Ford Aspire, the first ever compact sedan from the Detroit-based automobile major, was launched in India in August last year. Earlier, the vehicle was showcased at the New Delhi Auto Expo in 2014. It was then christened as the Ford Figo Aspire. The company has never shied to unveil its latest products to the public well ahead of the official launch and it followed the same policy with the Aspire. The car looks really sharp and well-tuned. It has several segment-first features that are sure to catch the fancy of customers, and attract the envy of rivals.
And if you’re contemplating whether to buy it or not, here’s our detailed review.
Ford Aspire Overview
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Well, Ford may have made a delayed entry in the already crowded Indian compact sedan car market, but it has used the time perfectly to come up with something more than worthy and which stands out. Up against many of its established peers, the sub-four metre Ford Aspire India has all in it to emerge as a winner. The car, at a first glance, looks impressive with the tastefully crafted exteriors. The front fascia of the car is impressive and the hexagonal grille with several chrome stats looks rich. The compact sedan, from the side, looks good. Unlike other cars in its segment the vehicle has a boxy window frame, which makes it look different.
Ford Aspire Specifications
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|1.2 L Petrol||5-speed MT||86.8bhp||112Nm|
|0-100kmph||Top Speed||Body Style||Mileage|
|9.72 seconds||177kmph||Saloon Coupe||18.60kmpl|
Ford Aspire Pricing
The Ford Figo Aspire price in India begins at ₹4,89,990 (ex-showroom, New Delhi), for Ambiente petrol and ₹5,89,990 (ex-showroom, New Delhi), for the Ambiente diesel variant. These are the two entry level Ford Aspire cars.
Following is the full list of Ford Figo Aspire price for all the variants:
|1.2 L Ti-VCT Petrol||₹4,89,990||₹5,76,990||₹6,69,990||₹7,24,990|
|1.5 L TDCi Diesel||₹5,89,990||₹6,76,990||₹7,69,990||₹8,24,990|
|1.5 L Ti-VCT Petrol AT||NA||NA||₹7,79,990||NA|
Ford Aspire Performance
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The Ford Aspire comes with three engine choices that comprise one diesel and two petrol options. The diesel option is a 1.5-litre TDCi powertrain which has been borrowed from the Fiesta and EcoSport. The engine pulls a maximum 100 PS power with 215Nm of top torque. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission gearbox.
The 1.2-litre petrol engine delivers 88PS of top power and outputs 112Nm of torque. The engine is powered by an identical gearbox in the diesel version. The engine’s motor is 1.5-litre Sigma gasoline, which serves the EcoSport as well. The Ford Aspire India compact sedan is also available with a six-speed automatic transmission version, paired to a 1.5-litre petrol engine.
The diesel engine, on its part, revs up when pulled hard. It offers an appreciable ride quality. The cabin of the Ford Aspire is well insulated and you are not bothered by the engine noise while driving.
The petrol version of Ford Aspire India is more responsive than the diesel one. It has been tuned to negotiate the city lanes and bylanes. Ride and handling of the compact sedan is equally commendable. Overall, the Aspire lends a comfortable driving experience.
The Ford Aspire’s fuel economy is commendable. The diesel motor claims to return 25.83kmpl, while the petrol gives a economy of 18.16kmpl. The petrol engine’s AT version delivers 17kmpl.
Ford Aspire Exterior
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One look at the Ford Aspire and you are sure to turn your head again, courtesy the majestic front profile of the car. The chrome glutted radiator grille in the front is the main attention grabber. Its hexagonal shape looks classy and dapper on the car. The sweptback headlights flank the snazzy grille. There are two prominent vertical lines on the engine hood that adds character to the front. The car has body coloured bumper that has attached fog lights to ensure better visibility in night or during inclement weather. The ventilation intakes of Aspire are short and allow air passage via the gaps to keep the engine cool
The strong beltline that connects the A and C pillars, will be the first thing you notice, once you come to the side of the compact sedan. The projected shoulder lines add to the vehicle’s sporty flavour. There’s a chrome insert on the fender, instead of an indicator. All four tyres are eight-spoke 14-inch alloy wheels. The power adjustable ORVMs are of body paint colour and get integrated turn indicators.
