Pros : Everything
Cons : Nothing
Bought from Victoria Ford, Kolkata Dealership in May 2010. It has been driven 3200 kms so far with a fairly equal mix of City/Highway Driving cycles. Fuel efficiency City: 10-15 kmpl and Highway: 20-30 kmpl. DECISION The exterior styling and design of the FIGO is impeccable with a respectable 'Road-Presence'. I decided on the vehicle after taking 8 (eight) test drives in 3 different cities, namely Hyderabad, Mumbai and Kolkata. There was no better option in this segment and beyond. ENGINE, PERFORMANCE & HANDLING For the TDCi Engine, amazing would be an understatement. The negligible Turbo-Lag in fact makes it feel overpowered in the city that you need to get used to managing the surge. The Diesel Torque steps up ones adrenalin levels and its razor sharp handling and torque-steer enables you to swerve in and out of obstacles. At 150 kmph the NVH is still bearable and the car does not feel 'running out of breath'. Even with 5 people the vehicle propels up a Fly-Over/uphill in-hesitantly, something which I have not found most of the vehicles I have driven before. Superb Straight Line Stability and Minimal Body roll. The Key to the same is the sharply swooped down rear roof complimenting the aerodynamics and a substantial wheelbase. I have still not been able to 'fish-tail' / 'Drift' the vehicle during U-turns even with stock tires during test drives. INTERIORS The interior space and comfort levels are as optimized as possible to the extent that the engineering proves itself in every nook and corner. The Black Theme of dash and seats makes it easy to maintain. The Plastic?s quality may not be the best among the competition but this is a VFM vehicle, contrived to minimize kerb-weight and enhance usage economics. The interior design and quality is just what is necessary in this fast paced age of short-life-cycle vehicles. COMFORT & ERGONOMICS As regards the front seats, I am 5?11? and seat myself 6 hours every-day on an average on a sustained basis devoid of any discomfort. The front seats are actually engineered to grip the body during C-Curve maneuvers and prevent one from swaying by perfectly contacting the shoulder-plate(s). It is incredible how FORD has been able to achieve a rear seating experience within such a confined space that challenges even the best-selling sedans of India. With this kind of a compact design, other manufacturers might have arrived at designing a cramped rear. Suspension is a shade bumpy but in turn maintains the composure of the vehicle. Anything softer and it would compromise safety and with a reduced suspension life. The HVAC performance is more than adequate and has shielded me from the extreme climatic situations I have been in. INTERIOR SPACE The cabin is so very resourceful that I have converted it into a Mobile-Office-cum-Lounge cum-Bedroom with so much space and versatility with towel, air-pillows, tissue paper, soap, hand sanitizer, deo-spray, air-compressor, mini-laptop 10.5, tire inflator, tool-kit, camera, tripod, set of clothes, business stationery, 220V 80 Watt Inverter, Office Automation, Refrigerator, toiletries kit, shoes, first-aid kit, chargers, flip-flop, a large 12 Bass Reflex Box, 4 Channel AMP, 'Ready to Eat' Nitrogen Packed Food and many more. And yet there is so much space left behind that a Full Size suitcase can fit in addition to 5 Full sized adults. SERVICE The FORD Authorized Service Centers have no less 'Industry Best Practices' & Systems in place. Just that the dealers need a little more attention and encouragement from FORD India and be rewarded for the same. I believe an 'informed owner' need not face issues with Ford Service if he communicates accurately with the Authorized Service Centre. END-NOTES Every Vehicle Brand has its own merits but what matters us how much engineering and detailing effort that has gone to it. FIGO is the best hatchback available in India as of 2010. Else an erstwhile SUV owner like me would not have gone in for a FIGO.
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