Crash Tested: Chevrolet Enjoy And Ford Figo Aspire
While the Ford gets three stars, the Chevy gets none
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Ford India has launched the most awaited compact sedan Figo Aspire in the country, which is offered with both petrol and diesel engine options. Ford Aspire 1.5 Ti-VCT Titanium is one among its petrol variants that comes with arresting interiors. Its cabin looks quite enticing with a dual tone color scheme. Some sophisticated aspects are incorporated inside like an automatic air conditioner, audio unit with Bluetooth connectivity, and MyFord Dock system as well. Also, a few utility based aspects are also available for added convenience. On the other hand, its exteriors are quite fascinating and includes some noticeable aspects, which further enhances its appearance. It has chrome headlamp bezel and a large windscreen at front, whereas its sides include a modish set of alloy wheels. Meanwhile, its rear end looks quite attractive with a trendy tail light cluster and an expressive boot lid, which also features a chrome strip. This variant also carries various protective features like driver seat belt reminder, electronic stability program, perimeter alarm, as well as ABD with EBD that guarantees maximum security. In terms of engine specifications, it is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol power plant that displaces 1499cc. It is mated with a six speed automatic transmission gear box that makes gear shifting quite easier.
With its attractive design and styling aspects, this compact sedan certainly impresses the car enthusiasts. Starting with its side profile, there are pronounced wheel arches to which, an elegant set of 14 inch alloy wheels are fitted. Also these rims are adorned with radial tubeless tyres bearing the size 175/65 R14, which ensure maximum traction and drive stability on roads. It has body colored door handles and external door mirrors of which, the latter is further integrated with side turn indicators. Besides these, it has some expressive lines that stretches along with its length and further enhances its appearance. At front, the chrome plated radiator grille remains the key highlight. It includes horizontal slats and a thick surround, all of which are done in chrome. It is flanked by a radiant headlight cluster that is equipped with hight intensity headlamps and turn indicators. Just below this grille is an air intake section that is surrounded by a pair of fog lamps. Then, there is a large windshield that is fitted with a couple of intermittent wipers, whereas the bonnet looks attractive with a few visible character lines over it. Coming to its rear end, it has a stylish boot lid with chrome strip on it, while the bright tail light cluster comes integrated with turn indicators. Apart from these, the windscreen including defogger and a body colored bumper gives a complete look to its rear profile.
It has an alluring internal section that is quite spacious and hosts five people with ease. The seats incorporated inside are very well cushioned and covered with premium fabric upholstery. Also these come integrated with headrests, which are adjustable. The driver's seat has height adjustment facility, whereas the rear one comes with folding function. The cockpit looks quite impressive with a well designed dashboard that is in a two tone color scheme. The equipments integrated to it include a center console, instrument cluster and a music system as well. The premium proteus black interior applique on its door handles, audio bezel and steering wheel further adds to its style. Meanwhile, there are fabric inserts on its door panels, while the parking brake lever gets chrome plating for a rich appeal. Other aspects in the cabin include rear seat center armrest, front seat map pockets, grab handles with coat hooks, and a 12V power accessory socket as well.
Engine and Performance:
Powering this variant is a 1.5-litre petrol engine that has a total displacement capacity of 1499cc. It has the ability to belt out peak power of 110.46bhp at 6300rpm besides yielding 136Nm torque output at 4250rpm. This Ti-VCT mill is integrated with a multi point fuel injection system and paired with a six speed dual clutch automatic transmission gear box. The maximum mileage it can return on the highways is around 17.2 Kmpl, whereas on the city roads, it comes down to nearly 12 Kmpl. This vehicle takes around 13 seconds to break the speed mark of 100 Kmph and achieves a top speed of about 160 Kmph.
Braking and Handling:
This trim has its front wheels equipped with ventilated disc brakes, whereas drum brakes are used for the rear ones. It is further accompanied by ABS with EBD, which further boosts this mechanism. In terms of suspension, an independent McPherson strut is assembled on its front axle along with coil spring and anti roll bar. Its rear axle is affixed with a semi independent twist beam with twin gas and oil filled shock absorbers. Besides these, it has an electric power assisted steering system that is tilt adjustable. Based on pull drift compensation technology, it gives precise response and ensures easy maneuverability irrespective of road conditions.
A number of comfort features are available in this trim, which makes the journey quite enjoyable and hassle free to its occupants. It includes an advanced music system that features a 2-line multi functional display screen and radio tuner. This unit also supports Bluetooth connectivity, USB port as well as Aux-in options. Another interesting aspect is the MyFord Dock that is mounted on the dashboard. Besides storing and charging phones, it allows to integrate devices like MP3 player or navigation system to the infotainment system. An automatic air conditioning unit is installed inside, which creates pleasant ambiance. Also, it has a boot space of 359 litres, which can be further increased by folding its rear seat. In addition to these, it has power foldable and adjustable ORVMs, tachometer, steering mounted with audio controls, power windows, electric boot release and many other features.
The list of safety aspects include door ajar warning lamp, dual front airbags, anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, engine immobilizer and driver seat belt reminder. Besides these, this trim also comes with three point seat belts with height adjustment facility at front, electronic stability program, traction control system, perimeter alarm, rear defogger, and hill launch assist as well that further improves the security levels.
1. Availability of numerous comfort features.
2. Automatic transmission gear box is a plus point.
1. Leather seat covers can be offered.
2. Fuel economy is not that satisfying.
While the Ford gets three stars, the Chevy gets none
In a complete turnaround, Ford has reduced the prices of its Figo hatch and the Aspire sedan. Check out this post to know which variant gets the highest benefit.
Following the growing demand for touchscreen infotainment systems in cars, Ford has begun R&D on their own touchscreen systems. These infotainment systems are most likely to be introduced in the Figo and the Figo Aspire facelift, due to be launched in 2018.
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