. In fact the diesel engine is quiet smooth and impressive. The ground clearance of the car is pretty good making it great for Indian road conditions.
All the variants comes with a good A/c with heater, power steering, remote fuel filter opening. You also get body colored front & rear bumpers in all the 4 variants. I didn’t like the fact that the dual front airbag is available only in the high end variant.
Pricing: Finally the success of a car in India boils down to the pricing and Ford has got it right with Figo. The pricing is surprisingly very tempting. In Bangalore the on road price of the base petrol version starts at 4.15 Lakhs and diesel version at 5.3 L (Considering that the on road price is pretty steep in Bangalore, it might be considerably sweeter in most other cities)
GingerChai Verdict: Figo is not jazzy but it is masculine and gives you a sense of confident ownership. With an aggressive pricing and solid performance, Figo is definitely a car to buy.