Ford Figo Aspire Review & First Drive

Ford Aspire Overview

The Ford Aspire 2018 is essentially a facelifted version of the subcompact sedan, which gets new engine and transmission options, and additional features over its predecessor. Available in petrol and diesel fuel options, the Ford Aspire 2018 variants include four trims. Changes have also been made to the exterior as it borrows styling elements from the Freestyle cross-hatchback. Interestingly, the subcompact sedan now packs more gizmos and gadgets, especially safety features. Even with so many changes, the Ford Aspire 2018 price in India sees a drop by Rs. 20,000, which makes it a lucrative option in the segment. View offers on Ford Cars from Ford dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Ford Aspire Look

The Ford Aspire compact sedan measures 3,995 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width and 1,525 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,491 mm and a ground clearance of 174mm. The front houses a single headlamp unit with the large four slat chrome grille and fog lamps are mounted in the bumpers. The rear also gets fog lamps in the tail lamp unit itself. Boot space is at 359 litres which is ample but it cannot be increased by folding the rear seats. The Ford Aspire also has body coloured ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors), headlamp leveling, blackened out B and C pillars and a rear defogger on the higher variants.

The 2018 Ford Aspire is an updated version of the car it replaces. The headlamps are similar to the ones we’ve seen on the freestyle. The silver headlamp surrounds have been binned in favour of a smoked finish. There’s a generous amount of chrome on the front grille which is now sleeker and features a honeycomb-type pattern. And then, thanks to some more chrome on the bumper, the car looks more premium. But we think, going by its sporty nature, an all-black grille would’ve worked better. Overall, the proportions are the same and the familiarity does work in the car’s favour. At the rear, it gets updated taillamps with revised detailing and a redesigned bumper.It also gets 15-inch wheels compared to 14-inch ones of the old car. These, however, are available with the Titanium variants only. The 15-inch wheels do add a bit of muscle to the car and give it a more upmarket appeal.

Ford Aspire Comfort

The cabin, though not heavily updated, does get some new nifty features. The variant we drove was the top-of-the-line Titanium+ trim which now gets the new SYNC3 touchscreen infotainment system along with rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlamps. Buyers will be happy to note that Ford offers a touchscreen infotainment system and climate control from the Trend+ variant onwards. But SYNC3 is reserved for the Titanium+ variant only. The Titanium+ also gets two USB ports, while only one is offered from Ambiente to Titanium. In terms of safety, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors are offered as standard.

The SYNC3 system works seamlessly and features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The touch is intuitive and the touch interface, coupled with physical buttons makes it relatively easier to operate while driving. Front seats are comfortable and offer better lumbar support than before. There is ample room in the rear to seat two adults in comfort and you now get adjustable headrests as standard too.

However, anyone over six feet in height will feel constrained for headroom and the narrow footwells up front also can be an issue for taller occupants, especially on the passenger side. The reason for that is the larger AC compressor that takes up quite a bit of room up front, eating into the footwell width. There are also no rear door pockets which are a big miss. On the bright side however, you do get a manically powerful AC which negates the need for rear AC vents.

Ford Aspire Gearbox

The Ford Aspire is powered by a 1.2 litre petrol, and a 1.5 litre diesel engine. The 1.2 litre petrol engine generates 87 hp of power at 6,300 rpm and 112 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The 1.5 litre petrol, which comes only in an automatic transmission variant, produces 110 hp of power at 6,300 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,250 rpm. The 1.5 litre TCDi diesel engine churns out 99 hp of power at 3,750 rpm and 215 Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm to 3,000 rpm.

The Ford Aspire has a 6 speed dual clutch automatic transmission. This gearbox is available only in the 1.5 litre powered option of the compact sedan and that too in the Titanium trim. The 1.2 litre and 1.5 litre diesel come with a 5 speed manual transmission. All transmissions are tuned for the right balance between performance and fuel efficiency.The Ford Aspire has a claimed fuel efficiency of 18.16 km/l for the petrol engine options and the diesel engine options deliver 25.83 km/l which are reasonable for its segment.

Ford Aspire Rideing

Simply put, the ride is a considerable improvement over the old car. The upsized wheels on the Titanium do help in gliding over bumps. Both the petrol and diesel variants feel planted most of the time. All undulations are tackled with ease and there is little that can upset them. Even the rougher sections of road will pose little threat to the balanced suspension setup of the Aspire.

There are a few niggles though, the footwell feels a bit vibey, especially north of 80kmph. The rear feels a bit floaty at high speeds as well. The feeling is not intrusive or a deal breaker but it is present. There is a fair amount of tyre noise too that tends to creep into the cabin. This becomes especially prominent on rough tarmac, so state highways can be a noisy affair. In addition, you feel the vibe rather than hear them. Although, music does provide a good distraction. The steering on both cars is quite sharp and precise. Turn ins are precise and you have decent feel from the tyres as well. The petrol, though, feels lighter than the diesel to chuck into corners. The driving experience overall is quite lively and a rare mix of a good ride and fun driving dynamics.

Ford Aspire Safety

The Ford Aspire 2018 features standard dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and seatbelt reminder for the driver and front passenger. The top-spec trim gets six airbags, emergency assistance, and the AT trim features hill launch assist, ESP and traction control system.The Ford Aspire has six airbags, ABS with EBD, immobiliser, perimeter alarm for all versions. In addition to this, the automatic Titanium variant also has hill start assist, traction control and Electronic Stability Program.

Ford Aspire Price in Hyderabad

Ford Figo Aspire Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,47,706/- (Figo Aspire 1.2P Ambiente MT) to 8,10,740/- (Figo Aspire 1.5D Titanium Plus MT). Get best offers for Ford Figo Aspire from Ford Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Figo Aspire price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Ford Aspire Verdict

The Aspire diesel was preferred over the petrol for its exciting driving dynamics. But with the new 1.2-litre petrol, Ford has truly multiplied Aspire’s abilities as it now delivers the Ford experience while keeping everyday needs firmly in focus. Moreover, no other car in its segment offers a petrol engine that is as powerful. It’s main rival, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire makes 83PS compared to the Aspire’s 96PS. The K-series trumps Aspire’s TiVCT in terms of refinement. But, Aspire offers a strong mid-range (2500-3000rpm) whereas Dzire relies on top end power (4000-6000rpm). It is also engaging and fun to drive.

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