South African Country Life - - Hiking -

fford­able au­to­matic cars aren’t that com­mon, de­spite the fact that there are many po­ten­tial buy­ers in the younger and older ends of the buy­ing pub­lic.

Man­u­fac­tur­ers of­ten com­pound the is­sue by

¿ lev­els, rais­ing the price fur­ther. It’s un­der­stand­able, but it doesn’t help those who need an auto on a limited bud­get.

The Ford Figo 1.5 Pow­er­shift Ti­ta­nium hatch is one of the more af­ford­able au­to­matic cars out there, and we were lucky enough to use it as a runaround on a hol­i­day in Cape Town.


did just that.

De­spite be­ing at the cheaper end of the mar­ket, the Figo has been decked out with a six-speed, dual-clutch au­to­matic gear­box, as op­posed to the old-tech­nol­ogy four-speeds we have come to expect from af­ford­able au­tos. Those ex­tra two gears make all the dif­fer­ence to fuel econ­omy (a claimed 6ℓ/100km), en­gine noise on the open road and driv­abil­ity. On the down­side, it does tend to hunt be­tween gears a bit more than we’d like but, if that both­ers

The view that screams As­ton Martin (or Goscinny and Uderzo, de­pend­ing on your ref­er­ence points).

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