Both the Fords are powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox

Ford’s sub-4 metre cars such as the Figo, Freestyle and Aspire share the same 1.2-litre petrol engine. But how does this engine perform in each car? To find out, we tested the Freestyle as well as the Aspire with Ford’s 5-speed manual gearbox.

Here are the specifications of both the cars:

Ford Aspire Ford Freestyle
Engine 1.2-litre 1.2-litre
Power 96PS 96PS
Torque 120Nm 120Nm
Transmission 5-speed MT 5-speed MT
Fuel Economy Upto 20.4kmpl 19kmpl


Measurement Ford Aspire Ford Freestyle
Length 3995mm 3954mm
Width 1704mm 1737mm
Height 1525mm 1570mm
Wheelbase 2490mm 2490mm
Kerb Weight Upto 1043kg Upto 1044kg

Let’s compare the real world performance of both cars:

Ford Aspire Ford Freestyle
0-100kmph 12.01s 13.07s
Quarter Mile 18.20s@122.33kmph 18.76s@121.36kmph
30-80kmph (3rd gear) 11.47s 11.04s
40-100kmph (4th gear) 21.35s 19.59s

The results are quite a mixed bag. The Ford Aspire is quicker to 100kmph as well quicker in the quarter mile run. However, when it comes to in-gear acceleration, the Freestyle leaps ahead.

Braking Test: 

Ford Aspire Ford Freestyle
100-0kmph 44.76m 40.98m
80-0kmph 28.39m 25.65m

Both cars get a similar braking setup with disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. However, it is the Freestyle which takes the shortest distance to come to a halt – both from 100kmph and 80kmph. The Freestyle wins the contest here.

Now let’s compare the real-world fuel economy of both cars:

Ford Aspire Ford Freestyle
City 15.92kmpl 13.50kmpl
Highway 19.52kmpl 19.19kmpl

Despite being powered by the same engine-transmission combo, the Aspire is the more frugal of the two both in the city and on the highway. It delivers 2.42kmpl over the Freestyle in the city while out on the highway, it manages an additional 0.33kmpl.

50% in city and 50% on highway 25% in city and 75% on highway 75% in city and 25% on highway
Ford Aspire 17.53kmpl 18.47kmpl 16.68kmpl
Ford Freestyle 15.84kmpl 17.36kmpl 14.58kmpl

The Aspire continues to be the more frugal option even when we take the average mileage between city and highway driving. When the commute involves an equal balance of city and highway, the Aspire is around 2kmpl more frugal. The difference remains almost similar in the other two scenarios as well.

All in all, this comparison gives us insights into how the body type of a car affects its performance. Despite being powered by the same engine-transmission combination, both cars have different real-world performance and fuel economy figures.