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2009 Ford Ikon diesel review, road test

9th Dec 2009 8:00 am

While the jury is out on whether the styling works or not, you cant get away from the fact that the ten-year old Ikon is pretty long in the tooth

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  • Make : Ford
  • Model : Ikon

To make it easier on the wallet, Ford has transplanted the Fiesta’s frugal diesel motor into the ageing Ikon in a bid to give it a fresh lease of life. A facelift has also been served up. The Ikon gets an all-new nose which follows Ford’s modern ‘Kinetic design’ theme but it looks more like a mid-’90s Ford and we miss the cat-eyed headlamps that characterised the Ikon. The headlights are all new, as are the bumper and fog lamps. That apart, the sides, flanks and rear of the car are indistinguishable from the earlier model. The wheel cap design is new though, but Ikon goes back to a 13-inch rim size, unlike the NXT which had 14-inch wheels.

The interiors of the Ikon look and feel dated and the brown-and-black colour combination doesn’t work too well. The biggest discernible change is the instrument cluster, which now has a silver outline, and a digital odometer/tripmeter. Gone are the lovely white dials, and instead you get black dials with red needles. The gear lever design is the same, and the gear knob fits well in the palm of your hand. The stereo is a complicated item, and while it does have a Bluetooth feature which allows you to sync it to your phone, figuring out the system will take you the better part of a day. This Ford-branded stereo does boast decent sound quality though.
The design and quality of plastics is what really lets the interiors down especially when you compare it to the Dzire.  The door pads and overall fit and finish are below par for a mid-size car, especially the plastic speaker covers and the way the glovebox shuts. Thankfully, the power window buttons have been repositioned.
The seats themselves are comfy, and the Ikon’s driving position is spot-on. The narrow cabin is a squeeze for three adults at the back, and you do miss the Logan’s girth, but when it comes to legroom the Ikon is really good. The scooped out front dash allows the passenger to sit far forward, liberating generous legroom in the rear.
The tiny mirrors are carried over unchanged, and here Ford could really have done better. Also, there is no internal boot release, which means every time you want to open the boot, you need to use the key, which is inconvenient.

The big question on everyone’s minds is just how good is it to drive now?  In a nutshell, it’s very good. The chassis and suspension are carried over unchanged, and the Ikon still impresses with its level of grip, front-end bite and steering feel and response. It is also quite comfortable on all but the worst surfaces, and as a ride-and-handling package overall, it is very hard to fault.
The Ikon has good ground clearance too, very important on our roads. From behind the driver’s seat, this car is a gem, as always. The pedals are well placed, the chunky steering wheel feels nice to hold, the gears shift quickly and precisely, and the ergonomics are well optimised. The fly in the ointment, however, is the brakes. The grabby tendency persists, and one needs to modulate the pedal to prevent locking up under heavy braking. Some things never change! Also, the excessive road noise and the roar from the wheel wells coupled to the drone of the engine makes the Ikon distinctly less refined than its rivals.

2009 Ford Ikon diesel review, road test
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