The Aspire has all the modern features and space a compact sedan owner wants
But it’s just not the ease of driving that the Aspire excels at, it outshines every other car in the segment when it comes to fun-to-drive. The steering has feel, body roll is well contained and now with 15-inch tyres, there is so much grip on offer too. It still has a much more powerful engine than the tyres can handle but I am happy with the compromise as the car is very frugal, returning upwards of 16 km/l.
The engine is the real highlight, again, class-leading, punchy performance with a strong mid-range while still having good drivability thanks to turbo lag being well contained. It’s such a joy to drive the Aspire which takes under 10 seconds to reach the ton from a standstill, this is properly quick, that too a diesel, you can have your cake and eat it too, impressive. Yes, the motor is a bit vocal in the top-end but it redlines at 5000 RPM, sweet.