The Ford Figo does look compact, but there is ample of space on the inside. The brownies and the features, make Figo one of the most spacious hatchbacks in its segment. Not only that, but also the boot space is good for its size. It is the feel of the plastics that fails to impress us.
For its compact hatchback proportions, which will make it easy to drive and easy to park in the city, the Figo boasts a lot of space for passengers. Five adults can sit very comfortably without any squeeze at all. The front row seats have sufficient support for your thighs, and the support on the rear is decent if not good. But the kneeroom in the second row is definitely one of the best-in-class. It's also got a big 284 litres boot for all the occupants' luggage.
For the tech-savvy man on the move, the Figo is also equipped with class leading technology. So you have the benefit of a USB compatible stereo system that also offers the benefit of hands free telephony via its Bluetooth function, which allows the driver to pair his phone with the music system. Thanks to this Bluetooth feature the driver can access his full phone book, hold calls, swap calls, mute calls and even stream audio from his mobile phone. This not only makes the Figo a Smart car to own but also a safe car to drive since it means that the driver never has to fiddle with his phone while on the move. In addition, the Figo also gets first in segment features such as lane change warning indicator, rapid deceleration warning alongside intelligent features like distance to empty reading and 6-speed smart wipers. Now, it also gets steering column mounted audio controls for easy accessibility while driving.
LXI : The LXI is the base model in the Ford Figo and it gets minimal features like the air conditioning, power steering. This is the model targets a A+ segment customer who can jump to the B segment and get similar features in a bigger vehicle.
EXI : The EXI is the version after the LXI. It gets the features that LXI gets and also some additional ones like keyless entry, power windows for the front and also electric release for the boot.
ZXI : It is the ZXI that gets more features than the EXI. The ZXI sports tiltable steering wheel to adjust the height for fine tuning, in built music system with USB and aux input. This music system also gets telephonic Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming. Also there are the rear foggers for a clear view of the rear in winters.
Titanium : Titanium is the top of the line version of the Figo and it comes loaded with various brownies. The list includes electrically adjustable ORVMs, ABS with EBD, steering column mounted audio controls, driver seat height adjustment, dual airbags and also front fog lamps, other than the ones on the ZXI.
The Figo is offered in two engine variants, one the petrol while the other is the diesel. The oil burner is the pick of the two as it is more drivable than the petrol. You can lug it into a higher cog and the oil burner pulls cleanly, showing no signs of struggle. This is Ford India’s one of the most tried and tested engines and it is highly frugal as well.
Under the bonnet the Figo gets a choice between two engines – the highly efficient 1.4 litre TDCi Duratorq common rail diesel engine and the 1.2 litre Duratec petrol engine.
The 1.2-litre petrol engine on the Ford Figo produces a maximum power of 70bhp at 6250rpm and a peak torque of 102Nm at 4000rpm. The refinement levels of the engine are fairly decent. The engine packs in a fair bit of punch, assisted by the Sequential Fuel Injection system. The 1.2-litre engine is little down on the torque, and you do feel this especially when in the 2nd or 3rd gear and most Indian drivers are bound to lug the car in these gears in traffic.
This engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. This is an extremely quick shifting and precise gearbox. It's a total joy to use and one wouldn't mind doing countless gear-shifts through the day. As per the ARAI routine test cycle, the fuel efficiency of the Figo 1.2 is 15.6kmpl.
The 1.4-litre DuraTorq engine on the Figo is the same mill that also powers the Ford Classic, and also propelled the Fusion and the Ikon. This oil burner delivers 68bhp of power at 4000rpm and a maximum torque of 160Nm at 2000rpm. This is one of Ford's most tried and tested product. The NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels on the Figo are low, even though on cold starting there is a typical diesel clatter. It reduces once the engine warms up. There is more than sufficient power for any kind of driving, be it inside the city or cruising on highways. The diesel also is mated to slick shifting short throw 5-speed gearboxes that are a joy to use and make driving a truly pleasurable experience.
Despite being the smallest Ford car in the country, the driving dynamics are as good as any other Ford. This helps Ford to make a bold statement with the Figo. The ride of the Figo is well sorted, despite it being a tad stiff. The handling of the Figo is good and one of the best in its segment.
On the move, the Figo’s classic Ford DNA is instantly evident, courtesy its superior ride quality and its enhanced dynamic abilities. It springs on independent McPherson strut with dual path mounts at the front, while the rear gets the semi-independent twist beam and coil springs.
On twisty roads the steering feel and response is top class. It actually wants you to drive and enjoy your stint at the steering. The suspension is tuned such that the Figo aces in the handling department displaying minimal pitch or body roll as you drive at some pace around bends. But at the same time Ford has managed to keep things pliant enough for occupants to be isolated from the shocks and jars of the road beneath. Being a hydraulic power steering, its weighs well as the hatchback gathers speed.
