No big deal:
- Inverse controls: Turn indicators and headlight flasher are on the left, and wipers/ washers on the right of the steering column. Bonnet opening lever is on the left- near the navigator’s left leg. Ford- you were kind enough to sell right-hand drive cars in India. Could you please follow the market standards and set these controls right?
- Dipper: Actually, there is no dipper for Figo. There is something called as headlight flasher. Dipper means, you ‘dip’ the lights [on highways, especially] to short beam for a moment, from long beam. One objective is to enable the driver of the opposite vehicle for a better view, vision of the road ahead and of your vehicle too (right?). Figo’s headlamp flasher keeps the long beam intact and turns on the short beam too! !@#$%
This might still be helpful for other objectives of a dipper, as asking side and indicating an overtake, but not the first objective mentioned above.
You can still dip the lights in true sense, but it’s by changing from long beam to short beam, and back again, manually.
- Headlamps/ parking lamps control: Doesn’t come with the other steering controls. It has a separate ‘knob’ on the dashboard, that looks like a ceiling fan regulator. It’s neither excellent, not the worst, but just saying that it’s different!
- Price hike: The variants in Figo are LXi, EXi, ZXi and TITANIUM; LXi being the low-end and TITANIUM being the thopest! I paid 6.5 lakhs for Figo Diesel ZXi in June 2012. About an year ago, Figo Diesel TITANIUM costed just 6.4 lakhs. It’s more of a market thing than Ford thing, but this did come up a few times in conversations over this month. 🙂
- Floor mat locks: Actually, this is a very pleasant feature. You know, something like you’ve been wondering why nobody has thought of something so far. It’s a practical problem that floor mat at the driver’s seat gradually moves forward when driving, getting in/ out and gets under the ABCs. Accelerator, Break and Clutch, that is. So, once in a while, I drag it back and get in. I was happy to know that Figo has a floor mat lock; small lever at the seat base that will ‘hold’ the mats and won’t let it slip/ move. Bad that this lock is not available in the variant I bought. 🙁
- Red gauges: The instrument cluster is all with red indicators. The readings, meters, everything. The integrated entertainment system is with red backlight too. I would prefer a white backlight or a blue one. That’s just a choice may be, but I prefer cool colors than danger colors. But again, given the fact that the first generation Figo was released with pink dashboard, I appreciate the reduction of red/ pink there. A little more to go in the objective of making it ‘cool’, but headed in the right direction.
- Regular lamps and not LEDs: 2012 and Figo still has regular lamps. I mean, actual small size bulbs for cabin light and boot lamp. (There might be some design/ technical considerations for headlamp and taillamp clusters, but at least for cabin and boot lamps, LEDs are ideal). LEDs are much better in terms of maintenance, light power, cost and load on the battery. Also, I would prefer an option to switch off boot lamp. Weird, may be, but that’s my preference.
- Dead pedal: I wish Figo had a dead pedal. It really helps to ‘park’ your left foot aside when not using clutch. Sometimes, in anticipation of needing the clutch soon, we tend to just keep the foot ready on clutch lever and cause a little discomfort. If there’s a dead pedal, we can escape that discomfort, and also use clutch for better driving!
- Rear window open position: If you completely roll down the glass to the extent you’re allowed to, you’ve successfully opened 50% of it. I understand that the design [of the door shape] has got to do with the extent of glass rolling down. Interestingly, Ford calls it a security feature. (You have the child locks for the back doors, so as there are no power windows to lock, what if a kid rolls down the window and jumps/ falls off? So, they open only about half. 😛 Yes, Ford told me that.)
- No remote for audio system: For some it’s necessity, and I personally don’t care. I’ll be in the driver’s seat [more often than not] so it’s acceptable for me. However, just to mention, like other popular car entertainment systems, this integrated piece has no remote.