Ford Figo Aspire Overview
Ford refreshed the Aspire recently by giving its exterior design and cabin a makeover. It also took the opportunity to add the smaller, more efficient 1.2-litre TiVCT engine that it already offers in the Freestyle. We got to drive the new Aspire around Jodhpur last week.Ford needed to expand the choice for customers in the tough compact sedan market, which is currently led by the Maruti Suzuki Dzire. The Honda Amaze and even the Tata Motors’ Tigor are slowly inching up, putting Ford in a spot. So, does the new Aspire deliver on the key ‘fun to drive’ attribute that Fords are famous for? Book a test drive for Figo Aspire in Tryaldrive
The new Aspire promises a lot with some ‘segment first’ features such as the 6.5-inch touchscreen borrowed from the EcoSport and the all-new five-speed manual transmission that’s sportier and fun-to-drive. The best part about the new Aspire is that it has got three engines now, giving customers more options and they are all sportier too. It has the all new 1.2L three cylinder petrol engine, and the tried and tested 1.5L TDCi and 1.5L TiVCT engines. The new Aspire also gets bigger 15-inch tyres with premium alloys.
Ford Figo Aspire Exterior
The new Figo Aspire as already mentioned above is the sub compact sedan based on the new generation Figo hatch, so except the extended boot at the rear everything while everything else looks identical to the new Figo hatchback which will be launched in the market after the sedan.
Ford retained the typical styling DNA even in this new sedan and that is quite obvious from the typical Ford Trapezoidal grille towards the front which gets the four slats while the long elongated headlamps adds the little touch of sportiness to the front face, the Blue oval logo has found its place on the tip of the front hood while talking about the front hood the new hood looks sculpted and has also got two vertical crisp lines on them which starts from the windshield and end towards the Ford logo placed towards the front tip. Besides these there is nothing much interesting to describe towards the front except the raked windshield and some sweeping lines towards the front hood which according to Ford conveys a sense of movement.
Towards the side profile there is a distinct character line which starts from just behind the front headlamps and blends perfectly towards the rear taillamps. You will also love the blacked out B pillar which adds a premium touch to the side profile so are the 8 spoke alloy wheels and side blinkers integrated with the ORVMs (available only on top end variants), the other variants will get side turn indicators placed on the fenders.
Walk towards the rear of the sedan and the extended boot has been perfectly blended with the overall design so the car’s shape does not appear boring or odd. The smaller wrap around tailamps looks stylish but unfortunately does not get LED configuration to them while the chrome finished slat runs across the rear boot of the car while the rear bumper gets some Black treatment towards the lower half which adds the premium feel to the overall sedan.
Ford Figo Aspire Interior
If you find the exterior of the Aspire similar to the old car, we bet you won’t say the same when you step inside. That’s because now you get a dashboard that looks thoroughly modern. The dual tone beige/black cabin now looks contemporary and even the fonts on the instrument cluster have been revised with sporty carbon fibre texture surrounding it. However, the biggest addition is the 6.5-inch touchscreen system and the floating display looks really nice. It is fitted with Ford’s latest SYNC 3 system and is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which adds to the overall experience. The infotainment system is one of the best when it comes to quickness, smoothness and the big icons make it easy to use on the move. You also get two USB ports for charging and connecting your smart phone. Overall fit and finish is still not that great and cars like the Hyundai Xcent and Maruti Dzire do a much better job. Unlike the old car, Ford has decided to skip leather upholstery on the Ford Aspire to keep costs in check.
As the 2018 Aspire is still based on the old car, interior space remains the same. Space both at the front and rear is adequate and the seat shape and support is really good. There is enough knee room at the back and the big windows help make the cabin feel airy. The headroom at the back though is in short supply and anyone above average height, will spoil their hairdo against the roof. It is a very practical cabin too with loads of cup holders, big door pockets and many cubby’s to store knick-knacks up front. Unfortunately rear passengers won’t be as happy, as there are no door pockets and they have to make do with seat back pockets and two cup holders. Boot space is the same as well so you get the same 359 litre boot which is adequate but less as compared to direct rivals like the Hyundai Xcent and the Maruti Dzire.
In terms of equipment the Aspire comes well equipped. You get premium features like automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers and a modern Apple CarPlay and Android Auto enabled touch screen infotainment system on the top Titanium Plus variant. It does miss out on features like LED headlamps, daytime running lamps and leather wrapped steering wheel which is offered on rival products. But it more than makes up for that, by offering best-in-class 6 airbags on the top variant.
Ford Figo Aspire Performance
Ford Figo Aspire will be offered with a total of 3 engine options including 2 petrol and a single diesel unit. The base petrol variant is powered by the 1.2 Litre Ti-VCT motor which comes with a displacement of 1, 196 cc and also used by the current generation Figo, this engine produces about 88 Ps of peak power and 112 Nm of torque. This engine has been mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox.
The top end petrol variant gets the more powerful 1.5 Litre Ti-VCT motor which has a displacement of 1, 499 cc, this engine produces about 112 Ps of peak power and 136 Nm of torque, the 1.5 Litre unit comes mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch PowerShift transmission which is exclusive to this petrol variant only. When it comes to fuel efficiency the 1.5 Litre unit promises to return 17.2 Km to a litre of petrol while the 1.2 Litre unit with the manual gearbox will return 18.6 km/l respectively.
The only diesel variant of the Figo Aspire sedan is powered by a 1.5 Litre TDCI Duratorq motor which also does duty on the Ford Ecosport however Ford has meade some mechanical tweaks in the engine and now the power output has bumped to 100 ps and 215 Nm. The diesel motor comes mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox and promises to return 25.83kmpl which is quite impressive.
Ford Figo Aspire Driving
When it comes to ride and handling the Ford Aspire remains as strong as before. The steering is direct and it is eager to change direction. The Aspire feels a little soft initially and body roll is gentle but not excessive. In fact, the suppleness doesn’t come at the expense of stability and even at high speed on an undulating surface, the Aspire feels rock solid. In terms of comfort too, this Ford shows great composure be it at high or low speeds and the ride quality is flat and it absorbs the worst of road conditions with aplomb. Even the brakes feel strong and the pedal feel is sharp yet progressive.
Ford Figo Aspire Safety
Ford has given special attention to the safety of the occupants inside and thus the new sedan comes with robust passenger cage created from high-strength steel, both driver and passenger side airbags and for the first time in the history of Indian auto industry Ford has even provided side and curtain airbags for the occupants as an option. The top end trims also gets ABS and EBD and also hill assist which is available only with the auto transmission variant though.
Ford Figo Aspire Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 5,46,964/- (Figo Aspire 1.2P Ambiente MT) to 8,10,227/- (Figo Aspire 1.5D Titanium Plus MT). Get best offers for Ford Figo Aspire from Ford Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Figo Aspire price in Mumbai at Carzprice
Ford Figo Aspire Conclusion
The Aspire is priced between Rs.5.55 lakh to 8.49 lakh – with a lot of features and safety packed in. Even though the company is half mockingly telling buyers ‘don’t follow the crowd’ in its campaign for the Aspire, it is not going to be easy to attract customers. Since it’s launch in August 2015, Ford India has managed to sell around 80,000 odd units of the Aspire. Tata Motors that launched Tigor first in March last year has already sold more than 50,000 units. The new, more improved Tigor has been priced at Rs 5.2 lakh onwards, currently the lowest in the segment.