The Swift had boosted the sales of Maruti Suzuki since its launch and the new-generation is simply a great step ahead of the outgoing version. The interiors of the new Swift aren’t just better in quality and feel, but Maruti Suzuki has also introduced various new bells and whistles in it.
The interiors of the new Swift are designed from scratch. The all new black interiors are a refreshing change. The plastic quality of the materials doesn’t just look good, but it also feels good. It has a lot more features than the previous generation Swift, and it looks more premium also.
The space in both the rows is decent and the knee room even in the second row is good, which was a problem in the outgoing version. Though to our dismay, the boot of the Swift is fairly small.
LXI/LDI:Talking about the LXI/LDI, Maruti Suzuki has not bartered with the features of the car and generously loaded the new Swift LXI with body color bumpers and tubeless tyres. The outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) are adjusted manually in LXI model. Other exterior features are 2 intermittent wipers in front, steel wheels with centre cap, remote fuel lid and back-door opener. The kerb weight of this variant is 960 kg and thus is the lightest among all. Even the tyre size is small being 165/80R14.
VXI/VDI: Unlike the LXI/LDI model, VXI/VDI has body color door handles in addition to body color bumpers, electrically powered ORVMs with turn indicators, front and rear fog lamps for enhanced visibility during unfavorable weather conditions, black out film on A and B pillars and 165/80 R14 steel wheel cap. Swift VXI looks like a high-end hatchback with plush and chic interiors. The sporty wrap around the door trims with silver accents on them renders a menacing look to the car. The day and night IRVM and passenger side sun visor protects from the radiations in this variant of Maruti Suzuki Swift. The silver accents on 3-spoke steering wheel have been added in this variant. The inside door handles have chrome polishing on them which render posh appearance to the inmates. The instrument cluster includes Tachometer along with standard equipments like seat belt, key-off, and door close and light-off reminder for driver, low fuel warning, multi information display etc.
ZXI/ZDI: ZXI/ZDI is the top-end variant with same engine specs as the other Swift petrol and diesel engines. So it will not account for any deficiency in Swift, rather will take complete care of the driver’s and passenger’s needs. The variant is loaded with comfort factors like power and tilt steering, power windows with auto down function on driver side window, driver seat adjuster, automatic climate control, lane change indicator, high-end stereo with radio and CD Player, intelligent speed based auto volume, Aux-in and USB socket, 2 front and 2 rear speakers, 2 integrated front tweeters, steering wheel mounted audio controls with illumination. Not the luxury, but practical options are available in the model like accessory socket, retractable cup holder for passengers and in centre console, rear seat back folding centre locking, keyless entry, front seat back pocket, remote fuel lid opener, electromagnetic back door opener, rear window defogger, rear wiper and washer.
The petrol and the diesel versions of the Swift are both reliable and highly frugal. With highly refined mills, Maruti Suzuki has played well with its cards on the new Swift. The new petrol engine now gets an addition of variable valve timing.
1.2-litre Petrol: The new Swift’s petrol engine received the variable valve treatment. This augments performance and fuel efficiency, though on paper, power ratings for this engine are 86bhp – a mere increase by a couple of horses. Like any modern petrol, the engine is quiet and low on NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).
When off the gas, the low engine whining sound— as experienced on the old 800s— is audible. Mid- range is good, but it does make you work-hard a bit to extort performance. If your shifts are good, then the Swift is the fastest amongst competition. Overtaking in city might require a downshift, despite the engine’s gradual power deliverance. The gear shifts on the Swift are short and effortless. The previous-generation Swift had good shifts; these are a further improvement over those.
1.3-litre Diesel: Previous generation Swift had earned notoriety with its diesel engine. The engine was highly refined with low NVH levels and sufficient torque. The engine however had a noticeable amount of turbo lag. The R&D team of Maruti Suzuki has rectified now this issue in the current-generation Swift. The low-end pull is cleaner making the engine more drivable than the outgoing version. The NVH levels and refinement is far more superior as well. Crank the engine and it springs to live without the slightest of hesitation or melodrama. Driving in bumper-to-bumper city traffic and overtaking isn’t a tough ask in the Swift. The gear shifts are also positive and the engagement process is smooth.
The ride and handling of the Swift was always good, but now Maruti Suzuki has made it even better. The ride compliance is sorted and with a longer wheelbase and broader tyres, the handling has also been enhanced.
Ride quality of the Swift is sorted. It has to be. This hatch is built for this purpose. Potholes, bumps and the unevenness of the road surfaces are taken care of; without any grating. The suspension set-up on the rest is fairly akin.
Handling is one department where the Swift outshine most of its competition. The front tyres grip and the Swift clings to the line as per your decree. Minor corrections can be made through the steering that weighs well, giving an accurate feedback. The flexibility of the chassis adds to the enjoyment. Being engineered for city and highway, the steering wheel is light for easy manoeuvrability. It also weighs up with speed with a good feedback.
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