The body shell of both the cars was questioned but nonetheless, the cars proved to shine in the crash test norms.
The Latin NCAP (New Car Assesment Program) crash tests have given India made Ford Figo and Aspire a 4-star safety rating in its latest crash test results. The Latin NCAP primarily deals with the Mexico region.
Ford Figo and Aspire acquired four stars for both adult and child occupancy safety rating. Both the cars are made in their Sanand plant based in Gujarat. The crash test saw full front and side impact collision.
Digging deep into the model then it was updated with four airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, Isofix child mount seats and front set belt reminders. The test results clarified that both the cars offer good to adequate safety to the front occupants when seen in the frontal impact test.
During the front collision, there was a marginal protection on the driver’s chest. And with the side impact collision, the chest area was the constant while other areas were protected fully.
The crash tests were also performed with 18-month as well as a three month old dummies which recorded an adequate safety rating for younger occupants. But the bodyshell of Ford’s was doubted in the tests.
Ford Ka, which is a similar looking car is not approved by this crash test norms. The car is manufactured in Brazil. The tested Figo sedan was available in 4.2mm and India spec Aspire is under 4m.
Talking about the safety features in the Aspire present in India then it comes with dual airbags, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and high speed alert system. Higher trims of the Aspire comes with six-airbags and Electronic stability control, traction control and hill-start assist can only be seen in the petrol automatic trims.
Talking about the engine specification of both Figo and Aspire then they share the same 1.2L petrol and 1.5L diesel engine. The diesel engine produces a total of 99 bhp and a peak torque of 215 Nm while the petrol engine pulls out 95 bhp and a torque of 120 Nm. The ARAI certified fuel economy sticks at 25.5 kmpl and 20.5 kmpl respectively. Transmission option is handled by a 5-speed manual gearbox.
In terms of automatic trims, both the cars that is Figo and Aspire get a 1.5L naturally aspirated petrol engine. which churns out 121 bhp with a peak torque of 150 Nm. Transmission option is limited to a 6-speed AT gearbox.