It has been nearly two months since the Ford Aspire in this Titanium Plus 1.5 TDCi entered the CarWale long term garage and in that time I have managed to covered over 4000 km. It has been mostly city driving with a mixture of road surfaces and traffic conditions no doubt a condition enabled by the current state of Mumbai City and its surrounding areas.
First things first, the Aspire’s ride quality is on the firm side. It is not a major issue as everything is masked quite well and generally for two occupants, it is actually quite comfortable. However, a fully loaded car does tend to make the rear skip if you approach large potholes or speed breakers without caution.
I have also experienced scraping on the really large speed breakers when the car is fully loaded up and have found that in such scenarios it is best to approach the really large ones the same way you would a sports car. The three-step speed breakers are a different story and are best dealt with, in this car, by gliding over at speeds in the 20-25kmph range.
While its ride may be on the firm side, the Aspire’s steering set up is relatively light and makes it easy to manoeuvre around the truck traffic I frequently experience on the commute. Given that truckers are generally a law unto themselves; this has greatly reduced my burden of dealing with them.