Ford Figo vs Volkswagen Polo Comparison - Which Hatchback is Better?

by Vivaan Khatri | 23/05/2020
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Ford Figo and Volkswagen Polo are not direct rivals. However, the close pricing somehow puts these cars into competition. Let's find down which hatchback is better.

Ford Figo and Volkswagen Polo are not directly competing with each other within the space of hatchback vehicles since the Ford Figo is positioned as a slightly more premium car than the Polo. However, while the prices of the top-spec variants of the duo are widely different, its base variants are priced quite closely, which cause the customers to be split between Ford Figo and Volkswagen Polo. IndianAuto will help you to carefully consider and compare between these two options.

Ford Figo vs Volkswagen Polo Comparison - Which Hatchback is Better?

1. Ford Figo vs Volkswagen Polo Dimension: Which hatchback is bigger?

With regard to the length, the Volkswagen Polo is longer than the Ford Figo by 30 mm. However, in other dimensions, the Figo is actually the winner with greater height and width. Specifically, it is higher and wider by 56 mm and 22 mm. While Polo is longer than the Figo, it comes with a shorter wheelbase. Basically, the interior space of the Ford Figo stands no disadvantage against the Volkswagen Polo’s cabin. Here are the details of each car’s dimensions.


Ford Figo Volkswagen Polo



3971 mm


1704 mm

1682 mm


1525 mm

1469 mm


2490 mm

2469 mm

Ground Clearance


165 mm

Kerb Weight (kg)

1016 kg

1015 kg


2. Ford Figo vs Volkswagen Polo Design: Which car looks better

Exterior Comparison

About the exterior, the Ford Figo is given a facelift last year which arrived with a load of new updates. The updated design took inspiration from the earlier updates on Freestyle and Aspire. It now flaunts a revised mesh grille with black element for the higher variant and chrome application for the lower Titanium variant. On the lower part, the air dam looks wider and sleeker. Notably, the fog lamp housing gets blue accents on the Titanium Blue variant. The side profile of the Ford Figo gets more playful with exiting details like black and blue decals, gloss black alloy wheels. The Blue variant even gets a gloss black application on the roofline and the outside rearview mirror. To the rear end, the Ford Figo receives some highlight including a dual-tone bumper and boot lid decals for top-spec Titanium Blue, which adds sporty appeal to the exterior of the Ford Figo.

ford figo front three quater

ford figo exterior rear view

While the Ford Figo is focusing on the sportiness, the Volkswagen Polo was more on the elegant and matured side. Launched back in 2010, the Volkswagen Polo has been available in the Indian market for one decade without receiving a comprehensive upgrade. The latest update was given last year. An expansive upgrade is scheduled to come next year. In the meanwhile, the ageing and old Volkswagen Polo will be available until then. The ongoing model features grille and air dam with honeycomb mesh pattern. The latest Volkswagen Polo GT, the sporty variant of the Polo gets gunmetal-garnished 16-inch alloy wheels on the side profile. But still, these minor updates could not hide the fact that the Volkswagen Polo design is now outdated and in serious need for extensive updates.

Interior Comparison

Thanks to the previous update, the Ford Figo now gets a sleeker interior design with fresh elements like 7-inch touchscreen with piano black panel, a decluttered centre console. On the top-spec Titanium Blue variant, it also features a full-black interior cabin with the addition of contrasting blue accents or blue stitching.

volkswagen polo red exterior

2018 volkswagen polo

On the Volkswagen Polo, the revised cabin does not look distinctive from the previous version. The ageing design of the Polo lacks exciting bits, especially when compared to the latest models of the market. The update on the current Polo is limited to the new seat cover colour. However, what makes the Volkswagen Polo stands out is its proved build quality.

3. Ford Figo vs Volkswagen Polo Features:

Safety Feature

On the standard variant, Ford Figo is equipped with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensor and front seatbelt reminder as required by the new safety standard. On the top-spec Titanium Blue, the Figo gets side and curtain airbags. On the automatic version, there are additional safety features like ESP (electronic stability program), hill launch assist (HLA) and TCS (traction control system). The base Volkswagen Polo receive dual-front airbags, rear parking sensor and ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts. On the top-spec variant, the Volkswagen Polo gets an additional function of the Vehicle Stability Control system.

