Ford Figo vs Maruti Wagon R – petrol small cars compared

This is a battle of sorts, between two hatchback cars, one of which enjoyed its supremacy for a long time and the other which was a make-or-break model for the car manufacturer. The first is the Maruti Suzuki WagonR, which was refreshed just a while back and the Ford Figo petrol.

Ford Figo petrol photo
Photo: Ford Figo being road tested by us

In the last month, DWS AutoIndia drove both the cars. Read Ford Figo petrol road test and the Maruti WagonR road test.

In this article, we compare the two cars bsed on our experiences during the road tests so you can make up your mind. Related: More road tests of Indian cars

Maruti WagonR vs Ford Figo: Exterior

Marutis have always enjoyed the advantage associated with their brand name and anything they make sell well. The Wagon R being one of its best-sellers so far, the new new avatar was launched to take on the new crop of small cars. The overall shape still remains the same: Rectangular styling from outside, with the car now much taller and wider. And it has an all-new front/face and a new behind too. Better looker than the earlier WagonR? Definitely.

On the other hand, the Ford Figo was designed for India and from its appearance, it reminds you of a smaller version of the Ford Fusion. Cat-eyes headlamps, low stance with lots of rounded body panels describes its exteriors. Quality of the paint is also top-notch. The first round in design and exteriors goes to the Ford Figo. Though if you have always loved the WagonR, you would not mind it.

New Maruti WagonR with the older one photo
Photo: The old and the new WagonR, side by side.

WagonR vs Figo: Interiors

The new Maruti WagonR now has an-all new dash with much better plastics. Seats are wider, cabin area is abundant so is the head room. Entry and egress are very easy as this is a tall-boy car.

Steering has height-adjust but the seat doesn’t. Sit in the car and see if you are OK with that. The storage area under the front passenger seat is quite useful. Rear seats are comfortable to a certain level, and leg room is also more than enough.

Head rests in the WagonR are height adjustable. Power windows on all four doors are standard on the Suzuki car. Inside the Ford Figo, the dash looks well-appointed and plastics are better than those on the Wagon R. Everything works properly and the quality is upmarket.

Integrated stereo is available on both the WagonR and the Figo, but the Ford has an option of Bluetooth connectivity for your mobile phones, and you might come to like it a lot. Seat height adjustment is available on the driver’s seat for the Figo, but steering height adjustment is missing – quite the opposite case to the WagonR!

Seats are on the firmer side, and you have to try them out yourself to see if it is alright with you.  Firmer seats are what the Orthopedician advises, right? Head-room is adequate but Wagon has a lot more of it. Rear seats are better on the Ford and the backrest lean angle suits the back. Rear seat headrests are integrated in the seats which is an advantage for the Figo driver, as it doesn’t obstruct your vision while reversing.

The negatives for the Figo are the missing power windows at the back in all versions. The rear window glass does not go down fully either. The Ford has an optional choice of a Coral Red dash – you might hate or love it! Interiors of both the cars are well appointed but quality for the Figo is slightly on the higher side.

Ford Figo vs Maruti Suzuki WagonR: Engine, drivablity, overall feel

The WagonR is powered by Maruti’s bread-and-butter engine, the K-Series 3-cylinder 998 cc petrol engine which makes 67 bhp and produces 91.7nm of torque. The Ford Figo, on the other hand, has a more powerful 1196 cc, four-cylinder Duratec 70 bhp engine that produces 102nm of torque.

Here, the extra power and the extra cylinder wins it for the Ford Figo. Driving both the cars are very different different experiences. The WagonR is a nimble performer and now feels very mature and fun to drive. The boxy small car feel is all gone in the new WagonR, and now it feels more comfortable and secure.

The Ford Figo has an extra cylinder – and the extra power comes to its rescue while overtaking and also every time you want a quick burst for a short sprint. The 1.2 liter engine is rev friendly. It’s a close call in the engine department as both the engine are very responsive.

Fuel efficiency of the Wagon R is 15.5 kmpl, while the Ford Figo returns mileage figures that are slightly lower at 13.5 km/per litre. On bad roads, Figo is the boss as it is heavier and based on a mid-size car platform. The Wagon R on the other hand performs outstandingly during short drives and bumper to bumper traffic conditions. Pot holes are better absorbed in  the Figo.

Prices compared

The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R petrol is priced at Rs. 3.28 lakhs (Ex-Showroom) for the base LXi and Rs.3.81lakhs (Ex-Showroom) for the top end VXi while the Ford Figo petrol is priced at  Rs 3,66,886 (Ex-showroom) for the base Lxi and Rs 4,64,401 (Ex showroom) for the fully loaded Titanium version.

Verdict

If you ask us the Figo has fresh looks and well appointed interiors, drives like a sedan and is a capable performer. The Wagon R is a very attractive package and the prices are a major temptation. Also, it is undisputed that Maruti has one of the largest service networks in India.

If you drive a lot on highways, you will be happy with the Figo. The fresh looks are also a major attraction for many. The car is a hot favourite now, and the company is busy churning out cars to meet the demand.

If you trust the Maruti brand above all else, and have always liked the WagonR – then there is no doubt that you will like the new WagonR even more. In that case, you can safely purchase the new WagonR and you won’t regret it for sure!