When Figo was launched initially, most among us were disappointed because it did not handle like a Ford. Fiesta of the past and even last-generation Figo handled really well. While current generation car has a ride that seems somewhat floaty, Sports version of the car is Ford’s honest attempt to gain trust among buyers who were disappointed with car’s neutral nature. So what does the Figo Sports and Aspire Sports have to offer? We take a look.
Sports versions of the car uses shorter springs (10mm shorter) and a thicker anti-roll bar. According to Ford, this has improved the handling as well as the ride quality. It now seems more composed on uneven surfaces and also feels a lot sportier to drive. The steering still feels light and positive but does not offer as much feedback as you might like, however, it would be much easier to park.
Another grouse among buyers was the puny wheel size that the car offered, gap between the body and wheels was an eye sore. The Sports variant uses 15 inch alloys with lower profile and 195mm section tyres instead of 175mm. The alloys are also blackened in case of the Figo Sports that look sporty and make the car look distinct from standard version. Figo Aspire though not uses black alloys, it looks more understated which go well with the car.
Figo Sports as well as Aspire Sports come along with other great set of features like blackened headlamps and grilles (both cars also use different grill than their respective counterparts from which they are derived). Other features that lend the car its sporty character included all-black interiors, coloured stitching for gear knob and seats, decals on the rear and side. Figo also uses dual-tone colour scheme on the outside and offers a rear spoiler.
Figo used to offer respectable mileage figures despite its kerb weight being on the higher side. Sports version of both cars sees marginal decrease in mileage from 18.16kmpl to 18.12kmpl while diesel versions see a drop from 25.83kmpl to 24.29kmpl. This comes on account of wider section of tyres, which improve handling. It should not be deal breaker considering the drop is only marginal.
Last but not the least, since Figo Sports offer more features ( dual tone paint and rear spoiler), the corresponding rise in price is also more than the Figo Aspire Sports. Sports variant of the Aspire costs approx Rs 34,000 more than the regular Titanium variant while Figo Sports variants cost Rs 50,000 more. It’s a small premium for what you get in terms of handling. The car also offers much more exclusivity than the regular version of the cars.