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Well fig‘o’red out

The Ford Figo may have skipped the bright lights of the Auto expo, but we got our hands on what is a very impressive car.

autos Updated: Feb 04, 2010 01:51 IST

The Ford Figo may have skipped the bright lights of the Auto expo, but we got our hands on what is a very impressive car. The 1.4-litre Duratorq diesel we know well. It behaves much like it does in the Mondeo. By this we mean the Figo’s a superb drive and has a fantastic low and mid-range response for city driving.

Engine
The engine is fuel efficient, smooth, slightly audible by modern diesel standards and now Bharat IV compliant.
There’s also a new 1.2-litre Duratec petrol that’s essentially a scaled down version of the engines that power the Fiesta and the Fusion. It makes a decent 70 bhp, is tractable and has good mid-range performance.

But unlike the Fiesta motor, it doesn’t feel as happy as the top-end. It starts feeling strained at around 5,000 rpm, and labours to its 6,600 rpm redline.

Ride
Performance, as expected, is average. Ford’s claimed 0-100 kph figure is 15.5 seconds for the petrol variant and 15.8 seconds for diesel model. The Figo’s got a great big-car feel. The ride is one of the best in its class, good at both low and high speeds. It’s very stable at three digit speeds and you can see Ford’s ‘driver’s car’ DNA in it. The steering is light and nicely weighted for city use.

Interiors
Interior space is good, but not great, especially at the rear. Still, the seats make up by being very supportive, and seat height and back support are good as well. Rear seat comfort is especially good and Ford has made good use of the leg room under the front seats.

The coral colours on the dashboard aren’t too appealing but the faux aluminium trim does look good and the cabin has sporty overtones with red stitching on the black seats.

Ford Figo

Price: Rs 3.6 lakh (estimated, ex-showroom)
Length: 3,795 mm
Width: 1,680 mm
Height: 1,427 mm
Wheelbase: 2,489 mm
Bore/ Stroke: 70.6/ 76.5 mm
Engine: 4-cyls inline, petrol/ diesel
Power: 70 bhp at 6,250 rpm
Torque: 10.4 kgm at 4,000 rpm
Gearbox: 5-speed manual
Fuel tank: 55 litres
Brakes (f/ r): Ventilated discs/ drums
Tyre size: 195/65 R15
Acceleration: 0-100 — 15.5 sec

Verdict
Prices haven’t been announced yet, but the way the company is stressing on low cost of ownership means extremely competitive pricing and reasonably priced spare parts. And the car comes with a two year warranty. There’s lots of promise here.

— Autocar India