KUV100 vs Figo Comparison

Mahindra KUV100 vs Ford Figo Comparison
Overall, the winner of this comparison is without doubt the Figo diesel. Not only does it have 25,000 Rs. lesser cost of ownership than the diesel KUV100, but it also has immensely better performance and dynamics as well. Similarly, compared to its petrol sibling also, the Figo diesel’s cost of ownership is 1.75 Lakh rupees lesser and performance is a quantum leap superior too. Figo automatic is a technological tour de force, but dual clutch transmissions have developed a reputation for being unreliable and eye wateringly expensive to repair and thus we advise you to exercise caution if you have your heart set on it.

Pricing & Features: Figo’s ‘Titanium’ diesel variant retails for 6.83 Lakh (ex showroom, Delhi), which is without doubt one of the best hatchbacks that prospective KUV100 ‘K8’ variant customers can find in the market for equal money as the KUV100 i.e. 6.84 Lakh. (Figo 1.2 petrol ‘Titanium’ costs 5.83 Lakh, Figo 1.5 automatic ‘Titanium’ costs 6.98 Lakh and KUV100 ‘K8’ diesel costs 5.99 Lakh). Both cars have a few extra features which the other one doesn’t, important of them being the Parking sensors in the KUV100 and Automatic Climate Control and Electrically Folding Mirrors in the Figo.

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Fog Lamps, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust
Extra Features in KUV100 (K8): Parking Sensors, Alloys, 2 Tweeters, LED DRLs
Extra Features in Figo (Titanium): Automatic Climate Control, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Mobile Docking System, Electric Boot Release

Petrol: Even though Figo’s 1.2 litre engine does not by any measure get counted amongst the best engines of the segment and yet it is far better than the KUV100’s. Firstly, it is much more refined and rev happy than the Mahindra’s unit. Secondly, it has to power a lighter vehicle, giving it noticeably better performance than the KUV100 throughout the rev range. The Dual-clutch transmission equipped 1.5 litre Figo is in a league of its own. Performance is far superior to the smaller engined manual Figo and the gearbox is no less than a revelation, shifts are supremely smooth and quick. Two things we miss in the automatic Figo are the gearshift paddles and a turbocharger.

Power (PS@rpm): KUV100 – 82@5500, Figo 1.2 – 88@6300, Figo 1.5 – 112@6300
Torque (Nm@rpm): KUV100 - 115@3500, Figo 1.2 - 112@4000, Figo 1.5 – 136@4250
Kerb Weight (kg): KUV100 – 1075*, Figo 1.2 – 1040, Figo 1.5 - 1050
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): KUV100 – 76, Figo 1.2 – 85, Figo 1.5 - 107
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): KUV100 – 107, Figo 1.2 – 108, Figo 1.5 - 130

Diesel: Figo diesel has the best powertrain at the price, period. The strong wave of torque available in any gear at any rpm gives it unbelievable drivability and equally amazing performance. It can bring shame to the likes of Honda City’s and Toyota Corollas with its acceleration and roll on numbers. Added advantage is that the engine is also remarkably free revving and acceptably refined as well! The KUV100 engine, which itself is a praiseworthy effort for a 1200cc unit in terms of drivability, performance and refinement, feels simply outclassed in the company of the Figo.

Power (PS@rpm): KUV100 – 77@3750, Figo – 100@3750
Torque (Nm@rpm): KUV100 – 190@1750-2250, Figo - 215@1750-3000
Kerb Weight (kg): KUV100 – 1175*, Figo – 1060
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): KUV100 – 66, Figo – 94
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): KUV100 – 162, Figo – 203

Fuel Efficiency:
Petrol: Figo 1.2 manual was almost 1 kmpl more efficient than the KUV100 in our real-world tests, while the Figo 1.5 Automatic was just as efficient as the KUV100 manual.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): KUV100 (manual) – 18.15, Figo 1.2 (manual) – 18.16, Figo 1.5 (automatic) – 17.0
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): KUV100 (manual) – 4.10, Figo 1.2 (manual) – 4.10, Figo 1.5 (automatic) – 4.35

Diesel: The Figo was consistently over 1 kmpl more efficient than the KUV100 in our back-to-back tests.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): KUV100 (manual) – 25.32, Figo – 25.83 (manual)
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): KUV100 (manual) – 2.20, Figo – 2.15 (manual)

Space & Comfort: Both cars have spacious interiors. Figo has excellent leg-room and head-room for both front and rear passengers as well as enough shoulder-space at the rear for 3 adults. KUV100’s interiors may not feel as plush as the Figo’s but it comes with its own set of advantages. It has a higher hip point facilitating easier ingress and egress as well as better under thigh support especially to the rear passengers. Even the boot-space of both cars is quite similar with the KUV100’s 243 litres and the Figo’s 257 litre capacity.

Length (mm): KUV100 – 3675, Figo – 3886
Width (mm): KUV100 – 1715, Figo – 1695
Height (mm): KUV100 – 1655, Figo – 1525

Ride Quality & Handling: The difference in dynamic abilities of the KUV100 and Figo is like chalk and cheese. The KUV100 is chalk and Figo is cheese! Figo is arguably the best handling car in its segment, it has excellent grip, balanced chassis and one of the most feelsome electrically assisted power steering setups in the market. And yet the pliancy of the suspension while negotiating the bumps and ruts is sublime! On the other hand the KUV100 rolls like a boat around the bends, and though the steering weighs up well at speed, it is devoid of any feel and feedback. Low speed ride is reasonably comfortable but stability at speed and during panic braking could have certainly been better.

Ground Clearance (mm): KUV100 – 170, Figo – 174
Tyre Size: KUV100 – 185/65R14, Figo - 175/65R14

Reliability and After Sales Service: Neither, Ford nor Mahindra has a stellar reputation for providing hassle free after sales service in our country. However, with the launch of the old Figo in 2009, Ford has really turned a leaf and improved significantly there on. The new Figo is offered with a guarantee that service costs won’t exceed 2199 Rs. Mahindra on the other hand has a track record for questionable product reliability in all their new launches. Add to that the fact the KUV100’s engines also are brand new and might have their share of teething troubles. It is best to adopt a wait and watch policy for the first six months before you put your hard earned cash down for a KUV100.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): Figo is bound to have a slightly better resale value than the KUV100 after usage of 5 to 7 years.
KUV100 (Diesel manual) – 3.75, Figo (Diesel manual) – 3.95,
KUV100 (Petrol manual) – 3.15, Figo 1.2 (Petrol manual) – 3.20, Figo 1.5 (Petrol automatic) – 3.65

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
KUV100 (diesel manual) – 5.29, Figo (diesel manual) – 5.03
KUV100 (petrol manual) – 6.94, Figo (petrol manual) – 6.73, Figo (petrol automatic) – 7.68

Verdict: The winner of this comparison is without doubt the Figo diesel. Not only does it have 25,000 Rs. lesser cost of ownership than the diesel KUV100, but it also has immensely better performance and dynamics as well. Similarly, compared to its petrol sibling also, the Figo diesel’s cost of ownership is 1.75 Lakh rupees lesser and performance is a quantum leap superior too. Figo automatic is a technological tour de force, but dual clutch transmissions have developed a reputation for being unreliable and eye wateringly expensive to repair and thus we advise you to exercise caution if you have your heart set on it.

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