MAKING A BOLD STATEMENT | FORD ASPIREPosted On: April 20, 2019 By : AutoLife Team
Ford took almost 2 years to introduce the new Aspire, and all for the good reasons. The updated car looks more muscular and sophisticated with its bulked up body frame and headlights. The car has evolved in terms of technology as well; Rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power adjust and fold for the mirrors are just a few to mention. But, the biggest update as compared to the old one is infotainment touchscreen, which replaces the old 2-DIN music system that had an actual number pad on the dash. All in all the new Aspire is no doubt, the perfect city commuter companion. So, let us look into how the new Ford Aspire holds up to its predecessors and how it performs.
Ford has given quite a thought to the new Aspire and they have done a pretty good job. The new car is well improved and delivers as expected by the customers. There are significant changes at the front keeping in touch with the new generation such as the 3D honeycomb-patterned grille which Ford has termed as cellular grille. This makes the new Aspire look fresh and gives a solid first impression. Furthermore, it also gets some thoughtful touches of chrome around the grille and the fog lamps, and inside the headlamp cluster. Overall, the front looks sharp and sportier than before.
At the rear, the car looks similar to the outgoing model with the big chrome strip on the boot continuing to adorn the rear which is the only gripe we have with new Aspire, but that can be easily overlooked by how well Ford has designed the new gen Aspire. None the less, the rear design looks good with the car over all. Another new addition is that Ford has upped the wheel size on the new Aspires and now runs on 15-inch alloy wheels shod with 195/55 R15 tires which looks proportionate to the massive muscular body. Hands down, the new Ford Aspire has a simple yet classy design.
Inside the new Aspire, you are greeted with a 6.5-inch touchscreen which can be seen on the Freestyle. You also get Ford Sync 3 with Apple Carplay and Android Auto which is only available on the top end variant but it does get inbuilt navigation on all variants, though. Other new features include rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power adjust and fold for the mirrors as well as steering-mounted audio controls which has been carried over from the previous version. Besides this, the cabin of the Aspire facelift is basically the same. The Interior gets the dual tone beige and black as similar to the previous one. The steering and instrument controls too have been carried forward. But as we have heard, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, you will find this car more enjoyable, especially if are updating from the old Aspire to the new one, giving you warm memories from the past.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE
The updated Aspire gets a new 1.2-litre, 16V Ti-VCT Petrol Engine, three-cylinder, naturally aspirated Dragon engine. The Aspire also gets a 1.5-litre TDCI Diesel engine. The one we tested was the petrol variant and the 1.2-litre engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission producing maximum torque of 120Nm @ 4250 RPM and maximum power of 96PS @ 6500 RPM, which is the highest among petrol manual compact sedans available in the market. But, even though it’s the same engine that you get on Ford Freestyle, on the Aspire its feels completely different in a good way. Keep reading to know why. For the test ride we took this car from busy traffic infested roads of Kathmandu to the twists and turns of Chobhar and Kritipur with only a quarter of fuel in the tank and we must say that this car is fun to drive on either conditions.
The clutch is lighter than before, making it easier to drive even in hectic start and stop conditions and as for the acceleration, you don’t have to shift down all the time in order to overtake a slow moving vehicle. Also, the gear box feels friendly even on high revs. On straight highways, if you decide to pin your foot down on the accelerator, it will happily be the one to keep climbing on the speedometer and there is that sweet grunting sound from the engine. With that being said, Ford Aspire has high speed stability, least to none vibrations on the steering wheel and can handle any situation in urban areas. Remember when we said, we drove with only quarter of fuel in the tank? Well, after we finished our test ride there was still petrol left on the tank that we could do the test ride again. As Ford has claimed the new Aspire is more efficient by 2.24kpl, the Aspire delivered the mileage as promised even on harsh acceleration and slow moving traffic.
HANDLING AND COMFORT
The new Aspire handled pretty well on every urban situations. The suspension is adjusted to encounter more or less all the small potholes and the speed bumps that you’d easily find on Nepalese roads. However, you would definitely feel the big bumps, because of the tight suspension setting. But tight suspension setting comes to play on the high speed tight corners. The car feels comfortable and gives you confidence as there is no wobble in the turns. The steering is perfect for both busy and free roads as it is smooth but lacks a bit of feedback unless you are used to. None the less it does precisely what it’s meant to do. The car feels light and easy to maneuver in and around the city giving you a smooth and pleasurable drive. Ford has designed this car to be a comfortable city compact sedan. Hence, there is enough space for both driver and passengers. The seats cushioning is just right especially for the driver because of the sculpted backrest. The legroom at front and rear are adequate due to long wheelbase. As for tall people, the head room might feel a bit cramped.
The new Aspire definitely will exceed your expectations of a compact sedan. The suspension is beautifully set up, the engine is one of the most powerful in its class and comfort and handling is something where the Aspire makes a point. Comfortable on the inside and muscular on the outside, the new Aspire will make you happy on every mile of your journey. Plus, it comes packed with dual front airbags, side and curtain airbags, Anti-Lock Braking with Electronic Brake Force along with ISOFIX child seat mounts and reverse parking sensors. And, not to forget the remarkable mileage it offers with a price starting from Rs. 25,50,000/- to Rs. 36,50,000/-; Ford Aspire is a perfect family car.