One of the most affordable sedan model series from the famed fleet of this company is the Ford Classic. This model series is available in three trim levels, which are LXI, CLXI and Titanium. All of these can be chosen from an option of a Duratec petrol or a Duratorq diesel engine, which adds to the benefit of the customers. The company has done a meticulous job in terms braking mechanism, which is quite efficient. This can be said as the front wheels are fitted with ventilated discs, whereas the rear ones are paired with proficient self adjusting drum brakes. On the other hand, the suspension mechanism is also well taken care of as its front axle is affixed with independent McPherson struts that further has offset coil springs equipped to it. Whereas, the rear axle gets a semi-independent heavy duty twist beam with twin tube dampers. The braking mechanism of its top end trim is further assisted by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, which further enhances its braking capability. In terms of its technical specifications, the petrol variants are equipped with a 1.6-litre, in-line engine, which can displace 1596cc. It has the ability to churn out a maximum power output of 99.6bhp in combination with 146Nm of peak torque. It is incorporated with a SEFI supply system, which helps in improving its fuel economy. On the other hand, the diesel variants are fitted with a 1.4-litre power plant that can displace 1399cc. It can produce 67bhp along with a torque of 160Nm that is rather good for this segment. The sedan segment is immensely populated and has many contenders like Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Chevrolet Sail, Toyota Etios and quite a few others in it. This means that this company in India had to make this sedan so well, that it will be able to lure the car enthusiasts towards it, inspite of the tough competition. The designers have done a splendid job as the exteriors as well as the insides are done up elegantly. This sedan series has been gifted with some of the most eye-catching outside cosmetics. It has a masculine looking radiator grille that has chrome accents along with a prominent company emblem affixed in the center. This is further surrounded by a luminous crystal barrel based headlight cluster that further magnifies the front. Its side profile is dominated by a couple of strong character lines that gives it a captivating look. The side profile is smooth as well as lustrous with neatly done up wheel arches and other aspects. While the rear end has a curvy boot lid along with other things like a large windscreen and variant badging. As far as its insides are concerned, it has a roomy dual tone based cabin, which is integrated with quite a lot of features. Apart from all those, other functions include an advanced instrument panel with illumination and several notifications. There are soft touch plastics all around the door panels and the contrasting fabric upholstery for the seats further makes it look classy. Its information cluster is incorporated with a number of functions, which includes a a couple of round shaped meters, a digital tripmeter, headlamp-on notification, door ajar warning lamp, a tachometer, low fuel warning light and driver seat belt notification as well. The seats are well cushioned and integrated with head restraints. These provide ample leg space and shoulder room for all passengers. The dual tone dashboard is equipped with a leather wrapped steering wheel (apart from its base variant), a large glove box to store quite a few things and AC vents as well. On the other hand, it also has quite a lot of safety aspects like a collapsible steering column, three point seat belts for all the passengers, dual airbags for enhanced protection of the front seat occupants and a passive anti theft system for added safety of the vehicle. This sedan series is being offered with a standard warranty of one year or 100000 Kilometers, whichever is earlier. At the same time, the customers can also avail an extended warranty of two years or 100000 Kilometers at an additional paid to the authorized dealers.
The outer appearance of this series is more than good and can be considered to be one of the good looking cars available in the market. It has been designed with great care and that effort can be seen in all its finest details. He body is built to defend all the possible obscurities as well as to make it quite appealing to the on-lookers. The frontage looks quite wide and has a wide radiator grille which is decorated with the company's name over a plate. There are crystal barrel headlamps fitted on the front which have black surrounds to them. Whereas, the top end trim, Titanium is offered with a chrome surround in-order to enhance the image. There are a set of headlamps that have turn indicators too integrated to it. The bumpers are painted in the body color both on the front and rear sides too. This additionally has brighter effect on the overall image of the body. The air dam too is quite vast and helps in cooling the engine furthermore. The high end variant is fitted with a couple of fog lamps that look very stylish and helps in visibility too. The green tinted front windshield is fitted with intermittent wipers. The outside rear view mirrors that are attached on the driver and the passenger side are in black color in the base variant. Whereas, in other trims, these are painted in the body color to give a more uniformed appearance. The rear view of this sedan is very bright too as the tailgate handle finish is painted in the body color but the base trim is in black for the lower variant. Furthermore, the high end trim is offered with turn indicators on the external mirrors for additional look and assistance. This trims additionally has body colored outside door handles while the base variants have them in black. The side profile is further decorated with a set of robust steel wheels that are covered with very fashionable pairs of full wheel covers. On the other hand, the top end trims, Titanium has been blessed to have alloy wheels to them for enhancing the overall picture of this sedan. The boot lid too is given quite an edgy design and is fitted with a badge of the variant name. Additionally, the rear windscreen is integrated with a defogger and a high mount stop lamp too is fixed too. An antenna is fixed onto its roof which looks quite decent as well. With all these elements, this sedan is offered in six fabulous shades to choose from and each and every color looks as good as the other making the pick harder.
