The second-generation Figo was launched back in 2016 and it was about time for the American machine to get a mid-life update. Diving deep into the past, the first-generation Figo did wonders for Ford in India. Fundamentally, there were plenty of reasons for its success – the Figo had an excellent steering feel, it was frugal and the suspension setup was just excellent. Getting back to the mid-life update, the facelift gets over 1,200 updates – according to Ford. Our Ford Figo review further reveals…

Coming to the design, the overall silhouette of the Figo remains identical to the previous model. In our Ford Figo review, we got our hands on the Blu edition – the top-spec trim now available in a Blue and Black finish over the standard car. The Blu edition also sports gloss-black finished 15-inch alloy wheels in comparison to 14-inch wheels on the lower-spec trims.

Step inside, and you are greeted by an all-black interior, which honestly is a rare find in our beige obsessed market. There are nice neon blue highlights both inside and out – the leather wrap steering is and the front seats are stitched with contrast blue thread. On the equipment front, you now get a 7.0-inch floating touchscreen which sadly misses out on Apple Carplay and Android Auto, power-folding mirrors, climate control, automatic headlamps and automatic wipers. Dual airbags and ABS are standard across the range, while the top-spec Titanium Blu get six airbags along with an ABS unit.

Under the bonnet, the Figo is powered by two petrol and one diesel engine options. We got to test out the manuals in our Figo review. First is the diesel engine. At 99bhp and 215Nm of torque, the engine is paired to a five-speed manual gearbox. Out on the road, the Figo drives extremely well. The high-speed stability is fantastic and there is a lot of feedback from the steering, just as you come to expect from a Ford. However, past 3,000rpm there are a lot of vibrations that transmit through the steering wheel. Coming to the 1.2 petrol, the engine packs in 95bhp of power and 120Nm of torque. My first impressions – the performance just blew me away. That said, it does not feel like a three-cylinder mill, it’s refined, packs loads of torque and responds briskly to light throttle inputs. With some over-the-top styling updates and the new petrol engine, the Figo remains our pick in the mid-size hatch segment. To read the full Ford Figo review and to watch our take on the mid-size hatch comparison, be sure to tune in to autoX.