New Ford Figo (2nd Generation)

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Tested: Ford's Figo is all about the drive

When the Figo first hit the streets back in 2010 we thought it would soldier on halfway into eternity as a recycled previous-generation Fiesta.
But Ford never pulled a Citi Golf on us and as soon as 2015 the Blue Oval released a redesigned Figo sporting a modern, even somewhat handsome shape, and now Ford is hitting the refresh button again, albeit this time with a mild facelift and new engine.

That mildness consists of fresh wheel designs as well as chrome elements in the headlights and a sportier looking honeycomb grille, although we’re admittedly not sold on those ‘moustaches’ that it’s suddenly grown on the redesigned front and back bumpers.

Beneath the bonnet is a brand new 1.5-litre three-cylinder normally aspirated engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing - same cubic capacity as before but with one less cylinder. Despite this omission, it is actually more powerful, with peak outputs up from 82kW and 136Nm to 88kW and 150Nm.

The automatic model, which is only available in Trend guise, gets a new six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox, which feels like quite a bonus in this class where four-speed boxes seem to be the norm.

This is the model we tested and its drivetrain combination is a class act at this price level, offering fairly rapid performance and slick gear shifting. It’s fun to drive, even for an auto, and the agile handling and meaty steering play their bit as they often have in small Fords, while the ride is quite comfy too.

Fuel economy wasn’t quite what we had expected from a newly-designed three-cylinder. Our test car drank 10 litres per 100km in town according to the on-board readout, albeit some of it in heavy traffic, but it did achieve a more respectable 6.1 l/100km after we reset the trip for a highway run.

The Figo’s cabin is a mixed bag. On the one hand it is quite spacious, and those in the back have some room to stretch, although the 250 litre boot is a touch on the cramped side.

However the design, materials and ergonomics fall behind rivals like the Polo Vivo. The steering wheel, for instance, adjusts for height but not reach, perhaps forgivable at the price level, but the cabin does feel a bit tight on storage space - there are lots of small nooks and crannies but no big tray for keys and other bulky items.

Ford has also perhaps been a little skimpy on spec. It has also the basics like aircon, remote central locking and power windows, but you don’t get things like steering-mounted audio controls. The sound system is a basic, simple and effective affair - albeit no fancy touchscreens here like some vehicles, like the Kia Picanto for instance, offer at the price, although let’s keep in mind that the Figo is a more substantial car and you have to sacrifice a few features to have it at this price.

Safety kit includes dual front airbags, ABS and traction control.

VERDICT

The Figo is not as affordable as it once was, but that must be weighed up against the fact that it has grown up in many respects, particularly when we’re talking engines.

Our test car was listed at R207 900, but there are more affordable manual-gearbox options: Ambiente (R182 900) and Trend (R192 900). Despite lacking a turbo, which the Renault Sandero has, for instance, the Figo still, in our opinion, offers the best drivability in its class whether we’re talking manual or auto models.

If you want a classy cabin then you might gravitate towards the Polo Vivo, but if driving experience is at the top of your priority list then we recommend you take this Ford for a spin.

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/road-tests/tested-fords-figo-is-all-about-the-drive-17817229

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Ford expands Figo range with new flagship Titanium model

Back in June 2018, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa launched its facelifted Figo, with the local range comprising five derivatives (three hatches and two sedans). Now the Blue Oval brand has added a new flagship Titanium hatchback to its line-up.

Priced at R215 900, the newcomer slots in at the summit of the now six-strong range and closes the gap to the base Fiesta (a Trend model that currently comes in at R269 900).

Like all other derivatives in the Figo line-up, the Titanium variant employs Ford’s new naturally aspirated 1,5-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine.

In the case of the Titanium, this three-pot sends its 88 kW and 150 N.m to the front axle via a five-speed manual gearbox (the six-speed automatic transmission is exclusively available on the five-door Trend hatch).

The Titanium model boasts Ford’s Sync3 system connected to a 6,5-inch colour touchscreen (with a reversing camera), complete with two USB ports plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

Ford’s so-called MyKey is included with the Titanium model, along with side- and curtain airbags (in addition to the dual front items standard across the range) for a total of six. The top-spec Figo furthermore has audio controls on its steering wheel, automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and four-way adjustment for the driver’s seat.