The Ford Aspire is fitted with 175/65 R14 tyres that is adequate for the car. The rear design is stately. Though the D-shaped tail lamps are not LED, they are captivating nonetheless for the entire appearance. The body-coloured bumpers have creases on both sides. The higher variants get a fat chrome band that runs along the boot lid’s width. There’s a black insert in both the rear and front bumpers that lend the car a sporty tinge.
Ford Aspire Interior
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The Aspire compact sedan measures 2491mm between the wheels. The cabin of the car is lavish and offers comfortable space to all passengers. The design cues will remind you of the EcoSport, particularly the car’s steering wheel and central console that look deceptively similar to the Fiesta as well.
The dashboard of the car is dual toned in beige and black colour themes. It nicely gels with the beige door pads and upholstery. Fabric seat covers are standard in lower trims. Leather upholstery is available only in the top variants. The Ford Aspire’s instrument cluster has small dials. It has a very soothing blue backlight illumination. The cabin’s chrome garnish has an elegant look. Compared to the other Ford cars, the Ford Aspire is fitted with better materials. The cabin has an improved fit and finish.
You will lose count of the number of storage spaces inside the cabin. The company claims 20 that include bottle holders on doors. They are big enough for holding two bottles. The central console has three cup holders. Other storage points include front seat door pockets and oversized glove box. The seats too are comfortable. The dashboard of the car is placed a tad lower and allows great visibility to the driver. The boot space of Ford Aspire is 359 litres.
Ford Aspire Features
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The compact sedan is packed with several goodies. These include front and rear power windows, front and rear headrests, multi-information display unit, tilt adjustable steering wheel, automatic climate control, head adjuster on the driver’s seat, electric boot release, keyless entry, steering mounted controls, Bluetooth stereo along with four speakers, mobile phone dock, CD player, and a 4.2-inch information screen. The proprietary Ford MyKey and MyFord Dock are also part of the car.
Ford Aspire Safety Features
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The braking duty of the Aspire compact sedan is performed by drum brakes at the rear and disc brakes in the front. Electronic brake force and ALBS lend the car a robust braking experience. Some of the other illustrious safety equipment loaded on the vehicle includes front passenger and driver airbags and engine immobiliser.
Ford Aspire Competitors
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Needless to say the Indian compact sedan segment has stiff competition within. It’s overcrowded and dominated by the Maruti Swift Dzire. There are other contenders like the Honda Amaze, Tata Zest, and Hyundai Xcent. As far as dimensions are concerned, the Honda Amaze is the shortest at 3990mm. The rest measure marginally higher at around 3995mm.
The width of the Ford Aspire is at a creditable 1695. However, it still trails the Zest, which measures 1706. Cabin space of the Ford Aspire India compact sedan is maximum as against its rivals, largely because of the 2491mm wheelbase. Its boot space at 359 litres is less than the Xcent which has 407 litres.
But the Ford Aspire scores in terms of power. Both the 1.5-litre and the 1.2-litre petrol engines offer much better output than its rivals. The diesel variant churns out the same power as the petrol version. The six-speed dual clutch transmission is the first in class and it puts the Ford Aspire reasonably ahead of its competitors.
Ford Aspire Verdict
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Though Ford was late to enter the compact sedan segment, the time taken was worthwhile because the Aspire has been smartly packaged. The exterior of the car is modishly designed, while the front is especially impressive. Dimensions of the car are pompous and that doesn’t make the vehicle look undersized like many of its peers.
The cabin of the car is lavish. The front seats are comfortable and the rear ones are just about it. Storage space is generous inside the cabin. It’s airy with the boxy windows allowing maximum cross-ventilation. The automatic air conditioning is perfect for the predominantly hot and humid Indian conditions. The engine on its part outputs boastful power.
It’s a challenge for car companies to design compact sedans, more so if they are less than four metres in length. Designers have to often compromise on roominess, looks, aerodynamics, comfort or safety. If there’s one car that successfully incorporates all these in balanced proportions, it’s the Ford Aspire.
All in all, the Ford Aspire India compact sedan is a powerful car. It’s ideal for city roads and negotiates congested traffic well with its rather short turning radius. Customers wanting to have a touch of luxury in a sub-compact car may try it. Go ahead. Ford Aspire won’t disappoint you.