Sam says nothing is missing
Ford released their updated Figo last year into the B-segment which has seen updates from many other manufacturers as well. The car is a worthy competitor, neglecting none of the essentials expected from cars in this segment. In fact, the Figo left me much more impressed than I expected.
No matter the segment from which a car comes, one of the most important aspects is kind of drive that it offers. The 1.5 TiVCT, 3 cylinder engine does not disappoint. It offers its drivers 88 kW of power and peak torque of 150 Nm. This allows it to have a quick start and it has no trouble building speed, going up hills or overtaking. Overall, you can expect a confident and steady drive on all kinds of roads.
An area of importance to Ford is the fuel-efficiency of their cars. Their claimed fuel-efficiency is set at 5.7 litres/100km. The Figo is one of the models that has an EcoMode with a shift indicator that informs the driver of the ideal point to shift up or down a gear to reduce fuel consumption. When you follow the indicator, you can still build up speed quite easily unlike some other cars which attempt to do the same but negatively affect your power and consequently result in you ‘putting’ along.
The interior of the Figo is basic, as is expected, but still features good quality materials. In particular, there is a docking station, similar to a small cubby hole, on top of the dashboard that you can click open and closed. It comes complete with a USB port for charging. A few times, however, I was not able to use it as its placement on top of the dash meant it became too hot to put your phone there.
Changes to the Figo’s appearance include an entirely new bumper design with a restyled honeycomb grille, reflecting the latest Ford design language. There are also updates to the front fog lamps and new chrome inserts in the headlamps giving the latest model a dynamic and elegant flair. The rear has subtle, yet effective changes, to the tail light clusters as well as a new rear bumper design.
The Figo is available as both a sedan and a hatch. Personally, I prefer the looks of a hatch but the sedan offers boot space to drivers, such as parents, that cannot be ignored.
Drivers of the Ford Figo can expect to benefit from the affordability that the car offers, not just in terms of the price and fuel-efficiency but in the Ford Protect plan as well. This is a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty. It further includes a four-year/60 000km service plan at 15 000km service intervals.
As the entry car to the Ford brand, drivers can enjoy an excellent drive and access all the essentials needed in a car. The Figo is a great option for a starter car or even your second car and gives drivers a good taste of what to expect from the rest of the range.
Good to know
Engine: 3-cylinder, 1.5 TiVCT engine
Power: 88 kW
Torque: 150 Nm
Fuel consumption: 5.7 litres/100km
Price: from R181 300
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