The Titanium variant also gains 15-inch alloys, chrome accents for the front foglamp bezel and a chrome finish for the grille surround.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/ford-sa-expands-figo-range-with-new-flagship-titanium-model/

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Ford expands its Figo range with the top-spec Titanium model

The recently launched Ford Figo range has been bolstered with the addition of a series-topping Titanium hatchback model that introduces an appreciably high level of comfort, convenience and safety equipment to the bustling compact car segment, according to the automaker.

Common to all Figo models is the lively new-generation 1.5-litre Ti-VCT three-cylinder engine that punches out an impressive 88kW of power at 6 300 r/min, matched to a healthy peak torque of 150Nm at 4 250 r/min.

A five-speed manual gearbox is standard fare across the range, except for the 1.5 Trend Hatch which can be specified with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Visually, the Figo Titanium is distinguished from the lower-spec models by means of 15-inch alloy wheels, chrome accents for the front fog lamp bezel and an eye-catching bright chrome finish for the front grille surround.

'Exceptional value for money'

"With the introduction of the range-topping Figo Titanium, we are able to cater for discerning buyers that demand exceptional value for money without forgoing the advanced convenience and safety features that have become synonymous with Ford's latest models, including the likes of SYNC®3 and Ford MyKey."

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The Figo Titanium is available exclusively in five-door hatch guise, complementing the existing entry-level Ambiente and mid-series Trend models, along with the four-door sedan derivatives in Ambiente or Trend.

The cleaner design of the new Figo's dashboard is even more evident in the Titanium model, which boasts SYNC®3 for the first time.

The innovative system allows the driver to control audio, multimedia, climate control and connected smartphone functions by using simple, conversational voice commands, or by means of the integrated 6.5-inch colour touchscreen.

With two USB ports, SYNC®3 offers the benefits of smartphone integration provided through Apple CarPlay or Google's Android Auto (once officially released for the collective Middle East and Africa region), which transforms the phone's connectivity with the car to make and receive calls, and listen to voice mail.

Songs, playlists and compatible apps can also be accessed.The colour touchscreen provides the display for the integrated rear view camera that comes standard on the Figo Titanium, making parking manoeuvres a cinch, even in the tightest spaces.

Ford MyKey is included in the Titanium specification, allowing owners to programme a key for younger drivers that can inhibit incoming phone calls, restrict top speed, reduce audio system maximum volume and disable the audio system altogether if occupants are not using safety belts.

Occupant safety is improved in the event of a collision, as the Titanium benefits from the fitment of dual side and full-length curtain airbags, in addition to the front airbags that are standard across the range.

Further improving overall driving convenience and comfort, the top-spec Figo incorporates audio controls on the steering wheel, electronic automatic climate control, automatic headlight activation and rain-sensing windscreen wipers, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, "Follow Me home" lighting, as well four-way adjustment for the driver's seat.

https://www.wheels24.co.za/NewModels/ford-expands-its-figo-range-with-the-top-spec-titanium-model-20181207

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Ford Figo plays cabin tech catch-up with new flagship

When Ford launched its facelifted Figo hatch and sedan recently, it came with a bunch of visual enhancements and a new engine, but the range was missing a flagship model for those that want all the latest cabin tech.

Now the Ambiente and Trend model grades have been joined by a Titanium flagship model, bringing with it Ford’s latest Sync3 infotainment system, linked to a 16.5cm touchscreen.

The system brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as well as ‘conversational’ voice command and various on-board apps. The system also incorporates a reverse camera.

Other spec enhancements unique to the Titanium include Ford’s programmable ‘MyKey’, audio controls on the steering wheel, auto headlight and windscreen wipers and four-way height adjustment for the driver’s seat.

The flagship gains extra airbags too in the form of dual size and full-length side curtains to supplement the dual front crash bags that are fitted across the range.

Visual differentiation comes in the form of 15-inch alloy wheels, and a chrome surround for the grille and front fog lamp bezels.

Powering the Titanium is the same recently-introduced 1.5-litre normally aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine that powers the rest of the line-up. It produces 88kW and 150Nm and is mated to a manual gearbox - only the mid-range Trend model is available with Ford’s six-speed automatic gearbox.

