The Ford Figo has won the title of "Indian Car of the Year 2011". The finalists for the ICOTY category this year were Chevrolet Beat, Ford Figo, Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, Nissan Micra, Skoda Yeti, Tata Aria, Volkswagen Polo and Volkswagen Vento, along with this Figo was awarded the following Awards at the Bloomberg UTV Autocar Awards:
- ‘Value for Money Car 2011′
- ‘Premium Compact Car’
- ‘Viewers Choice – Car of the Year 2011′.
The Figo has been in the limelight this year and this is clearly visible in the kind of sales figures the company has seen. Ford India has already sold 60,000 units of the Figo since its launch in March 2010. In addition to recognizing the Figo’s virtues, Ford India has been named “Manufacturer of the Year 2011″ for its innovative practices in manufacturing and engineering excellence.
Ford Figo Critics rating:
- "Figo has the potential to be a success for Ford with competitive pricing," commented Adil Jal Darukhanwala of the Economic Times-ZigWheels, following a stint behind the wheel.
- Shapur Kotwal, Indian editor for Auto Car, was extremely pleased with the driving dynamics offered in both diesel and petrol versions commenting "…Ford has done a superb job on front end design and in the choice of tyres for Figo. With competitive pricing, the 1.4 diesel engine can work very well for Ford in India."
FORD FIGO FEATURE HIGHLIGHT
Ford Figo Review by team-bhp
What you'll like about the Figo:
• Robust build and construction
• Interiors more comfortable than chief competitors i10 & Swift
• 1.4 Diesel's proven driveability and fuel efficiency. No turbolag
• The Ford Figo's mature big-car-like ride quality
• Ford's DNA in the on-road behaviour and quick steering
• Class-topping 284 liter boot space
What you won't:
• Lacks the modernity of recently launched hatchbacks
• Both of the engines in the Figo are lacking in outright performance. Neither engine can exploit the car's dynamics
• No true top-end variant (tilt adjustable steering, rear power windows, MID etc.)
• Average backseat legroom. Not in the league of, say, an Indica Vista
• Ford's sub-par dealership experience
Reported Fuel efficiency (Mileage):
• 1.2 Petrol : 11.2 (City) / 15.8 (Highway)
• 1.4 Diesel : 14.4 (City) / 18.5 (Highway)
Ford Figo User Review:
- Look and Style : Very nice, good looking
Comfort : Very good,hight not compert,back seat is not comforteble,and suddenbraeke applyed seat come forword in front side.
Pickup : is very good, its suddenpicup
Mileage : on city roads not elgble,highways is the best in class
Best Features : Verry good, nice
Needs to improve : Its very needs figo is ground claerence upgrade must,injon noise.
- A clear winner among hatch backs Earlier last 4 months i was surfing and test driving on what car to choose my budget is max 7 Lakhs and according to my usage patten and raising fuel price decided to settle with a diesel.
I 20 is above my budget and it has more buzz than what i expected
Swift long wait period and same old design seems the new 2011 model is also not much different
FIGO sounds good and i like the classy look and waste interior space
PUNTO got impressed with the test drive on the 90 HP wow but the price is much higher than my budget moreover the service of TATA you know better
I didnt own a FIGO But decided to bring home the FIGO Diesel Titanium ony Feb 2011
- ZXI has additional bluetooth facility on Stereo, Wiper on back,motorised mirror and defoger.
- Think Twice Before Buying: Pros : Cheap price for the features, good pick-up till 80 KMPHCons : Very weak skin, lots of engine trouble, electronic trouble, very poor mileage, low powerDescription : The car has acceptable pick-up in city limits. AC is good. Engine is also performing decently. And upto 100KMPH it feels good. Once you are in clear highway and you want open up this is not the ride for you.
The real problem is car's electronics. I had trouble with starting and VSS(vehicle speed sensor). The skin sheathing is of very poor quality thus low safety. Mileage is very poor. My car has done 5K only and we hear lots of noises through out the body. The road clearance is very low and I doubt the claimed 160MM very much. I get rubbing sound on small rumble strips only with me driving. In my personal opinion it is not value for money.
I must say some thing here that the help desk personnel are extremly good and I personally think they must be the best available in India.
- Good Value for Money : Pros : new looks ,ford engine,better milage wt powerCons : gear shift not smoothDescription : Look and Style :good style,front and back great design with muscular curves side view not much ok,back side looks like BMW x6
Comfort : rear sittng very spaceous
Pickup : very good in 1 st 3 rd gear
Mileage : 17 average
Best Features : acce;eration in 3 rd a 4 th gear and manurability
Needs to improve : stoping and full sterring of wheel gives a noise at the end,which u fill at t steering
Overall Experience : good value for money
Ford Figo Interiors and Exteriors:
Ford Figo on road Pricing /Cost in India:
Ford has priced the Figo on par with its rivals with the base petrol 1.2 LXI retailing at Rs 4.12lakh (on-road Mumbai), rising up to Rs 5.20lakh for the top-end Titanium variant. The diesel Figo prices start at Rs 5.23lakh for the base 1.4 LXI, with the top-of-the-line Titanium variant going up to Rs 6.20lakh. The hot hatch also comes with a two year warranty. So there’s lots of promise here.
