FORD ASPIRE FACELIFT 2018
Here we have the Ford aspire facelift which is a brilliant compact sedan. The previous generation car was already a perfect Mid range family sedan and now ford has made it even better by adding few more cool technologies and reducing the price.
The aspire is always a good looking car always which have a small resemblance of Aston Martin. For facelift ford has given new grill, revised bumper at front and back. Have some chrome inserts in the back and a fake air dam too..
INTERIOR OF FORD ASPIRE
Changes are mainly felt in the interior. There are tons of features in the car. Ford aspire now gets a new centre console with 6.5inch touch screen infotainment system with sync 3 also apple car play and android auto. new aspire has reverse camera parking camera which give an ample rear view though display and also reverse parking sensors which is an additional safety for the car. ford has given segment first 6 airbags ,automatic headlamps, automatic vipers and auto dimming rear view mirror.
Further changes include 2USB ports near to the gear lever and Push button start but no keyless entry. For automatic variants car comes with hill start assist and traction control.
The quality level in the car are good but not that great. There are plenty of storage like multiple cup holders in the centre and area to keep phones.
Meanwhile the glovebox isn’t much large and there are no pockets at rear door which will makes us to depend upon the front cupholders areas everytime.
The instrument cluster have been better because it look pretty small but contain consoles for reading multiple information.
The rear seat has descent amount of space. The front seats are scooped out. There are magazine holders. But the knee room and leg room and are not as good as other in segment. Head room are not too good and under thigh support is quite lacking.Tall person will find bit difficult to adjust.Ground clearance is also low with 175mm.
ENGINE OF FORD ASPIRE
Ford aspire comes with two petrol engine one Diesel engine
one petrol engine is a 3 cylinder 1497cc which churns out 121 hp@6500rpm , 150nm torque @ 4500rpm accompanied by a torque converter gearbox
And the other is 3 cylinder 1194cc which churns out 95hp@6500 rpm, 120nm torque @4250rpm
The manual petrol engine is big step ahead. Refinement levels are much better, feels more aggressive ,low end performance is very well and the lag is too much low. But after 2000 rpm car comes to normal mode better for cruising but after crossing the 3500rpm the engines wakes up and give much more response and car become more aggressive.
Refinement levels are great for a 3 cylinder engine and also has great mileage. Ford claimed that aspire 1.3 petrol has a mileage of 20.4km/l.
New 5 speed gear box is much more slicker, lighter and give more response.
The Diesel Aspire has 1498cc 4 cylinder engine which churns out 100bhp 23750 rom , 215nm of torque @1750rpm.
This the best small capacity Diesel engine present in the market. This offers good drivability and response. There is good punch in mid range and is so strong. Turbo lag is well contained.
The aspire 1.5 diesel is a very fast car which can reach a speed of 100km/h in just 9.72 seconds.
This diesel engine is so refined and gearbox is very smooth and slick. Ford claims a mileage of 26km/l.
While the petrol has a fuel tank capacity of 40 litres , the diesel has only 40litres.
EXTERIOR OF FORD ASPIRE
Ford aspire rear look premium with the chromium strip and tail light looks peppy.
It has descent bootspace of 350 litres
Ford aspire is always a fantastic car in ride and handling balance. Build quality is good overall.Ford aspire facelift achieved a 3 star in global Ncap. The suspension is on softer side. It is very well calibrated. The ride quality is good and we will feel a problem when we go through bad roads, we will feel lot inside the cabin.
Handling is too good and tight. We have a good amount of control on car. Steering gives better feedback. At higher speeds , car is very stiff and have good stability and brakes are ver sensitive.
The present age ford aspire will be a great value for money car which gives more features and equipments. overall its fun to drive car.
Car provided by JSP FORD , Bangalore