New Figo vs Bolt Comparison

Ford Figo vs Tata Bolt Comparison

Verdict: Figo is better than Bolt

Pricing & Features: The XM diesel variant is the most popular variant of the Bolt amongst its customers, which retails for 6.12 Lakh, Ex-showroom, Delhi. For just 10k more retails the Trend Plus variant of the comprehensively face-lifted Figo priced at 6.22 Lakh rupees. Figo has extra Airbags, which itself are worth 25,000 Rs. and the very convenient Mobile Phone Docking feature which increases its safety and convenience quotient a notch above the Bolt’s.
Common Features: ABS, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Fuel Computer, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors
Extra Features in Figo Trend+: Airbags-2, Mobile Phone Dock, Auto-Up & Anti-Pinch Windows, Boot Lamp  
Extra Features in Bolt: Fog Lamps, Tweeters

Performance & Drivability:
Diesel: Ford Figo has a remarkably superior diesel powertrain than the Bolt. Firstly, it has far better driveability than the Bolt, with hardly any turbo lag to speak of; it has a mammoth wave of torque available from as low as 1500 rpm. This makes it perfectly suitable for years of city commuting. The Bolt on the other hand has immense turbo lag, with the turbo not showing any signs of activity up to 2200 revs. This makes it no less than a nightmare to commute in city traffic. Thanks to a much higher torque-to-weight ratio, the Figo has arguably the most potent mid-range in its class. Overtaking is so effortless in the Figo that you can keep at it for hundreds of kilometers at a stretch. Thanks to a higher power-to-weight ratio outright acceleration is also significantly better than the Bolt. It is very easy to forgive the Figo’s ever so slightly more vocal nature than the Bolt.
Power (PS@rpm): Figo – 100@3750, Bolt – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Figo - 215@1750-3000, Bolt – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Figo – 1060, Bolt – 1145
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Figo – 94, Bolt – 65
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Figo – 203, Bolt – 166

Petrol:
Power (PS@rpm): Figo 1.2 – 88@6300, Figo 1.5 – 112@6300, Bolt – 90@5000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Figo 1.2 - 112@4000, Figo 1.5 – 136@4250, Bolt – 140@1500-4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Figo 1.2 – 1040, Figo 1.5 – 1050, Bolt – 1115
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Figo 1.2 – 85, Figo 1.5 – 107, Bolt – 81
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Figo 1.2 – 108, Figo 1.5 - 130, Bolt – 126

Fuel Efficiency: The new Figo diesel has an ARAI certified mileage of 25.83 kmpl which is 2.88 kmpl more than diesel Bolt’s fuel efficiency of 22.95 kmpl (both manual and automatic geared). In our back to back tests, the Figo was 1 kmpl more efficient than the Bolt. This means the Figo will save around 30,000 Rs. compared to the Bolt over an usage of 75,000 km.
The manual geared Figo Petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 18.16 kmpl, which is 0.56 kmpl more than the Bolt petrol's mileage of 17.6 kmpl. However, in our back to back tests, the Figo was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the Bolt Petrol. The 1.5 litre engined Dual clutch transmission equipped Figo petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 17 kmpl. It returned a similar fuel efficiency as the Bolt petrol manual. As of today the Bolt is not available with an automatic transmission. Why Tata hasn't used the Zest's AMT in the Bolt is a question which continues to baffle us

Space & Comfort: Both cars have reasonable spacious and comfortable cabins. There is enough space to accommodate five full size adults on board. However, the Bolt falls short in 2 key aspects compared to the Figo. Firstly, the seat foam is too soft, leading to discomfort on long drives and secondly there is a paucity of storage spaces inside the cabin as opposed to plenty of little storage spaces inside the Figo. Both cars also fall crucially short with regards to the boot space with 257 liters of it in the Figo which falls short by just a few liters of the 300 liter benchmark amongst hatchbacks.  The Bolt fares even worse with just 205 liters of boot-space, which does not suffice even for carrying five peoples weekend luggage. Instead of giving excessive knee-room and legroom to the rear passengers, Tata could have easily reduced a few inches there and liberated some precious few liters of boot-space.

Ride Quality & Handling: Ford's legacy in making the best handling cars in the market year after year remains intact with the new Figo. It has excellent mechanical grip around corners and excellent feedback from the chassis of what's going on underneath it. Over the last generation, the Figo has swapped it's excellent hydraulically assisted steering for an electrically assisted one. However, regardless of whether or not it is as good as the new one, it is by far the best electrically assisted steering setups in the business. It is quick, precise and well weighted, only caveat being it is a bit short on feel. But that's not all folks, in spite of having the best-in-class handling, the way it rides over the bumps and ruts with sheer suppleness and composure in really uncanny. The Bolt on the other hand is beyond doubt the best attempt at balanced ride and handling by Tata Motors so far. Ride is on the softer side with excellent bump absorption capabilities and ability to handle bad roads that are available aplenty in India. However, it is nowhere as good as the Figo at cornering. It has a vague steering setup with little feel and body roll and head bob is also on the higher side.

Reliability & After Sales Service: Both Ford and Tata were struggling to meet customer's expectations of hassle free ownership experience some years ago. But today things have changed. Ford really turned a corner when it launched the previous generation Figo. High localisation content and high volumes helped alter the customers perception of Fords having exorbitantly expensive spares and continued to improve further with the New Figo and Figo Aspire costing just 2199 Rs. for routine service as promised by Ford. On the other hand Tata continued to ignore customer feedback and has deteriorated further with product reliability itself suffering with newer and more complicated platforms. This has translated into rapidly depreciating value of Tata vehicles in the market, while Figo has proven that even Ford cars can hold excellent value after 5 to 7 years of usage.

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