FORD FIGO Specifications(specs)
|Price||Rs 4.12-6.20 lakh On-road price Mumbai|
|Fuel||Petrol / Diesel|
|Compression ratio||9.75 / 18:1|
|Power||70bhp @ 6250rpm / 68bhp @ 4000rpm|
|Torque||10.4kgm @ 4000rpm / 16.3kgm @ 2000rpm|
|Brakes (f/r)||Ventilated discs/drums|
Ford Figo Comparison with other Hatchback Cars launched in India:
Some Other points relevant to Ford Figo :
• Standard warranty = 2 years / 100,000 kms.
• Interestingly, Ford will give Figo customers the option of a 5 year extended service plan. It will cover all consumables & labour for 60 months / 100,000 kms. Branded as the “Ford Scheduled Service Plan”. Note that this plan does not cover wear & tear items (clutch, brake pads), tyres or mechanical / electrical failures.
• Ford’s absence from the Auto Expo (Mid-January 2010) is inexplicable. I mean, what better opportunity to showcase your new small car to the masses in person?
• Service interval = 10,000 kms.
• Fuel tank capacity = 45 liters. Low fuel indicator goes on when distance to empty is less than 80 kms.
• Kerb weights : 1040 (Petrol) and 1090 (Diesel).
• Light controls, chuckable nature and good low end response (either engine) makes the Figo well suited to the city. Turning radius = 4.9 meters.
• Ford claims that the petrol fuel filter has a life of 60,000 kms (same for diesel is 30,000 kms). Timing belt change at 1,20,000 kms. Engine coolant life is 1,00,000 kms. Factory fill transmission oil will last the lifetime of the vehicle.
• Doors lock automatically once the speedo crosses 7 kph.
• Under an emergency braking condition (at 60 mph / 96 kph and above), the parking lights will automatically start blinking to warn traffic at the back.
• Lane change indicators are useful, especially on the expressway / highway. Simply tap the indicator stalk and the turn indicator blinks 3 - 4 times only. No need to push the indicator back into place after completing your lane change manoeuvre.
• Ford has 111 dealers spanning India at the moment. This number has increased by about a third in the recent past. 7 more expected soon.
• Pricing strategy has become even more important after Chevy set the cat amongst the pigeons with the Beat’s VFM price tag! Note to Ford : Price it right from day one. Don’t go the Escort / Fiesta way where you start high, then massively discount, bring in special editions one after another and dilute the brand.
• Reason for the chiller air-conditioner = A 154 cc compressor (some hatches use 80 – 90 cc compressors). I did feel that the diesel’s air-conditioner is punchier than the petrols.
• Low stance may make ingress / egress inconvenient to the elderly (relative to tallboy hatchbacks).
• Like most other European cars, the front seats have a long travel range. Useful.
• 1.4 TDCi = completely take your foot off the accelerator in 3rd gear, and the car will chug along happily at 22 kph. Slot the car in 4th gear at 40 kph and it still doesn’t labour. No vibrations at all.
• Even though the interiors are all black, it’s certainly not as gloomy as the Beat. Reason? The generous glass area. Even at the back, you have the large windows as well as the quarter glasses bringing light in.
• If it matters, you can wheel spin away to glory in the 1.2. We tried
• Ford equips the Figo with starter crank protection. When the engine is running, the key will not move further.
• Official ARAI fuel efficiency numbers are 15.6 kpl (petrol) and 20.0 kpl (diesel).
• The same team that worked on the Fiesta 1.6S and Ikon Diesel has been in charge of the Figo.
• Control stalks (wiper, turn indicator) don’t have a satisfactory feel. Their operation is more rubbery than positive.
• Ford’s pumped $500 million into the Chennai plant and has expanded capacity to 200,000 units per year. It’s all about the numbers really. The upgraded Chennai plant will also serve as an export hub to serve the needs of Asia-Pacific & Africa.
• The Figo starts with a 75% (approximate) level of localisation.
• If you shut both the center air-con vents, irrespective of whether the side vents are open or not, they make a whistling sound.
• It’s been a long time coming, and no better opportunity Ford. With your hatch now running a 1.4 liter diesel, time to upgrade the Fiesta diesel to a 1.6? Or will it happen only when the all new Fiesta arrives in India (expected toward the end of 2010).
• The 1.4 TDCi engine weighs only 98 kilos.
• All gauges are backlight in red colour.
• Bluetooth pairing with your cell phone. Can redial, read your phone book and recent calls.
• Where’s the Automatic transmission, Ford? Explore that USP. There is a ready market for automatic hatchbacks, especially those powered by a diesel engine.
• When I saw the dash colour, I went “What was Ford thinking”? You’d actually have to try to choose a worse colour. The negative impact is 3X when matched to the green exterior shade. Absolute Gujju (Note, I am a Gujarati myself). A single positive of the clay red dash is that there is no dashboard reflection.
• The 1.4 TDCi Figo does everything that you would expect of a B segment diesel hatch. The steering & mature road behaviour are a bonus. Importantly, the Figo diesel does not have any single major flaw. The 1.2L is less impressive, for obvious reasons.
at Last What is Figo???????
Figo means “cool” in Italian.............