Ford has revealed the Ka+, an affordable city car that’ll take on the Vauxhall Viva and Suzuki Celerio. It’s set to replace the old three-door Ka and, like its predecessor, will sit below the Fiesta in Ford’s lineup.
The Ka+ isn’t all-new though – it has been available to buy in India and Brazil since 2015, where it’s known as the Figo. The Ka+ not only differs in name, but it features improvements to the ride, handling, refinement and equipment levels to suit UK buyers.
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Ford Ka+ styling
At 3,886mm long, the five-door Ka+ is 266mm longer than the outgoing model. It’s 64mm shorter than the Fiesta, but 29mm taller. It features the familiar trapezoidal Ford grille at the front. It also has four wheels, some windows, and lights at the front and the back but, beyond that, it epitomises the mantra that ‘simple is beautiful’.
Ford Ka+ interior
Like the outside, the Ka+’s interior is heavily based on the Figo’s cabin, but with tweaks to improve the perceived quality. Compared to the Figo, the new Ka+ has fewer buttons with more features controlled by the infotainment system.
Practicality will be a big selling point for the Ka+, with Ford promising class-leading front headroom and rear legroom. A 270-litre boot is almost a match for the Fiesta, and a further 21 stowage cubbies are dotted throughout the cabin.
Ford Ka+ driving and engines
The Ka+ is said to offer, according to Ford, “an enjoyable and comfortable driving experience”. The suspension setup has been overhauled from the Figo’s, while tweaks to the body are claimed to reduce wind noise. Low rolling-resistance tyres should help fuel efficiency, too.
The Ka’s power comes courtesy of a 1.2-litre petrol engine, which is claimed to achieve 56.5mpg. It’ll be offered in two states of tune – one with 69hp, and another with 84hp with the former suiting town drivers and the latter better for those who occasionally use the motorway.
Ford Ka+ specs
The Ka+ will be offered in two trim levels. Studio models feature electric front windows and door mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity, six airbags and remote central locking. The next step up – the Zetec – will add 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, DAB radio, a leather steering wheel and cruise control. Studio models will get the less powerful of the two petrol engines, while the Zetec will be paired with the 84hp unit.
For an extra outlay, Zetec models are optionally available with climate control, heated front seats, parking sensors and rear electric windows (the latter two part of a ‘City Pack’).
Ford Ka+ price and release date
The new Ka+ costs from £8,995 in Studio trim, while Zetec models are priced from £10,295. Order books are open now, with first deliveries due in October 2016.
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