Review: 2019 Ford Figo facelift review, test drive

What’s it?

The much-awaited replace of Ford’s hatchback will get quite a few modifications inside out and in addition will get a brand new set of petrol engines. The automobile you see right here is the top-of-the-line Titanium Blu variant, which will get a sportier-looking, all-black grille in what Ford calls a ‘mobile’ design and C-shaped fog lamp housings with blue accents. The black roof and black 15-inch alloy wheels are a pleasant distinction to the physique color and make it stand out within the crowd. There are only a few modifications to the rear; the Ford Figo facelift will get a redesigned bumper, and there’s no escaping the truth that the Titanium Blu variant seems very similar to the earlier Figo's Sports activities Version, which was launched in 2017. Nonetheless, the small particulars to the design do nicely to distinguish it from the earlier automobile. It’s additionally price noting that the lesser Titanium trim doesn’t get the distinction roof, sticks with 14-inch alloys and all these black and blue accents are chrome as a substitute, similar to on the Aspire sedan. The gear listing has additionally been up to date, with the largest addition being a 7.Zero-inch touchscreen.

The powertrain choices are the identical as within the up to date Aspire. The 96hp, 1.2-litre, three-cylinder ‘Dragon’ engine replaces the older 88hp, 1.2-litre, four-cylinder unit. The brand new engine not solely has extra energy, however Ford additionally claims it’s extra environment friendly by 2.24kpl. The older 110 hp, 1.5-litre petrol with its dual-clutch computerized has been changed by a brand new 123hp, 1.5-litre petrol and its 6-speed torque-converter computerized from the EcoSport. Ford’s much-loved 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel engine has been carried ahead, however with a brand new 5-speed guide gearbox.

What’s it like on the within?

Not a lot has modified inside, and also you’re nonetheless greeted by an all-black theme. There are piano black finishes on the centre console and steering wheel, which add a little bit of upmarket really feel, the dials now get a carbon fibre-like end, which improves the look, however they nonetheless really feel a bit too small. The general match and end may not be class-best, but it surely does really feel constructed to final. There are many storage locations within the cabin for the entrance passengers, with big door pockets, an enormous glovebox and a number of stowage areas between the seats.

These entrance seats of the Titanium Blu variant get distinction blue stitching, which lends a sporty look. The cushioning is on level and the lengthy seat base supplies good under-thigh assist. The aspect bolstering can be satisfactory and helps maintain you in place whereas on bends. Total visibility from the motive force’s seat is nice, and regardless of the very fact the surface mirrors are tiny, the view they provide isn't unhealthy in any respect. Within the again seat, there’s satisfactory legroom, because of the scooped-in backs of the entrance seats, and similar to on the entrance, the lengthy seat base supplies good under-thigh assist. The bench, nevertheless, is flat, the backrest is about upright and tall passengers will discover the headroom to be tight. You continue to don’t get door pockets or a centre armrest, however Ford has listened to buyer suggestions and offered adjustable headrests. The boot house is a good 257 litres, however the loading lip is excessive and the boot flooring is low, so loading large baggage would require some effort.

On the gear entrance, the Figo stays fairly nicely geared up, with auto local weather management, power-folding mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, auto headlamps and auto wipers. However now you’ve gotten a much-needed touchscreen, a 7.Zero-inch unit, out there within the mid-spec and top-end variants. Nonetheless, it doesn’t get Ford’s class-leading Sync three working system (out there on the top-end Aspire) and therefore misses out on Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. As a substitute, it’s a less complicated unit with embedded navigation, and there may be, in fact, USB, aux and Bluetooth connectivity.

What’s it prefer to drive?

Of the three powertrain choices, we received to pattern each the manuals. The brand new 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine makes 96hp and 120Nm of torque and is mated to a brand new Getrag-sourced 5-speed guide gearbox, which was first seen within the Freestyle. With a lightweight clutch operation, getting off the road is a easy affair, and the engine could be very refined too. The engine’s efficiency at low speeds, nevertheless, just isn’t that thrilling. It’s not that responsive beneath 2,500 rpm, and subsequently you’ll end up working the gearbox greater than standard. Fortunately, the gearbox has quick throws and is simple to fit. The actual energy is available in after the two,500 mark and, right here onward, the engine delivers sturdy and linear efficiency. There’s good energy even within the prime finish, all the best way till the 6,800rpm redline. The engine does get noisy as you climb the rev vary, however the engine notice is good and fits the hatchback’s sporty nature greater than it does the Aspire sedan.  

