Long-term update: Ford Figo 1.5 Titanium
Johannesburg - Our Ford Figo 1.5 Titanium long-term test car has been with us for four months now and it’s been smooth sailing all the way, but what still stands out for me is this compact hatchback’s driving characteristics.
Kitted with the normally aspirated version of Ford’s relatively new 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, it offers better performance and all-round driveability than its rivals. With its outputs of 88kW at 6300rpm and 150Nm at 4250 revs, and factoring in the kerb weight of just 1047kg, this car does perfectly fine without a turbocharger, even at Reef altitudes. That said, many a performance hatch fan would surely welcome a force-fed ST version of the Figo, which is sadly not anywhere in Ford’s product pipeline.
Not only is it perky for its size, but the Figo’s three-cylinder motor really sounds the part and just loves to be revved, but it also delivers its power smoothly when you’re just cruising in traffic. Although there are a few cars in the Figo’s price range that offer decent performance, such as the Renault Sandero and Toyota Etios, in our view the Ford still offers the best all-round driveability.
It’s rare these days to find a compact car that still panders to those who enjoy driving, but as far as we’re concerned the Figo is certainly one of them.