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Ford Figo Aspire review, test drive
Jul 12, 2015
DETAILS IN BRIEF
  • Make Ford
  • Model Figo
  • Edition Aspire



The Figo Aspire is Ford's entrant into the popular compact sedan segment in India. We get behind the wheel to find out what promise it holds.

What is it?

The Figo Aspire is Ford's first crack at a four-metre sedan market in India. Right from the start, the latest Ford has its work cut out. Up against well-entrenched competition like the Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and Tata Zest the Aspire will have to be really good to make an impression, and Ford knows this. The American carmaker, however, is quietly confident it’s come up with something special enough for the task at hand. Some of that confidence stems from the fact that the Aspire is much better suited to Indian conditions than any Ford before it. Unlike many of its predecessors, this car has been engineered from scratch – and not just adapted – for customers in developing markets like India and Brazil, where much of the developmental work on the car was done. But just how good is the Aspire?

Catch a glimpse of the Aspire's nose and you can't help but be impressed by the clean, crisp lines. The Aston Martin-like look really does work well and the headlamps and heavily chromed grille further embellish the looks. Helping here are some sharp-looking cut lines on the bonnet and the fairly aggressive chin.

In profile though, the Aspire doesn’t look as well proportioned as, say, the Honda Amaze. For sub-four metre sedans, a balanced form and cabin roominess are generally at odds and seeing the Aspire in profile, you’ll know which side Ford has erred to. The boot is stubby and you can’t miss that the 14-inch wheels appear a size too small. At the tail, there’s nothing remarkable about the simple, single-piece tail-lamps but the thick band of chrome on the boot lid does liven up things up a bit and makes the rear look wider than it actually is.


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Technical Specifications

Engine

Fuel: Petrol / Diesel
 
Installation: Front, transverse
 
Type: four cyls, in-line 1.2-litre, 1.5-litre petrol / 1.5-litre diesel
 
Power: 86.8bhp, 110.5bhp, 98.6bhp
 
Torque: 11.4kgm, 13.9kgm 21.9kgm

Transmission

Type: Front wheel-drive
 
Gearbox: 5-speed manual / six-speed auto (1.5-petrol only)

Dimensions

Length: 3995mm
 
Width: 1695mm
 
Height: 1525mm
 
Wheel base: 2491mm
 
Boot volume: 359 litres
 
Ground clearance: 174mm

Chassis & Body

Weight: 995-1048kg
 
Wheels: Steel/Alloys
 
Tyres: 175/65 R14

Suspension

Front: Independent McPherson strut with coil spring and anti-roll bar
 
Rear: Semi-independent twist beam with twin gas and oil filled shock absorbers

Steering

Type of power assist: Electric power assist with Pull Drift Compensation technology

Brakes

Front: Ventilated Discs
 
Rear: Drums

Economy

Tank size: 42/40 (Petrol/Diesel)


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