2021 Ford Figo 1.2: Ford Figo is back, but with a new engine/gearbox combination.
2021 Ford Figo auto: What is it?
This is the third generation of the Ford Figo auto. The original Figo automatic was launched in 2015 with a 110hp 1.5-liter petrol engine and a dual-clutch transmission.
In 2019, the Figo auto received a new 123hp 1.5-liter petrol unit mated with a 6-speed torque converter gearbox. This version was discontinued in the BS6 era last year.
The long-awaited replacement is now available and will be the subject of this review. The newest Figo auto has the same 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox, but it is powered by a smaller, 96hp 1.2-liter petrol engine.
Ford is eligible for tax benefits that are available to cars under four meters with a petrol engine displacement of less than 1,200cc. Pricing has also been rearranged in favor of the smaller engine. For AMT money, the promise is torque converter smoothness.
2021 Ford Figo auto: What’s it like from the outside?
The Figo auto retains the same styling as the 2019 facelifted model. The Figo looks modern enough with its ‘Cellular” grille, clean front bumper, and C-shaped fog light housing.
The BS6 update includes the 15-inch, diamond-cut alloy wheels. Overall, the Figo looks elegant and well-designed.
2021 Ford Figo auto: What’s the inside like?
You’ll find that everything inside has remained the same since the car was facelifted.
The cabin is all-black with piano black inserts in the dashboard, steering wheel, and gear lever surround.
These door panels give it a premium look but are fingerprint magnets. Although the dashboard has a multi-layered design, its layout is showing its age.
The tray that is above the 12V socket, which can be used to place your phone while charging, isn’t nearly big enough to hold many of the phones we use today.
The dash’s touchscreen, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is the focal point. It responds well to touch and can be operated fairly easily, but the interface looks dated.
It also misses Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity which is available in cheaper cars. The package includes Bluetooth, embedded navigation, and AUX connectivity.
The seats up front are very comfortable with good cushioning and support for the thighs. You can adjust the driver’s seat height to find a comfortable driving position.
Telescopic steering adjustments would be appreciated. Although the view out is good, there are no blind spots. However, the small rear-view mirrors can be improved.
Rear seats offer excellent under-thigh support and good amounts of knee space, thanks to the scooped backs of front seats.
The backrest is slightly upright which, when combined with the tapering roofline, means that taller passengers will have limited headroom.
The 257-liter boot doesn’t have the biggest capacity and the high loading lip makes it difficult to load large bags.
The Figo auto is available in two trims: the Titanium+ and the middle-spec Titanium. Six airbags and electronic stabilization control are the highlights of this equipment list.
Comfort and convenience features include automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlamps, push-button start/stop, rear parking camera, and an electric release for your tailgate via the key fob, switch in the cabin, or key fob (no physical release on the tailgate which can sometimes be annoying).
However, modern amenities such as LED headlights and keyless entry, wireless charging, rear AC vents, and a cooled glovebox are not available.
Global NCAP has yet to rate the Ford Figo on crash safety. However, it is reassuring that the Aspire, its sedan sibling, received a 3-star safety rating in 2017 from GNCAP.
Figo’s main rivals, the Maruti Suzuki Swift and Hyundai Grand i10 Nios were each rated 2 stars for crash safety.
How does the 2021 Ford Figo auto perform?
You’ll notice that the Figo starts smoothly when you press ‘D’ on its auto ‘box. This is due to its precise creep function.
However, initial responses to the accelerator can feel a little rushed. This requires precise pedal modulation when traffic is stopped.
Although it is not as abrupt as AMT, it is not torque converter-slick.
As you gain speed, things get better. The 6-speed torque converter is smooth and more responsive than rival AMTs.
The shifts are not noticeable under heavy acceleration. However, the gearbox keeps the gear in place until the redline of 6,500rpm.
Ford also gave the first three gears a shorter ratio to hide the dullness below 2,500rpm in the manual version. This enhances the engine’s performance and makes it much more enjoyable to drive in the city.
A Sport mode is also available for the transmission, which keeps the engine at the heart of the powerband.
Although the Sport mode makes the car more responsive to throttle inputs it is still too aggressive for urban commutes.
Manual control of the Sport mode gear change can be done via the ‘+’ or ‘-‘ buttons located on your gear lever. Although gear changes are quick and easy to make, the buttons are fiddly and not as intuitive as another tip-to-change mechanism on cars.
Figo’s 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine produces 96hp (and 119 Nm) and is considered to be the most powerful unit in its class.
The Figo feels slower than its competitors due to the way Ford has tuned the engine and gearbox combination.
This is especially true if you push the pedal hard. Although we didn’t have the opportunity to test the Figo auto to Autocar’s standards, preliminary tests revealed that it is almost 1.5 seconds slower at 100kph to the i10 Nios. You can make the Figo AT feel its best when you are relaxed and not trying to rush it.
Ford’s three-cylinder engine, which is a very refined unit, can be felt at the base the front seats. The Figo emits a very fruity exhaust note from the cabin. This adds to Figo’s sporty qualities, but it won’t appeal to everyone.
Ford claims that the engine and gearbox combination returns an ARAI fuel efficiency of 16kpl. This figure is 2.5kpl less than that claimed for the manual counterpart (18.5kpl).
2021 Ford Figo auto: How does it drive?
The Figo has been distinguished by its easy-to-drive nature. It feels lightweight at low speeds, which aids its maneuverability around the city.
The steering feels direct and responsive as you increase your speed. You’ll be able to see the Figo turning in corners and changing directions. This gives you the feeling of security that only a hatchback can offer.
The Figo is also a great performer in the area of the ride. The Figo can deal with poor roads without making a fuss.
It works silently and fixes any road imperfections, except the most severe. The suspension system of the Figo feels very stable at higher speeds. It also has a set of strong brakes that provide a very comforting feel on the brake pedal.
2021 Ford Figo auto: Should you buy it?
Only two trims are available for the Ford Figo auto: Titanium (ex-showroom), which costs Rs 7.75 lakh, and Titanium+ which costs Rs 8.20 crore.
The Figo Titanium AT may seem like the most expensive entry-point of its competitors, with the Hyundai Grand i10 Magna AMT starting at Rs 6.62 lakh, and the Maruti Suzuki Swift VXI AMT starting at Rs 7.01 lakh.
The Titanium’s price is more affordable than its mid-range counterparts, the Swift ZXI AMT and Nios Sportz AMT (Rs 7,23 lakh).
The top-spec Figo Titanium+ At even beats the Swift ZXI+ AMT’s price (Rs 8.42 Lakh), but it is still not as expensive as the Nios Asta AMT’s price of Rs 7.86 Lakh.
Should you buy one? The Figo lacks the most recent equipment, and the package feels a little old-fashioned.
The Figo auto promises a lot, with class-leading performance, a sophisticated torque converter gearbox, and a price tag that is reasonable, but the package just doesn’t really wow you.
Despite this, Figo’s appeal lies in its fun-to-drive nature, strong build, and class-leading safety features.
These are the main reasons why you should be interested in the Ford hatchback. This list includes convenience, thanks to the new automatic transmission.
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