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Ford Aspire Long Term Review: After 45 Days and 3,260 Km in City, Highway and the Hills

Does the Ford Aspire have what it takes to be one of the best sub-metre compact sedans in India? We find out through an extensive test.

Manav Sinha | News18.com@manav_sinha

Updated:July 7, 2017, 9:23 PM IST
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Ford Aspire Long Term Review: After 45 Days and 3,260 Km in City, Highway and the Hills
The Ford Aspire is one of the best looking offerings in its segment. (Photo: Manav Sinha/News18.com)
When it comes to the sub-4 metre compact sedans segment in India then the number of options available are a lot. The number of new entrants that have made their way in recent months, in this segment, make it easy to believe that this is where a lot of automakers are putting their money at. One such offering in this segment is the Ford Aspire which is the elongated version of its sibling hatchback Figo.

The price of this car starts at about Rs 5.45 lakh for the petrol variant and Rs 6.54 lakh for the diesel variant (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

We tested the diesel engine powered Titanium+ variant which costs Rs 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for a period of 45 days within which the car was driven through hectic city traffic, open highways and even taken for a road trip in the hills. During our testing, the total kilometres that were clocked amounted to exactly 3,260 kilometres.

Here's how it went.


 

The Looks

The car has to be one of the best-looking offerings in the segment. The big front grille with the chrome treatment, the slightly sculpted hood, sweptback headlamps and the indicator-integrated ORVMs give the car a bold and muscular look. The side profile of the car also looks masculine with the prominent shoulder line running almost the entire length of the car. From the back, though, the design does not manage to keep up with how the side profile and the front-end of the car look but nevertheless, it is something that you won't dislike. The large chrome strip running across the boot does continue the bold appearance of the car.

Ford-Aspire-Long-Term-Review-SideThe Ford Aspire from the side. (Photo: Manav Sinha/News18.com)

Step inside the car and you are greeted with a black and beige theme and the quality of materials used and the built quality of the plastic panels are decent. The biggest attraction is the centre console which comes with a host of buttons and a 3.5-inch screen to display all the required information. The infotainment system is Ford Sync which means that you get Voice Command Controls, Bluetooth telephony and audio streaming and a suite of apps to choose from.

Ford has also offered automatic climate control and one of the best things about the cabin has to the driving position which can be customised extensively as the seats are also height adjustable along with the steering wheel.

Overall, the exteriors of the Ford Aspire make it stand out of the crowd and the cabin is a pleasant one to be in.

Ford-Aspire-Long-Term-Review-RearThe Ford Aspire from the back. (Photo: Manav Sinha/News18.com)

What's Cool?

The best part about the car has to be the way it drives that makes for several smiles along the way.

The car we tested was being powered by the 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine that develops a mouth-watering 100 horsepower and 215 Nm of torque which is delivered as low as 1750-3000 RPM. While it may not be the most powerful diesel compact sedan in its segment, it does manage to put all of that power down to the wheels very efficiently and makes all of that power usable. The engine comes mated with a slick 5-speed manual gearbox which is a charm to use. The 15-inch alloy wheels sport grippy tyres which handle all that power very well. All of this makes the car extremely engaging to drive, so much so, that it can be said that it is one of the best driving sub-4 metre cars in India right now.

Usually, a dynamic driving capability like the one delivered by the Ford Aspire eat into the efficiency of the engine but that's not the case with this one. The car's mileage never went below 17.5 kilometres per litre and when you multiply that with the 40-litre fuel tank that it has – then you are looking at a range of about 700 kilometres which is simply fantastic.

Ford-Aspire-Long-Term-Review-MileageThe Ford Aspire diesel offers good range on a full tank of fuel. (Photo: Manav Sinha/News18.com)

The car not only drives well, the brakes are good too. They have enough bite to save you in extreme braking scenarios and there is hardly any fade even after extensive usage.

Another commendable fact about the Aspire has to Ford's focus on safety as the car comes fitted ABS, EBD, Hill Start Assist, Electronic stability program and a total of six airbags inside the cabin – which makes it one of the safest cars in the segment.

Also Read: Delhi-Kufri Road Trip in Ford Aspire: The Go-Kart Experience at 7500-Feet

What's Not So Cool?

While the Ford Aspire does get a host of features on board and smartphone connectivity as well, we did miss a touchscreen infotainment system which could have done away with the host of buttons that are there on the centre console.

Ford-Aspire-Long-Term-Review-InteriorsThe Ford Aspire interiors. (Photo: Manav Sinha/News18.com)

There are several compartment spaces inside the car but surprisingly, the rear doors miss out on bottle holders and the rear seat armrest doesn't come with cup holders either, making it difficult for rear passengers to keep their bottles, cups or knick knacks during long commutes.

Competitors

The Ford Aspire competes with the Volkswagen Ameo, Maruti Suzuki DZire, Honda Amaze, Tata Tigor and Hyundai Xcent.

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Verdict

So the big question is whether the Ford Aspire deserves your money. The answer to that question lies what kind of usage of the car you are looking at.

Most of the sub-4 metre compact sedans in India spend most of their time in hectic city traffic and chances are that if you plan to buy a car of this segment then it is going to be driven by you. Hence, the list of priorities would include the likes of driving experience, practicality and mileage and the Ford Aspire manages to deliver on all those aspects. On top of that, it is a good looking car and is also one of the safest ones in its segment. And that's why you simply cannot miss out on the Ford Aspire.

Starting odometre reading: 17,447 km
Final odometre reading: 20,707 km
Total kilometres driven: 3,260 km
Mileage delivered: 17.5 km/l

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