Before getting onto why the Ford Figo 1,4l Ambiente proved to be the super-performer in a recent Car Magazine test involving its nearest competitors in its category, let us look at the reality.
Ford’s fun and fashionable Figo is now even more desirable thanks to the introduction of exterior design enhancements and added interior features including the addition of Bluetooth connectivity on some models.
The Figo, based on Ford’s proven global small car architecture, is available with a choice of two fuel-efficient engines, the 1.4? Petrol Duratec and the 1.4? Turbo Diesel Duratorq. Both are equipped with five-speed manual transmissions.
Customers can choose between two trim levels, the Ambiente being the entry level option available in both petrol and diesel guise and the Trend, the high spec model, available in petrol configuration.
The Ambiente model has been further enhanced with the addition of a new eight-spoke wheel design.
Inside the cabin, the Ambiente now features a Dynamic Blue centre stack bezel and revised seat fabric pattern.
The Figo’s In-Car Entertainment system allows one to switch between radio, CD/MP3 or one’s iPod easily and with added versatility thanks to the addition of Bluetooth functionality.
The Bluetooth system allows you to connect a mobile phone to the audio system and therefore connect and disconnect calls through the system.
The space and practicality that define the Figo are more commonly associated with larger, more expensive vehicles rather than those typically found in the sub B-Value segment.
There’s no shortage of safety features with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and PATS (Passive Anti-Theft System) providing a piece of mind driving experience.
In addition to excellent fuel economy customers are offered further value for money through Ford’s ability to secure affordable spare parts and offer reliable servicing through its extensive dealer network. The Figo comes with a 4-year/120 000km warranty and 5-year corrosion warranty. Service intervals are 20 000km for petrol derivatives and 15 000km for diesel.
With all this taken into consideration, it’s not surprising that the Figo triumphed in the recent comparative test.
“Saving the best for last” Car Magazine wrote, “the Figo remains the dynamic benchmark.”
They went on to say that “the previous Fiesta was a segment front-runner for driving enjoyment and its talents have been carried over to the Figo.”
“Overall” they noted, the Figo remains the most fun to drive.
But it was the summary of all the vehicles that did it the most justice.
“Although seemingly Spartan in terms of standard equipment, it does offer the essentials, which means the only options box you are likely to consider ticking is for the service plan. For around R125,000 you’ll then have worry-free servicing for 3 years (or 60,000km) and a car that is so pleasant to drive, with good comfort levels and a spacious cabin. Plus, the Fig offers the longest service intervals (20,000km).”