Ford Figo Aspire has just landed right in the middle of an intense compact sedan battle. With the segment growing at an impressive pace, the new launch is expected to help Ford India’s bottom line considerably.
Here is how the Ford’s latest compares with rivals Maruti Swift Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, and Honda Amaze on paper.
Given that all these cars strictly adhere to the sub-4m rule, dimensions are pretty much identical. In terms of length, all the cars mentioned here measure 3,995 mm save for Honda Amaze which is 5 mm shorter.
At 2,491 mm, Figo Aspire has the longest wheelbase in its class, followed by Swift Dzire at 2,430 mm, Xcent at 2,425 mm and Amaze at 2,405 mm. The Ford sedan also features the highest ground clearance in its class at 174 mm. Dzire comes in second with a GC of 170 while Xcent and Amaze have an identical figure of 165 mm.
Engines and Gearboxes
All the compact sedans featured in this comparo come with 1.2-litre petrol engines. Figo Aspire is also offered with an option of 1.5-litre unit with 6-speed PowerShift dual-clutch AT which is borrowed from EcoSport. Rest of the models get a standard 5-speed manual transmission. Both Maruti and Hyundai sedans offer optional 4-speed AT while the Honda is available with a 5-speed AT.
Unsurprisingly, Ford’s 1.5-litre motor emerges as the most powerful unit in the segment by far with an impressive output of 112 PS. Among the 1.2-litre mills, the pecking order stands as this: Figo Aspire and Amaze (both 88 PS), Swift Dzire (85 PS) and Xcent (83 PS).
The bigger Ford engine also tops the torque chart with an output of 136 Nm, followed by Dzire (115 Nm), Xcent (114 Nm), Figo 1.2L (112 Nm) and Amaze (109 Nm).
The compact sedans are powered by diesel engines of varying displacements. Figo Aspire and Amaze have the largest engines in the segment at 1.5-litre whereas Dzire is propelled by the familiar 1.3-litre unit. Xcent makes do with a 1.1-litre oil burner.
All the cars are mated to standard 5-speed manual gearboxes and there are no automatic choices (Tata Zest which is not featured in this comparo offers a 5-speed AMT with its 90 PS diesel engine).
At 100 PS, both Aspire and Amaze lead the power game. Dzire is good enough for 75 PS, and Xcent brings the tail with an output of 73 PS. Coming to the torque output, Aspire emerges on top at 215 Nm, followed by Amaze at 200 Nm, Dzire at 190 Nm and Xcent at 180 Nm.
Among the manual petrol models, Swift Dzire emerges as the most fuel efficient car with an ARAI certified mileage of 20.85 kmpl, closely followed by Xcent which returns 19.1 kmpl. Figo Aspire and Amaze deliver 18.2 kmpl and 18 kmpl respectively. Coming to the petrol automatics, Dzire, Aspire, Xcent and Amaze deliver 18.5 kmpl, 17.2 kmpl, 16.1 kmpl and 15.5 kmpl respectively.
Swift Dzire tops the FE chart in diesel department as well with a mileage of 26.59 kmpl. Figo Aspire and Honda Amaze are good for 25.8 kmpl and 25 kmpl respectively while Xcent diesel has a figure of 24.4 kmpl.
Tech Spec Comparo
Here are the model wise features highlights of the compact sedans (top-end variants).
Ford Figo Aspire: 6-airbag, ABS with EBD, ESC, SYNC 2, perimeter alarm, MyKey, auto AC, alloy wheels, foglights, and electrically adjustable ORVMs.
Maruti Swift Dzire: Alloy wheels, foglights, integrated indicators on ORVMs, electrically adjustable ORVMs, Start stop button, audio system with Bluetooth, dual front airbags, ABS and rear parking sensor.
Hyundai Xcent: Electrically adjustable ORVMs with integrated indicators, alloy wheels, foglights, rear AC vents, 2 DIN integrated audio system with internal memory, Start/Stop button, dual front airbags, ABS and reverse parking sensors.
Honda Amaze: Electrically adjustable ORVMs with integrated indicators, alloy wheels, foglights, touchscreen AVN, dual front airbags, and ABS with EBD.
Also Read – Ford Figo Aspire Review
Ford India surprised with the introductory prices, which makes the Figo Aspire the most affordable compact sedan in the country as of now. Petrol variant has a starting price of INR 4.9 lakhs. Xcent starts at INR 5.01 lakh, Dzire at INR 5.08 lakhs and Amaze starts at IN 5.18 lakhs.
Xcent diesel has a base price of INR 5.87 lakhs, closely followed by Figo Aspire which retails from INR 5.9 lakhs. Segment leader Swift Dzire starts at INR 6 lakhs while Amaze diesel has a highest starting price of INR 6.21 lakhs. All prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi.