Ford is making waves in the South African budget-priced vehicle segment with the stylish new FIGO Ambiente and FIGO Trend Hatchbacks, and the Sedan versions are no exception. By Des Langkilde.
Released last year, I only managed to lay my hands on the steering wheel of a Ford FIGO 1.5 Trend MT Sedan in May 2019. The FIGO (meaning “Cool” in colloquial Italian) was originally unveiled in September 2009 and launched in India in 2010 with a facelifted model released in South Africa in January 2013. The second generation FIGO made its debut in 2015 with a CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) variant introduced in 2018. Ford has also cut back the FIGO variant models from nine to five (three hatchbacks and two sedans).
At first glance, noticeable exterior feature upgrades to the 2018 edition are the front “Aston Martinesque” honeycomb grille and lower-section styling. What makes the new FIGO a pleasurable car to drive, though, is not the styling or the features, but the new 3-cylinder, 1.5-litre TiVCT petrol engine that now powers the FIGO range with 88 kW and 150 Nm of torque coupled to a new 6-speed manual transmission. This new powerplant certainly places the updated FIGO above its rivals in the segment.
There’s also more space in the sedan. Compared to the Hatch, the Sedan adds 368cm in length which increases luggage space in the trunk by 189 litres (256 vs 445).
Comparing the Trend Sedan to the Ambiente Sedan, the differences are more aesthetic/convenience based than performance based. The Trend comes with body colour matched door handles and silver painted grille (on the Ambiente these are black), front fog lamps, tachometer gear shift indicator, load compartment light, 12V power point, console ashtray, door ajar warning chime, rear window defroster, sun visor mirrors, height adjustable seatbelt, Anti-theft alarm, rear power windows – with child lock, and remote central locking.
With the new FIGO, the interior has been upgraded with a new centre console design and smartphone USB docking port on top of the dashboard. The radio system is rather basic but does offer Ford Device Docking with Bluetooth and USB connectivity for hands-free phone calls and listening to your music through four reasonable quality speakers.
On the safety side, all FIGO variants come with driver and front passenger airbags, anti-lock ABS brakes, and rear-door manual child locks.
So, now you know all you need to know about the new Ford FIGO and its features, why not buy one and #GoMakeWaves.
For pricing guidelines and your nearest Ford dealer visit www.ford.co.za.