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2019 Ford Figo: First Ride Review

  • Mar 26, 2019
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Launched in 2015, the second-gen Ford Figo has recently received its midlife update after nearly four years. The 2019 facelift brings a new Dragon family of petrol engines along with some minor styling and feature updates. But, do these updates make update Figo competitive again? Let’s find out.


Exterior



  • Exterior updates for the Figo are in line with the updated Aspire.

  • Comes with a refreshed front facia, new Aspire-borrowed 15-inch wheels and restyled rear bumper.

  • The headlamps remain multi-reflector units, but are smoked and feature a slightly different detailing. The tail lamps too get subtly different detailing.

  • Exclusive to the refreshed Figo is the new, sportier, top-spec Titanium Blu variant, which gets a glossy black grille, ORVMs, wheels and roof as well as decals on the sides and bootlid. There are blue accents around the fog lamp housing too.

  • The Titanium Blu rides on fatter and bigger 195/55 15-inch tyres compared to 14-inchers offered in lower variants.


Interior



  • The cabin layout has been carried over from the pre-facelift model as is, save for the redesigned centre console.

  • The button-heavy SYNC 1 audio system has been replaced with a floating 7-inch touchscreen.

  • The 7-inch unit features built-in navigation and Bluetooth connectivity as well as rear camera support. However, it misses out on CarPlay and Android Auto, unlike the Aspire and the Freestyle.

  • The Titanium Blu’s cabin is all-black and features blue accents on the doors in line with the exterior theme.

  • New features include rain-sensing wipers, auto headlamps, auto-dimming IRVM, push-button start/stop and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

  • The Figo continues to be the only car to offer six airbags, ESP, TC and hill launch assist in its class.


Engine and Performance



  • New 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engines are not only peppier, but also more efficient than the old 4-cylinder engines of identical displacement.

  • New 5-speed manual for the 1.2-litre petrol and 15-litre diesel.

    New 6-speed AT for the 1.5-litre petrol.

  • The 1.2-litre petrol isn’t that responsive initially, but offers a pretty meaty mid-range.

  • The diesel continues to shine with its outright power and torque.

  • The new 15-inch tyres are fattest in the segment and are largely accountable for the improvement in ride quality over the previous model.

  • Figo’s driving dynamics remain engaging and have only becoeme better than before.


Verdict


With a significant reduction in prices, despite the addition of new features, improved petrol engines and a strong suite of safety features, the Figo’s value-for-money quotient has now gone up manifold.

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