Ford Figo Diesel – The Most Fuel-Efficient Diesel Car in India

The Figo is Ford’s contender in the hatchback/small car segment. Given Ford’s history and healthy reputation since its arrival in India, everyone had high expectations from the Figo as well. But does the car do enough to impress? You bet it does.

First look

From the outset, the Figo makes a good first impression, and bears the unmistakable imprint of Ford’s legacy. The body design is well done, though not elaborately stylish, and gives the car a decent look overall. The Ford Figo is a large car, one of the biggest in the segment. The interiors look slick too, and the eye-catching red lines on the dials are quite sporty. The interior cabin space is decent, but less so at the rear. However the seats are quite comfortable, and leg room is ample.

mileage of Ford Figo Diesel

Where the Figo diesel really stands out is mileage- it proudly boasts of arguably the best mileage among diesel cars in India. Its 1.4 liter Duratorq engine behaves impeccably, more so in the city. Its 68 bhp seems a little lax when it comes to highway driving though, but that apart, the performance is nearly flawless within the urban jungle. Engine and throttle response are brilliant in the low and mid ranges. Zero to hundred kilometers per hour takes 15.8 seconds. The handling and maneuverability are also brilliant. Having said that, it is hard not to rue the fact that a little more horsepower could have made excellent use of the car’s dynamics.

Other Features
The Figo’s features are on par with other cars in the segment, but the more glitzy features like chrome finishes on the front grille, side repeaters, and tailgate appliqué are available only on the high-end variants. This goes for convenience features, too, since the base model comes without front power windows, tilt-adjust steering or driver seat height adjustment. The CD player is also available only on the top two models, as is the much publicized Bluetooth phone interface. Ford has used the same philosophy while delegating safety features, as the top brass like ABS with EBD, dual front airbags and fog lamps are standard equipment only on the highest version of the car, the Figo Titanium.

Price of Figo
The price of the Figo diesel is in the same bracket as its peers – the base model of the car is Rs. 5.23 lac, and the top-of-the-line Titanium comes at Rs. 6.2 lac. The car also carries a two-year warranty.

All in all, the Ford Figo offers plenty of promise, as it should. It is after all, Ford’s entry into the small car market, a market that is much more competitive and much more popular with the majority of the Indian public. The initial reaction of the people has been favorable, and there is reason to believe that rather than resting on its laurels, Ford will continue to impress ahead.

-by Abhishek Neeli

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