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.
Maruti Suzuki Swift has been one of the best sellers for the company and now the refreshed model comes with silver accents and new seat upholstery. The all-black interiors look neat but it may repel anyone looking for an airy interior.
The Swift's front seats are the best in the business and the driver seat comes with a height adjuster. Other premium features on the list include push start button, electric retractable ORVMs with turn indicators, new alloy wheels, premium upholstery, reverse parking sensor, speed based auto volume and Bluetooth connectivity, audio switch in steering wheel and Electromagnetic back door opener.
LXi - The petrol base variant 3-point ELR seatbelts, high mounted stop lamp, sporty wrap around door trims, parcel shelf, sun visor, body coloured bumper, manual internally adjustable ORVMs, 14-inch steel wheel with centre cap, 60:40 split rear seats, tilt steering, remote fuel lid opener and back door opener, and manual air conditioner.
LXi (O)/LDi - The LXi (O)/LDi variants get security alarm system, silver accents on trims, front door power windows, driver side power window-auto down function, central door locking and keyless entry.
VXi/VDi - The mid variants VXi/VDi get day/night IRVM, passenger side vanity mirror, silver accents on steering wheel, inside chrome door handles, body coloured door handles, electric adjustable ORVMs, ORVM mounted side indicator, front and rear fog lamps, blacked out A and B pillars, 14-inch steel wheels with full wheel cap, front and rear power windows, tachometer, stereo with radio and CD player with USB and Aux-in support. The VDI variant gets the ABS with EBD option.
ZXi/ZDi - The top end ZXI/ZDI variants get reverse parking sensors, driver and passenger airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist, 15-inch alloy wheels, push button engine start, electro-magnetic back-door opener, rear window defogger, rear wiper and washer, front seat belt shoulder adjuster, automatic air conditioner, outside temperature display, Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted audio controls.
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.
Maruti Suzuki has retained the same petrol and diesel engines as before, but has made some tweaks to improve its overall fuel efficiency. The petrol variants are equipped with a 1.2-litre engine while the diesel variants are powered by the famous 1.3-litre Multijet engine. Both engines are peppy and finely refined.
Maruti Suzuki Swift petrol engine makes a maximum power of 84.3 PS at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 115 Nm at 4000 rpm and comes fitted with 5-speed manual transmission. The Swift Petrol comes with a 9.67 % improvement and a fuel efficiency of 20.4 kmpl.
Maruti Suzuki Swift diesel is fitted with a 1.3-litre diesel engine making a maximum power of 75 PS at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 190 Nm at 2000 rpm. Here too the diesel variants get only the 5-speed manual transmission. The Swift Diesel's fuel efficiency has been increased by 10% at 25.2 kmpl.
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.
Maruti Suzuki Swift has always been a fun car to drive with a great steering. The feedback from the steering is among the best in its class and the car's suspension is tuned for great handling.
The Swift gets McPherson struts to the front and torsion beam to the rear. The car gets around the corners and turns with amazing confidence and holds its ground.