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Try as I may how can I announce without announcing that I won’t be making an

announcement! BRO! We’re back! Ooo What is this place? Why are we wearing the same outfit?

Does that seem a little familiar to you? Well of course, it’s familiar, most certainly we were here

a couple of months ago some time back when… Baleno RS vs. Polo GT TSI!

That’s right when he chose the RS over the TSI and created an unrest among

enthusiasts. Me!? You were the one who couldn’t choose a winner and you kept

these wonderful people waiting on another car! Even worse, we pissed off our

Bossman, Ninad Mirajgaonkar!

What the hell is wrong with you guys?

Idiots! Nincompoops! You’re supposed to drive cars! Not dance around them!

Be serious guys!

Everything we say here today will be either in black or white

and this time we’ll get you the car that you have been waiting on – the Ford Figo S!

The petrol Figo S is the car you should just totally ignore. This! What a car!

This cabin, this great air-conditioner, the clutch is great, the steering rack, well even

though it’s an electrically assisted rack

it is easily one of the best, if not the best in the segment. Changes on the

inside – red stitching on the steering, the seats, ooh! a bigger roof spoiler and how

can I forget, the suspension. But the Figo S what they’ve essentially done is fit

the UK spec suspension, stiffened up the anti-roll bars, drop the suspension a

little bit, put stiffer springs as well, they’ve accommodated bigger tires and

this makes all the difference!

With the gearbox throws are nice and short and with this engine you always

are in the sweet spot of the power band

With the added suspension and the added changes to the car, it weighs 14 kilos

more over the standard Figo but that added weight well, it really masks it well.

You don’t really feel it in the corners. There’s lot of great progression, lot of good feedback.

Such a great driving experience and as you can tell by the look on my face, I am

just having a blast. I guess it’s time for us to summarize then folks for all

of us who had been complaining of the lack of good fun family cars, news flash!

Ford’s still making them. Well I just hope they’re not charging as a bomb for it

then. Not at all because at Rs 7.2 lakh the Ford Figo S diesel is cheaper

than the Ignis diesel and for all the things that you get new on the inside

the reworked suspension and all that jazz, well this one costs the same as, wait

for it, the standard Figo! What!? Well I guess you have a winner then! Yep, said in

black and white, if it were my white money, I would put it on this white car!

Pack up! Let’s go! I’m hungry! Hey Ray, is the hot? Nevermind, let’s go, I am hungry!

Wait a second, you said that the Figo has cost the same as the standard

Figo! How is that possible? Well they’ve taken off four airbags!

What? Four airbags

are important bro! Yeah but then it still gets 2 airbags, right? The Baleno RS and Polo

GT TSI also get two airbags. Yeah but it can’t be the winner then! Oh dude come

on they’re selling 500 of these cars Figo s don’t you want them to be selling

more cars? It’s a good car! Not a winner bro! Oh you want to see a winner? Yeah!

We’re gonna go back! What?

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the most powerful hatch then manufactured in

India – the Abarth Punto! The Abarth Punto then is in a different league altogether

compared to its competition because it offers more, a lot more! By a lot more I

presume he means the 1.4 liter Tjet petrol engine. So if you have someone

telling you that this engine is the same from Fiat Linea, well not really because

it’s in a different state of tune and comes equipped with a much larger

turbocharger. So in this configuration, the Abarth

Punto dishes out 145 horses and 212 Nme of torque which means that

this car is going to catapult itself to a 100 kmph mark in a mere

8.8 seconds and to extract that performance, we upsize to Michelin

performance rubber – Primacy 3 ST’s. This car here ladies and gentlemen gives me the

joys and the charms of an old school hydraulic steering setup, now this car

also gets four disc brakes remember the Polo GT TSI or the Ford Figo S

get drum breaks at the back, not this one

so there’s plenty of braking power, 16 inch scorpion rims which don’t just

happen to be the largest but they also happen to be the best-looking of the lot

reworked suspension like the Ford Figo S totally irons of these small to medium

road undulations and keeps the car very composed, very planted, even at high speeds

While keeping this body rolls completely in check.

The nice suspension, the great steering and the braking should mean that overall

as a package the Abarth Punto is great but it isn’t! Every single time you floor the throttle, it

struggles to put the power down, the A pillar is in the way of my vision, the

space down there at the pedals is really cramped up, this display screen looks

like calculator, I still have to figure out what these three buttons are the

climate controls mean, there are very few cubby holes and what about ESP or

traction control for small things like parking sensors? Getting into a good driving

position is quite a task

but will I buy the car? Yes! Should you buy the car?

Yes! Because this car needs you

So the Abarth is the winner then, huh? No one’s winning Glen, because we’re all

losing!

You see that’s the point that I’m trying to make with the Ford Figo S!

The Figo S still has some time left but the Abarth Punto, its fate is nearly

sealed and that’s because ever since the Punto Abarth has been launched in our

market, well, it hasn’t really done well, and as we speak today, the production has

stopped. Sure, they say they’ll be manufacturing the car again but then

there’s no telling for how long, and the point I’m trying to make here is this, if

us enthusiasts want the Indian automotive market to usher itself into

the dawn of a new beginning then we’ve got to make the right choices and if you

don’t show awareness and understanding for good cars, good cars will never be made

at all! Thank you for watching PowerDrift, folks do remember to subscribe to

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