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Ford Figo Aspire Hatchback First Look Review

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Ford Figo Aspire Overview

Though the popularity of SUVs is reigning over the demand for sedans globally, there’s one particular segment of these three-box style vehicle that refuses to go down. I am talking about the sub-compact, under-4-meter sedan segment, of which India is the birthplace. Propelled by the tax rebates, this segment had and still has all the major car manufacturers gunning for it. As a result of this, we now have up to 6 models of different makes competing with each other in order to grab the biggest slice of the pie.

However, just like other budget segments, it is Maruti Suzuki that currently has the biggest portion in its plate. That said, there are customers with different requirements in the market and hence multiple options exist. One such interesting option is the Ford Aspire. The 2018 Ford Aspire has recently joined Express Drives’ long term fleet. This car is a perfect example of what you would call as an underdog.

Based on the Figo hatchback, the Aspire received its mid-life facelift last year wherein we saw it getting a minor exterior makeover, some additional features and an all-new petrol engine option. It is this very derivative, with the manual gearbox, that we will we evaluating over the course of time across varied parameters.

Ford Figo Aspire Exteriors

The original Ford Aspire (available only in America) from the 1990s was essentially a basic stripped out car for the entry level buyer and it looked like one. This new namesake thankfully does not. In fact, the new Aspire is one of the more handsome looking cars in its class especially when viewed from the front. With its large ‘Aston Martin’ inspired grille festooned in chrome in typical Ford design language. The large headlamps are not as well detailed as we would have like them to be but aren’t bad looking either. That said, although not immediately evident too, is the fact that the lower half of the front bumper does look a little abrupt and stubby which might not appeal to few. Although we expected a daytime running light option, there isn’t one and neither is there a projector headlamp setup, which is a bit of a disappointment.

The side profile of the Ford Figo Aspire is nicely sculpted and makes the most use of a well defined waistline to break up the mass of the car. The slightly flared wheel arches too look right in place.In fact, the Aspire is a genuinely well designed car that looks like it was intended to take the form that is currently is in as compared to some of the other cars in the category that look like a cut and paste job.The simple and elegant design continues around the back with considerably flat and yet well layered bootlid and bumper combination. The large chrome strip on the boot though will certainly attract the typical Indian customer. That said, the rear end does look a tad bit too plain-jane and could have certainly been tarted up a little bit more. The wheels, a set of 14-inch alloy wheels too look inspired from the older Fiesta sedan and are not as exciting as some of Ford’s other products.

Ford Figo Aspire Interiors

The Ford Figo Aspire gets a dashboard that follows Ford’s recent design philosophy to the T. The Aspire gets a prominent V design dashboard that houses an infotainment screen and an array of buttons which control the phone and media controls.Essentially, the insides of the Ford Aspire looks very similar to the likes of the Ford EcoSport and the Ford Fiesta. We also like the well sculpted steering wheel and instrument cluster binnacles.We particularly like the actual speedometer and tachometer console too which is both clear to read and displays all relevant information.Check for Ford Figo Aspire price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Space

Where the Figo Aspire does score extremely high is when it comes to storage spaces….of which there are 20 of them! In fact, there was clearly a lot of thought that was put into general storage options for this new car.Our favorite is a small cubbyhole on the side of your dashboard that you could put your phone in if you decide to leave it behind in your car. Talking about storage spaces, the large 359 litre boot and the huge glovebox which incidentally is large enough to fit a laptop into.Just like its bigger brother, the Aspire has a set of comfortable and yet sporty front seats that offer a good level of comfort.

We particularly like how the seats offer a good overall level of lumbar support which could be really helpful while traversing long distances.The rear seats in particular are the some of the best in its class and offer a considerable amount of space mainly due to the well sculpted front seats. Shoulder room and head room too is great considering this is still a sub 4-meter Sedan! And not to forget, the top of the line Ford Figo Aspire does come with a beige leather interior option which is a first in class feature.

Features

The Ford Figo Aspire as expected comes loaded with all the possible gadgets that one might expect from a car in this category and then some. You obviously get Bluetooth telephony, an integrated audio infotainment system with phone controls and steering mounted audio controls. You also get a height adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat along with electronically adjustable outside rear view mirrors with an electric folding option.

Equipment

Ford has also taken an interesting approach to a smartphone mounting dock and integrated it well into the central dashboard architecture. You also get what Ford calls a MyKey which is essentially is like a central control over system settings like the speed limiter, seatbelt reminder and the infotainment volume limiter. The Ford Figo Aspire also comes with an automatic climate control and Ford’s SYNC applink that integrates your smart phone or tablet with the infotainment system. What really does impress us the most though are the safety features that the Ford Figo Aspire comes with. All versions of the Aspire come standard with ABS and two airbags. The top of the line Aspire on the other hand comes with a staggering six airbags which is a first for a car in this segment. The Figo also comes with additional features like hill start control, which too is a first in its class.