Comfort feature

On the top-spec variant, the interior of the Ford Figo is well-equipped with features auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming IRVM, and push start/stop button. However, it does not come with the premium SYNC 3 infotainment system which is offered on the Aspire and Freestyle. It would be a delight if the Ford Figo receives the same unit. In addition, the Figo misses out on the reach adjustable steering wheel and driver armrest. This hatchback also lacks storage solutions with no storage space for the rear even the bottle holder is not offered on the rear door.

ford figo interior dashboard

On the other hand, the Volkswagen Polo despite its outdated package comes with pretty adequate feature list. The hatchback is offered with heat-insulating glass, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming IRVM, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, and automatic climate control with rear AC vents. A notable update on the outgoing Polo is the new Volkswagen Connect system which is available on the top-spec Highline and GT Line. This connectivity system can provide great convenience for car users. It allows the user to track the journey, share vehicle location. The smart system can analyze and identify users' behaviour and driving stats.

volkswagen polo interior dashboard

4. Ford Figo vs Volkswagen Polo Performance: Specifications comparison

Ford Figo is now available with BSVI-compliant 1.2-litre petrol engine along with a 1.5-litre diesel engine option. The former is good for 96 PS of maximum power and 119 Nm of top torque while the latter is capable of making 100 PS and 215 Nm. Both of the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox with no automatic transmission on offer.


Ford Figo

Volkswagen Polo


1.2-litre petrol engine

1.0-litre petrol

1.5-litre diesel engine

1.0-litre turbo petrol


96 PS/119 Nm

75 PS/95 Nm

100 PS/215 Nm

110 PS/175 Nm


5-speed MT

5-speed MT

6-speed MT/6-speed AT

Volkswagen Polo, on the other hand, is a petrol-only model. After receiving BSVI updates, the 1.0-litre petrol engine is now powerful enough to pull out a top power of 75 PS and highest torque of 95 Nm. There is also a more powerful 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine which is capable of making 110 PS and 175 Nm. While the less powerful unit comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox, the turbo-petrol variant gets either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Each model has its own advantages when it comes to powertrain options. While Ford Figo is available with both petrol and diesel, it misses out on an automatic gearbox. On the other hand, Volkswagen can give you the automatic variant, it does not offer a diesel engine.

5. Ford Figo vs Volkswagen Polo Mileage: Which car is more fuel-efficient?

Volkswagen Polo’s claimed fuel mileage is rated at 17.75 kmpl and 18.24 kmpl for the petrol and the petrol-turbocharged version respectively.

After the BSVI upgrade, Ford Figo has seen a drop in fuel efficiency. The fuel mileage of the petrol version went down from 20.4 kmpl to 18.5 kmpl and the diesel fuel efficiency decreased from 25.5 kmpl to 24.4 kmpl. Even though the fuel economy of the Ford Figo has declined, it is still more fuel-efficient than the Volkswagen Polo.



Volkswagen Polo Petrol

17.75 kmpl

Volkswagen Polo Turbo Petrol

18.24 kmpl

Ford Figo Petrol

18.5 kmpl

Ford Figo Diesel

24.4 kmpl

6. Ford Figo vs Volkswagen Polo Road Price

The ex-showroom price of Ford Figo comes from Rs 5.39 lakh and goes up to Rs 7.85 lakh. The on-road price (New Delhi) starts from Rs 6.6 lakh and the top-spec variant is now priced at Rs 8.96 lakh. Volkswagen Polo is priced from Rs 5.82 lakh to Rs 9.59 lakh (ex-showroom). The on-road price could go up to Rs 6.47 lakh – Rs 10.77 lakh. Volkswagen Polo is more expensive, which is understandable since the Polo was a segment above the Figo.


Ford Figo

Volkswagen Polo

Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi)

Rs 5.39 lakh - Rs 7.85 lakh

Rs 5.82 lakh - Rs 9.59 lakh

Price (on-road, New Delhi

Rs 6.6 lakh - Rs 8.96 lakh

Rs 6.47 lakh – Rs 10.77 lakh

7. Ford Figo: Other Competitors

Ford Figo is not competing directly against the Volkswagen Polo. It is now stacking up against Maruti Swift and Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and even the Renault Triber.

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8. Volkswagen Polo: Other Competitors

Volkswagen Polo is positioned as a premium hatchback. It is rivalling against the likes of Maruti Baleno, Toyota Glanza, Honda Jazz, Hyundai Elite i20 and Tata Altroz.


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9. Ford Figo vs Volkswagen Polo Verdict

Ford Figo and Volkswagen Polo are not direct competitors. Even so, their closely priced entry-level variants would enter the consideration of hatchback buyers sometimes. Each model has different unique selling points. While Volkswagen Polo’s strength lies in its impressive build quality and premium design, the Ford Figo’s focal points are its value for money quotation and high fuel economy.  

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