Ford India is all set to start a new innings in the Indian market by launching the all-new Figo Aspire. This is company’s second sub-4 meter product and unlike the EcoSport, who had no competitor when it was launched, the Figo Aspire does have to prove its mettle against three already-settled players – Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Honda Amaze and Tata Zest – to gain a foothold in this hyper-competitive segment. Let’s find out if the Ford Figo Aspire is aspiring enough through this analogy.
Ford Figo Aspire VS Maruti DZire VS Honda Amaze VS Tata Zest
Well, all four cars we are comparing here offer the choices of both diesel and petrol power plants. Let us talk about the diesel first.
The Figo Aspire and the Amaze are powered by a 1.5-liter engine each and both cars are good for 100 PS of power. However, whilst Honda’s 1.5-liter i-DTEC engine churns out 200 Nm of torque and 25.8 kmpl of mileage, the Aspire has 215 Nm of torque at its disposal and delivers an ARAI certified mileage of 25.83 kmpl. Better torque means better-pulling power, or you can say better acceleration.
On the other hand, the Swift and the Zest are making use of Fiat’s 1.3-liter MultiJet diesel engine. Tata has opted for its Variable geometry turbocharged version and hence the motor belting out 90 PS and 200 Nm of torque and returns 23 kmpl under the hood of the Zest. Sad to say, the most selling car of all – MS DZire – is also the least powerful of all. With only 75 PS and 190 Nm of torque at its tap, the Swift DZire now appears quite feeble in this segment. Only high point it has on the mechanical front is its 26.60 kmpl fuel rating.
The petrol lineup of all these cars is quite similar. All four opponents boast of 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine under their hood and belt out more or less same amount of power and torque, around 88 PS and 110Nm. A quintessential point of the Zest is it uses a forced induction (turbocharged) motor and thus generates 140 Nm of torque. This almost 30 percent additional torque makes the Zest an excellent city as well as a highway cruiser.
Interestingly, Ford is introducing the Aspire with a 1.5-liter petrol engine as well. It generates 112 horses and 136 Nm of torque, earning this American product the title of “Most powerful car in its segment”.
All four cars are available in manual as well as an automatic guise. Though, whilst the Amaze, Figo Aspire and DZire offer the choice only in petrol, the Zest automatic comes only in diesel and it’s the cheapest alternative of all; thanks to the application of automated manual transmission technology.
The Honda Amaze automatic comes with a 5-speed conventional torque-converter based transmission. On the contrary, the Swift DZire gets a less cog in its setup.
The most advanced setup of all is Aspire’s 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. It comes with a Sport mode as well and is well tuned to meet out a purist’s demands. Having been paired to the 1.5-liter Sigma petrol engine makes it, in fact, a better than ever proposition.
This is that one crucial area based on which most of the Indian car buyers make their decision. To keep this section short and crisp, we are not indulging in basic stuff, for instance, power windows and AC, rather talking about the highlights of each of the cars.
This time, the Honda is least equipped of all and hardly has any extraordinary bit in its segment. However, it’s quite well spacious and has the largest boot in its segment, of 400 liters. Front airbags and ABS are also part of its safety equipment.
The DZire is quite impressive on this front and has all sought-after amenities such as push-button start, parking sensors, an advance infotainment system and more. Safety features list include keyless entry, front airbags and anti-lock braking system.
When the Zest was launched last year, it created a buzz in the town for having class-leading features. It comes with a number of first-in-class features like touchscreen Harman Kardon infotainment system, multi-drive modes, projector and DRL-equipped headlamps, LED tail lamps and so on.
And the last but not the least is the all-new Figo Aspire which, however, has no modern elements like projector headlamps and daytime running LEDs, but Ford has done a brilliant job by installing 6 airbags, Hill Launch Assist, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System and Ford MyKey on it. Highlights inside the cabin are Ford SYNC (With Voice Control) AppLink, Mobile docking station, emergency assistance, height adjustable front seat belts and a 4.2-inch multi-function display screen.
All the compact sedans we’ve put against each other in this analogy have their own pros and cons, but what making the Ford Figo Aspire most impressive of all is the amount of power, choices of transmission and more importantly the level of equipment it’s coming with. The only thing that it requires now is a reasonable price tag, and that’s something we believe Ford is quite deft in. Ford dealers have started accepting bookings for the Aspire and its launch is scheduled for August 5.
Stay tuned for latest updates and for more details check out our comprehensive Ford Figo Aspire Overview!