Honda Brio 2016 vs Ford Figo Comparison Review

Ford Figo vs Honda Brio 2016 Comparison Review:

"However, the dark horse in this test is the Figo diesel, which is an absolute scorcher. Forget the Brio, it recently destroyed the self esteem of over hyped hot hatches like the Punto Abarth and the Polo GT TSI in a track test at Kari!"

Brio vs Figo Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features Comparison:
Brio 'S MT' (manual) retails for 5.7 lakh rupees, on road, Delhi. This is identical to Ford Figo's 'Trend' variant, which carries a sticker price of 5.7 Lakh rupees, as well. The Figo Trend has a few extra features compared to the Brio S MT, like Dual Airbags, Mobile Docking Station, Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Driver Window and Electric Boot Release. The Brio on the other hand, has Height Adjustable Driver's Seat and Rear Defogger, which is absent in the Figo.

Pricing of other variants:
Figo Trend Diesel costs 7.15 Lakh Rs.
Brio V AT Petrol-Automatic costs 7.60 Lakh Rs.
Figo Titanium Petrol-Automatic costs 8.10 Lakh Rs.

Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Tacho, Tilt Steering

Extra Features in Figo Trend: Airbags-2, Mobile Docking Station, Auto-Up Anti-Pinch Driver Window, Electric Boot Release

Extra Features in Brio S MT: Height Adjustable Driver's Seat, Rear Defogger

Fuel Efficiency Comparison:
Honda Brio has an ARAI certified mileage for 18.5 kmpl which is 0.3 kmpl more than manual geared Figo petrol's mileage of 18.2 kmpl. The Brio petrol-automatic is rated at 16.5 kmpl, which is 0.5 kmpl less than corresponding Figo's mileage of 17 kmpl. However, in our back-to-back tests, both the Brios were consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the equivalent Figos. The Figo diesel has an ARAI certified mileage of 25.83 kmpl and was consistently 3 kmpl more efficient than the manual Brio and almost 5 kmpl more efficient than the Brio automatic.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): 
Figo (petrol, manual) – 18.16, Brio (petrol, manual) – 18.5Figo (diesel, manual) - 25.83
Figo (petrol, automatic) - 17, Brio (petrol, automatic) – 16.5

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh): 
Figo (petrol, manual) – 3.95, Brio (petrol, manual) – 3.85Figo (diesel, manual) - 2.30
Figo (petrol, automatic) - 4.20, Brio (petrol, automatic) – 4.35 

Reliability & After Sales Service Comparison:
Ford has a long way to go, to even get close to Honda, in terms of hassle free ownership experience. Firstly, Honda's vehicles, have proven to be immensely more reliable than Ford's, over the years. Though things have improved in newer generation vehicles like the EcoSport & Figo compared to the Ikon's and Escorts. However, they are still not as niggle free as Honda cars. Secondly, Ford's service centers have a reputation of being careless and unprofessional. Not that Honda's service centers are any better, but they have to deal with much lesser quality issues than Ford, and hence, are able to get away with it more easily.

Resale and Cost of Ownership:
Since both cars have fallen out of favour in the market, don't expect either of them to command a high resale value, in the used car market, 5-7 years down the line. Overall both the Brio & the Figo petrol manuals work out to be identical to each other in terms of Overall Ownership Cost. But when you do the math, the diesel Figo actually works out to be 1 lakh Rs. cheaper than the petrols, due to lower fuel cost as well as higher resale value.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Figo Trend (Petrol, manual) – 2.75 Lakh
Brio S MT (Petrol, manual) – 2.65 Lakh

Figo Trend (Diesel, manual) – 3.50 Lakh

Figo Titanium (Petrol, automatic) – 2.50 Lakh
Brio VX AT (Petrol, automatic) – 2.65 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Figo Trend (Petrol, manual) – 6.90 Lakh
Brio S MT (Petrol, manual) – 6.90 Lakh

Figo Trend (Diesel, manual) – 5.95 Lakh

Figo Titanium (Petrol, automatic) – 9.80 Lakh
Brio VX AT (Petrol, automatic) – 9.30 Lakh

Drivability & Performance Comparison:
On paper, the Figo's 1.2 litre, petrol engine, seems very similar to the Brio's. But in reality, the Brio's 1200cc iVTEC engine is in a league of its own. It is far more refined, incredibly more free-revving and since it has to deal with 100 kg less, has better performance the Figo, across the rev range.

However, the dark horse in this test is the Figo diesel, which is an absolute scorcher. Forget the Brio, it recently destroyed the self esteem of over hyped hot hatches like the Punto Abarth and the Polo GT TSI in a track test at Kari!

Both cars are also available in a petrol-automatic version, the Brio using a conventional torque converter transmission, while the Figo is equipped with a state-of-the-art, dual clutch gearbox. Needless to say the Figo shifts way more seamlessly and yet quicker than the Brio, but considering the propensity of those DCT's to go kaput, it is better to stick to the tried and tested Brio automatic.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Figo 1.2 (petrol) – 85, Figo 1.5 (petrol) – 107, Brio – 95, Figo (diesel) – 94
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Figo 1.2 (petrol) – 108, Figo 1.5 (petrol) - 130, Brio – 117, Figo (diesel) – 203

Power (PS@rpm): Figo 1.2 (petrol) – 88@6300, Figo 1.5 (petrol) – 112@6300, Brio – 88@6000, Figo (diesel) – 100@3750
Torque (Nm@rpm): Figo 1.2 (petrol) - 112@4000, Figo 1.5 (petrol) – 136@4250, Brio – 109@4500, Figo (diesel) - 215@1750-3000
Kerb Weight (kg): Figo 1.2 (petrol) – 1040, Figo 1.5 (petrol) – 1050, Brio – 930, Figo (diesel) – 1060

Space & Comfort Comparison:
The Brio is quite cramped on the inside, especially for the rear-seat occupants. Knee-room and shoulder space are in really short supply. The Figo on the other hand has just the right amount of space for accommodating 5 adults. Figo's 257 litre boot-space is also a crucial 82 litres more than the Brio's useless little 175 litre boot volume.

Length (mm): Figo - 3886, Brio - 3610
Width (mm): Figo - 1695, Brio - 1680
Height (mm): Figo - 1525, Brio - 1500

Ride Quality & Handling Comparison:
Figo is dynamically the most accomplished hatchback in its segment. The Brio is simply no match to it. Figo is delightfully supple over the bumps and yet it hardly has any body roll around the curves. The Brio transmits a lot more impact from bumps and potholes to the occupants, when compared to the Figo. Figo is a proper enthusiast's delight around the corners, with excellent balance and god tactile feedback through the chassis. The Brio is let down by its overtly light steering. The Figo on the other hand offers one of the best Electric Power Steering Setups on the market.

Wheelbase (mm): Figo - 2491, Brio - 2345

Ground Clearance (mm): Figo - 174, Brio - 165

Tyre Size:
Figo - 176/65R14
Brio - 175/65R14

The Figo is the clear winner of this comparison. The Brio falls short, on even the most basic space and practicality requirements, of the average car buyer. It offers lesser features for the same price and just cannot match the outstanding dynamic prowess of the Figo. However, among the Figos, the best deal is the diesel powered Figo. Technically it is one the best cars in its segment, in fact it is better than any other car even two segments above it. It's performance, drivability, efficiency, handling ride quality and incredible value-for-money makes one of the best cars in the market, period.

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