Made-in-Brazil Ford Aspire received 0-star rating in Latin NCAP crash test

The tested base model only had two airbags and did not offer ESC as standard.

Ford Aspire


Ford Figo is named KA while sedan version is named KA+ in the Latin American region.

This sedan is more than 4-meter long but looks like the sub-4 meter sedan Aspire sold in India.

Latin NCAP has updated its safety rating protocols in 2020 where KA+ has got a 0-star rating.

KA+ which was tested is equipped with dual front airbags, ISOFIX and feature like ABS with EBD.

The test was taken for the frontal, side-impact, pedestrian protection as well as for the whiplash protection.

Latin NCAP considers side airbags and ESC to be given as standard in all cars.

In Latin America, Ford will update the standard safety features set for the KA+ and Latin NCAP will subsequently share the revised safety ranking.

The sub-4 meter sedan car Ford Aspire is sold under different names in many countries. In the South American market, it is known as the KA+ and the KA sedan, which is larger than 4-meter and has a different rear design. Recently Latin NCAP has done the crash test of KA+ 2020 model in which it has got a 0-star rating for passenger safety.

As the name itself suggests, Latin NCAP performs a crash test of models sold in the South American continent. The Ford KA+ is a model made in Brazil and the tested base version only come with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seat anchorage as standard. The test of Latin NCAP is quite different from that of Global NCAP according to four types of fronts: Adult Passenger Protection, Child Protection, Pedestrian Protection and Safety Assistance.

Ford Aspire crash test

According to the latest safety protocols from Latin NCAP, the performance of the Ford KA+ was quite disappointing. In the front impact test, the head, neck, chest and thigh protection of the passenger sitting in it was found to be adequate, but its footwell area was found to be unstable while the body shell is said to be stable. However, the car showed weak safety for the driver's chest in the event of a side-impact and also performed poorly in the whiplash test. While in the front and side-impact tests, the KA+ show superior safety for child occupants, the reported score sheet marked the Ford at 9 per cent. With 50 per cent, it did better for pedestrian security and the lack of safety aids explains why it scored just 7 per cent in that category.

Such a rating given by Latin NCAP to the KA sedan is quite surprising as the 2019 model of the same car was given a 4-star rating with features like side airbags and electronic stability control. At present, Ford has fully adopted this result, saying that it will offer the side airbags and ESC in every variant of this vehicle. After this update, Latin NCAP will again crash test and issue an updated rating.

The Indian version of the Ford Aspire was updated in 2019, which was not yet been crash-tested by Global NCAP. However, earlier models were given a 3-star rating in the same test in 2017. Currently, dual airbags and safety features like ABS with EBD are standard in this car. At the same time features like side and curtain airbags are also given in its top variants. Ford Aspire prices in India start at Rs. 6.09 lakhs, reaching up to Rs. 8.64 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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