There is something about the Ford Figo that catches your attention the moment you lay your eye on it. Into its second generation, the Figo was introduced in 2015 bearing the American automaker latest design philosophy that gave it a more pronounced exterior appeal than the earlier boxy feel. With around 2 years under its belt, the competition desired to up the antic in the form of a Sport Edition which is why the Ford Figo has now been given an additional variant. But before we get to that, let us understand what led to this transformation.
The year 2016 saw many manufacturers taking the plunge to try different things in the name of Sport variants, it all started with Volkswagen bringing the Polo GT that attracted many enthusiasts towards it. Then this year market leader Maruti Suzuki made up its mind and brought in sporty breed called Baleno RS to which Ford have responded with the Figo Sport. Besides going up against competition could this hot hatch go beyond its name plate let us dig deeper to arrive onto a conclusion. Shall we?
Ford Figo Sport – Exterior Design
The Ford Figo is a very interesting looking hatchback. Unlike some of the other cars in its segment, it seems chunky and very European in outlook. However with the introduction of Ford Figo Sport what the company has actually gone ahead and done is that they brought in a couple of cosmetic updates. These upgrades include smoked headlamps, a black paint finished grille and black surrounds for fog lights upfront.
While the sides cater to black coloured OVRM’s with integrated indicators, a new 15 inch alloy wheel design with wider tyres and grey decals with the letter ‘S’ depicting its sporty nature. Adding to this, the roof for that matter has also been given a full black finish. Now come to the rear and a roof mounted spoiler instantly makes its presence felt. So do significantly small grey stickers on either side towards the lower end of the rear bumper.
Ford Figo Sport –Interior Design
In comparison to what was already present in the normal Figo, the Ford Figo Sport now offers an all-black interior. Its appeal is further improved by the inclusion of piano black finish given to the door handles and centre console. As add-ons the leather wrapped steering wheel and fabric seats get red stitching to boost its feel. It also features My Ford Dock that allows the user mainly driver and co-passenger to store, mount, charge mobile phones as well as connect an MP3 Player with facility of satellite navigation system on-board.
From the point of sheer comfort, the company is believed to have improvised on the air-conditioning system which now caters to a higher-efficiency compressor and condenser. For this effort, we would highlight that the cabin was indeed a cool place to be in despite temperature going beyond the 45 degree mark as we were in the city of Ahmadabad for the first drive experience of this hatchback. While for safety there are dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and EPAS.
Ford Figo Sport – Engine and Performance
Before we get to the engine specification in detail of the Ford Figo Sport let us just tell you that the mechanicals of this vehicle remain the same as before. Therefore what is in store is the availability of a 1.2 litre and 1.5 litre petrol engine alongside a 1.5 litre diesel power plant. Out of these we were looking forward to driving the petrol considering the nomenclature in question but when we actually got to see the vehicle in flesh did we realize that it was the oil burner.
Nevertheless as we set off for our adventure to discover more about the sporty side to this car there were a couple of things that instantly made an impression on the mind. Considering that this was a diesel, the steering felt very light which is a good thing especially for city driving conditions as it make maneuvering easier but when we look at it from the perspective of highway use the light feel is bound to effect the overall experience while driving at triple digit speeds. For a diesel, the clutch here is very light again a positive for this car. The transmission on-board Ford Figo Sport diesel is a 5-speed manual gearbox that works well to hand out great shifts.
Though one was expecting the cabin to be well insulated but having driven the car from Ahmadabad to the little ‘Run of Kutch’ and back it seems that Ford could look into reducing the NHV levels just a wee bit. That aside the power train being referred to out here is a punchy package (producing 98 bhp of power and 215 Nm of torque) can be revved hard to extract the maximum amount of power from the engine to satisfy the enthusiast within you. To suit its personality, the company is believed to have re-tuned the suspension.
So the hatchback in its new avatar feels stiffer and handles well for what has been thrown in not to the forget the bigger 15 inch wheels with a wider surface area that allows for the impressive handling characteristics. It feels well planted while attacking corners would be really nice to see how it actual performs on the racetrack. Ford India hope you’re listening? Whereas the ride quality seems alright as going over potholes and broken road surfaces isn’t really an issue.
Ford Figo Sport – Verdict
There is no doubt that the 2017 Ford Figo Sport gets the make-up which was required for it to look potent. Its dual tone paint scheme with blacked out headlamps, OVRMS and alloys are the highlights of the exterior design as is the presence of decals be it on the sides or towards the rear, blend in well to reiterate its sporty attire. The interior is comfortable with red stitching which really stands out from the normal Figo hatchback. With the power train remaining the same as before the point really to drive home is that with a tweaked suspension the Figo Sport diesel does do a justice to its introduction into the Indian market. Rest for the petrol that many would be interested in, we would be bringing for you an update really soon in terms of comprehensive review only at OnCars.in.