Ford Figo Sport Edition first drive review

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first_imgNew variants keep a product’s lifespan in check. Updates, additions and more features add to an existing line-up and increase its appeal, or not. In Ford’s case, this appeal lies in an audience that values what Ford stands for in international markets – racing lineage. With a glorious past in rallying and subsequent special editions of road-legal cars, Ford decides to extend the Figo’s name by adding an S, for sports.Engine:Before you jump off your seat in excitement, a gentle reminder that this is still a very conservative market, should curb things down for you. As much as enthusiasts in India would love to have a 1.6-litre, petrol guzzling, turbo-spooling little rocket with a hunger for Cosworth performance parts, reality unfortunately crushes that dream as a tear rolls out.There is evident change in the way the car handles. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)We’re driving a diesel here. 1.5-litre, turbo, 100bhp and let’s just say Ford is going to help you save a little cash in your wallet with a claimed efficiency of 25.83kmpl and oh… never mind the Cosworth parts.Design:What’s new with this latest variant is this white paintjob that’s wonderfully contrasted by black accents in the new honeycomb grille, 15-inch alloy wheels, headlamp surrounds, roof, outside mirrors and of course stylised S graphic on stickers running the length of the doors. None of these will shave off lap times but will surely add to the looks of the car. The latest Figo is already an appealing design and this new look exemplifies Ford’s sporting ways of its S variants (remember the Fiesta S and Ikon RS?). But that’s just the aesthetics.advertisementNot only do you get bigger wheels but theyre in this sporty new 10-spoke design available in black. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The only mechanical change here is the suspension. Ford has chopped 10mm off the springs, retained the dampers with some amount of tuning and used a wider 195mm tyre (up from 175mm) for the new wheels. Moving from 14-inch to 15-inch wheels compensates for the drop in ride height. Thus ground clearance remains at 174mm but the wheel wells look fuller and the stance much sportier.Glossy plastics on the dashboard replace silver ones, red stitching on the upholstery and leather wrapped steering unique to the Sports. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Handling:Since the engine remains just as it is on the other variants of the Figo, there isn’t obviously any change in the performance of the Figo Sports. But there is evident change in the way the car handles. The re-engineered suspension with the wider tyres makes the car feel properly planted on the road even as you approach speeds where a rear spoiler would be effective.Although, the one on the Figo Sports would only add visual oomph within legal limits or even over them. That aside, body roll seems more controlled than the regular Figo as fast twists on the highway requires minimal shedding of speed and steering correction. Take on bumpy surfaces and the suspension impresses further with a ride quality that’ll keep the coffee inside the cups, with just a hint of jarring at really low speeds and rough surfaces.MyFord Dock holds smaller phones better. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Features:Based on the Titanium trim, the Figo Sports sits under the fully decked Titanium + models. Yet, the Sports variant gives you all the necessary equipments. A Bluetooth enabled stereo system and a nifty phone dock for everything that a traditional touchscreen infotainment system can do. Driver and passenger airbags are available but no side and curtain airbags from the + or the Ford SYNC and AppLink. But that’s about it.257-litre boot easily stored equipment and luggage. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)What we like:We had quite an exciting time driving the Figo Sports at the Little Rann of Kutch. As the ambient temperature gauge soared to a sweltering 49-degree Celsius, the Figo’s air-conditioning system kept us cool inside the cabin. Minimum temperature can be set to as low as 15-degree Celsius.Although, the sharp downward angle of the seat squab made for a very uncomfortable driving posture. That aside, I can’t really find anything to complain about.Photo: Nishant JhambVerdict:I’ve probably been a tad harsh here but looking at Ford’s past, as enthusiasts, expectation from a “Sports” trim is much higher. But as an option in the market, I see the Figo Sports doing very well. Call it what you may but evidently there’s a phenomenon in mass markets where things that look fast, sell.advertisementDoes the variant add versatility in the Figo’s performance? Not really. Will I pay the extra cash for it then? Well, yes. For quality components, to retain my warranty for the extra bits on the car and for the Figo being a good all-round car. Hot enough? Err… lukewarm maybe?ALSO READ:Ford launches Figo and Aspire Sports Edition in Indialast_img

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