After so many ifs and buts I have finally got my figo baby on 06.10.13 from cauvery ford. I should definitely thank TAI
members whose suggestions and guidance helped me to take a final decision. The Pursue
The moment I decided to take a car only two hatchbacks (considered only hatchbacks due to Financial limitation) were in my picture, 1) Swift and 2) Figo. To be honest I have not gone through other brand cars as my heart was always saying FIGO and mind SWIFT.
However I had some real headaches when choosing between diesel and petrol and finally gone with diesel as my daily run would be around 60kms and two long trips per month.
1) SWIFT: Initially my family and friends insisted me to go for Swift because of the brand MS. Also most of my friends are owning this and gave a good feedback about the car and ASS
. However since my heart was with Figo and the ORP of an high end Swift when compared with figo (gave importance to safety features like ABS
and Airbags) was almost 1.3L higher and hence I dropped the idea to go with swift even though it is a very good one (My personal opinion).
2) FIGO : To start with most of my friends gave their own verdict that ford has below par ASS
and especially figo has low GC, poor FE, low initial pickup, difficult to maneuver at high slopes/hilly/ghat sections etc etc. Inspite of all these negative feedbacks my heart was still saying GO for FIGO as I have read some ownership threads in TAI
and others where most of them were positive ones. So decided to go with Figo, took a test drive and I really liked the ride and visibility and went ahead to book my dream car.
After booking, I went through the thread by one of our fellow member whose figo was giving very low FE supporting the claims made by my friends and was in dilemma, but again the suggestions from the fellow members supported my stand and stood by that. Dealership Experience
Overall it was good. Here I wanted to make a special mention for the committed support from Cauvery Ford. They delivered the car as committed and gave free accessories like seat covers, reverse parking sensors, floor mats and mud flaps as promised. However there were some minor issues most of which are due to lack of knowledge to me on buying a new car like I should have asked them the manufacturing date of the car before signing the registration documents which I didn't and got a 4month old car which is still acceptable and the same is with tyres which are also 4months old. It was purely my fault not to ask for a 2-3month old car before signing documents and here I felt they could have told me about that which they didn't.
On the delivery day, the ODO was at 7 kms and the car already had more than 5 ltrs of diesel and was delivered with number plate.
Finally to sum it up a right decision in choosing the car and dealer (for atleast time being, have to see how ASS
goes). Ownership Experience
Done 2143kms so far. Ah what a feeling to drive this beauty. Its just amazing to see not getting tired even after a drive of 400kms (the most by me so far). There are loads and loads of pages already written praising/criticizing this little beauty. I am not going to write in detail about them again. Well let me share some of my personal negative experiences that I have come across in this short span:
1. Feeling bumpy and some rattling sound is coming from dash board when going on rough roads (depends on tyre pressure I feel, presently I m maintaining 34psi which I fell is on higher side). Any experts advice please.
2. Rattling sound is coming from rear door when front door is closed.
3. Bluetooth audio is not at its best off late. some additional sound is coming along with the song which is very irritating.
Also some small portion of my front bonnet got burnt due to incense sticks I feel. Made pooja at a temple in my native on 2nd day of buying the car and the poojari had put some incense sticks in the space between bonnet and bumper which I didn't noticed and went away driving the car. The next day when I opened the bonnet to remove the flowers to my shock I noticed top portion of the bumper got burnt. felt very bad to see it like that. Its a lesson learnt and request other members also to take care of this.
Going to give it for first service on Monday which by then ODO would be reading around 2700kms. Hope to get the above rectified during service.
Apart from the above its a pleasure driving this baby. And now coming to FE, I was really amused / shocked to see the mileage given by a new car. It gave me 24.5km/l
on 90% highway drive and 10% village drive (very worst roads) with speed constantly maintaining around 60-80km/h with 50% AC mostly at position 1 . It was checked on tank-full to tank-full method but at two different petrol bunks (IOC and HP) as I am frequently travelling from one place to other. Total travel distance travelled during this period was 829kms.
And DTE after this fill-up was showing 1023kms.
. Is it the same for other cars too? As far as I know the max. FE would be around 18km/l for a new car. I m very much surprised to see the 24km/l mark. Have I done any wrong calculations? Is tank-full to tank-full method the correct way to judge FE? Comments are welcome.