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User review on Ford Aspire written by Susmit Sarkar on 19 March 2016

Year of Manufacture : 2015 | Driven no. of Kms. : 6500

  • Overall
    Overall rating: 4.75
  • Exterior
    Overall rating: 4
  • Suspension
    Overall rating: 5
  • Comfort
    Overall rating: 5
  • Safety
    Overall rating: 5
  • Pros: It is so much fun to drive that you may want to drive it on and on and on... :)
  • Cons: The side profile looks very sober (chrome door cladding can liven it up) - this is where the 14 inch wheels look smaller - 15 inch would look a lot better. I found the outer body/pannel light weight - it virbrates if car audio volume is high (80+%) - this can be attributed to the lightness of this vehicle - just over a 1 ton. The pannel gaps are wide - they could have been reduced. The rare bumper is almost flat and does not provide any cover/protection to boot lid - any rare impact may cause body damage. There is no engine cover (as in Fiesta or Eco-sport) although it has provision for a cover.
If you are looking for safe, comfortable, efficient and exciting to drive car? Well, Aspire is just for you. It is so much fun to drive that you may want to drive it on and on and on... :). Although Ford is late to the party (segment already has Maruti Swift Desire, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze and Tata Zest), but after driving the Ford Figo Aspire, I am confident that it has potential to top the list. Looks really interesting (agressiveness combined with elegance) as it has a unique grill (reminds me of good old Ambi) and swept back headlight cluster make it stand of the crowd. Although it is a sub-four meter car, the proportions are best in-class. The build quality of the cabin is one of the best if not the best in the segment. The moment you step into the car, you can realize the amount of space it has to offer, just fantastic. During Indian summer, you can keep yourself and family very comfortable as this car has a very powerful AC - also the Ford technician told me that AC load is distributed to battery (80%) and engine (20%) so driving performance is not compromised. The instrument cluster is small but looks nice and clear with light blue/cyan color - other systems (engine warning, overheating, seatbelt, high/low beam, fogs etc) have different colors. Another major feature is the docking station, which can hold your phone/GPS device for ease of use. The USB and Aux are built into the rare of docking station. The steering mounted audio/media controls are nice easy to use.You will simply fall in Love with the 1.5 TDCi :) It is not a brand new engine - it has been delivering power to Feista, Eco-sport but has been fine tuned for more power (100 PS) and better mileage. The dirivability and refinement levels are fantastic. It does not hesitate and can easily pick-up in 3rd gear from low as 15 kmph. The amount of torque (215 Nm) available across the rev-range is briliant. The fixed geometry turbo kicks in early (1400 RPM approx) making driving in trafic effortless (giving quick reaction). Ford cars have been known for their ride and handling qualities and this one is no different :) It has been further optimized for Indian roads and makes the car glide over pot-holes or bumpy roads.

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