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 Indica Vista was always a spacious hatchback, just like its predecessor Indica. The interiors were also leaps and bounds ahead of the previous generation and the recent facelift has also solved the quality issues in the car.
The titivated version of the Vista has much better interiors than the outgoing version. We do love the black and beige interior combination over the previous beige interiors. Indians love the beige colour for some reason. We believe beige goes well only when used on leather than fabric.
The front row seats are large and comfortable, even the thigh and back support offered is good. The only issue is the seat adjustment levers are hard and need some extra effort for adjustment. The central tunnel in the second row is also almost flat. This makes easy seating for the middle passenger. Even the second row seats are comfortable, with sufficient shoulder room for three people without any squeezing. The thigh support in the second row is decent. Space is immense in the front and the second row and this has been the biggest USP of all Tata vehicles.
Even the boot of the Vista is large enough to swallow the clobber for a weekend. We wish the sill was a bit lower for easy loading of luggage. Another good touch on the car is the place to pull down the hatch without dirtying your hand. To our dismay, the steering wheel feels a bit large for a hatchback and we wish it was a bit smaller. The steering mounted-audio controls are perfectly placed and are easy to use. These buttons on the steering wheel are illuminated, and these come handy at night.
LS: This is the base model of the Indica Vista. The G stands for gasoline. This version gets power steering, air conditioning and central locking as standard features.
LX: The Indica Vista LX/GLX gets features like steering mounted audio controls, integrated music system, Bluetooth, keyless entry and front power windows. This is the only car in the segment that gets so many features in the second base model.
VX Tech: This model gets features like adjustable tilt on the steering wheel, height adjustable for driver’s seat, 60:40 rear seat fold, full fabric seats, tachometer, anti glare rear view mirror, rear wiper and defogger, electrically adjustable ORVMs, ABS, seatbelt and door open warnings. This variant also gets more features, as the instrument panel is moved to the right, ahead of the driver and it also gets driver information system and a touchscreen infotainment system too. This variant basically gets all the features that the D90 had in it, but it is available on the 75bhp multijet engine.
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.
The 1.3-litre quadrajet is definitely the pick of the lot. The engine is frugal and has good pick-up also. The 1.3-litre quadrajet is one of India’s favourite diesel engines and has to the ideal choice, if you have loads of travel. The petrol engines are discontinued for a while as it will get new engines.
1.3-litre multijet engine:
The Indica Vista is powered by a 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine. The 1248cc oil burner produces 74bhp at 4000rpm and a peak torque of 190Nm. The Vista comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission.The NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels of the engine are fairly low, however there is a typical diesel clatter on cold starts. The clutch has been softened by 20% as per Tata’s claim and it does feel light. However, if you release the clutch slowly in traffic, there is a lot of clattering noise from the engine. This sounds like knocking, but is actually to do something with the clutch plate, as it stops once you leave the clutch pedal or press it completely.
The engine has some amount of turbo lag and it is at about 1900rpm when there is a rush of power. Below 1900rpm, the engine hesitates a bit to pull. This multijet engine is one of the most reliable engines and the most widely used diesel engine in the Indian car market. This can be a bit of trouble, but once used it things are fine. The Vista’s engine is fairly smooth, and the engine doesn’t really slur and the power delivery is fairly linear like a petrol mill. Overtaking isn’t an issue and the engine has sufficient power to drive in the city and also on the highway.
The gearbox on the Vista is a five-speed manual and is a tad rubbery. The clutch is soft but its the shifts that we have complaints about. Even the throws could have been shorter.
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 Indica Vista definitely has one of the best ride in its segment and it is ideal for Indian road conditions. There are no two ways about it. The handling is good enough for city driving.
The ride of the Vista is supple and composed. The upgraded Vista has even better suspension set-up than the previous version of the Vista, when speaking of the handling. The company has managed to improve the ride quality without affecting the handling characteristics.
The handling is better than before, as the suspension had been tweaked for better handling, when Tata introduced the D90 variant. The suspension set-up now is a lot better for handling. The steering wheel is light, but it does feel slack in terms of feedback.