Ford Figo Aspire Performance

In an age of turbocharged engines, Ford still believes in naturally aspirated motors and the 1.2-litre engine is a clear example. It churns out 95 bhp and there’s 120 Nm of torque on offer. It’s great to drive because it’s got a strong mid- range so there’s good enough power at your disposal. In fact you don’t have to shift down all the time in order to overtake a slow moving vehicle. The petrol is mated to a new 5-speed manual unit that fits the bill. Gear shift action is well weighed and the gear lever slots into its place. The clutch is lighter than before, making it easier to drive even in stop/start traffic conditions. Even if you want to stretch the legs of this one and keep climbing on the speedometer, it’s very happy to do that.To know more details on Ford Figo Aspire check Aryavarta

High speed stability is commendable and there was no vibration on the steering wheel. There’s a bit of tyre noise and engine noise as the revs build but not too harsh to disturb the peace of the cabin.The petrol motor returns a fuel economy of 20.4 kmpl and that’s pretty impressive too. There’s also an automatic on offer but that’s with the more powerful 1.5 litre petrol motor. But sadly, we didn’t get to drive this one. The engine churns out 121 bhp and we really wish Ford brings this engine with a manual gear box. So an ‘Aspire S’, maybe?

There’s a diesel motor as well the tried and tested 1.5 litre. And I say tried and tested, because this motor does duty on the Figo, Ecosport, Freestyle and even the previous Aspire. It still makes 99 bhp and there’s 215 newton metres of torque. That torque kicks in pretty early too somewhere around 1800 rpm and so once you get past the initial lag it’s all smooth sailing. The response to the throttle input is fairly good and mid-range is extremely strong. The 5-speed gearbox slots in well and the clutch has always been light on this one. Sadly there is no automatic on offer on the diesel. Now the petrol might be great as a city car, the diesel will do well both on the highway and in the urban conditions and fuel economy is impressive too; 26 kilometres to the litre!

Ford Figo Aspire Driving

If that figure impressed you, the ride quality will too. The suspension on the Aspire facelift is very city biased and does well to handle the potholes and the speed bumps that you’d encounter. It’s only when you turn into a corner that you realise that this is very unlike a Ford because the suspension compresses to the limit and starts getting rigid; something rarely encountered on a Ford car. So, it’s not an enthusiast’s car because the steering feel lacks any emotion and you don’t feel involved as a driver. It does what it’s meant to do. It’s direct, precise, light and a treat to manoeuvre in and around the city and Ford has stuck to the brief of making a car that provides good space, has a long feature list and of course is low on cost when it comes to maintenance.

Ford Figo Aspire Safety

The Ford Aspire 2018 features standard dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and seatbelt reminder for the driver and front passenger. The top-spec trim gets six airbags, emergency assistance, and the AT trim features hill launch assist, ESP and traction control system.

Ford Figo Aspire Cost 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 .

Ford Figo Aspire Conclusion

On the whole, the Ford Figo Aspire is a very good proposition. It isn’t run of the mill like its competition and certainly offers an angle of fun and excitement that some cars in the segment. It looks handsome, has well made interiors and drives well too. And on top of that it, it does have a set of features that not many other cars in India have.And did we mention how safe it is? All in all, as a culminated package, the Aspire might just have what it takes to repeat for Ford what the Ecosport did a few years ago. In our opinion, the Ford Figo Aspire is certainly a car to consider if you looking to buy a sub 4-meter compact sedan in the near future.

Ford Ecosport Review & Test Drive

Ford Ecosport Overview

Ford EcoSport is one of the most exciting 5-seater SUVs in India. Available in seven petrol versions and eight diesel variants, it is also one of the most popular SUVs that you will find. A glance at Ford EcoSport prices reveals that it is one of the most economical as well. Hence, Ford EcoSport is a defining SUV in many ways. One of the essential features of Ford EcoSport is the 1.5-litre Ecoboost engine. Of all Ford EcoSport variants, two have automatic. Check car loan for Ecosport.

transmission system whereas the remaining vehicles run on 6-speed manual gears. Though Ford EcoSport has a body of an SUV, it is a crossover model because this SUV body sits on the chassis of a sedan. It is a muscular vehicle capable of cruising over rough terrain because of its high Ford EcoSport ground clearance. Ford EcoSport is an ideal vehicle for families that go on long trips. The salient feature of this vehicle is that it comes with a tailgate-mounted spare wheel similar to what many SUVs in India provide.

Ford Ecosport Design

The new Ford EcoSport gets numerous refurbishments on the outside. The alterations include the revised fog lamps and indicators that now been combined into the large triangular housing. The front bonnet though has the same nice power bulge in the center. The car gets larger headlamps with projector along with new LED DRLs. EcoSport features new ford signature radiator grille finished with chrome. The rounded fog lamps in the earlier model have made way for the bigger units.

