Ford Figo Aspire Overview
Comfortable, Spacious and presentable, Ford’s Aspire has a lot going for it. However, the lack of petrol engines and a full equipment list hasn’t helped its case. The diesel Aspire though won a fan following of enthusiasts thanks to its lively nature and driving dynamics. But now the facelifted Aspire gets a new gearbox for the diesel and a new petrol engine – the lively 1.2-litre Dragon from the Freestyle. Does the new petrol engine finally make the Aspire petrol an option worth considering? And with the market again shifting towards petrol, has Ford played it smart by giving importance to petrol engines again? View offers on Ford Cars from Ford dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
Ford Figo Aspire Look
The design of the Ford Aspire has seen some tweaks. Being a titivated version, there isn’t a change in the dimensions. The fascia sees an update in design, a new front grille, stylish headlamps with a smoked out effect. The Aston Martin look continues. The front fog lamps and the front bumper will be revised too. The side profile of this compact sedan looks the same. The design is well proportioned and it does stand out in the styling. At the same time, the rear will also get a minor change too. It is majorly the snout that shall undergo transformation.
Ford Figo Aspire Comfort
As you step inside, you will notice the new 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The centre console looks neater now as the massive onslaught of buttons has been removed in lieu of the slick Sync 3 system (even lower models get a touchscreen and not the el-cheapo mobile docking system). The equipment list remains the same as earlier with a few more features, it now gets auto-dimming cabin mirror, reverse parking camera, reverse parking sensors, automatic headlights and automatic wipers. The car also comes with push button start and both the sun visors now get a mirror. There are two USB ports right ahead of the gear lever.
The Ford Aspire offers decent amount of legroom and headroom on the rear seat, however getting three adults in the rear isn’t easy due to the width of the car, Ford knows that and hence there are only two adjustable headrests at the rear, there is a centre arm rest too but that gets no cupholders, neither do the door pads. The seat back is scooped out, there are magazine holders behind the front seatback and the only cupholder for rear seat passengers is the one in between the front seats. The Aspire gets a new key which has boot release on it, imperative as there is no electromagnetic tail gate opener. The car also misses out on a passive entry system which could be added in the near future.
Ford Figo Aspire Gearbox
The biggest change in the updated Aspire are the new petrol powertrains. Ford’s compact sedan now comes with the Dragon series petrol engines. The 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine has been carried forward as is. So we will be focusing more on the new petrol powertrains.The Dragon series 1.2- and 1.5-litre petrol engines have been carried over from the Freestyle and the EcoSport. The 1.5-litre engine makes 123PS of power and 150Nm of torque but it’s available with the 6-speed AT gearbox only. The 2018 Ford Aspire facelift we drove had the 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine that produces 96PS of max power and 120Nm of torque, which makes it one of the most powerful engines in its class. It is mated to a new Getrag 5-speed gearbox which, according to Ford, assists in providing a better fuel economy than before.Although, it does need to be revved if you want to have fun, but the sweet spot lies just above 3000rpm that is not only approachable but also more forgiving on the consumption front. You only need to rev it all the way up to 6000rpm if you really intend to test the limits of the vehicle. At sedate speeds, it is equally well mannered and there is ample torque available to perform quick overtaking manoeuvres. Then there is the 5-speed gearbox that feels like a treat to use. The shifts are precise and the clutch is light. Third gear again, like for the diesel, is the car’s sweet spot where it can pull from 20kmph to 120kmph with ease.
The 1.5-litre diesel, on the other hand, makes a sprightly 100PS of max power and 215Nm of torque. This engine gets a new Getrag 5-speed gearbox too. Let’s talk about the diesel first. It retains its punchy nature and accelerates like a bullet as soon as the needle goes past the 1800rpm mark. Its acceleration is relentless and the 215Nm of torque makes itself felt in more ways than one. You can be in any gear and a gentle push on the throttle is all that’s needed to propel the car forward. Out on the highway, you can leave it in 5th and not worry about shifting down even if the speed drops to the lower fifties. You can also power out of corners in a gear higher than you normally would and the Aspire always responds with a bucketful of torqueThe new Getrag transmission feels light and precise. Effort while shifting is minimal, though you do need to get used to the collar for putting into reverse. It is at its most versatile in third as it will pull from 30 to 110kmph with ease. It is equally comfortable sitting at triple-digit speeds and a dab of the right foot is enough to perform even the most unplanned of overtaking manoeuvres.It is still a treat to drive with ample torque at your disposal.
Ford Figo Aspire Driving
Ford has got a good balance of ride and handling on the Aspire. With the bigger wheels, the dynamics are even better. Ride quality is pliant and absorbs almost everything in its stride although bad roads are felt inside but only at higher speeds. The steering offers good feel too, it’s light at lower speeds and weighs up at higher speeds but isn’t in the same league as the hydraulic steering assisted first generation Figo. There is some amount of body roll but the car is quite poised around the bends and is a whole lot of fun, no matter which engine is powering it. Brakes too offer good stopping power but the ABS is over sensitive and pulsates just too much under heavy braking.
Ford Figo Aspire Safety
On the safety front, the Figo Aspire is the only compact sedan to get 6 airbags in the top-spec Titanium+ variant. Dual airbags are standard across the range. It also gets ABS with EBD; and with the automatic, the Ford is equipped with hill-launch assist, traction control and ESP as well.The Trend variant gets some good features like front fog lamps, electrically adjustable wing mirrors and a 4-speaker audio system with steering mounted controls. It also gets indicators on the wing-mirrors and rear power windows.The Titanium spec adds ABS with EBD, alloy wheels, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, power folding ORVMs and in the automatic version, gets ESP, HLA and traction control too. The top-spec Titanium+ variant is fully-loaded, getting goodies such as a side and curtain airbags, a 4.2-inch screen for the music system and voice commands as well.
Ford Figo Aspire Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,47,717/- (Figo Aspire 1.2P Ambiente MT) to 8,11,058/- (Figo Aspire 1.5D Titanium Plus MT). Get best offers for Ford Figo Aspire from Ford Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Figo Aspire price in Hyderabad at Carzprice
Ford Figo Aspire Bottomline
The Ford Aspire has always been one of the best cars in the segment but needed a boost in equipment and a cosmetic tweak to liven things. The facelift has done the trick and the new petrol engines are sure to attract a lot more buyers to the Blue Oval. The diesel Aspire has always offered the best performance in the segment and now the petrols are no less, while being efficient as well. With a reduction in pricing, lowest cost of service in the segment and a long list of features, the Ford Aspire just got even better.