The looks. Well, to be honest, the earlier Figo was still quite a good looking car when it went out, but who wouldn’t want a fresher looking car for the festive season? It’s got the newest Ford ‘Kinetic’ design, sporting a wide hexagonal lower grille, a sharper upper grille, new bumpers and headlights that are now starting to look bug-eyed. On the whole, the facelift looks good!
The interiors. They’ve thankfully discontinued the unloved optional brown interiors and now have an optional Blue coloured dashboard. To go with it, the seats also have a blue trim, along with new headrests and fabrics. The driver gets lumbar support as well. We only wish the passengers seats had headrests, more under thigh support and optional power windows that wound all the way down, thank you very much.
The driving bit. They’ve tried to fix the Figo’s low-end lethargy but to be honest, the differences aren’t substantial. The petrol feels a little bit better - just a little bit - and the diesel never really had that much of a problem because of its torquey nature. The reworked gearbox is a little less clackety and it also slots more positively into reverse. But the low-end lethargy problem remains. Pity, because the steering and the chassis are sharp and the thing can be a lot of fun to drive with the right motor. How about a 1-litre 90 horsepower EcoBoost, Ford?
Equipment levels. Not that the Figo was badly kitted out earlier but certain things were still missing. They’ve added a steering column mounted audio control unit beneath the indicator stalk on the left side but since it’s literally inches from the actual controls and you take your hand off the wheels anyways, I’m not quite convinced about its utility. The update also brings nice looking alloy wheels, noticeably improved NVH levels inside the cabin due to Double Bulb weather sealings and you also get two new colours - a Fiesta S-like blue and a bright yellow.
Lack of breakover clearance when running a full-load and unintuitive music controls continue to be niggles that haven’t been fixed. To be fair here, we’re strictly sticking to just the updates here and let that not distract you from the fact that the Figo is a superb value-for-money buying proposition in itself. The price hike is minimal and the prices stand at:
Ex-showroom Delhi: Ford Figo petrol: Rs 3,84,999 Ford Figo diesel: Rs 4,81,999
Ex-showroom Thane: Ford Figo petrol: Rs 3,85,437 Ford Figo diesel: Rs 4,82,438
It’s certainly a fresher-looking, more well-equipped hatch and since the price difference is minimal, it certainly hikes up its VFM quotient from just good to really good. Sort out the little shortcomings here and there and we wouldn’t hesitate in giving it a ‘fantastic!’