Ford Figo Aspire Review & First Drive
March 15, 2019
Ford Figo Aspire Overview
Ford has taken its time to update its compact sedan, the Aspire. The good news, however, is that it has done a pretty thorough job. It looks more grown up now, what with its more sophisticated headlight and grille combo. Ford has used a lot more bling in the nose, and with the lower part of the chin finished in black, the new Aspire looks sportier too. There aren’t many changes to the rear except for the redesigned bumper, but what Ford has done is upped the wheel size; top-spec Aspires now run on 15-inch alloy wheels shod with 195/55 R15 tyres. The bigger multi-spoke alloys have a simple yet classy design and the wheels now look more proportionate to the body.
Also new are the petrol engines and gearbox options. The previous 88hp, 1.2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine has been replaced with the new 96hp, 1.2-litre, three-cylinder ‘Dragon’ petrol engine; first seen on the Freestyle. While this engine packs more power, Ford also claims it is more efficient by 2.24kpl; a considerable amount. In addition, the 110hp, 1.5-litre petrol engine has also been replaced by a more powerful 123hp, 1.5-litre petrol unit (the same three-cylinder Dragon engine that powers the EcoSport). And this time, it gets the same auto ‘box as the Ecosport as well; a 6-speed torque converter unit (used in place of the earlier twin-clutch gearbox). What carries on unchanged, however, is Ford’s very tractable and strong 100hp, 1.5 diesel (codenamed Tiger). If it ain’t broke, why fix it, right? View offers on Ford Cars from Ford dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.
Ford Figo Aspire Exterior
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 Figo Aspire Interior
Stylish and modern interiors don the Ford Figo Aspire . The cabin has a neat layout with nothing out of place. The instrument panel is well laid-out with the new Ford steering wheel and fit has a lowing centre console. The top-of-the-line Titanium+ gets a mobile docking system as well.The other variants get the regular music system that we familiar with in the Ford Fiesta and Ecosport. The Sync has Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming. It also has medical assistance where the car automatically calls the emergency number in case of an accident. There is automatic climate control and electrically folding ORVMs.
The Ford Figo Aspire has good overall space management. The front row is very spacious. The second row seats are comfortable for two people only. The third will be a bit of squeeze as the central tunnel is raised and there is no headrest for the middle passenger. The cooling from the AC was decent in the Udaipur heat, but the rear AC vents were missed. With a boot capacity of 359 litres, the Ford Figo Aspire provides decent luggage carrying capacity.
Ford Figo Aspire Performance
There are three engines to choose from in the Ford Figo Aspire. First is the 1.2-litre petrol that churns out 87bhp of power and 112Nm and comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission. This engine is ideal for city driving, while for highway it is just fine if you want to cruise. The punch from the engine comes after 3000rpm and keep it above that if you want to extract the best performance.
The Ford Figo Aspire’s second engine is the 1.5-litre petrol. This engine comes only with a six-speed DCT (dual clutch transmission). Simply put, it is a high-end automatic transmission. This is quite a powerful engine and is fun to drive in a spirited fashion. It is very responsive and will satisfy those looking for extra performance with the convenience of an automatic. For more info on Ford Figo Aspire visit inlnk.in
The third engine is the 1.5-litre diesel that produces 98bhp of power and 215Nm of torque. This engine of the Ford Figo Aspire has been tuned for better performance, however, there is still some amount of turbo lag. This is the perfect engine be it city or highway driving. This is the best engine of the lot and we will recommend this for performance and even fuel efficiency.
The diesel is certainly our pick of lot and it has a good mid-range, at low rpms it struggles to pull. The sweet spot for this engine is between 2000-3500rpm. The diesel will return about 15-17km/l in city. The Ford Figo Aspire has good suspension set-up. At the rear it is softer than the front and so the rear has still decent ride. The handling of the Ford Figo Aspire is one of the best-in-class and even the electric power steering is light and easy to drive in city and even on the highway.
Ford Figo Aspire Driving
Where the Aspire also leads the class is in the areas of ride and handling. Ford’s beautifully tuned suspension handles bad roads extremely well with very few broken patches of road transferred through to the cabin. What’s more, the suspension is fairly silent while going over bad roads; only sharp and deep potholes are heard and felt inside the cabin. Our only complaint is that there’s a hint of bobbing if the surface of the road is less than perfect.
High-speed stability is also good. There is a bit of body roll and steering feel when you get into a corner, it isn’t great, but apart from that, the Aspire feels so on the ball. Even when you up the speed, it is easily the most entertaining car to drive in its class. Tight corners, long bends, poorly surfaced roads, the Ford can take whatever you throw at it. The electric power steering is light enough to make driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic not feel like a chore, and it is well weighted and feels nicely connected to the road in corners. The only fly in the ointment is that the ABS kicks in a little early, especially on bumpy sections. In general, the brakes are so sharp and beautifully set-up, they add considerably to the overall driving experience.
Ford Figo 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.
Ford Figo Aspire Cost in Mumbai
Ford Figo Aspire On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 6,38,166 to 9,56,708 for variants Figo Aspire 1.2P Ambiente MT and Figo Aspire 1.5D Titanium Plus MT respectively. Ford Figo Aspire is available in 11 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Ford Figo Aspire variants price in Mumbai. Check for Aspire price in Mumbai at Carzprice.
Ford Figo Aspire Round Up
With its new engines, upgraded equipment and more aggressive pricing, the new Aspire has a lot more to offer now. A proper step up from the one it replaces, this is a car that now feels like it is back in the game. The facelift makes it look fresh, the cabin is now nicely updated, its new gearboxes make it light and easy to drive, and with its new price, the Aspire now undercuts most of its rivals. The new petrol engine may feel a bit lethargic at low engine speeds, some rivals may feel larger inside and out, and others may be better equipped too. But, if you are looking for a car that’s practical as well as entertaining and enjoyable to drive, no other car in this class delivers a stronger performance. Make sure you drive the diesel before you sign on the dotted line; it sure does hit the spot.