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Ford Figo S First Drive Review: The Reason Not To Buy The Baleno RS

Siddhartha Sharma | News18.com SidnChips

Updated: April 21, 2017, 8:29 PM IST
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Ford Figo S First Drive Review: The Reason Not To Buy The Baleno RS
Ford Figo S. (Image: News18.com)

Ford recently introduced the S-version of the Figo and Aspire in India. We at News18 Auto got a chance to check out the news Figo S at the little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat and here's what we think about the new hot hatch on the block.

The Looks
Ford has kept the looks on the new Figo S subtle. They don't even say that S stands for Sports. The Figo S comes in dual-tone exteriors and you can get the option of a white or a black painted roof basically with any colour option. The front grille loses the chrome finish and is now a full black grille. Frankly, we like it more than what the regular Figo has to offer. You also get smoked headlamps and black painted ORVMs. There is a new spoiler at the back that gives the rear end of the car some muscle and you get new 15-inch alloy wheels that are also painted black. Lastly, there are loads of S decals on the side and the rear of the Figo S.

Interiors
The interiors on the new Figo S are all black. You get fabric seats with red stitching and the design language is consistent to what is offered on the regular Figo. As equipment on the top trim diesel variant, you get automatic climate control, ford MyDock for you smartphone and steering mounted control.

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How is it to drive?
Ford has done an intelligent thing here with the Figo S. They have not given it bigger power engine. We drove the 1.5 litre TDCi Diesel engine that comes with almost 100 horses of power and 215 nm of torque. It's the same engine that you get with a regular Figo. But here's where the difference lies.

Ford has made the suspension on the Figo S stiffer. That means less under and oversteer at high speeds and also a 5mm lower ground clearance. The car hugs the tarmac and propels like a rocket. Physics takes its course on the Figo S' driving dynamics and the driver feels in control all the time. It might not be the fastest to do a 0-100 km/h dash or a drag race, but we think if you take it on a track and race with the likes of the Baleno RS, you'll probably be seeing the supposed sports hatch from Maruti Suzuki in the rear view mirror all the time.

However, a lower ground clearance of 174mm means that the under-body might face some abuse on the potholes if four people are sitting inside the car. What we would also recommend is that you change the stock Apollo tires that Ford offers with the car for less rolling resistance and more grip.

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Verdict
What Ford has done here is subtle yet aggressive. If you wish to buy a hot powerful hatchback in India right now, the Figo S is the most affordable one. Also, Ford has worked extensively with its dealers to keep the cost of ownership less on cars like the Figo and Aspire in India. So don't worry about high maintenance bills.

The Baleno RS is also about 2 lakh expensive than the Figo S, and for those with a tight budget and a passion for something sportier, there is only this car in the Indian market that makes the cut.

Lastly, it's also the fastest car that will reach your home if you plan to buy it and will not take 7 months like it's competitor.

First Published: April 21, 2017, 8:29 PM IST
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