Cus­tomer ben­e­fits

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Fur­ther­more, cus­tomers can ben­e­fit from spe­cial business hours from Mon­day to Thurs­day where the business op­er­ates from 8am to 7pm (and 8pm in sum­mer). An in-house F&I Business Man­ager of­fers con­ve­nient fi­nance op­tions with all ma­jor banks and Pup­ke­witz Auto can sup­ply a com­pre­hen­sive line-up of ve­hi­cle ac­ces­sories, safety and con­ve­nience fea­tures, as well as in­sur­ance and fi­nan­cial poli­cies.

What you need to know: We some­how haven’t had much ex­po­sure to the Ford Figo ex­cept for a tired spec­i­men we picked up from a rental com­pany.

This was our first proper test of this lit­tle bud­get car and pre­sented it­self in the new­gen­er­a­tion sedan with 1.5litre petrol en­gine and the range-top­ping Ti­ta­nium trim.

Also part of the whole par­cel was some­thing Ford calls the “Pow­er­shift” au­to­matic, some new dual- clutch au­to­mated gear­box of sorts. But more of that later.

Lean­ing on its brand de­sign – as ev­ery­one does – the Figo sedan won’t stop traf­fic with its looks nor will it cause pro­jec­tile vom­it­ing. De­cent pro­por­tions, clean lines, cool al­loys. It’s ok.

Some more facts: Opt­ing for this Ti­ta­nium ver­sion will give you full cli­mate con­trol, a cool multi- func­tion steer­ing wheel, a highly ad­justable driver’s chair, four ad­di­tional airbags, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity pro­gram, hill start as­sist and the very tal­ented Ford SYNC mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem over and above the nor­mal Figo sedan stan­dard fea­tures.

Its in­stru­men­ta­tion is ba­sic, the messy Ford dash­board isn’t.

All seats are com­fort­able and sup­port four adults on long dis­tances, five will be a push. Figo sedan’s boot takes up to 445L, a VW Polo Vivo sedan ca­pit­u­lates at 432L but an Etios sedan swal­lows 562L (Also see page 5). The Toy­ota is not avail­able as an auto, though.

Where we went: To work, home, work, home, etc. A small stint on the high­way proved that this new Figo sedan hap­pily cruises along with traf­fic and, like all 1.5litre mills, its 82kw/136nm en­gine is quite ea­ger and revhappy. Our GPS per­for­mance test­ing re­vealed a mild launch mode and 0-100km/h time of 10.02 sec­onds. Ford claims 12!

What to watch out for: That au­to­mated box of gears. Like the early DSG at­tempts from Hyundai and Mercedes, this unit is very jerky and feels in­de­ci­sive... es­pe­cially when go­ing from coast­ing to half or full throt­tle. One tester came back from their first Figo drive and thought it was bro­ken...

A lit­tle but­ton on the lever gives you a de­gree of gear con­trol but left to its own de­vices, it’s pretty aw­ful.

Why you’ll want one: The space of a small sedan at a rea­son­able price, mixed with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy and the con­ve­nience of an au­to­matic. We would only ad­vo­cate this bud­get sedan to peo­ple who can’t - or don’t want to - pi­lot a man­ual be­cause the Ti­ta­nium trim and mod­ern gad­gets are only avail­able in this model with this gear­box.

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