The Ford Ka+ is an affordable city car that competes with a huge range of superminis, but particularly the Vauxhall Viva and Suzuki Celerio. It replaces the old three-door Ka and sits below the Fiesta in Ford’s lineup.
The five-door Ka+ is longer than the outgoing Ka, so practicality is a big selling point thanks to impressive front and rear legroom. A 270-litre boot is almost a match for the Fiesta and Ford has crammed the interior with 21 cubbyholes.
The Ka+ is based on the Ford Figo, which is sold in India, but the suspension setup has been overhauled successfully for UK roads and tweaks to the body help reduce wind noise. Low-rolling-resistance tyres and brake-force regeneration help cut down on fuel costs too.
The Ka+ is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine offered in two states of tune – with 69hp or 84hp. Both achieve fuel economy of around 56mpg though the more powerful engine is better if you regularly travel on motorways.
The Ka+ comes in two trim levels and even basic models are generously equipped with electric front windows and door mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity, six airbags and remote central locking.
The Ford Ka+ is part of the company’s One Ford policy to sell global models
If you opened this review expecting a new Ka that is just as characterful and stylish as its predecessor you’re in for a surprise, possibly a bad one. However, if all you want is a secure way of getting from A to B, with three other adults and their luggage, in reasonable silence and comfort, even with a hint of driving fun, there are far worse ways of spending £10,000 than on the Ford Ka+.