So today we will we comparing the diesel versions of two of the small cars present in the market, Ford Figo and Tata Indica Vista, of which the latter got a recent facelift while former exists for quite some while.
Talking about looks first, the Vista is an elegant looking car with enough chrome to make you feel that you are sitting in a premium hatch. The exterior design, though not designed well, looks fine and does not disappoint you. Sharp headlamps, body coloured ORVMs, chrome strips on rub rails and sides, dual tone alloys and a very solid built are some of the attention grabbing features.
The Figo is completely distinct and has a more powerful design. The short grille, large headlamps, flared wheel arches and a short design immediately turns your head. In spite of having less chrome on the body, the Figo looks much better. The aggression level and the overall feel is very good.
There is not much difference in the proportions of the two cars and both are marginally ahead of each other in one or the other. The Figo being more towards the ground has a longer wheelbase whereas the Vista has a slightly better width and is appreciably taller than the Figo.
image – Ford Figo Diesel
image – Tata Indica Vista
On the inside both the cars have a very different interior. The Vista has a centrally positioned instrument cluster with seamlessly integrated AC Vents. The beige colour of the upholstery is nice and elegant and gives an upmarket feel. Highlighting features include ABS with EBD, audio system with AUX-in, USB support and Blue S technology(Bluetooth connectivity), rear power outlet, height adjustable driver seat, steering mounted audio controls etc. The car also has the best in class legroom.
Ford Figo has a sportier interior with protruding circular AC vents and conventionally positioned instrument cluster. Despite being all black from the inside, the metallic silver garnish on the door trims, around the ac vents and central panel looks really good. The overall fit, finish and appearance of the Figo is much better and also is very sporty so our vote goes to Figo.
Going over the specifications of both the Figo gets a bigger engine producing 68 BHP of max power and 160 Nm of torque at 2000 RPM. The Vista gets a engine which is better in terms of power and torque. Mileage also is an important aspect where the Vista takes the lead with a certified 22.3 KMPL mileage over Figo’s 20 KMPL.
Ford has always delivered the best in class handling and the legacy is carried by the Figo. Whether its a sharp turn on the city road or a stretched out highway, the Figo is quiet and amazing. Although Tata has come along way with its Indica line-up, the Vista still needs a little bit of work but the overall feedback is good enough. The handling is also satisfactory and does not disappoint you whatsoever the situation is.
Ford has priced the Figo well below many other cars which gives it a little edge over those models. The base variant is priced at 4.6 Lakh and the ladder stops at the top end Titanium at 5.57 Lakh. The Vista starts at 4.79 Lakh which is 20 k more expensive than base Figo, and finishes at the 6.06 Lakh which is again Rs.50,000 more than the top end Figo.
Both the companies have followed a similar strategy and offer all the features like ABS EBD, dual airbags, seatbelt warning systems etc. with the top-end model only. The base models are to attract customers who can sacrifice features over price.
No doubt the Figo is priced better and is almost comparable to the Vista but has a less powerful engine. Also the Figo comes from Ford’s stable which has always impressed on quality and driving pleasure. So if you are looking for a low on features car and want just enough space and power go with the Figo LXi as Tata’s are less known for reliability.
Even if you want a feature rich car opt for the Figo Titanium as it 50k less expensive but if you are more interested in features like beige interiors, power outlet at the back, chrome inserts then Vista will be an obvious choice. If i were asked to choose one of them, definitely Figo titanium would have been my choice.
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