HATCH

1.5 Ambiente manual R182 900
1.5 Trend manual R192 900
1.5 Trend auto R207 900
1.5 Titanium manual R215 900

SEDAN

1.5 Ambiente manual R188 900
1.5 Trend manual R197 950

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/latest-launches/ford-figo-plays-cabin-tech-catch-up-with-new-flagship-18423279

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Pricing! Special-edition Ford Figo Blu arrives in South Africa

Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has added a new special-edition Figo Blu model to its local range, pricing the newcomer at R203 800.

The local arm of the Blue Oval brand says some 360 units of the Figo Blu will be produced, each based on the 1,5 Trend hatchback derivative.

So, what do you score for the R8 000 premium the Figo Blu commands over the model on which it is based? Well, the newcomer gains a black mesh grille, blue trim around the front foglamps, model-specific black 15-inch alloys, black side-mirror caps and decals that extend along the length of the lower section of the doors.

The Figo Blu is offered in a choice of three exterior colours (Moondust Silver, Oxford White or Smoke Grey), each paired with a black roof.

Inside, all four door panels gain blue gloss trim inserts, with other cabin updates including a leather-clad steering wheel, blue stitching for the gearshift gaiter and a “Figo Blu” logo embroidered on the front floor mats (and repeated on the front seats).

Pricing:

Ford Figo 1,5T Ambiente Hatch: R185 600
Ford Figo 1,5T Trend Hatch: R195 800
Figo Figo Blu 1,5T Hatch: R203 800
Ford Figo 1,5T Trend Hatch AT: R213 800
Ford Figo 1,5T Titanium Hatch: R219 900
Ford Figo 1,5T Ambiente Sedan: R191 700
Ford Figo 1,5T Trend Sedan: R200 900

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/new-models/pricing-special-edition-ford-figo-blu-arrives-in-south-africa/

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Ford Figo gets funky with Blu special edition

Ford South Africa has added some colour to its Figo hatch range with the release of a special edition called the Blu.

How special? Volumes are limited to just 360 units.

And what sets it apart?

The first thing you’ll notice are its black 15-inch alloy wheels which replace the 14-inch rims that regular Figos make do with, and the Blu also gets decals for the lower doors as well as glossy black treatment for the mesh grille, exterior mirrors and roof. Just so that something matches the name, blue trim strips are incorporated into the front bumper.

Buyers get to choose from three exterior paint colours: Oxford White, Smoke Grey and Moondust Silver.

The Blu is priced at R203 800. Here’s how it fits into the range:

PRICES

1.5 TiVCT Ambiente Hatch manual R185 600
1.5 TiVCT Trend Hatch manual R195 800
1.5 TiVCT Blu Hatch manual R203 800
1.5 TiVCT Trend Hatch auto R213 800
1.5 TiVCT Titanium Hatch manual R219 900
1.5 TiVCT Ambiente Sedan manual R191 700
1.5 TiVCT Trend Sedan manual R200 900

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/latest-launches/ford-figo-gets-funky-with-blu-special-edition-25323019
 

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2019 Ford Figo Facelift : Official Review (India) - Team-BHP


What you'll like:

• Aston Martin-esque face still looks very stylish!
• Peppy 95 BHP 3-cylinder petrol is much improved over the earlier lethargic 1.2L
• Powerful & efficient 1.5L diesel. Excellent driveability too
• Mature ride quality. Also, improved handling thanks to the fatter 195 mm tyres
• Well-packaged cabin offers good legroom, lots of features and a chilling air-con
• Titanium+ variant gets 6 airbags, while the 1.5 AT has ESP
• 5 year / 1 lakh km warranty with transparent + reasonable service costs
• We feel the pricing is fair for the package on offer

What you won't:

• 1.2L is good for a 3-cylinder engine, but the 4-cylinder 1.2s from Maruti, Hyundai & gang are superior
• Overall design (other than the face) feels old & bland compared to newer hatchbacks
• Some missing essentials (e.g. dead pedal) & some deletions (e.g. SYNC3, height-adjustable seatbelts)
• Lighter build is a departure from the usual Ford sturdiness
• Cabin width makes the Figo suited to 4 adults, not 5
• Automatic doesn't come in the top variant with 6 airbags
• Rear headroom is limited. Headliner brushes the heads of taller passengers
• A bit uncertain of how the long-term after-sales will be, with the Mahindra-Ford JV



The Figo was overdue for a facelift, but Ford decided on a different strategy to see if it would work. Rather than getting the facelifted Figo in 2018, Ford launched the Freestyle, which was a cross version of the Figo.

