Ford Figo Aspire Facelift Review & Test Drive

Ford Figo Aspire Overview

This is the latest iteration of the Ford Aspire. A much-needed refreshment has been brought in three years after this sub-compact sedan was first launched in India. The carmaker has made a host of cosmetic changes like a revised face, tweaked rear and an updated cabin. This comes along with mechanical upgrades in the form of a five-speed gearbox and two new petrol engines. The latter are from Ford’s new Dragon engine family that was already seen on the new Ford Freestyle and the EcoSport. So, how effective are these changes? We find out. View offers on Ford Cars from Ford dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Ford Figo Aspire Look

The overall shape and design remain quite similar to the older model, but the face looks very new now. There are also many things that helps distinguish between the Aspire’s old and new model. For starters, the old Aston Martin-ish grille with chrome slats is now replaced by a subtle, better-looking honeycomb pattern. The re-profiled bumper gets a black housing incorporating the air dam and circular fog lamps with C-shaped chrome surrounding them. Sadly, the car still misses out on DRLs, a pair of which could have added to the appeal. Then, the silhouette is the same albeit with new ORVMs and classy multi-spoke alloy wheels. Besides, a reworked rear bumper, revised tail lamps and a thick chrome slat enhance the look at the back.\

Ford Figo Aspire Comfort

As you step inside, you will notice the new 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The centre console looks neater now as the massive onslaught of buttons has been removed in lieu of the slick Sync 3 system (even lower models get a touchscreen and not the el-cheapo mobile docking system). The equipment list remains the same as earlier with a few more features, it now gets auto-dimming cabin mirror, reverse parking camera, reverse parking sensors, automatic headlights and automatic wipers. The car also comes with push button start and both the sun visors now get a mirror. There are two USB ports right ahead of the gear lever.

The Ford Aspire offers decent amount of legroom and headroom on the rear seat, however getting three adults in the rear isn’t easy due to the width of the car, Ford knows that and hence there are only two adjustable headrests at the rear, there is a centre arm rest too but that gets no cupholders, neither do the door pads. The seat back is scooped out, there are magazine holders behind the front seatback and the only cupholder for rear seat passengers is the one in between the front seats. The Aspire gets a new key which has boot release on it, imperative as there is no electromagnetic tail gate opener. The car also misses out on a passive entry system which could be added in the near future.

Ford Figo Aspire Gearbox

The Ford Aspire 2018 specifications include an all-new 1.2-litre Dragon petrol engine good for 95 bhp against 120 Nm torque. It also gets the 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder unit from EcoSport, which puts out 123 bhp of power along with 150 Nm of torque. Transmission options on the new Aspire include a standard 5-speed manual unit and a 6-speed torque converter. The diesel trims use the 1.5-litre oil burner tuned to make 99 bhp of power and 215 Nm of torque. For more info on Ford Figo Aspire visit

Refinement levels are good lower down but it does get vocal in the high-end of the rev band. The new gearbox (you need to lift and slot into reverse now in the diesel) offers slick shifts and the clutch is light too. Meanwhile, the petrol engines are all-new 3-cylinder units, the automatic is the 1.5-litre mill that does duty on the EcoSport and outputs an impressive 123 PS and 150 Nm, paired to a 6-speed torque converter, we didn’t sample this engine on our drive. The manual is the 1.2-litre powerplant that generates a segment best 96 PS and 120 Nm, it made its debut in the Freestyle. Performance from the Dragon motor is impressive, there is good low-end pep and post a slight hesitation in the mid-range, it gets punchy in the top-end and accelerates with gusto right from 4000 RPM to its 6800 RPM redline.

Refinement levels are great for a 3-cylinder engine, it only gets vocal at higher RPMs, that too in a good way. The gearbox offers slick shifts too. Both the petrol and diesel engines are efficient, the former should return a mileage of 13-14 km/l while the latter will stretch it to an impressive 16-18 km/l. Ironically, the petrol powered Aspires have a 2-litre bigger fuel tank than the diesel. The diesel models also weigh lesser than the petrol automatic due to the weight of the AT box. Unfortunately, there is no diesel automatic on offer which all the three primary rivals of the Aspire offer.

Ford Figo Aspire Driving

According to the Ford Aspire 2018 review, the subcompact sees a prominent change in performance and handling as it gets the new 1.2-litre Dragon petrol engine.Another pleasing aspect is the Aspire’s flat ride with a suspension tuned for compliance. Ford has managed to tune the hardware very well for Indian driving conditions. Broken tarmac and undulations are well absorbed without any bumps even for rear passengers. We took some sharp bumps and the suspension managed to cushion these without making much noise. Again, straight-line stability is on par for the course without giving any light or wafty feeling even above 150kmph. Additionally, the brake pedal doesn’t feel mushy to use and drops the anchor fast with a quick grab action.

Ford Figo Aspire Safety

On the safety front, the Aspire facelift gets 6 airbags, ABS, EBD and reverse parking camera which shows the visuals on the 6.5-inch touchscreen. The Ford Aspire scored a good 3-stars in adult occupant and 2-stars in child occupant safety, as per Global NCAP tests. The company offers a 5-year/1,00,000 km (2-years which can be extended) warranty on the Aspire which is great for a compact sedan. In terms of service, Ford has a decent network and they are increasing it further. Ford spare parts now come at cheaper rates than before and the cost of service is the cheapest in the segment. Speaking numbers, cost of service for the diesel Aspire is Rs. 1574/-, 4609/-, 5442/- 4609/-, 4129/-, 6621/-, 4129/-, 4609/-, 5442/- and 4609/- for the first 10 years of service at an interval of 10,000 kms (the petrol is even cheaper).

Ford Figo Aspire Price in Hyderabad

Ford Figo Aspire On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,37,627 to 9,43,022 for variants Figo Aspire 1.2P Ambiente MT and Figo Aspire 1.5D Titanium Plus MT respectively. Ford Figo Aspire is available in 11 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Ford Figo Aspire variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Aspire price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Ford Figo Aspire Bottomline

Ford has played their cards well with the Aspire facelift. Its looks are a differentiating point, cabin is well designed and reasonably spacious with some new equipment. However, it still misses out on some basic features like DRLs, projector headlamps and rear AC vents, which have now become a norm in this compact sedan segment. Nonetheless, the Aspire nails the spot with class-leading safety equipment, most powerful engines in segment, excellent driving experience and prices lesser than its outgoing model. It’s also competitively priced between Rs 5.5 lakhs to Rs 8.14 lakhs (ex-showroom) undercutting the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and the Honda Amaze by good margins. An Aspire to aspire for then then?

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