Slowly but surely, affordable choices for the Indian auto enthusiast is growing and till now one name was glaringly absent from the list- Ford. You see having made brilliant drivers cars like the Fiesta 1.6 S many years back, we have been pleading them for a fast Ford for a long time. A Figo hot hatch for example. The diesel is already our favourite so the base is perfect. Finally Ford has obliged and here we have the Figo Sports. Also available with the Aspire, both the Figo and Aspire Sports Edition feature sportier styling inside out but the major changes include tweaked suspension, fatter tyres with bigger alloys and lowered ground clearance. Power remains the same and you can have this sportier Figo with the 1.2 petrol or the one we have driven the 1.5 diesel.
We never craved for more power when we drove the standard diesel Figo but the other performance enhancements sure add to the driving experience. Let us get down to it shall we? The diesel makes 98 bhp and 215Nm of torque. It is already one of the fastest and we think is the best diesel hatch below Rs 10 lakh. There is no automatic on either the diesel or petrol with the five-speed manual being standard. Just the way we like it.
The diesel motor is as punchy as well. Hardly any lag and a strong mid-range to exploit along with effortless power delivery makes it quite quick. Power to weight continues to be impressive despite the 20kg weight gain due to the enhancements. What has changed is the tweaked suspension which has done a lot to do justice to its sportier styling. The fatter tyres with the black 15 inch wheels are just what the doctor ordered and the updated suspension where the car is lowered makes for a more exploitable car. For starters it handles way better with more grip than the standard Figo with the smaller tyres. Turn-in is eager and it feels more agile with more confidence to the driver to push for more. There is also less roll around corners plus the steering feels better too with more communication to the driver.
We also touched high triple digit speeds and the Figo Sports felt more stable, in-fact I have never done this high speeds in the standard Figo whereas this felt much more stable being confidence inspiring. Other things? It rides a touch firmer now but there is a perfect compromise between ride and handling here. The clutch and gearshift is not a bother also in stop-go traffic and as always the diesel has got good low-end grunt to tackle the urban jungle. Efficiency is pegged at 24.29 kmpl for the diesel and despite driving it hard and doing drifts, hard acceleration runs, we still did 17 kmpl.
Styling wise the white with the black elements looks very good with a typical Ford hot hatch look. Thankfully there is no loud paintjob or a garish decals. There are smoked headlamps, black grille, ORVMs, roof along with discreet graphics. Inside there are all black interiors with red stitching. Being available on the Titanium variant the Figo Sports gets the MyFord Dock which is useful actually where you can mount or charge your phone, navigation device etc. It is well equipped with everything you need plus of course dual airbags with ABS with EBD come as standard.
Priced at Rs 7.2 lakh, the Figo Sports is only Rs 50 thousand more expensive over the standard diesel Titanium spec. For the changes that is a bargain. Forget the styling which does transform the looks of the Figo, look at the package as a whole and the Figo Sports is now easily the best drivers car below Rs 10 lakh, with this diesel. It drives much better and the changes has made the driver explore its capabilities and the punchy diesel motor. We always liked the Figo diesel however now we love the Figo Sports.