Apart from changes to the exterior design and interiors, it also got a new petrol engine from the Dragon series.

The Freestyle was priced well and had an appeal to it vs the regular hatchbacks in the segment, resulting in a sales bump up for the Figo family.

Next in line to receive changes was the Aspire, which came a few months after the Freestyle.

Now, in a bid to make it look like a fresher product, Ford has introduced the facelifted Figo and added a new top-end variant called 'Blu'.

The hatchback gets minor cosmetic changes similar to that of the Aspire. The Blu variant gets a mix and match of updates inspired by the erstwhile Figo Sports Edition, like the black alloy wheels & black roof.



Must add that we hate the Blu's stickering job.

The engine and gearbox have been carried over from the Aspire. That's good news, as the new 3-cylinder Dragon petrol unit is much more fun to drive than the outgoing car's motor. The diesel is the tried and tested 1.5L mill.

Unfortunately, this is where the positives end. Ford has again messed around with the features list and some essential items are missing.

The biggest one of them all is the famed SYNC3 system, which is available in all other Ford vehicles, including the Freestyle and Aspire. The Titanium and Titanium Blu variants come with a 7.0-inch touchscreen head-unit.

Unfortunately, Ford has not provided the SYNC3 system, which means it does not support Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.



Talk about step-motherly treatment!!! Ford should have provided that system as the non-SYNC system is nowhere as nice to use as the SYNC.

Full review & many more pics at the link below:

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/official-new-car-reviews/209896-2019-ford-figo-facelift-official-review.html
 

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Notice the 'slight' difference in the infotainment units & climate controls setup in the Figo Blu model sold in SA, when compared the THE SAME MODEL in India.

Ford Figo Blu - SA-spec model:

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Ford Figo Blu - India-spec model:

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Blatant cost-cutting in the Ford SA version, perhaps?

:whistling:
 

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Notice the 'slight' difference in the infotainment units & climate controls setup in the Figo Blu model sold in SA, when compared the THE SAME MODEL in India.

Ford Figo Blu - SA-spec model:

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Ford Figo Blu - India-spec model:

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Blatant cost-cutting in the Ford SA version, perhaps?

:whistling:
Defo. Scumbag Ford SA. Nothing else to say really.
 

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Pricing! Special-edition Ford Figo Blu arrives in South Africa

Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has added a new special-edition Figo Blu model to its local range, pricing the newcomer at R203 800.

The local arm of the Blue Oval brand says some 360 units of the Figo Blu will be produced, each based on the 1,5 Trend hatchback derivative.

So, what do you score for the R8 000 premium the Figo Blu commands over the model on which it is based? Well, the newcomer gains a black mesh grille, blue trim around the front foglamps, model-specific black 15-inch alloys, black side-mirror caps and decals that extend along the length of the lower section of the doors.

The Figo Blu is offered in a choice of three exterior colours (Moondust Silver, Oxford White or Smoke Grey), each paired with a black roof.

Inside, all four door panels gain blue gloss trim inserts, with other cabin updates including a leather-clad steering wheel, blue stitching for the gearshift gaiter and a “Figo Blu” logo embroidered on the front floor mats (and repeated on the front seats).

Pricing:

Ford Figo 1,5T Ambiente Hatch: R185 600
Ford Figo 1,5T Trend Hatch: R195 800
Figo Figo Blu 1,5T Hatch: R203 800
Ford Figo 1,5T Trend Hatch AT: R213 800
Ford Figo 1,5T Titanium Hatch: R219 900
Ford Figo 1,5T Ambiente Sedan: R191 700
Ford Figo 1,5T Trend Sedan: R200 900

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/new-models/pricing-special-edition-ford-figo-blu-arrives-in-south-africa/

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It's not a 1.5T, it's just a 1.5, hopefully the Antiyoyta guy does not see this.
 

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Notice the 'slight' difference in the infotainment units & climate controls setup in the Figo Blu model sold in SA, when compared the THE SAME MODEL in India.

Ford Figo Blu - SA-spec model:

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Ford Figo Blu - India-spec model:

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Blatant cost-cutting in the Ford SA version, perhaps?