The 100hp, 215Nm, 1.5 diesel has at all times impressed us, and it did once more with this new 5-speed gearbox (it’s the identical unit as within the petrol, however with completely different ratios) after we sampled it within the Aspire and Freestyle. There’s a small quantity of turbo lag at low speeds, but it surely’s very nicely masked. And as soon as the turbo kicks in at 1,700 rpm, you get a robust surge of energy which is sustained till four,000rpm. Right here, too, the gearbox works significantly better than the previous IB5 unit, with lighter, smoother, extra optimistic shifts that add to the driving pleasure. The taller gearing of the brand new transmission additionally makes this diesel model a superb cruiser and permits it an ARAI-rated gasoline effectivity of 25.5kpl. The clutch, though heavier than within the petrol automobile, is nicely weighted and has a constant really feel to it.

In comparison with the super first-gen automobile, the dynamics of the second-generation Figo felt loads softer and extra comfort-oriented. Issues have been fairly completely different, nevertheless, with the 2017 Sports activities Version, which dealt with significantly better than the common Figo, because of the re-tuned, decrease suspension, 15-inch wheels and a beefier anti-roll bar. This facelift will get the larger wheels and anti-roll bar, and whereas the suspension has been re-tuned, it hasn’t been lowered. So sure, whereas the entrance stays planted in quick cornering, the automobile just isn’t fairly as sharp because the Sports activities Version. What it’s, as a substitute, is an effective midway level between the sharpness of the Sports activities Version and the consolation of the usual, pre-facelift automobile, which is extra suited to on a regular basis driving. The suspension handles unhealthy roads with ease and is silent in operation with solely sharp potholes being registered contained in the cabin. Nonetheless, over a patch of unhealthy roads, there’s a trace of bobbing which is obvious. The steering stays mild within the metropolis and weights up properly as you acquire pace on the highways, and thru all this, it nonetheless gives presumably the sharpest turn-in within the class. This stays the mid-range hatchback of alternative in the event you get pleasure from driving.

Must you purchase one?

Ford has reduce down the variety of variants from 5 to simply three (Ambiente, Titanium and Titanium Blu) and the costs begin from Rs 5.15 lakh for the bottom 1.2 petrol, going as much as Rs 7.74 lakh for the top-end diesel Titanium Blu. The 1.5 computerized is out there solely within the mid-spec Titanium variant for Rs eight.09 lakh (all costs, ex-showroom India). That works out to a median of Rs 40,000 much less, variant for variant, in comparison with the sooner Figo!

The Freestyle, launched virtually a 12 months earlier than, confirmed us just about precisely what we might be getting with this Figo facelift, so it wasn’t a lot of a shock. However then that’s no unhealthy factor, as a result of the Figo comes collectively as a wonderful all-round bundle. We simply wished the highest gear degree – 6 airbags, auto lamps and wipers and many others – wasn’t restricted to the ‘Blu’ styling bundle as a result of the racy decals and black accents may not be to everybody’s style.

The gear upgrades are welcome, but additionally essential amidst aggressive competitors, however we actually want they’d have sprung for the higher-spec infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, which has shortly develop into the norm for automobiles with touchscreens. The brand new petrol engine (and the accompanying gearbox) does its greatest work on this hatchback, the place you’ll be extra inclined to wring it out and get the very best out of it. The diesel, as ever, is an absolute gem.

So, whereas the Figo has been up to date, the proposition hasn’t modified. It nonetheless stays the one to choose in the event you get pleasure from driving, with sturdy engines and wonderful dynamics. What’s extra, you’ll get much more peace of thoughts now, as Ford has pushed in the direction of extremely aggressive possession prices and gives a 5-year prolonged guarantee. And all this, at a extra inexpensive value.

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