Ford Figo Aspire Overview
Kick-starting the festive season in style, Ford India’s big bet this year is its new 2018 Ford Aspire facelift that is already on sale and in many ways will disrupt the sales in this segment at least for the next 4-5 months. The challenge in this compact segment for any carmaker is to make the car look good without changing its proportions and at the same time make the car look radically new to impress the buyer. It is a challenge and that’s where these facelifts have now become so important especially during the festive season when the buying sentiment in a country like India is at its peak. The 2018 Ford Aspire gets enough changes to call it a proper mid-life facelift and scores well in almost every area. The facelift was also long overdue considering its arch rivals (Dzire and Amaze) in its respective new avatar have boosted the sales in this segment. Ford Figo Aspire in Tryaldrive
Ford Figo Aspire Design & Style
The Aspire sedan is one of the most handsome looking cars in its class. And that looks comes from the Aston Martin esque grille draped in chrome showing the typical Ford design philosophy. The clean crispy lines on the nose are nothing short of impressive. The large headlamps, sharp cut lines on the bonnet and the aggressive chin further enhance the front profile.
Coming to the side profile, it’s been nicely fashioned and smartly uses the waistline to break up the weight of the car. The wheel arches are slightly flared up while the 14-inch alloy wheels look puny, pulling off the enthusiasm which is seen at the front. However, the elegance continues at the rear with well-layered and flat boot-lid along with a nice combination of the bumper. Further, the large chrome strip running across the boot has been placed to attract the attention of the typical Indian customer. Overall, the Ford Aspire is a unique looking sedan when it comes to attractiveness which was lacking in the segment for a long time.
Ford Figo’s cabin goes in line with its recent design philosophy. The cabin is decorated in dual beige and black scheme with the dashboard housing a uniquely designed V-shaped centre console that houses the infotainment screen and ac vents. Above that lies an outstandingly carved out mobile dock that really looks premium. The dock allows USB and Aux connectivity that makes it more special. The sculpted steering wheel and the binnacles of the modern instrument cluster look pleasing to eyes.The car scores some brownie points when it comes to storage. The 20 storage spaces make us wonder how much thought process the engineers have given while designing the cabin. The car houses huge glovebox, plenty of small cubbyholes, two bottle holders, and three cup-holders besides a large 359L boot. In terms of seating, the sporty front seats offer ample level of comfort including good lumbar support. Come to the rear and you will see one of the best in class seats which offer excellent space, thanks to the well-sculpted front seats.
Ford Aspire comes with oodles of gadgetry one would expect in this class of sedan. The car features Bluetooth telephony, music system with phone controls as well as steering mounted audio controls, all creating a perfect ambience of technology and practicality. Another interesting aspect of the car is Ford MyKey which is basically a system that controls settings such as volume, speed limit and reminding you of your seatbelts. The car comes with advanced voice activated SYNC infotainment system allowing you to handle call, text, listen to favourite songs as well as assisting you in emergency services in case of any mishap. The system is also compatible with Bluetooth, USB, Aux-in and powered by 4 speakers, two each at the front and the rear.Other aspects of the car include automatic climate control, fabric or leather seat upholstery, height adjustable driver seat, 12V power socket, boot lamp, steering mounted audio controls, driver side one-touch power window and electric boot release. Although there is plenty of comfort and convenience, still the car needs features such as rear parking camera, start-stop button and ambient lighting system to stay in the competition.
Ford Figo Aspire Engine & Gearbox
For Ford India, the new 1.2L petrol engine that it launched with the EcoSport has been highly appreciated. The same engine block made it to the Freestyle and now the new 2018 Aspire gets it. The engine is very well tuned and enhances the overall driving fun. There is ample power at any given point and the 5-Speed gearbox tuned well. While driving the Aspire on the highways around Jodhpur, I really missed having the 6th gear. The Aspire is certainly the most stable car in the segment and while you still feel the rare occasional bumps, the suspension setting is a bit on the harder side.
The Ford Aspire 2018 specifications include an all-new 1.2-litre Dragon petrol engine good for 95 bhp against 120 Nm torque. It also gets the 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder unit from EcoSport, which puts out 123 bhp of power along with 150 Nm of torque. Transmission options on the new Aspire include a standard 5-speed manual unit and a 6-speed torque converter. The diesel trims use the 1.5-litre oil burner tuned to make 99 bhp of power and 215 Nm of torque. As far as Ford Aspire 2018 mileage is concerned, the 1.2-litre petrol engine is claimed to deliver 20.4 km/l as opposed to the diesel variants that see a marginal increase of 0.27 km/l in the fuel economy at 26.1 km/l.
Ford Figo Aspire Ride & Handling
The steering wheel is smooth to handle and often extra smooth that you need to be conscious of finding the right grip while driving. Like other cars in the segment, it does not get cruise control but does get steering mounted controls. There is almost no engine noise in the cabin but we did find a lot of traffic noise coming in and insulation there could have been a bit better. The claimed mileage on the Ford Aspire petrol variant is 20.4 kmpl and on the highways, it did return an impressive 16.9 kmpl. We are yet to drive the car in proper city conditions.
Ford Figo Aspire Safety & Security
The braking offers excellent bite while the behaviour is also predictable. Ford Aspire when first introduced in the market seems to act like a brand ambassador or pioneer of creating new safety standards. It wrote a new chapter in the segment for being high on safety standards. The car came with dual front airbags and ABS as standard. This has inspired many other manufacturers to offer high safety features in their cars.Still, Ford Aspire holds a prominent position in the segment with the top end model getting 6-airbags, electronic stability program (ESP), traction control system (TCS) and hill launch assist. The car also features keyless entry, engine immobilizer, Ford MyKey and emergency assistance system.
Ford Figo Aspire Price in Bangalore
Ford Figo Aspire Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 5,47,286/- (Figo Aspire 1.2P Ambiente MT) to 8,10,611/- (Figo Aspire 1.5D Titanium Plus MT). Get best offers for Ford Figo Aspire from Ford Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Aspire price in Bangalore at Carzprice
Ford Figo Aspire Verdict
With new engines, cosmetic changes and more comfort as well as safety features, the Ford Aspire 2018 offers a better package. Moreover, it sees a price drop over its predecessor. Ford Aspire is available in four different variants namely Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium+. As per the pricing, its base trim Ambiente is tagged at Rs. 5.71 lakh for the petrol trim and Rs. 6.83 lakh for diesel trim. The top spec model has been priced at Rs. 7.35 lakh from the petrol variant and Rs. 8.46 lakh for the diesel trim. Its Titanium model with automatic is offered at the price tag of Rs. 8.69 lakh while the top-selling trim 1.2 Ti-VCT Titanium is available at the price tag of Rs. 6.64 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi.Ford Aspire entered the segment quite late but managed to make some space with its unique appeal. It currently locks horns with Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, Volkswagen Ameo, Tata Tigor, and Hyundai Xcent in the segment.