Ford Figo Aspire Review & Performance

Ford Figo Aspire Review

Ford’s delayed entry in the crowded compact sedan segment may have resulted in tough competition, but the company has used this time well to make sure it comes up with something worthy. Up against segment leader Maruti Swift Dzire and various new entrants in sub-four meter segment, Figo Aspire has it all to emerge a winner. Needless to say, the sedan measures less than four meters and exteriors have been crafted tastefully. Front fascia is impressive; the hexagonal grille featuring multiple chrome slats looks rich. From the side, Figo Aspire is not very imposing, the rather boxy window frame do away with the rest of the styling. Check for Figo Aspire in Carzprice
Ford Aspire Overview
Space between arches and wheels is evidently noticeable and tyres seem under sized compared to the metal mass above it. View from rear is subtle; the chrome band running across the width of boot lid (available on top notch trims) looks a tad gawky. Interiors are cosy and roomy, styling bits are reminiscent of EcoSport and Fiesta saloon, especially the centre console. Dual tone interior colour theme educes elegance; storage space is ample inside the cabin whilst boot space is not satisfactory. There are many segment first features that bring Figo Aspire ahead in the game as compared to rivals. Safety of occupants too has been taken care of, that said, the sedan is well equipped with a number of safety equipments. Ford has priced Figo Aspire lucratively; the Ford Figo Aspire price in India could turn out to be one of the positives for the sedan. As for city-specific on-road Ford Figo Aspire price and additional accessories, rush to Ford Figo Aspire dealers in your locality.

Ford Figo Aspire Design

Ford has taken an aggressive leap forward in terms of design. Remember the days of the Escort and Ikon? Those cars were a hoot to drive but not half as exciting to look at. The Figo Aspire gets the latest design language and comes with a very imposing front profile. The instantly recognisable grille derived from the British sports car marque lends it some attitude. The four-slat chrome grille thankfully gets a clean design instead of having the Ford logo slapped in the middle, which is neatly placed on the nose. The headlights are huge in size and extend all the way back to the fenders. The bonnet bulge adds to the masculine stance of the car while the simple designed bumper with fog lamps completes the front profile.

We think Ford decided to add ORVMs integrated blinkers later because there is a blank element left on the front fenders for the indicators that looks quite odd. Having said that, the side profile looks complete considering the sub-4 metre challenge the designers had to face. The boot tends to look a bit short but is integrated well and the strong shoulder-line makes things consistent. The blackened B-pillar shows a good contrast but the alloys could have been sleeker. The rear gets sizeable tail lamp cluster, thick chrome line for a wider appearance and a neatly designed bumper with blackened lip. All in all, the Figo Aspire gets youthful, confident and fresh styling, which should offend none and make it stand proudly against the competition.

Ford Figo Aspire Interior

Measuring 2491 mm between the wheels, the cabin is a lavish place offering comfortable space to the passengers. A certain familiarity is evident inside the cabin, the design cues remind of EcoSport, especially the centre console and steering wheel which look very similar to the ones in EcoSport and Fiesta.

The dual tone dashboard featuring black and beige colour theme gels well with the beige upholstery and door pads. In lower trims, fabric seat covers are equipped while the leather upholstery is available only on the top-spec variant. The blue backlit instrument cluster gets relatively smaller dials. Chrome garnish inside the cabin looks elegant. Compared to the other Fords, this one gets better quality material, fit and finish inside the cabin. Storage space inside is magnanimous, the company claims to have provided as many as 20 storage points including bottle holders given on doors which are big enough to hold two bottles, besides centre console also gets three cup holders. There are various other storage points too including a large size glove-box and front seat door pockets. Seats are comfortable, the front offers more space as compared to rear. A rear armrest is also placed in the centre.
Boot space is 359 litres which is not very impressive; however Aspire being a compact sedan had to have a smaller boot. Grab handles are missing at rear which is uncomfortable for passengers, knee-room and shoulder space is not very comfortable at rear. Dashboard is placed a tad low allowing ample visibility to the driver. Some of the notable comfort goodies stuffed inside include adjustable head rests in front and rear, power windows in front & rear, tilt adjust steering, multi-information display, height adjuster for driver’s seat, automatic climate control, keyless entry, electric boot release, steering mounted controls, mobile phone dock, Bluetooth stereo with four speakers, a 4.2 inch information screen with Sync feature, CD player, MyFord Dock and Ford MyKey among others..

Ford Figo Aspire Engine

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 Driving Dynamics

Ford cars are known to be dynamically rich and while the Figo Aspire handles very well, being better than its rivals in the segment, it doesn’t have the same feel of a Fiesta or even the good old Classic (it uses the same platform though which has seen some modifications). The company has tested the vehicle for 150 hours in the wind tunnel for improved aerodynamics which works well in both performance and efficiency. The steering system is now electric (EPAS with pull drift compensation) and there is some vagueness in the centre, the steering weighing up decently at speed but still being on lighter side in the interest of ease of driving in the city. The suspension is naturally on the stiffer side but just enough to keep the car planted at high speeds while the focus is clearly on comfort as road, tyre and suspension noise is well insulated.

 Due to the body being lighter, it’s not as surefooted as other Ford cars but still inspires enough confidence to drive fast. The petrol Figo offers slightly better handling due to its lower front-end weight while there is some body roll although not much. The Figo Aspire excels in the ride quality department, it glides over roads with authority and takes bad roads in its stride with utmost confidence. Hit a big bump at speed and you will encounter some bounciness but for the most part, the suspension does a fantastic job of ironing out inconsistent tarmac. Braking performance is excellent on the Figo Aspire and the car stops with utmost confidence, even when you stand on the brake pedal hard.

Ford Figo Aspire Braking & Safety

Braking duty is performed by disc brakes in front and drum brakes in rear. Anti-lock-braking system and electronic brakeforce distribution have also been employed vouching a vigorous braking experience. Illustrious safety equipments loaded in the sedan comprise of driver and front passenger airbags, engine immobilizer and a couple of others.

Ford Figo Aspire Verdict

The Figo Aspire is a very important product for Ford India and they have done their research extremely well. The compact sedan looks good, has excellent interiors and is loaded with a ton of features, including dual airbags on base trims. That’s not all, the engines on offer are strong on drivability and are quite frugal too. Being a Ford, a good balance between ride and handling is a given which is true for the Figo Aspire as well. With Ford having priced the Figo Aspire very competitively, there is no denying it is the best car in its category. The new Figo Aspire is sure to take Ford to newer heights in the sub-continent.

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