Figo 2012-2015 Petrol LXI Review
Ford India is one of the most reputed and very popular car brands in the Indian car market. They have quite a number of vehicles prevalent on the Indian roads and almost all of them are doing very well since they have been launched. Ford India Pvt. Ltd. is the fully owned auxiliary of the American multinational automobile giant, Ford Motor Company. This highly acclaimed car maker is said to be presently on the 6th position in terms of manufacturing and distributing automobiles in the country. Ford India has at least one vehicle in almost all the varied segments of the automobile sector. This hatchback is being sold like hot cakes from the showrooms, but there is quite a number of Ford Figo for Salein the used car market as well. One such adorable and charming small car in the hatchback segment is Ford Figo, which is doing impressive sales since the time it was first launched in year, 2010. This impressive hatchback is being offered with both petrol and diesel engine options and has been instrumental in changing the fortune of the company in the country. With such incredible success in a couple of years, the company has now launched a revamped model of this amiable hatchback, Ford Figo Petrol LXI in the Indian market. Similar to the earlier version, these new Ford Figo Petrol LXI hatchbacks will be available in four trims each of petrol and diesel. Ford India has strategically done the Ford Figo Petrol LXI launch during the festive season, so as to cash in on the festival fervor among the Indian population, who generally buy new cars during this tenor. The entry level variant in the 2012 Ford Figo petrol lineup is the LXi trim, which has minimal comfort and safety features, but at the same time has been equipped with a powerful engine and amazing fuel efficiency. The company has equipped this entry level New Figo Faceliftwith a performance packed 1.2 L petrol drive train, which can displace about 1196cc and has been mated with a smooth and efficient five speed manual transmission gear box. Some interesting features of this entry level Ford Figo Petrol LXi include body colored front and rear bumpers, a receptive power steering, an efficient air conditioner unit, anti drip wiping, a power socket, three point seat belts, laminated windscreen and many more such brilliant features, which will certainly impress the buyers. The company is offering this New Figo India in quite a few lustrous exterior paint options, which are a magnificent diamond white, subtle looking moon dust silver, a innovative chill metallic finish, a magnificent panther black, a refined sea grey finish along with a unique squeeze finish and a flashy Colorado red. All these exterior paint options of the 2012 Ford Figo are smooth and have a metallic finish.
The exteriors of this Ford Figo Petrol LXI has been give quite a few cosmetic changes all over. The overall body structure is aerodynamic and very sleek with a smooth and lustrous body line. The front façade of this 2012 Ford Figo gets a newly designed hexagonal front radiator grille, which has some chrome elements and a large logo of the company has been embossed in the center. This front grille has been flanked with a bright head lamp cluster, which have been fitted with radiant and powerful lights. The head lamp cluster of this Figo Facelift gets new reflectors design, which further enhances the spread of the head lights and gives a better view to the driver. This aspect was under some scrutiny, but Ford India seems to have solved this long pending issue with this change.The front body colored bumper also gets a makeover and it also has a large air dam in the center and there is provision to fix fog lamps in this bumper at an additional cost. The front wind screen is laminated as well as glazed and is fitted with a couple of intermittent wipers. The side profile gets black colored external rear view mirrors and door handles (pull type) , which add to the style of this entry level Ford Figo India. The company has fitted the neatly carved pronounced wheel arched of this Ford Figo Petrol LXI with a set of sturdy and robust 14 inch steel wheels, which have been covered with superior tubeless radial tyres of size 175/65 R14, which have an enhanced road grip. The rear end also gets a body colored bumper, which has been tweaked along with the bright tail lamp cluster, which is more refined and cultured that the earlier version. The overall dimensions of this New Ford Figo Petrol LXI are rather spacious and can accommodate five passengers with ease. The total length of this New Figo Facelift is about 3795mm, while the overall width including the protruding external wing mirrors is close to 1680mm. The total height of this Ford Figo Petrol LXI is close to 1427mm and it has a roomy wheel base of approximately 2489mm. The minimum turning radius of this New Figo India is 4.9 meters, which is rather good and it also has a reasonably bigger centrally mounted fuel tank that can store about 45 litres of petrol in it . The boot space can accommodate more or less about 284 litres of baggage in it, while the total kerb weight of this Ford Figo India is around 1040 kgs, which is pretty decent.
