Ford Aspire Diesel Long Term Review: Introductory Report

The Ford Aspire comes across as an aggressive looking package in a segment filled with a mundane design language. We welcome it in the Express Drives' garage with open arms and find out what it is good for and what could have been better

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Although the Ford Aspire has airbags as standard in all variants, ABS is absent in the lower trims

Compact sedans avail duty benefits as they are below four metres, which the Government or some strange reasons considers a good thing. However, there is a shortcoming in this segment. Most of the cars in this category feel as if the boot has been slapped onto a hatchback and it doesn't blend in with the rest of the design. The Ford Aspire, however, is one of the few compact sedans that looks good and doesn't radiate the same feeling. The aggressive design language is the exact opposite of this segment wherein cars have a calm but disproportionate profile. In addition to the design, the price cut across all models by up to Rs 91,000 makes it a value-for-money proposition.We got the diesel Titanium version of the Ford Aspire and are finding out what pros and cons it offers over the petrol Aspire, which we earlier had as a long-termer.
First up is the diesel engine with a 5-speed manual transmission. The 1,498 cc motor is not only fuel efficient but reasonably silent as well. NVH proofing on the car is impressive and minus the slight vibrations that is pertinent in most diesel cars, there is no extra unwanted transmission to one's aural and touch senses. Insulation of wind noise also left me impressed which was well controlled even at speeds well above 80 kmph on the highway. The only problem was the tyre noise which is because of the budget MRF tyres. A good pair of tyres should insulate the tyre noise further and improve grip as well.

Coming to the fuel efficiency, the Ford Aspire diesel is turning out to be truly impressive. Since the 215 Nm of torque is available from 1,750 rpm, trotting around town in fifth gear or cruising on the highway makes this compact sedan sip fuel in an efficient manner. The rated mileage of the Ford Aspire is 25.83 kmpl and the indicated mileage on our test vehicle has been 19.7 kmpl till now. This involves mostly city driving and the Ford Aspire is yet to set its foot on the highway which would result in an even better fuel economy.

An all black interior would have been better like it is present in the Ford Figo

Move over to the interiors, and they are equally impressive and well built. The plastic quality feels solid and good to touch. Panel gaps are well-controlled indicating a good build quality that feels good enough to last for years. The climate control system though feels a bit strained even when it isn't particularly hot. We're still a few weeks away from blistering heat in Delhi but the AC already requires a setting of 19-degree celsius to maintain a comfortable temperature.

Another shortcoming here is the beige and black interior theme. The upper portion of the dashboard, centre console and some other plastics are black, while the rest of the car has is available in beige. In a country like India where dust is pertinent, I personally feel an all- black interior would have been better like it is in the Ford Figo. However, the love of Indians for beige is well-known so the company seems to have gone in with consumer choice, which isn't wrong. Another shortcoming of the interior is the limited rear seat space. While the recline and under thigh support is good, people above six feet in height sitting in the second row would be uncomfortable over long hauls. For average sized adults, the Ford Aspire is pretty comfortable.

Unlike other compact sedans, the Ford Aspire has an athletic stance

In addition to the hits and misses of the interior, the infotainment system has its grouses too. Pairing an android phone can somewhat be a task as sometimes the phone pairs only with media or calling functionality, which wants one to unpair and pair it again. Also finding the right sequence for pairing a smartphone is cumbersome. One good part of this system is the Ford MyDocksystem which is, in essence, a smartphone holder integrated into the dashboard. There is no shortage of cup holders or bottle holders as well. The front door can house up to two bottles and an additional carving inside them makes sure the bottles don't bounce around. The rear passengers although have only one bottle holder which is an extension of the centre console.

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So, in our perspective, the Ford Aspire diesel is a car which should be bought by a nuclear family who is looking for a well-designed compact sedan which has a unique silhouette, reasonably powerful engine and has a well-appointed interior. At Rs 7.21 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi, the Ford Aspire has impressed us so far and we are looking forward to a good time with it in the coming months. Keep watching this space for more updates on our long-term Ford Aspire diesel.

So, in our perspective, the Ford Aspire diesel is a car which should be bought by a nuclear family who is looking for a well-designed compact sedan which has a unique silhouette, reasonably powerful engine and has a well-appointed interior. At Rs 7.21 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi, the Ford Aspire has impressed us so far and we are looking forward to a good time with it in the coming months. Keep watching this space for more updates on our long-term Ford Aspire diesel.

Date Acquired: 14th March, 2017

Initial odometer reading: 17, 671 kms

Odometer reading till date: 19,079 kms

Kilometres driven till date: 1,408 km

Best fuel-efficiency: 19.7 kmpl

Least fuel-efficiency: 14.8 kmpl

Power figure: 99 hp at 3,750 rpm

Torque figure: 215 Nm from 1,750 rpm to 3,000 rpm

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