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Ford Figo Aspire Overview

The compact sedan segment is a heated battlefield with India’s top selling car being a compact sedan. The demand is there and so are plenty of rivals, fighting in this space. Ford launched the second generation Figo with the compact sedan Aspire in 2015 and it has done decently for them, although it deserved better sales. There were a few things missing and the petrol engine was quite lacklustre, the American car maker has now resolved both of these and also reduced the price of the car, making it a great proposition. We drove both the petrol and diesel manuals in hot, dry and dusty Rajasthan to get a feel of the facelifted model.

Ford Figo Aspire Look

The compact sedan segment generally has cars which look like more of a compromise. Good looks takes a back seat here. Thats not the cars with the Ford Figo Aspire, though. This one is a very good looking car. The Ford Figo Aspire is based on Ford’s Kinetic Design 2.0. The bonnet or boot are neither too long nor short. The front design is similar to other new Fords like the Fiesta and Mondeo. There is a prominent swag line that runs across the car. The glass area is small so the car looks larger. This also makes it look well balanced and not too tall. The boot design too is good with a chrome strip that is well proportionate. Its not too flashy not too thin. The car looks premium ever from the rear.

Ford Figo Aspire Comfort

Get into the car and you are greeted by the familiar two-tone black and beige dashboard. The major change on the inside is the addition of the 6.5-inch touchscreen with the Ford Sync 3 system on the top-of-the-line Titanium+ cars. The unit is seamless in operation, very responsive and offers a level of slickness similar to that of most smartphones. The interface is intuitive and easy to understand, the display goes bright enough for even drives across a desert and what enhances the experience manifold, is the presence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Even connectivity has been enhanced with an improved Bluetooth system and an extra USB slot (Titanium+ only). And if you look closely, the dials have been upgraded too. They now get a carbon fibre-like texture; much nicer than the plain looking earlier dials.

With its new rubberised screen control knobs and additional chrome, the cabin has been given a bit of a lift too. The piano black surfaces, carried over from the earlier car, add to the premium feel, there are no badly built bits and most of the plastic bits feel hard-wearing. Quality levels, however, are a step down from those seen in the Dzire, and what the Ford also lacks is that sense of space the Maruti cabin delivers.The Aspire’s cabin is as practical as ever, especially up front. The door pockets are very accommodating and are smartly designed to hold bottles of all sizes; the glovebox is massive and there’s even a nicely executed stowage area between the seats where you can keep all sorts of odds and ends.

Overall visibility from the driver’s seat is good. Even tall drivers can find a comfortable driving position quite easily, and the wide front seats provide good under-thigh and shoulder support as well. More importantly, the seats cushioning is just right.Legroom in the rear is good as well due to the Aspire’s long wheelbase (the longest in its class), and the seat, though not as good as some rivals, offers good support and a nicely reclined backrest. Shoulder room is tight though, as is the headroom, especially for passengers taller 6ft. Check car loan for Figo Aspire.

Ford Figo Aspire Gearbox

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.

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 Riding

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. For more info on Figo Aspire visit Pdagreen

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

On the safety front, the Aspire facelift gets 6 airbags, ABS, EBD and reverse parking camera which shows the visuals on the 6.5-inch touchscreen. The Ford Aspire scored a good 3-stars in adult occupant and 2-stars in child occupant safety, as per Global NCAP tests. The company offers a 5-year/1,00,000 km (2-years which can be extended) warranty on the Aspire which is great for a compact sedan. In terms of service, Ford has a decent network and they are increasing it further. Ford spare parts now come at cheaper rates than before and the cost of service is the cheapest in the segment. Speaking numbers, cost of service for the diesel Aspire is Rs. 1574/-, 4609/-, 5442/- 4609/-, 4129/-, 6621/-, 4129/-, 4609/-, 5442/- and 4609/- for the first 10 years of service at an interval of 10,000 kms (the petrol is even cheaper).

Ford Figo Aspire Price in Bangalore

Ford Figo Aspire On Road Price is 6,56,157/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,47,361/- in Bangalore. Ford Figo Aspire comes in 7 colours, namely Deep Impact Blue,Smoke Grey,Sparkling Gold,Tuxedo Black,Ruby Red,Oxford White,Ingot Silver. Ford Figo Aspire comes with FWD with 1196 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 87 bhp@6300 rpm and Peak Torque 112 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Ford Figo Aspire comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .Check for Figo Aspire price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Ford Figo Aspire Bottomline

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.

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