With the Figo Aspire, American auto giant Ford has made a fashionably late entry into the booming compact sedan segment of the Indian car market. To enable it to take on already established vehicles such as the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, the Tata Zest, the Hyundai Xcent, the Honda Amaze and even vehicles from different segments such as the Honda Jazz; Ford has pulled out all the stops with the Figo Aspire. So how does it stack up? Read on to find out.
Powertrain and Performance
As we mentioned earlier, Ford has tried its best to make this car provide all that it can to its owners. A part of that is providing flexibility in terms of engine line-up and fuel types. As a result, Ford will give you this car with a choice of 3 engines. The first is a 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine that delivers 99 bhp and returns 25.8 kpl. The second is a 1.2 litre, 4 cylinder petrol motor that puts out 87 bhp and returns a fuel economy figure of 18.2 kpl. These 2 engines come equipped with a 5 speed manual transmission. Lastly, the buyer also has the option of choosing a 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder petrol engine that makes 110 bhp and returns 17.2 kpl. However, this engine is connected only to a 6 speed automatic transmission. The Figo Aspire is a true Ford in terms of driving dynamics. Thanks to clever engineering, this new compact sedan, especially in its 1.5L diesel avatar, has got excellent power delivery and handling characteristics and is very fun to drive.
Build and Styling
As a result of styling elements such as the Aston Martin-esque front grille, 8 spoke alloy rims, creases in the doors, a wide band of chrome on the boot lid, turn indicators incorporated into the rear view mirrors, chiselled tail light clusters and so on, the Figo Aspire is quite an attractive vehicle. Step inside and one immediately notices that the passenger cabin also carries the modern feel that the rest of the car has thanks to its cleverly laid out dashboard and centre console. The car has 7 paint colour options and comes in 4 trim levels: Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium+ (however, the 1.5L petrol automatic version comes only in the Titanium variant). While the lower variants of the Figo Aspire get the MyFord dock, the top end variants get the Ford Sync system with AppLink and a 4.2 inch display. This vehicle also happens to be the only car in its segment that includes 6 airbags. Other features include steering mounted audio and phone controls, electrically retractable rear view mirrors, bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, 20 storage spaces located throughout the passenger cabin, a reasonably large 359 litre boot, ABS with EBD, emergency assist, traction control, hill start assist and electronic stability program (ESP), among others.
The Ford Figo Aspire has all that it needs to be a winner in its segment. Apart from the 1.2L petrol engine being a tad underpowered, there really is not much to find fault with this car. It has got style both inside and out, the latest features, punchy performance from the 1.5L engines, nimble handling and extremely competitive pricing. Spend your money on this and rest assured that you will not be disappointed.