Coming to the side profile, the new design of the alloys makes a big difference and looks quite appealing. While, at the rear, the car gets few changes like new looks for the optional spare wheel cover and slightly revamped bumper design. Except for the front, there hasn’t been any significant change in the overall appearance.

Ford Ecosport Cabin

Since this is a top-of-the-line variant you get all the features available with the EcoSport and then some more. Standard stuff includes climate control, 8.0-display for the SYNC3 infotainment system and button start.

What’s new, however, is a large dose of Vitamin C that Ford has injected into the cabin. Orange seems to be the new popular shade among all manufacturers and it looks like Ford doesn’t want to be left behind. There’s orange stripes on the part leather-part fabric seats as well as orange accents for the centre console, door handles and AC vents. Lastly, in addition to the orange bonanza, it also has the instrument cluster from the export spec model, complete with a black and white TFT display. On the safety front, this vehicle comes with ABS with EBD, hill start assist, a traction control programme, six airbags and ISOFIX child seat mounting points.

Ford Ecosport Engine

While, the diesel is Ford’s familiar 1.5-litre four-cylinder motor, it’s the petrol engine that we are interested in as this is Ford’s award winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. This is not a new engine but rather, it’s making a comeback for this generation of the compact SUV. It’s a three-cylinder turbocharged motor and produces 123bhp@6000rpm and 170Nm@1500rpm and for the first time, it is being offered with a six-speed manual gearbox. For more information on Ecosport check Kmindia

One of the main purposes of a low capacity turbocharged petrol engine is to offer even performance over a larger range and that is exactly what this EcoBoost motor does. It pulls linearly from as low as 1500rpm with a mild but noticeable boost at around 2000rpm. There’s a constant (and linear) build up to the 4000rpm mark after which the push starts to taper off. It’s not the most refined engine and you do feel the unbalanced thrum commonly associated with three-cylinder motors, but far lesser than before as Ford has upped the quality of NVH insulation.

Ford has managed to efficiently space out this power and torque with the six-speed gearbox that it has mated to this engine and this is visible in the fact that you can do 100kmph in sixth gear at as low as 2200rpm. This means pottering around at city speeds or lower won’t have you reaching for the gearbox constantly to keep the engine in the meat of its ability. That being said, the shifts themselves don’t feel slick and you do have to put in some extra effort to shift the cogs. Even the clutch feels unusually heavy for a small petrol powered vehicle.

Ford EcoSport diesel mileage is around 23 kmpl whereas the automatic variants deliver less at 14.8 kmpl. Ford EcoSport petrol mileage is a satisfactory figure of approximately 17 to 18 kmpl. It does not set the roads on fire, but the Ford EcoSport mileage is a decent one in its segment.

Ford Ecosport Riding

Ford EcoSport is a comfortable vehicle to handle. Its high ground clearance gives the impression of lording over the roads. The driver seat arrangement is such that one gets a perfect view of the road ahead. Its power steering facility enables you to manoeuvre the big vehicle in challenging city traffic easily. Overall, one can state that Ford EcoSport is an excellent vehicle in all respects. Request Ecosport Test Drive.

Ford Ecosport Safety

The presence of Anti-lock braking system (ABS) along with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) balances the brake force in front and rear wheels that avoids the wheels from locking. So, one enjoys great control as well as stability if the car stops in a hurry. In the safety department, dual airbags and ABS with EBD are offered standard across the range while the top end model gets 6 airbags tech like tyre pressure monitoring system. Other safety features include hill launch assist, speed sensing auto door locks, Ford Mykey, Emergency Assist and traction control.

Ford Ecosport Price in Hyderabad

Ford Ecosport On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,25,330 to 14,31,947 for variants EcoSport 1.5 TIVCT Petrol Ambiente and EcoSport 1.5 TDCi Diesel S respectively. Ford Ecosport is available in 12 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Ford Ecosport variants price in Hyderabad. View offers on Ecosport at Autozhop.

Ford Ecosport Verdict

Selling a product on USPs seems to be the mantra and in the case of the EcoSport, you could term this Edition S a full luxury cruiser sitting at the top of the food chain. It’s now extremely stylish, loaded with features worthy of car in this price bracket and now with this EcoBoost engine and six-speed combo, is quite good fun to drive. However, there’s no getting away from the fact that the cabin is not very spacious and is best suited for four occupants. The petrol powered Ford EcoSport S has been priced at Rs 11.37 lakhs while diesel version is priced at Rs 11.89 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). At this price range, the EcoSport has moved well beyond its compact SUV rivals and now takes on specific variants of the C-segment sedans like the Honda City, Hyundai Verna. Then there are also the entry-level versions of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster as well as the Nissan Terrano.