Ford has introduced a compact crossover hatchback in the entry-level segment for people who are looking for a relatively spacious car with compact dimensions. This car called the Ford Freestyle is a muscular looking car that comes with good driving capabilities. To understand this car, we took a ride in it and tested this car on various parameters. This article is a concise version of what we found out after spending a few days with this car.
From the looks of the car, it seems, Ford has taken its Figo model and added a few muscles so that it can perform remarkably well in both on the road as well as off the road driving conditions. The engineers have raised the height of this car by 16mm from the basic design of Ford Figo, which gives it a lot of road presence. Additionally, this car comes with several elements which make it good for off the road driving like, sump plate at the front and rear, cool looking cladding on the wheel arches and at the skirt level of the car and good quality roof rails. Furthermore, this car has bigger size wheels, which are essential for great off-road driving. In terms of looks, the big split hexagonal engine grill, huge headlamp cluster, classy tail lamps, and a sloppy roofline gives this car and unique identity, which you will find very attractive.
While this car was designed to provide an entry-level compact crossover hatchback to the price-sensitive customers, it has some drawbacks, which stop it from becoming a runaway success. The first thing that will strike you when you enter the car is that it is not as spacious as some of its competitors in the market. Additionally, you will find that the instrument cluster that is available in this car looks a bit dated and the quality of plastic used on the dashboard is not of a very high standard. But it is not all doom and gloom for this car and there are several positive aspects of this car as well, which include, an attractive dual tone colour rendition, a big infotainment screen, a lot of safety features, including six airbags in the top end trim and many more. While there is adequate legroom for the front riders, the rear passengers have to adjust a bit. The seats are a bit soft, which will affect your riding experience. Other than these, this car is good enough at its price point.
The Ford Freestyle is available with both petrol as well as diesel engines. While the petrol model is powered by a 1.2 L mill, a 1.5 L oil burner propels the diesel model. The right quality of this car impressed us immensely. We found that both the diesel and the petrol model performed flawlessly at a lower speed and the power builds up gradually and is almost linear. However, once rev hits 3500 RPM mark, you will feel some vibration, but it is not something which will worry you, excessively. This car is made for providing good riding experience to all the riders and does this job in a beautiful way.
Ford Freestyle is an entry-level crossover hatchback that is available at a price range of Rs. 5.09 lakhs to Rs. 7.89 lakhs (approximate). The major competitors of this car in the market are Fiat Avventura and Toyota Etios Cross.