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Old 4th May 2010, 12:02   #2311
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Seeing the pictures, the brazilian figo has more additional features than Indian counterpart. It is pity that still India is rated low among the developing countries..
The Novo Fiesta is probably much more expensive than the Figo here. Does not look like a "Value For Money" target car which the Figo is targeted to be.
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Very sporty dials. Definitely looks richer than the Figo.

The dials look more complete that on the Figo. Note that the speedo is marked only till 200kmph. It also has a temperature readout.

The Instrument console is absolutely stunning!

The Key Fob is better on the Figo I guess with everything integrated into one.

The Indian one is better actually. Has everything integrated to the Key itself.

The interiors are definitely a lot better than the Gigo.
The door trim is like the Fusion right?
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Seeing the pictures, the brazilian figo has more additional features than Indian counterpart. It is pity that still India is rated low among the developing countries..
I don't know if they rate us low or we are so obsessed with low cost. Either way, even in the BRIC countries we don't get the best options

China and Russia - All New Fiesta
Brazil - Remodeled MKV Fiesta which seems to have better specs.
India - Stunningly VFM Remodeled MKV Fiesta

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The Indian design looks lot more cohesive and flowing as compared to Brazilian one where there is no flow between the front and sides. Indian Figo is a nice package overall, the only feature lacking is power windows at the back and steering adjust. Don't know what holds Ford back from offering them and thus make it a complete package. If they offer the 1.6 petrol engine from Fiesta, it would make Figo the best hatch on sale in India. This car holds huge potential which IMO, Ford have kept for future variants.
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I don't know if they rate us low or we are so obsessed with low cost. Either way, even in the BRIC countries we don't get the best options
Absolutely Kiku. We give huge business to these companies but in turn they give relatively old products citing that we are cost conscious. I do not understand if developed world would pay anything for everything.
BTW if someone can throw light which are the models launched (present & past) simultaneously in India as well .. I mean a global launch including India.
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@deevilslair ,


We did the alloys as aftermarket , had to search a lot in Blore to get one as the PCD 108 ( 15" ) is rare and those ones which are there were not of our taste.


Did a lot of searching in Bangalore to get this . Infact we were looking for a simpler alloy in the classic silver colour.

Alloys with the related accessories cost 21 K for a set of 4 . We exchanged the stock tyres and got 195/55 R15 Yokohama S drive .


@rejoy; 15" wheels on figo will affect the ride quality rite ? How do you find the ride and the turning radius ?
Also with 15" every time you hit a pothole the tyre might hit the sidewalls.. whats your take on that ??
@ yeggie , thanks for the comments . We thought of letting the outside world to see our purple interior . But would definitely plan for something down the line in 6 months or so .

@shubodeeps , as i mentioned before they are of EVO , we chose the tyre of 195 /55 compared to the 175/65 of the stock 14 inch tyre . So If we calculate the overall diameter , its comparable and almost the same . However we dint go for 205/50 because we felt the suspension to be very hard and the width of the tyre would make it hit the car body . So stood away from them .

@Liner4u , the turning radius , there isnt any evident increase , but going technically it would increase . Ride and Handling is good , low profile do get some of the undulation of the road to the passengers .High speed stability is better than in Stock tyres.
We had gone to koorg the other weekend and the tyres took the bad road quite well .

"sidewall ' , well i dint get what it means . But if u mean it to be the body of the car , then no it never did even with full load 5 adults and decent luggage . If the size were 205/25/R25 then it might . This upsize goes well into the wheel well .

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BTW if someone can throw light which are the models launched (present & past) simultaneously in India as well .. I mean a global launch including India.
The cars to my Knowledge are the i20 (top variant), Getz Prime, Fabia (Top End) and Fusion (1st generation) that came in as it was abroad. Later versions lacked a lot of goodies that were there in it's european counterparts.

The re-badged Daewoo or Chevrolet lot is also almost similar to what's available abroad. And we all know that most people started buying them after the name change.

There are many others which claim to be same but are not.

The simple reason for them getting value engineered is that we look at Hatch as a "cheaper and easier to attain" car whereas worldwide Hatchbacks are somethings that's same in performance but easier to park and live with. Anyone in India with enough money prefers a 3 box "car" over a Hatchback and the cost cutting is simply to negate that factor. I doubt if anyone would buy a Hatchback here for more than 8.5 Lacs which these would easily cost. Not to mention the cost of components and spares.

Fusion (1st Generation) and Fabia (Top End) are probably the best examples of what people Do Not Buy
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"The simple reason for them getting value engineered is that we look at Hatch as a "cheaper and easier to attain" car whereas worldwide Hatchbacks are somethings that's same in performance but easier to park and live with"

Its kinda ironic that given the current road conditions, 'most' of the indian consumers always eye for a sedan even if he gets a more premium hatch in the same price range. One should think that with the fight for that inch of space on the indian roads getting fiercer day by day, the buyer should be more driven towards the premium hatch and not the entry sedan. However sadly thats not the case.
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Thumbs up Figo Testdrive

A friend is considering buying a diesel hatch, he was mentally prepared to buy a Vista until i introduced him to Figo and Punto. To check out and TD the cars we went to Tata Fiat and Ford dealerships, While the Vista was not available for a TD we managed to drive the Figo.

