The small crossover segment is quite a busy place. There are contenders from Renault, VW, Toyota, Hyundai, et al. Now another player joins the game in the shape of the Ford Figo Freestyle. As you can guess from its name the newcomer is based on Ford’s entry-level Figo hatchback.

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Rugged appearance

To compete with other crossover offerings the Ford Figo Freestyle has the same rugged external treatment as its rivals. It rides 190 mm off the ground, has a faux bash plate on the front bumper, black wheel arch mouldings and a set of roof rails fitted as standard. Another unique aspect is the double-spoke 15-inch alloy wheels. Don’t be fooled, however, this no SUV, Ford prefers the term CUV for compact utility vehicle.

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One engine option

The Figo Freestyle is powered by a 1,5-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine. This unit produces 91 kW of power with maximum torque of 150 N.m. Power is sent to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. An anti-lock braking system is standard, as is an alarm and engine immobiliser.

Interior treatment

Occupants are greeted by cloth trim in dark shade. The layout of the facia is tidy and features a touchscreen infotainment system. The range-leading Titanium version has Bluetooth connectivity and voice activation for the phone and audio functions as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has remote audio controls on the steering wheel. Reverse parking sensors are standard, and on the Titanium they are linked to a reverse-view camera. Air-conditioning is standard across the range.


Figo Freestyle 1,5 Trend                                       R226 700

Figo Freestyle 1,5 Titanium                                  R247 500

All new Figo models come standard with a four-year/60 000 km service plan, a four-year/120 000 km warranty and three years of roadside assistance for added peace of mind.