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Buying the top variant makes sense thanks to the safety features on offer

Safety and After Sales Service – Ford has equipped all variants with dual front airbags with the top variant getting 6 airbags. You also Electronic Stability Control, Active Rollover Prevention, ABS, EBD, Hill Launch Assist, Emergency Assistance and Ford My Key. When it comes to after-sales and maintenance costs, the American automaker claims that the vehicle's service parts are 20% cheaper than other hatchbacks and also comes with a service interval of 10,000 kms. The total scheduled service costs per 1,00,000 kms for the petrol version is Rs. 41,000/- (per km cost – Rs. 0.41) and Rs. 51,000/- (per km cost – Rs. 0.51) for the diesel-powered Freestyle.

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The Freestyle is a good buy if you like the Figo but want more out of the package

Verdict – With SUV demand only rising, Ford has managed to bring out a sporty cross-hatch which offers a lot of practicality on the table. This car is a worthy contender if you are looking to buy a cross-hatch which is fun to drive and shines on bad roads. While the diesel engine has already established itself in terms of performance, the introduction of the new 1.2-litre petrol has really upped the game from where the Figo left. Moreover, the Ford Freestyle perfectly bridges the gap between the Figo and the EcoSport and seems to carve out a nice spot for itself in the crossover category.

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The new petrol engine gives the Freestyle a strong edge

What’s Cool

* Punchy performance from the petrol motor
* Safety features
* Touchscreen infotainment system
* NVH levels

What’s Not So Cool

* No navigation on offer
* No dead pedal
* No option of AT

Alternatives: Hyundai i20 Active, Toyota Etios Cross, Fiat Urban Cross

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