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.
Liva has no different interiors than the Etios sedan. Despite the shorter wheelbase, there is sufficient room for five in the car. The quality on the Liva has been improve with the facelift and the issues of feel of plastic have been solved.
Major changes have been made on the interiors of the Etios and the results are positive. The dashboard now has beige and grey trim and even the quality has been improved by a couple of notches. The interior trim has been changed from grey to beige fabric and even the headrests are no longer integrated and can be adjusted. This alone changes a lot in the interior, and it does feel premium than before. The music system on the Etios has been changed and even the new 2 DIN music system does look a lot more stylish and better in design. Toyota built a sedan for a family that can only afford a single car, so the Etios had to be spacious.
The wheelbase of the Liva is 2460mm, which is shorter than the Etios by 90mm. This means that there is a reduction in knee room in the second row. However, the space is that bad either. The central tunnel in the second row has been flattened and three large people can seat without much of a squeeze. There is sufficient room for your head and knees in the second row and you sit comfortably in the first row as well. We wish that the seats had a bit more cushioning to soften them. The thigh support is decent and to our dismay, the back support wasn’t that good. Even the boot of the Liva is sufficient as it can gobble 251 litres of luggage into it. The loading bay could have been a bit lower for easy loading and unloading.
J: This is the base variant of the Etios Liva and it comes only in petrol and diesel variant. This version comes with body coloured bumpers, tubeless tyres, air conditioner with heater, cooled glovebox and digital tripmeter. It even misses out on power steering.
G: This is a variant higher than J and is available in petrol and diesel engine options. It also includes body coloured door handles, body coloured ORVMs, B-Pillar Black-Out, intermittent wiper, chrome garnish on boot, power windows, electric power steering and central locking. Only the G variant comes with a diesel engine option on the Liva.
V: This variant encompasses front fog lamps, 12 spoke alloy wheels, and roof-mounted antenna, and rear defogger, tachometer and in-dash music system with USB & Aux-in. This version is available only in petrol version.
V (With safety pack): A top end variant in Toyota Etios Liva includes side skirt, steering mounted audio controls, leather wrapped steering wheel and chrome-accented shift knob.
TRD Sportlivo: The Toyota Etios Liva Petrol TRD Sportivo is a limited edition car with body graphics and sporty looks. The car comes with TRD Sportivo badge on the left side of the boot lid. Also, the seat fabric has TRD Sportivo embossed on it and comes in petrol and diesel variants and a more powerful 1.5-litre petrol 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.
All the three engines on the Liva are good enough and you can pick amongst the three, depending on your running. This is one department that you do not have to worry about.
1.5-litre petrol: The petrol engine of the Etios is a 1496cc mill that churns out 89bhp@5600rpm and a maximum torque of 132Nm@3000rpm. The engine isn’t a stonker of a performer, but there the power to weight ratio of 90bhp/tonne changes the entire game. The Etios weighs 930kg, which is hatchback territory. The engine is perky and power is always available at the tap of your right foot. One usually doesn’t require a downshift to overtake.
This motor happily revs upto 6000rpm, but it tends to get a bit noisy when it crosses the 3500rpm mark. The torque spread is good and the power delivery is linear like any other efficient petrol engine. The 5-speed manual transmission comes mated to the petrol engine. The gear lever is small and the shifts are precise.
1.4-litre diesel engine: The Etios Liva comes with a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel engine. The diesel engine is same block that also powers the Corolla Altis. Toyota has detuned the same mill from 88bhp to produce only 67bhp. Even out goes the variable geometric turbo that is replaced by the fixed geometry. The 1.4-litre mill churns out 67bhp of power and 170Nm of torque.
The NVH levels of this engine aren’t low, and there is a lot of clatter melodrama especially on cold starts and high rpms. The power delivery is fairly linear and one can potter around in city traffic, even in a higher gear. There is no turbo lag in the engine, but the engine lacks the punch or the rush of power.
The Etios Liva comes bolted on to a five-speed manual transmission, which is smooth with short throws. Even the clutch is light, making driving in city traffic easy.
1.2-litre petrol engine: The Etios Liva was initially launched with the 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 79bhp of power at 5600rpm and a maximum torque of 104Nm is delivered at 3100rpm. This engine is highly refined, like most of the modern petrol engines with low levels of NVH. This is the smallest Toyota engine in India and it is coded named as 3NR-FE.
The power delivery of this engine is linear and one can lug into a higher gear and cruise smoothly. The engine doesn’t feel out of breath on highways, like most other cars from its segment. The Etios Liva comes bolted on to a five-speed manual transmission, which is smooth with short throws. Even the clutch is light, making driving in city traffic easy.
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 ride on the Etios Liva is well sorted at low speeds. It glides over potholes with a muted thud. The handling is better on the Liva as it has a shorter wheelbase, but it does get a bit jittery and unsettled at higher speeds.
Shorter wheelbase of the Liva makes its sportier than the Etios. Push it around bends and the Liva obeys your command. It sticks to the line as per your command. The alacrity of the chassis isn’t like its European competition, if you are the thrashing around types. The ride on the Etios Liva is predominantly comfortable, even the secondary ride is moderately supple.
The sporty steering wheel feels good to hold and steer. It is light, which makes manoeuvrability easier in city traffic and in busy street lanes. With a short turning radius of 4.8m it becomes easy to steer the Etios Liva.