:whistling:
We getting the more powerful 1.5 compared to the Indian spec, no? I would trade the audio system for that.
 

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Ford Figo Blu Limited Edition in SA

Ford is offering a limited edition Figo Blu in South Africa, take a look at what’s on offer…

The Figo is a popular model in Ford’s local lineup and now customers can buy a limited edition Figo Blu, but you’ll have to hurry, there are only 360 units on offer in South Africa.

"We developed Figo Blu for our customers who are bold, seek uniqueness and push beyond the boundaries," says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager Marketing at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. "The standard Figo hatchback is already a very competitive offering in the compact segment, but this special edition model allows customers to really stand out from the crowd."

Ford Figo - Price in South Africa

Figo 1.5 TiVCT Ambiente Hatch 5MT - R185 600

Figo 1.5 TiVCT Trend Hatch 5MT - R195 800

Figo Blu 1.5 TiVCT Hatch 5MT - R203 800

Figo 1.5 TiVCT Trend Hatch 6AT - R213 800

Figo 1.5 TiVCT Titanium Hatch 5MT - R219 900

Figo 1.5 TiVCT Ambiente Sedan 5MT - R191 700

Figo 1.5 TiVCT Trend Sedan 5MT - R200 900

A 4-year/120 000 km warranty, 4-year/60 000 km service plan, 3-year/unlimited km roadside assistance and a 5-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty is standard.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/ford-figo-blu-limited-edition-in-sa/46835/
 

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DRIVEN: Ford's Figo Titanium is a frugal, comfortable little hatch

With every increasing fuel prices, many drivers are investing in fuel-efficient models. It's no surprise then that manufacturers are in competition to deliver more economical models at reasonable prices. Ford's Figo is one such vehicle that combines economy at an entry-level price.

A similar rear design to the Hyundai Grand i10, along with a mean front-end design, this hatchbackis a vast improvement over its predecessor with its new design and sporty-looking 14" wheels.

With a five-speed manual gearbox, the new generation 1.5-litre Figo's 3-cylinder motor pushes out 88kW of power with ease. I find the exterior design rather appealing and it's a welcome departure from its boxy predeccesor.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the Figo 1.5 Titanium. Whichever way you find yourself with your finances, I find it safe to say that the Figo 1.5 Titanium builds on fun driving characteristics, a smooth ride, solid body build and more considerable when it comes to the economical decisions we need to make nowadays.

https://www.wheels24.co.za/NewModels/Road-Tests/driven-fords-figo-titanium-is-a-frugal-comfortable-little-hatch-20190726

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Ford Figo Hatch 1.5 Titanium (2019) Review

Fast Facts

Price: R221 300 (August 2019, without options)
Engine: 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol
Gearbox: 5-speed manual
Fuel economy: 5.7 L/100 km (claimed)
Power/Torque: 88 kW/150 Nm

Price and after-sales support

The Ford Figo 1.5 Titanium costs R221 300, which includes a 4-year/120 000 km warranty and 4-year/60 000 km service plan (price correct as stated in August 2019). Service intervals are every year/15 000 km.

Verdict

Ford sought to ramp up the value for money offering at the top end of its Figo range when it launched the 1.5 Titanium and, in many ways, it has succeeded. In terms of the suite of features it offers as standard, it bests its rivals around its price point. If Ford could additionally fit a leather-trimmed steering wheel, electrically-folding mirrors, keyless entry and start, ISOfix child seat anchors, plus rear PDC (which some of its rivals have), the flagship Figo would be a full-house proposition. Its 4-year warranty lags only behind that of the aforementioned Kia Picanto and Suzuki Swift, plus its 4-year service plan is longer than that of the Mazda2 (by a year), Kia and Suzuki (2 years) and Volkswagen Polo Vivo (which doesn’t have one, but can be specified at extra cost).

The biggest impediment to the 1.5 Titanium’s success, however, is that Ford’s build quality cannot match that of its German, Japanese and Korean rivals, all of which have derivatives that have either won, or finished as finalists in our #CarsAwards, which speaks volumes of the lofty levels of after-sales service that those brands offer (remember, 50% of the finalists’ scores in the awards programme is based on the performance of brands in our ongoing Ownership Satisfaction Survey). Quality issues can be addressed; it's up to Ford to make its flagship Figo a better buy.


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