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Ford Aspire, long term review, first report

Ford Aspire, long term review, first report

Snapshot: We've just completed a month with the Ford Aspire petrol, and it's more impressive than we imagined.

Before going further, let me tell you that the last Ford car I kept as a long-term review car was the Fiesta. I loved it to bits for its sheer build quality, handling and punchy diesel engine. So naturally, going by my last experience, I requested Ford for a diesel Aspire.

With car buyer’s demand shifting back to petrol engines, Ford insisted that I kept the 1.2 petrol Aspire. I agreed rather reluctantly, since I wanted to sample the more powerful diesel engine. For someone like me, who drives about 70-80kms on a daily basis, a petrol engine car is a sure shot way to commit financial hara-kiri.

 

However, after one month of being part of our fleet, the Aspire is performing it’s duties with great aplomb. The crisp steering, agile chassis and slick gearbox ensure that it is the best car for anyone who calls himself a keen driver. What also adds to the sporty nature of the Aspire is the silky smooth engine. Rev it hard and you can hear a sporty note at the exhaust. While Ford hasn’t paid me to say this, I will endorse it as the best handling petrol compact sedan in India atthe moment.

 

It’s also returning a very respectable12-13kpl in the city. Not bad when you consider that it’s driven in choc-o-block traffic from Gurgaon to Delhi.

What also adds desirability to the Aspire, are the rear seats, which make it a much more rounded package than most rivals. There’s plenty of room for three abreast and you won’t be struggling for shoulder or head room either. The powerful AC too is brilliant, when it comes to chilling the cabin really fast.

Most members in my team agree with me on the driving bit. However, the Aspire isn’t perfect(no car ever is). For one, a common complain amongst staffers who used the Aspire is that, the dashboard with its plethora of buttons can be intimidating for initial users. Also, the beige seat fabric has a tendency to soil rather easily. And the weirdest complaint in the log book was that the trunk opening wasn’t very generous. Maybe someone in my team wanted to shift a big geyser in its carton.

As the winters set in around the Delhi NCR region, the Aspire will get a chance to flex its muscles on the highway and maybe even up the hills. I am sure, it won’t disappoint over those long journeys either. Watch this space for more.

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