This sedan looks quite large and long and has its dimensions likewise. It has an overall length of about 4282mm and a total width of around 1686mm. The height too is quite impressive at 1468mm. Ground clearance is measured at 168mm and the wheelbase is of about 2486mm, which is quite very impressive. Its front track is at 1474mm, while its rear track is measured to be of 1444mm.
Editor's take : The Classic now shares most of the interior bit with the Figo and this has helped Ford to reduce the cost of the vehicle. The Classic is has spacious and decent quality interiors.
This sedan series has a spacious internal cabin that is elegantly made up. The top end variant gets a combo of ebony and camel finished insides, while all the other trims get a two tone color scheme, which includes jasper blue and ebony. There are well cushioned seats, which are integrated with head restraints. These are covered with fabric upholstery and provide enough leg space and shoulder room for a minimum five passengers. Its rear seat has a 100 percent folding facility, which helps in increasing the boot volume. Apart from the base variant, its remaining variants have a driver seat with height adjustable feature. The illuminated instrument panel houses features like distance to empty display, a digital tachometer, headlamp-on and door ajar warning notification, low fuel warning lamp and an electronic multi-tripmeter. Its two tone dashboard is equipped with a few features like air conditioning vents, a large glove box that can store quite a few things, an instrument panel and a three spoke steering wheel. This sedan has a lot of utility based features like drink holders, front seat back pockets, bottle holder in front doors, front and rear map lamps. It also has a 430 litre boot compartment, which can be extended further owing to its split folding rear seat. Apart from these, it also has electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors that can be adjusted from inside, all four power windows with a driver side auto down function, electric boot release function and so on. Whereas, the top end variant is also incorporated with an intelligent rear defogger, a rear center arm rest, adjustable rear head restraints, drive away locks and many other such aspects.
There are many factors that are incorporated into the cabin of this model, which offer great comfort to all the occupants. Starting with the regulation of the cabin temperature, there is an air conditioning unit, which has an electric re-circulation function to it. Furthermore, there is a heater facility too available within this unit. All the variants are equipped with power steering feature which additionally has tilt adjustable steering. This offers great relief to the driver in alleviating the driver's effort. This sedan is blessed with power windows to all its doors which is a great comfort factor. The electric boot release is an add on convenience to the driver. The rear wind screen is integrated with an intelligent defogger. There is an armrest which is fitted to the rear seats that is of great comfort. The middle and top end variants are offered with headrests fitted to the rear seats which can be adjusted with preference. The high end variant, Titanium is offered with an electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors. The drive away locks are an add on to this sedan trim. With many such features, this sedan series are a synonym for comfort and convenience.
It has its inside compartment designed to be quite spacious and makes room for all the occupants to have a comfortable drive all through the way. The leg room is very spacious to have 1215mm at the front and 890mm at its rear side of the cabin. The headroom is measured at 940mm at front and 925mm at the rear end. It has a generous shoulder space of around 1330mm, which makes the occupants sit conveniently without any friction. It has a great boot compartment capacity, which is about 430 litres.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Editor's take : The acceleration of both the mills are good and the petrol version was a favourite of the enthusiasts.
The petrol as well as the diesel versions are incorporated with a five speed manual transmission gear box. The petrol variants have a capability to breach the 100 Kmph mark in about 11.43 seconds and can achieve a maximum speed of around 170 Kmph. On the other hand, the diesel trims can touch the 100 Kmph mark in just about 12.8 seconds and can reach a top speed of 165 Kmph.
Engine and Performance
Editor's take : The petrol engine of the Classic is the most affordable performance engine one can procure, while the diesel is one of the most frugal diesel mills. Despite being 67bhp, the power delivery is good and the performance is decent. It doesn’t struggle when lugged in a higher cog and it doesn’t even have a prominent turbo lag.
This sedan is available in petrol as well as diesel versions. The petrol variants are equipped with a 1.6-litre, in-line Duratec engine. This has a capacity of displacing of about 1596cc. It can generate a maximum power of around 99.6bhp at 6500rpm and can produce about 146Nm at 3400rpm. It has four cylinders and sixteen valves and is based on double overhead camshaft valve configuration. It is enabled to deliver a mileage of about 17.0 Kmpl in the cities to 19.68 Kmpl on highways. It is coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box. The diesel variants are integrated with a 1.4-litre, Duratorq engine and this can displace 1399cc. It is incorporated with four cylinders, eight valves and is based on single overhead camshaft valve configuration. It is integrated with common rail fuel injection fuel supply system. It has a capacity of generating a maximum power of 67bhp at 4000rpm and can produce a peak torque output of around 160Nm at 2000rpm. It is mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box.
