A weekend road trip with the new Ford Figo hatchback

We recently drove the new Ford Figo hatchback to Mahabaleshwar, a small hill station near Pune. Here is our drive report.

Launched in the last quarter of 2015, the new Figo hasn’t been able to set the sales on chart fire for the American car maker. We have already reviewed the Ford Figo 1.5 Diesel and 1.5 Petrol Automatic. Here in this short city review we are going to let you know how the 1.2 liter Petrol motor performs in the city runs and also some observations from a short highway run from Pune to Mahabaleshwar and back (250 kms) with three people onboard.

Speaking of the styling, there is no doubt the Figo has the best front fascia in it’s segment with the Aston Martin inspired front-end. The wrap around headlamps extend all the way till the front fender. The car stands out in the Sparkling Gold shade which our test car wore.

Since the car has been already reviewed in detail, we will mainly focus on the powertrain and it’s drivability in the city conditions. Powering the Figo petrol manual transmission is a 1.2-litre which churns out 88 PS of peak power at 6300 RPM and 112 Nm of torque at 4000 RPM. Ford India claims a fuel efficiency figure of 18.2 kmpl from this mill. During our drive, we managed to extract a decent 14 kmpl from the mill.

Fire up the petrol mill, slot it into 1st gear with the help of the smooth clutch, and the car moves effortlessly. The gear shift quality could have been better, not a deal breaker though. The initial acceleration is a bit of a disappointment, but once you rev past 2000 RPM, progress is swift and in a linear manner. On the NH4, the motor was lazily spinning at around 2200 RPM for a speed of 100 kmph.

Suspension soaks up all those small bumps and even some small speed breakers easily. The steering is light compared to the previous model owing to the shift to EPS. Ford has softened the suspension setup considering the masses which has compromised the corner carving capability to some extent. But you can still carry good speed into the corners.

On the inside, the cabin is roomy and can fit 5 medium sized adults. The head room and leg room is sufficient too. The front doors can easily accommodate 1 liter bottles and there is space near the handbrake for a mobile phone too. The AC is a chiller and cooled the cabin quickly even when the outer temperature was around 40 degrees. Ford claims that the Figo hatch has the best AC in the segment, and we have no reason to doubt their claim.

To sum it up, the Figo petrol should be your choice if you need a safe petrol hatchback for the city runs. With 6 airbags on offer in the top-end variant, the Figo is the only car in it’s segment to feature that level of safety equipment on offer. At a starting price of 4.27 lakh Ex-Delhi, the Figo is economical too. And with Ford’s latest promise, their spares are even cheaper than that of Hyundai and Maruti, making the Figo a really good value for money option.