The Figo looks strikingly too similar to the discontinued Fusion when viewed from the back while the side profile reminds me of the Fiesta with the same doors carried over and the Front though new is instantly recognisable as a Ford. The looks though not as exciting as Punto, Polo and i20 but are not bad at all.

The interiors are quite spacious when compared to the competition, its only the spacious Vista beats the Figo for the space, the legroom is good for a car of this segment. I liked the rear seat except for the non-adjustable headrests, which feel too low for a person of my height.

I did not like the Plastics used for the dashboard, i find them even worse than the 2010 Punto, though fit and finish is better than Punto. What spoils the matters worse is design of the dashboard that feels too dated for a car launched in 2010. Most parts can easily be identified to be lifted straight out of the Fiesta. The red colored dashboard is not to my taste, i liked the black color better.

The Engine sounds louder and more crude compared to the Fiesta, which also comes with exact same engine. The turbo spools up earlier compared to all other diesel cars in the segment, along with the ideal for city gear ratios the car feels perfect for city driving. The bad part about the engine is this engine does not like to be revved and feels best at the bottom part of the rev band.

I found the steering to be faster than even the Fiesta, though the steering is lighter here. The quick enthusiastic steering and the agile handling makes this very fun to drive car in the city, sadly the choice of engines are not enthusiastic enough. The more powerful 1.6 Duratec engine from the Fiesta will transform this car instantly to a Hot hatch, i know the numbers do not justify a powerful petrol.

The ride is very composed and very similar to the Fiesta. Even at speeds the car does not lose the composure. The car crashes only in deep potholes. The road noise also is on higher side compared to other cars in the segment. Overall this car has a very mature ride but still does not isolate the cabin as well as the Punto's suspension.

FE has always been the best part about this engine, my Sister owns a Fiesta SXi and the FE is excellent.

The only issue i feel potential buyers like my friend are afraid of is the high maintenance costs associated with Ford cars, i Ford manages to keep the costs low this car without a doubt is the best VFM Diesel hatchback sold in India.

My friend after driving both My Punto and the Figo is confused whether to buy low end Punto or the Top end Figo.
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Its practical to go for a hatch. More for lot less.

I dont know - in India, a sedan means you've arrived, a hatchback means you're still middle class.

Hell, I think I'll be driving hatchbacks all my life. Simply love them.
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Its practical to go for a hatch. More for lot less.

I dont know - in India, a sedan means you've arrived, a hatchback means you're still middle class.

Hell, I think I'll be driving hatchbacks all my life. Simply love them.
In India most of people judge your networth by asset you possess, hence they see what you arrive in, which is moving asset and thats what people can see at once or otherwise.
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My friend after driving both My Punto and the Figo is confused whether to buy low end Punto or the Top end Figo.
Its Punto if he's going to be doing a lot of highway runs..FE is 20+ kmpl at 100-120 kph..

And the 5th gear pulls clean from as low as 1500 rpm - no issues
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My friend after driving both My Punto and the Figo is confused whether to buy low end Punto or the Top end Figo.
Both are actually city cars and of little or no use on the highway with 4 people and luggage. Figo has the boot for the luggage but no power, Punto has the extra power but no boot. So if he is looking for a good looking car, it should be Punto. And if he plans to cart around kids with their paraphernalia like prams, car seat, a small bag all the time, it's the Figo.
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Hello Guys, I have not been very active on the forum lately but i guess i am not hearing any more figo issues that i could assist you guys with.

One thing is certain, The waiting period is anywhere b/w nothing to 45 days. The waiting period is bombay is the longest followed by delhi.

PS - My New Fiesta 1.6 ZXi has arrived at Bhagat Ford Jallandhar but i cant take delivery currently as I am in Chennai for some work right now & will be reaching Delhi on May 12 & by the time i get the CSD papers arranged, It will be May 15th & By the time i reach Jallandhar, It will be May 16th & thats a Sunday, So the CSD depot will be closed, So I will be picking up my car on May 17th ie. Monday.
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Hello Guys, I have not been very active on the forum lately but i guess i am not hearing any more figo issues that i could assist you guys with.

PS - My New Fiesta 1.6 ZXi has arrived at Bhagat Ford Jallandhar
Congratulations Mustang!! What colour is it? Before taking delivery I suggest you change the interior door handles from the Std biege colour to Aluminium trim like in the SXi. Costs around Rs.1100. Lifts up the interiors.

And BTW people in the forum have not been too happy with the FE of the TDCi!! Any insight?
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Congratulations Mustang!! What colour is it? Before taking delivery I suggest you change the interior door handles from the Std biege colour to Aluminium trim like in the SXi. Costs around Rs.1100. Lifts up the interiors.

And BTW people in the forum have not been too happy with the FE of the TDCi!! Any insight?
Its Diamond white, Ok i will try & get them changed. I hope you are mentioning the arm rest handles right?

Yes I know most of the people here are not happy with the FE of the figo TDCi but i saw 2 exceptional posts on team-bhp yesterday & they got a FE of 19 & 18 kmpl respectively, Dont remember the owner's names though.

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