Ford Freestyle – The Crossover Rocket Paired with Safety

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Take a comprehensive look at the design, features, prices and other key details of Ford Freestyle and know how good of an offering it is for the consumers.

Ford is a renowned name globally and it set foot in India a few years ago. It gave India a lot of iconic vehicles such as the Ford Endeavor and Ford Ikon. Ford has been on the sidelines in recent years, due to the lacking of popularity and market share. Ford Ecosport was one car that boosted the brand image of the car manufacturer. Ford Freestyle is another exciting offering based on the Ford Figo Hatchback.

Ford Freestyle

The Freestyle has a more rugged appeal and looks like a crossover version of the regular Ford Figo. It promises to capture the youth by providing the utmost driving pleasure combined with capable off-roading characteristics. Without any further ado, let’s discuss in detail about the Ford Freestyle and check how good it is.

Exterior Design

Starting with the front, the Freestyle gets a re-designed bumper with some black elements. The blacked-out grille gives it a rugged and sporty appeal. However, the headlamps are halogen and so are the fog lamps. With rivals offering LED setups, adding these things to the Freestyle would’ve been a great move. The bonnet tapers down to the grille and makes the car look sporty.

Ford Freestyle

Moving to the sides, the design is pretty similar to the Ford Figo. It gets 15-inch alloy wheels finished in gunmetal grey which adheres to the rugged appeal of the car. There is a prominent shoulder line running all the way to the rear. The large wheel arches with plastic cladding, along with 190mm of ground clearance, gives it a purposeful stance and enhances road presence.

Freestyle

Finally, coming to the rear, it is again very similar to the regular Figo. Taillights are again halogen and it gets a new design for the bumper. The beltline extends to the rear as well and blends in with the cuts and creases on the bumper. The lower end of the bumper gets a faux diffuser treatment that looks rugged and bold.

Interior and Features

Freestyle Cabin

Ford Freestyle features an all-black interior to adhere to the sporty feel of the car. The interior is well laid out, minimalistic and does not have any funky design treatment. There are hard plastics used everywhere on the inside, but the quality is good and so are the fit and finish levels. Everything feels solid and long-lasting. There are gloss black elements used on the steering and around the 6.5-inch touchscreen which is extremely slick to use. The seats are comfortable, well-cushioned and supportive with ample under-thigh support. You would be comfortable on long journeys and they will grip you tightly if you feel like off-roading. The instrument cluster is basic and has three analogue dials, a speedometer, tachometer and fuel meter. There is a digital multi-information display at the bottom but a digital instrument cluster would’ve been a thoughtful addition.

Freestyle Interior

Ford has equipped the Freestyle in a similar fashion as the Figo. The list is not very extensive but sufficient. Some of them include automatic climate control, adjustable steering, adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry, push-button start, steering mounted audio controls, parking sensors, 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, accessory power outlet and a reverse camera. In the interior department, Ford has passed with flying colors, making the cabin feel practical and well put together but could’ve added some missing features as well.

Performance and Ride Quality

Performance is the strong point of the Freestyle and the domain where it shines. Ford Freestyle comes with a petrol and a diesel engine option. The 1.5-litre diesel unit pumps 100 bhp and 215 Nm of torque. The petrol engine is a 1.2-litre unit is good for 96 bhp and 119 Nm of torque. These engines are supremely capable and are extremely fun-to-drive. It is a great vehicle and underpowered is not in the dictionary for this vehicle. The steering exudes confidence at triple-digit speeds and it is direct and sharp. Moreover, the build quality of Ford makes it possible for the Freestyle to ride the way it does. If you want a refined engine and can compromise on mileage, then the petrol engine is apt. But, if you want a frugal vehicle with similar characteristics, diesel is the option.

Freestyle Interior

The rear seat has just about adequate space with kneeroom and headroom being good but under-thigh support being poor. Only 2 adults and a kid can be accommodated at the rear due to the big transmission hump. Moreover, it misses out on an armrest, door pockets, cupholders and rear AC vents but the rear headrests are adjustable, which is a good thing. Freestyle has a stiff ride quality which is confidence-inspiring and also rounds off bumps and potholes fairly well with minimum cabin intrusion.

Safety

Apart from the robust and tough build quality of Ford, the Freestyle gets some safety features as well. The list includes ABS with EBD, anti-theft alarm, six airbags, side and front impact beams, traction control, adjustable seats, engine immobilizer, crash sensor, automatic headlamps, automatic wipers, electronic stability control, follow me home headlamps, reverse camera with parking sensors and hill assist.

Price

Here is the variant-wise price list for the Ford Freestyle.

Variant Price (ex-showroom)
Titanium Diesel Rs 8.38 Lakhs
Titanium Plus Diesel Rs 8.73 Lakhs
Flair Edition Diesel Rs 9.03 Lakhs
Titanium Petrol Rs 7.28 Lakhs
Titanium Plus Petrol Rs 7.38 Lakhs
Flair Edition Petrol Rs 7.93 lakhs

 

Verdict

Ford Freestyle is a rugged crossover that is a capable off-roader and a safe car. It looks rugged and macho from the exterior and features an all-black sporty interior. Petrol and diesel powertrains on this car are supremely capable and with attractive pricing, can easily undercut the competition. Anybody planning to buy a crossover should definitely check out the Ford Freestyle if he intends to buy something beyond the Maruti Suzukis and Hyundais.

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