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Review: Ford Figo TDCi
Driven January 2013
The mid-life refreshed Figo, now carries a ‘Kinetic design’ theme like the Fiesta. The little American gets newly designed headlamps and a new hexagonal grille, which sort of resembles the one you’ll see in the yet-to-be-launched EcoSport. The tail-lamps and the rear too get a tweak; something you need a keen eye to spot. And you get two new colours.
Inside, the most prominent change is that the red on top of the dash -- the colour Ford said matched the Indian vermillion and mehendi has been thankfully ditched. What the top now gets is a shade of blue. It still doesn’t match the rest of the dash, but is way more subtle and easier on your eye.
The ZXI and Titanium variants now come with steering-column-mounted audio controls. Like you’d see in Renault cars. And like the Renault, they don’t allow easy operation the way conventional steering-mounted ones do. The driver’s seat now gets added lumbar support for more comfort, and the headrests get a design change too.
Mechanically, the Figo remains unchanged except that Ford claims it has improved the engine calibration – there’s no noticeable difference once you get driving. The power and torque figures too remain identical at 68bhp and 160Nm.
The Figo always had a smooth-shifting gearbox and this one is no different. The throws are short and precise. The gearing is quite short and helps you keep it in the band where there’s maximum torque – around 2000rpm.
But the short gearing hampers efficiency on the highway. Expect the Figo to return around 12kpl in city traffic and 16.3kpl out on country roads. It’s a tad lesser than what you’ll get from the DDiS from Maruti but is acceptable for its class.
The ride is firm but not uncomfortable. As usual, the car handles bad roads admirably well. Moreover, with the responsive and nicely weighed steering, it’s a good handler too. In fact, with such a capable chassis, Ford could have easily upped power by with this refresh.
The Figo TDCi costs Rs 5.98 lakh for the base LXI variant and Rs 7.40 lakh (both on-road, Mumbai) for the top-end Titanium, which is a Rs 3,500 increase compared to the older model (variant-for-variant). As a package, the Figo offers good value. And this refresh has given it some useful creature comforts. Now for some 10-15 more horses.
4cyl, 1399cc, 68bhp, 160Nm, diesel, 0-100kph – 14.62s, 30-50kph (3rd) – 3.82s, 30-50 (4th) – 6.69s, 50-70kph (5th) – 7.35s, 80-0kph – 27.73m, 155kph, 14.1kpl, Rs 7.40 lakh (on-road, Mumbai)
The upgrade helps the Figo look fresh after two years. But some boost in power would have helped.