Driven: Ford Figo Blu

We’ve spent a full week with the Ford Figo Blu to see how well it could keep up with our lifestyles

What is it?
The Figo is Ford’s most affordable entry into hatchback ownership – that part you already know. As for the Blu, that’s the special edition I’m currently driving.

How does it look?
Based on a 1.5l Trend, the Blu gets further augmentation such as a black mesh grille, blue fog lamp bezels, black mirror housings and a black roof. It rolls on black 15-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels and gets Blu decals on the lower halves of the doors. Ours has a Moondust Silver paint job but you can also get them in Oxford White and Smoke Grey.

What about living with it?
The cabin is a pleasant environment, comfortable and well enough appointed. Just don’t go looking for a massive touchscreen dominating the dashboard, instead you get a small LCD panel. There are however several connectivity options for your smartphone should you choose to listen to your own tunes and more. I like the leather steering wheel, whilst electric windows, central locking, alarm and immobiliser are included and dual front airbags and ABS all come standard.

How does it go?
Upfront lives the familiar 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine with 88kW and 150Nm of torque. This has been paired with Ford’s 5-speed manual transmission, sending all the shunt and grunt to the front wheels. The result is a lively motor with plenty of get up and go at low-lying coastal regions but I do worry how it will fare at the reef. Not my problem however, instead I had to deal with folding my mountain bike into the little hatch’s hold, which it did with little fuss after all.

Should you buy one?
The Ford Figo Blu has, let me say this again – hands down my favourite drive train in the entry level segment. Albeit I’ve only every experienced it at the coast. It’s here where the hatch’s compact dimensions did nothing to limit my ability to chuck a mountain bike in and have an epic weekend on the trails. There is of course a new Figo on its way, the Freestyle, which should give you a very similar driving experience and with a marginally more rugged demeanour. Its my humble opinion that a Figo of any sort will tick all the right boxes, especially the one marked ‘drive’.

Quick Stats: Ford Figo Blu
Price: R218,800
Powertrain: 1.5l fwd,  88kW, 150Nm, 5-speed manual
Performance: 0-100kph in 11 seconds, 175kph top speed, 5.7l/100km fuel consumption

*The Ford Figo Blu comes with a 4-year/120 000 km warranty, 4-year/60 000 km service plan, 3-year/unlimited km roadside assistance and a 5-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty.

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