measures, Ford took a bold step with the Aspire by providing front dual airbags
as standard and 6 airbags in the top variants, the hatch back does get the same
treatment of 6 airbags in total on top trim but as standard only a driver
airbag is available. Across the chassis and the structure of the car, Ford says
most of it is high strength steel and opening and closing the door you do feel
they didn’t take any shortcuts as the door feels thick and chunky.
Just like the
Aspire, the Figo aslo gets the same powertrain family. A 1.2 litre petrol
engine, a 1.5 litre diesel both mated to 5 speed manual gear boxes and a 1.5
litre petrol engine with a dual clutch automatic transmission. For this drive,
we drove the 1.5 litre petrol automatic and the 1.5 litre diesel powered cars.
1.5L Ti-VCT (Automatic)
We drove the automatic petrol version first. The
1.5 litre 4 cylinder turbo charged engine produces 110bhp and 136Nm of torque.
Mated to the 6-speed DCT gearbox the engine is extremely smooth and so are the
gear changes. In ‘D’ the car is ideal for city conditions while keeping a check
on fuel consumption. But with 110bhp on board, it’s not as fast as it sounds. Set the
gearbox in ‘S’ and everything livens up, shifts are quicker, acceleration is
improved. You can also shift gears yourself with the
help of a +/- buttons on the gear lever. The regular sequential system would have
been better and a lot more satisfying, but it’s more focused on city conditions
than winning races. Ford has other cars to do that. And hence with the
automatic gearbox, the Figo has a certified 17kmpl fuel economy.
1.4L duratorq engine from the old Figo, the new 1.5L TDCI engine is a peach.
With almost a 100bhp at its disposal and 215Nm of torque, this engine inches
this little ford into semi hot hatch territory, just 4bhp less than the Polo GT
TDI and it does one better by being a full lakh cheaper than the German.
To drive, we
found the diesel the best option in the Aspire, and the same with the
hatchback. With the turbo kicking in at just 1500rpm, you get instant
acceleration in any gear, at any time, at any rpm. There is no sluggishness in
the power delivery. The 5 speed manual gearbox is a bit clunky at first but
over time you get accustomed to its nature. I can recall my gear box was just
like that when it was new in the old one and now I think it’s one of the best
gearboxes with its short shift throws. It’s not clunky, nor is it just buttery
making it less responsive to the tough and feel. It’s in the middle between
clunky and perfection, just where it’s supposed to be. The clutch seems to be
really well weighted.