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The clutch isn’t exactly light and the release action is a bit snappy

The steering feel is good but somehow I feel it misses out on the kind of feedback older Ford cars like the Fiesta used to provide. Still, it makes the Aspire feel pretty direct and chuckable to drive and the car has good body control and doesn’t lose its composure easily during sudden lane changes. The suspension set up feels soft but ride quality isn’t very plush. It is manageable in the city but sharp bumps tend to filter inside the cabin. I would have liked the suspension to be a tad bit stiffer than the current set up.

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The tyres screech on to glory when you put pedal to the metal

Driving pleasure aside, there are certain areas where Ford can definitely improve. The braking performance on the Aspire is below satisfactory especially at high speeds where stopping power doesn’t feel very strong and doesn’t instil a lot of confidence either. ABS tends to kick in a lot more than usual and the overall stopping distance is also long. The tyres are nothing to write home about, they absolutely lack grip and you can hear them screeching all the time. The Aspire desperately needs a fatter set of tyres with more grip, especially when you consider the kind of performance it puts out. What is pleasantly surprising is that even after all the redlining and hard driving, I got an average fuel efficiency figure of 16 km/l which means the sedan remained very easy on the pocket for daily usage.