Three reasons why the Ford Figo makes for a great student car

Ford’s Figo, now in its second generation, has been around for a while now.

First coming to market as a reincarnated version of the Fiesta, the Figo captured the imagination of the South African consumer and has, since then, not released its grip.

Counting in its favour is a string of traits that put it in good stead with the competition, whilst also offering the consumer a comprehensive package that is kind to the wallet.

Our test model, the 1.5 Titanium, has proven to be quite a companion the last couple of months, and has shown its versatility in a number of ways by offering something for every taste and need. Of those, it fits the bill as transporter for a student.

To achieve this, the Figo has three important aspects to address, these being performance, design and technology, and price. 

Performance and efficiency

The Figo is powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine. The three-cylinder motor is not the biggest, nor the strongest, but it offers enough show to stay afloat in its overpopulated segment. With 88kW and 150Nm being sent to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox, the Figo does well to get the ball rolling.

Once on song, you can attempt to match Ford’s claim of a 175km/h top speed.

And because students are almost always strapped for cash, the Figo’s average fuel consumption is around the 5.7-litres/100km mark. That means a range of 737km on its 42L fuel tank.

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Ford Figo

                                2020 Ford Figo 1.5 Titanium. Image: Wheels24 / Leigh-Ann Londt

Design and technology

The Figo has a very unique design to it and does it allow the car to be instantly recognisable. This Titanium trim offers chrome strips around the front fog lights and the grille, there are daytime-running headlights, a cool black strip on the rear bumper, and a snazzy rear spoiler.

A 15-inch wheel completes the package.

Inside, there is enough space for you and four friends, while boot space is a respectable 256L.

Of course, there is a multi-media system that features Ford Sync 2. This system allows for your phone to be connected in a matter of moments and you control virtually every function on your device from here. You also have a rear view camera as standard, as well as electric windows, a multifunction steering wheel, automatic wipers, and two USB ports.

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Ford Figo

                                 2020 Ford Figo 1.5 Titanium. Image: Wjeels24

Price and warranty

One area where the Figo has to get it right, is with price. Since mom and dad will most likely foot the bill, they need to know that 1) the car will not break the bank, and 2) that the car is money well-spent.

At R228 300, the Ford Figo Titanium offers a comprehensive package that few cars in its segment can match. Included in the price is four-year or 60 000km service plan, and a four-year or 120 000km warranty. The car needs to be serviced every 15 000km or once every 12 months.

The Figo 1.5 Titanium is a solid product in Ford’s local line-up and does the brand’s reputation justice.

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