Indian compact sedan segment is rapidly increasing and every car manufacturer is trying to get the best out of it. Ford took good use of this opportunity with the sub-4m category by launching the EcoSport. It has done well for the company so far but that hasn’t stopped them from introducing another all-new car. It is the second generation Figo with an added boot, the Figo Aspire. Here is a review on this vehicle that carries a showroom price starting from Rs. 4.90 lacs.
The Ford Figo Aspire is available across all dealerships in India. This car comes with three engine options. A 1.5 TDCi diesel and two petrol engines (1.2-litre and 1.5-litre Ti-VCT). Ford has added the Ecosport and Fiesta’s engine into the Aspire. However, the engine has been tweaked to offer more power. The engine now produces 100PS and 215Nm of torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The diesel engine offers 25. 83 kmpl, which seems pretty impressive. The petrol 1.2 motor is a heavily tweaked engine seen in the current Figo hatchback. The engine has received variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust sides, apart from other updates. The Ti-VCT (as it’s called) engine produces 88PS of max power and 112Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The automatic transmission variant however gets the larger 1.5 Sigma petrol also seen in the EcoSport. The unit produces 112PS and 136Nm of max power and torque. This variant even features ESP, traction control and hill launch assist. The hill assist system basically prevents the car from rolling back by applying the brake for a few seconds. The claimed fuel economy figures are 18.16kmpl and 17kmpl for the 1.2 and 1.5 variants respectively. These are pretty impressive mileage figures and are certainly worth competing against Maruti and Hyundai.
The Figo Aspire carries Ford’s very own Kinetic design language that aims at offering a premium and dynamic theme. The vehicle has a bold yet hexagonal chrome grille. The vehicle carries swooping headlamps and makes up for a futuristic design. The vehicle comes with 14-inch 8-spoke alloy wheels looks stylish and go well with the overall design. Just so that the vehicle remained under 4m lengths, the rear end was shortened. The rear side is a smart design and has D shaped tail lamps.
The Figo Aspire has quite a stylish interior and seems uber-cool. The Dashboard on this vehicle is same as the one found on Ecosport. The steering wheel, centre console and information screen look very similar to the EcoSport and Fiesta. There are dual-tone black/beige dash and beige seats and door pads. Depending on the variant, there’s either gloss black or silver finished inserts. The steering wheel also houses the controls.
The seats are comfortable and even feature leather upholstery (first in segment). There is good support up front but the rear seats could have offered more support and could have been made larger. The Boot space on this car is around 360 litres that seems less than competitors like Amaze or Xcent. The Aspire comes in four different trim levels namely – Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium+. The Ambiente trim offers a dual tone interior, adjustable front and rear headrests, front power windows, tilt adjust steering, multi information display, keyless entry, electric boot release and driver and passenger airbags.
The Trend adds front fog lamps, gloss black elements, rear armrest, steering mounted controls, rear power windows, mobile phone dock and a Bluetooth stereo with four speakers. The Titanium trim also gets auto climate control, power fold mirrors, ABS with EBD and an adjustable driver seat. The Titanium+ is the fully loaded variant and it also gets segment first leather seats, the 4.2-inch information screen with the Sync feature, CD player, side and passenger airbags (very impressive and first in segment but passengers don’t get grab handles), Ford MyKey (a programmable key that when used can limit speed and stereo volume level).
All the aforementioned trims are available in 7 different shades- Ruby Red, Sparkling Gold, Oxford White, Tuxedo Black, Deep Impact Blue, Ingot Silver and Smoke Grey. Additional accessories such as illuminated scuff plates, rear parking sensors, mirror mounted reverse camera and GPS, ambient lighting and shark fin antenna are available at various Ford dealerships.
With the existence of other notch backs competing tough in the segment, Ford is a new entrant. The Aspire is undoubtedly a powerful and elegant car with a great engine. With a decent price tag, this vehicle should heat up competition a little more. However, a cautious buyer considers service more often than not. If Ford expands its service stations, there might be scope for the Aspire.