Ford India Pvt. Ltd. has done up the interiors of this 2012 Ford Figo very tastefully and have included quite a few features as well. The seating arrangement is very comfy and the seats are covered with premium quality upholstery, which adds to the elegance of this New Figo. The rear seat can be folded to get in more luggages, which is an added advantage and then there is a day and night inside rear view mirror, a front power point of 12V for charging mobiles and other equipment . This New Ford Figo Petrol LXI also gets a couple of cup holders between the front center console and also foldable grab handles with coat hooks above both the rear doors. The central console and the instrument cluster have quite a number of warning and notification lamps to keep the driver updated with the vital statistics of the hatchback. Some of these notifications include a digital odometer and a tripmeter for keeping a track of the distance travelled, a distance to empty to keep the driver updated about the fuel refilling, a low fuel warning lamp, a chime if the head lamp is left turned on after switching off the ignition and a few more such notifications as well. Apart from all these, there are a few other storage spaces, which help the passengers to keep a few important things handy whenever they need them .
Engine and Performance
The company has equipped this Ford Figo Petrol LXI with a performance packed 1.2 L petrol drive train, which is quite fuel efficient as well . This drive train can displace 1196cc and is fitted with four cylinders , which are further equipped with 16 valves in total. The all new 2012 Ford Figo Petrol LXI also has a dual over head cam shaft (DOHC) and is also integrated with a highly developed Sequential Electric Fuel Injection (SEFI) fuel supply system, which ensures better fuel efficiency and more mileage. This petrol drive train has the ability to churn out a peak power output of 69.58 Bhp at 6250 Rpm in combination with a maximum torque yield of 102 Nm at 4000 Rpm, which is quite apposite for the Indian road and traffic conditions. This impressive and fuel efficient petrol power plant is mated with a smooth and competent five speed manual transmission gear box for better gear shifts .
Braking and Handling
Ford India has equipped this latest hatchback with a proficient braking and a well balanced suspension system. The braking system for the front wheels of this New Figo Facelift is ventilated discs, which help in efficient braking. While the rear wheels are equipped with a drum based braking system that performs quite well on any road conditions . On the other hand, the robust suspension system of this new Ford Figo Petrol LXI keeps the hatchback balanced and gives a smooth and effortless driving pleasure to all the occupants. The front axle of this latest Ford Figo Petrol LXI is fitted with an independent McPherson strut type of mechanism with dual path mounts. Whereas, the rear axle of this revamped hatchback is equipped with a semi independent twist beam along with coil springs for enhanced comfort for the rear passengers. Both these systems put together ensure that the passengers as well as the hatchback is stable and in control.
This latest Ford Figo Petrol LXi facelift is the entry level variant in the model lineup and has been fitted with some of the most essential and fundamental safety functions. The list includes a laminated and glazed front windscreen for better visibility for the driver in all conditions, three point seat belts for front and back seat passengers along with a lap strap for the center occupant of the back seat. Apart from these the instrument cluster has a few important notification and warning lamps, which keeps the driver updated and alert about many crucial features of the vehicle.
There are quite a few convenient and no nonsense features that have been integrated in this new Ford Figo Petrol LXI variant. The inventory of these comfort features include a powerful and efficient air conditioning unit with a heater, which cools the entire cabin very quickly, a chunky and responsive power steering that helps in maneuvering this new hatchback with ease and comfort even in peak traffic conditions. Then there is a remote fuel filler opening and also anti drip wiping of the front wind screen through the intermittent wipers. The Ford Figo Petrol LXi being the base variant is not included with a music system, but it has the provision for integrating it and the company has already incorporated the wiring to the antenna base to further help in fitting an audio system in this charming hatchback.
A powerful engine, fairly good mileage and reasonably done up interiors.
Quite a few features can be added, plastic quality of internal surfaces can be made better.