Ford debuted the Figo Aspire sedan in Indian market at the inauguration ceremony for its new car and new engine assembly plant in Sanand, Gujarat. Figo Aspire was the first model to be released at the new plant.
1. Ford Aspire 2018 Introduction
It has been almost 3 years since the current generation Ford Figo Aspire was introduced to the Indian market. Although the carmaker has yet to announce any plan for the next-gen Aspire, it's recently brought a slight makeover to the top-spec Ford Aspire. Ever since its launch into our country in 2015, it was considered as one of the serious competitors of the Maruti Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and Tata Zest and has been predicted to "set the new standards for small car model in Indian market as it possesses "leading-edge safety features" and "advanced technology".
Designed to meet the needs of Indian consumers, the Ford Figo Aspire 2018 is a sedan that owns the overall length of fewer than 4 meters. Thereby, the Ford Figo Aspire 2018 would be subject to a lower tax rate in the Indian market.
An A-segment sedan for India
2. Ford Aspire 2018 Exterior
First of all, the design does not look abrupt especially at the rear. However, the other parts of the car are well designed. In fact, it comes as a surprise that it is a sub-4 meter car, most people won’t be able to tell because it does look like a properly sized sedan. Besides, the exterior of the Ford Figo Aspire is designed in the latest style. Featured with chrome bar equipped grille, two headlights with fog lights, tail lights around, it has a fancy look.
In general, the exterior design of the Figo Aspire 2018 is no different from the Ka. The car is pictured with Ford's latest design style expressed through a grille like the Aston Martin, clutch headlights and vertical nose.
The car has a length of 3.995 meters, 1.695 meters wide, and 1.525 meters high
Ford Aspire has a length of 3,995 meters
Ford Aspire is 1,695 meters wide
Ford Aspire is 1,525 meters high
3. Ford Aspire 2018 Interior
The interior gets a pleasure with a sophisticated and functional looking dashboard. It is very similar to other Ford cars of this generation which immediately reminds us of other Ford models.
The Ford Figo Aspire 2018 is equipped with two-color interior with beige chairs and black dash panel without any flashy silver elements.
The Ford Figo Aspire 2018 looks distinctive two-color interior
As for the center console, it is the most distinctive from its predecessor. From a long-term usage perspective, it is easy to get used to and locate the controls. In addition, the Ford Figo Aspire 2018 also comes with black piano details, large buttons and SYNC information. Besides, it also has a small display screen and the smart key which is MyKey.
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Next comes the new 3-spoke steering wheel with built-in stereo sound and Bluetooth connectivity.
The 3-spoke steering wheel brings the comfort to the driver
The bottom of the center console is the “house” for the HVAC switch, 12V socket, USB port and AUX. Being small but nice, the Ford Figo Aspire 2018 comes with a spacious legroom for the second row. Besides, the rear window and adjustable handrail folded arbitrarily is another plus point for the car.
Ford Aspire offers the rear seats which are the good place to be in because of the comfort and it is large enough for good under-thigh support.
The rear seats are comfortably large
It also comes with a foldable middle arm-rest and adjustable head-restraints for the comfort of occupants. Although no rear-AC vent is available in the car, yet it still does not feel like any problems as the cooling performance of the AC is rather effective. In fact, the seats are better than most cars in this segment.
In the Indian market, most small cars like the Ford Figo Aspire 2018 are equipped with only two airbags. Meanwhile, the Ford Figo Aspire 2018 is equipped with six airbags in the high-end. This is one of the reasons that makes Ford Figo special.
The Ford Figo Aspire 2018 is equipped with six airbags
4. Ford Aspire 2018 Performance
The India Figo Aspire 2018 offers three engine options - a 1.2-litre Ti-VCT petrol, a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel, and a 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol engines. Smallest of the three, the 1.2-litre Ti-VCT petrol engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and churns out a maximum power output of 87bhp and a peak torque of 112Nm. The bigger petrol engine - 1.5-litre Ti-VCT - comes mated to the segment-first 6-speed dual-clutch automatic, and churns out 110bhp and 136Nm. On the other hand, the 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine churns out 99bhp and 215 Nm.
A look on Ford Aspire engine
4.2. Fuel mileage
When it comes to fuel mileage, it depends on how hard you push the engine. If it is a hard pushing, it will return around 15 to 17 KMPL. If it is slowly pushing drive, or on less-congested roads, most of the times, a mileage of around 17 to 20 KMPL would be expected. It also can get around 22.6 KMPL on a 300 Km long highway commute when driving between 60 to 100 KMPH with few stops. For most users, it is easily expected around 17 to 18 KMPL with regular in-city use of this car, which can be considered a great mileage.
The Ford Aspire is positioned in a segment inherently focused on value and practicality. While the Aspire does deliver well on both these parameters, it offers something extra that most of its competitors miss out on. As you would've guessed it by now, that extra thing is driving pleasure. Although the Aspire isn't as good as the older Figo or the Fiesta, it offers a good balance between comfort and handling. The handling of the car is quite precise with a well-weighted steering.
It's obviously very adept at handling city runs. But, the surprise with the Aspire is its back road hill-climb ability. It doesn't have enough power to make its tyres squeal around hairpins. But, the engine provides enough poke for a quick ascent, and the chassis ensures minimal roll while you're at it. Moreover, ride quality over bad roads (and even no roads) leaves no room for complaint.
Ford aspire can take a good ride on off-road
5. Ford Aspire 2018 Color Options
The Figo Aspire is available with seven colour options:
Deep Impact Blue
Ford Aspire 2018 in ruby red color
Ford Aspire 2018 Colour options
Final words, a car under Rs. 10 Lakh that is safe, spacious, easy to drive and maintain and offer great mileage, the Ford Aspire can meet the demand and check all the boxes. It is difficult to come up with alternatives which are as impressive as this car when it comes to safety, space and performance.
6. Ford Aspire 2018 Prices and Variants
Ford Aspire 2018 Review Prices and Variants
1.5 TDCi Ambiente
1.5 TDCi Ambiente ABS
1.5 TDCi Trend
1.5 TDCi Titanium
1.5 TDCi Titanium Opt
1.5 TDCi Sports Edition
1.5 TDCi Titanium Plus
1.2 Ti-VCT Ambiente
1.2 Ti-VCT Ambiente ABS
1.2 Ti-VCT Trend
1.2 Ti-VCT Titanium
1.2 Ti-VCT Titanium Opt
1.2 Ti-VCT Sports Edition
1.2 Ti-VCT Titanium Plus
1.5 Ti-VCT Titanium
7. Ford Aspire 2018 Detail Specs
Ford Aspire 2018 Specs India
Engine and Transmission
1.2-litre 86.8bhp 16V Ti VCT Petrol Engine
1.5-litre 99bhp 8V TDCI Diesel Engine
Suspension and Brake
Front: Independent McPherson Strut with Coil Spring