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Ford Ka

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6.8 10 wowscore
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Ford ka
  • Decent styling
  • Fun to drive
  • Cheap running costs
  • Not cheap
  • Noisy diesel
  • Fiat 500 looks better

The new Ford Ka is a small car that gets reasonable, but not glowing, reviews.

Many experts recommend the instead, as it's better looking and more fun. The Ka isn't a bad car by any means, but make sure you consider rivals too.

Ford’s Ka gets reasonable reviews, but it’s certainly not without its flaws. It gets for its cheap price to buy and the low running costs. Insurance won't be too high and all the engines are economical.Unfortunately some journalists are disappointed by it, and aren't impressed with the engines offered.

Interior

If there’s something familiar about the shape of the Ka’s dashboard, you aren’t mistaken. Sharing a platform with Fiat’s Panda and 500, the Ka has the same high-mounted gearshift and higher-mounted radio positioning. Styling-wise, it’s more similar to the Fiesta. Plastics are a bit cheap, but like the 500 and Panda, interior space is very good.

Driving

The old Ka was something of a handling master, with decent ride quality and more fun than any small car since the Mini. The new Ka isn’t as impressive, but it’s not bad. By firming up the chassis from the Fiat, the ride is occasionally choppy, but testers say it handles well. Steering is a little short on feel.

Engines

Two engines are available, a 1.2 petrol and 1.3 diesel. Opinion is split on which is better. The petrol is much cheaper, while still getting 57mpg. The diesel is stronger, gets nearly 70mpg and needs less thrashing.

Value for money

A wide range of trim levels are available, and lower ones are quite cheap. However, at similar prices to the equivalent Fiat 500, the Ford lacks image and resale values are unlikely to be as high either.

Buying a New Ford Ka

If you're looking to buy an new Ford you can use carwow to compare official Ford dealer's prices and delivery times so you get the best possible deal.

Simply select the Ka you want and Ford dealers will submit offers online. Alongside each offer you'll see the full details of each dealer, can contact them directly at anytime (but they can't contact you!) and if you want to buy you buy directly from them, then collect from their showroom or get the car delivered.

For more check out our Fiat 500 too - or wait for the new Fiat Panda, which could be a class-leader.

Conclusion

Many reviews seem to suggest the same thing - the Ka is good, but in such a competitive market, not really good enough to make a splash in any particular area. It’s worth looking around before taking the plunge.

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Key Details

Price range:
£8,795 - £11,295
MPG:
57
Date released:
2008
Replacement due:
Not for a couple of years yet
Engine to go for:
The 1.2 petrol would be our choice
Engine naming:
Engines called ‘TDCi’ are diesels
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Type Reviews Score
1.2 8 6.9
1.3 TDCi 5 6.2
General 6 7.2
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Ford Ka User Reviews

1.2 Zetec (2010) 55.0 mpg
9 10 wowscore

Replaced our old Ka back in September 2010 and have never looked back, the new Ka is seriously superior to the old one! What an improvement. Not only does it feel like a wholly different vehicle to drive - there’s a sporty feel to it, but the styling is a million miles better. The back lights are really funky and both front and back give the appearance of the car having eyelashes which I love! It’s definitely sexy. Inside it’s comfy and there’s plenty of room, even in its booty.

It’s well built and feels safe (gripping well even on country roads), is easy to park and is perfect for short trips and what’s more it’s never let me down. I have heard that servicing at our Ford dealership can be slow from friends but have not experienced this yet myself so I can’t really say. The only slight annoyance I have with it is that it does seem to struggle ever so slightly on hills at times, but it’s not that bad at all.

Fuel economy is fab, even better than on the previous model. Road tax is low too. You get great value for money with this baby, and owning one is a lot of fun, though I wouldn’t really recommend it for long journeys particularly with passengers in the back as it is a bit noisy and rear seating isn’t great. Other than that it’s perfect!

  • By Shelly O'Neill, who owns this car
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  • Ford Ka Video Review

    Paddy Comyn reviews the Ford Ka. Useful video review for anybody considering buying one.

     
  • MSN review

    MSN Cars test drive the new Ford Ka. They give their opinions on the interior, handling and what it's like to drive.

     
  • Essex Auto Group video

    Members of the public give their opinion on the Ford Ka. Video by Essex Auto Group.

     
  • Ford Ka Features Video

    Official Ford video showing some of the features on the Ka.