Editor's take : The Ford Classic gets the 1.4-litre DuraTorq engine of Ford, which is one of the most efficient engines. The 1.6-litre petrol is more of a performer than fuel-efficient.
This model has been incorporated with a standard turbocharged common rail direct injection fuel supply system to its diesel variants. This enables in delivering an efficient mileage of around 17.0 Kmpl in the cities and 19.68 Kmpl. The petrol motor has been equipped with sequential electric fuel injection fuel supply system. This enables the petrol version to deliver a fuel economy of 14.6 Kmpl on highways and 10.4 Kmpl under city conditions.
Power of Ford Classic
Editor's take : The power ratings of both the engines are decent, but it is the real world delivery that is phenomenal.
The petrol variants that are incorporated with a 1.6-litre engine can displace about 1596cc. It can generate a maximum power of around 99.6bhp at 6500rpm and a peak torque output of about 146Nm at 3400rpm. The diesel trims that are equipped with 1.4-litre engine can displace around 1399cc. This enables to have a capacity to produce a maximum power of around 67bhp at 4000rpm and can generate a peak torque output of about 160Nm at 2000rpm.
Stereo & Accessories
Editor's take : The Classic now gets the music system from the Figo with aux and USB connectivity; it also gets features like Bluetooth telephone and music connectivity.
The base variant of this series lacks an audio system but a provision for installing a music system is offered in the cabin. Buyers who want to customize their cars can add such accessories at an additional cost from authorized dealers. The mid variant is integrated with an audio system which has an MP3 player and Aux-in and radio with FM/AM. The top end variant, the Titanium is incorporated with many more features. There is a speed sensing volume control and have a Bluetooth interface. There is a full phonebook access, call log for incoming and outgoing calls, call swap, call hold, call mute and privacy mode are available in it. There is an SMS notification, audio streaming and a USB support too enabled within it. Further, many other accessories can be incorporated which make this car more personalized and comfortable. Floor mats, visors, ambient light package are some of the features that can be of great comfort. Leather upholstery too can be added which not only makes it comfortable to the occupants but also make the cabin look much richer.
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Braking & Handling
Editor's take : The ride and handling of the Classic is phenomenal just like any other Ford. The driving dynamics of Ford are good and the Classic, earlier known as the Fiesta was and is still one of the best handling vehicles in its segment.
The front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated discs and the rear wheels are fixed with the standard self adjusting drums. It is integrated with an efficient suspension system that makes this sedan more efficient in its performance. Its front axle is equipped with independent McPherson struts with offset coil spring. On the other hand, the rear axle is fitted with semi-independent heavy duty twist beam with twin tube dampers. A set of gas filled shock absorbers are fitted at front and rear wheels. It is additionally fitted with an electric power assisted steering system which further offers assistance to the driver in handling efficiently.
Safety & Security
Editor's take : The safety features of the Ford Classic include ABS and airbags.
A lot of safety functions are provided in this sedan that makes it immune to all sorts of possible calamities. There is a collapsible steering column that is available in all the variants of this model series that makes it easier to the driver in his effort. Moreover, a central locking system too is offered which is a great relief factor as well as provides assured safety too. There is a lamp cluster at the rear which have dual fog lamps integrated within them. This provides additional visibility to the driver and makes it more easy to identify objects in the way. Especially for the petrol variants, there is a fuel cut-off switch which is greatly useful. While there is any repair work in progress or during an anticipated crash, this switch can be utilized in switching the fuel supply off in-order to avoid fuel leakage and its repercussions. An immobilizer is equipped into all the trims that is called passive anti-theft system (PATS) in the models of this company. This is a mechanism which inactivates the engine when identified an unauthorized access to the vehicle. This results in reducing thefts to a maximum extent. The high end variants are incorporated with many more additional functions that make it more hazard proof. It is bestowed with an anti-lock braking system along with an electronic brake-force distribution functions. These constitute an efficient braking mechanism that help to have a great control over the drive and grip over all kinds of roads. A pair of fog lamps are fitted even on the front to provide additional assistance. The most important feature, airbags, are offered to the driver ans to the co-driver as well.
The base and mid variants are fitted with a set of standard and robust 14 inch steel wheels. These are additionally covered with stylish full wheel covers. The wheels of this sedan are fitted with 14 inch multi-spoke alloy wheels. These rims are covered with 175/65 R14 sized tubeless radial tyres. A full size spare wheel is offered along with a tool kit in the boot compartment for assistance, when needed.
1. Price range is very reasonable.
2. Packed with Bluetooth enabled interface.
3. Cabin space is very generous and convenient.
4. Safety section is well incorporated with advanced functions.
5. Exterior image looks quite appealing and elegant.
1. Quite disappointing aspect is its ground clearance.
2. Few more notifications are needed in the instrument panel.
3. Fuel efficiency needs to be improved.
4. The diesel engine is quite noisy.
5. Maintenance could be troublesome.
Ford Classic price