Ford Figo: Dynamite in a small package

10 September 2019

We have seen some interesting changes to the new Figo, all of which Ford says should be standard in the price bracket of small budget cars.

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We have seen some interesting changes to the new Figo, all of which Ford says should be standard in the price bracket of small budget cars. We agree! The latest Ford Figo has been available in South Africa since the beginning of 2019 and has managed to prove itself as a worthy contender in the small car segment.

The Figo has been one of Ford’s most affordable cars for a while now, however, many other automotive companies are offering budget small cars as well. Hyundai, Volkswagen, Toyota and Kia are Ford’s biggest rivals in the small budget car segment. 


Ford has given the Figo a new engine, which manages to offer significantly more power than the previous generation, Figo. The new 1.5 litre 3-cylinder engine produces 88kW and 150Nm which is plenty once you consider the total weight of the Figo, which is only 1047 kg. This means there’s a good power for in-town use and overtaking on the highway is doable. 0-100kph is reached in 11 seconds and the 3-cylinder engine will keep going up to a top speed of 175kph. Fuel consumption is also relatively good after the Figo manages to average 6.5L/100km and has a 42-litre petrol tank, which means the Figo can achieve some good mileage on a full tank. Ford even offers a 6-speed automatic with the Trend trim level, a 5-speed manual is standard on the Titanium and Ambiente trims.

Pricing for the Figo is good and is cheaper than some of its rivals, however, this is only justified by which trim level is chosen. The base price for the Figo in the Ambiente trim starts at R185 600, the top of the range Figo trim is the Titanium and has a starting price of R219 900. Ford offers a 4 year/120 000km warranty, 4 year/60 000km service plan and a 3 year/unlimited km roadside assistance. (Prices correct at time of publication.)

The Figo’s interior has also been revised and we’re pleased to say it’s simple and well designed. The interior is uncluttered and feels fairly well put together. However, there are a few areas where cheap materials have been used such as the door handles, handbrake, air vents and other door plastics. Besides these harsh materials, the Figo’s interior is a nice place to be and is very well sealed, which means there’s very little road noise that enters the cabin.

Some of the standard features on the Figo include, Bluetooth, Leather steering wheel, USB port, Electric windows, Central locking, Dual front airbags and ABS are all standard trim features. 


Overall the Figo is one of the best small budget cars in its class. The Figo has a decent amount of power married to a smooth 5-speed manual and even smother 6-speed automatic, along with some fairly well-equipped features and attractive looks, the Figo is considered a strong contender against many of its rivals. Price for the Figo is cheaper than most of its competitors but it should be stated that with a few options added, the Figo tips the 200k price tag.


Please note the imagery supplied in this blog was taken off the carmag.co.za website and is for illustrative purposes only.    

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