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The all new Ford Ka stands out in small cars category. Ford Ka is not the newest small cars in the market, but it has so much to offer. Our review is based on our own analysis, test drive and features offered by Ford Ka. Ford Ka is cheap to buy and its unique styling makes the most buyers interested. Ka is for buyers looking for cheap small car for family and individual needs.

Ford Ka when launched for the first time, it created a lot of hype, and it is doing it all over again. It has received many positive reviews from automotive industry reviewers. It is fun to drive car with good funky and friendly design. Now most of the manufacturers are focusing on small cars with an extraordinary fuel economy.

Ford KA review

Ford Ka is available in three different models Ka Studio, Ka Edge, Ka Zetec, Ka Titanium, Ka Tattoo, Ka Grand Prix, Ka Digital and Ka Tattoo Premium. KA Studio is the base model and being the cheapest it has many features to offer. You can find all the basic features that a regular buyer would be looking for. Some of the standard features include Stereo radio/CD player with MP3, AUX jack and 6 speakers, Electric Power-Assisted Steering, Intelligent Protection System, and Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force. Ka Edge has all the same features of Ka Studio, but it includes extra smart features with extra payment of just £1,000. Ka Zetec is our favourite trim because you get all the features that you can dream in a small car. It comes with multispoke alloy wheel and front fog lights. Zetec is priced £1,800 more than the base model.

Ford Ka Price

Model Engine Price in £ including VAT.
Ka Studio 1.2  69PS 8,545.00
Ka Edge 1.2  69PS 9,545.00
Ka Zetec 1.2  69PS 10,295.00
1.3TDCi  75PS 11,295.00
Titanium 1.2  69PS 10,795.00
1.3TDCi  75PS 11,795.00
Grand Prix 1.2  69PS 11,045.00
Digital 1.2  69PS 11,045.00
Metal 1.2  69PS 11,045.00
1.3TDCi  75PS 12,045.00

Ford Ka Rating

Performance: 4.6 (Very Good)

Exterior: 4.5 (Very Good)

Interior: 4.6 (Very Good)

Safety: 4.9 (Very Good)

Reliability: 4.1 (Good)

Power & Performance

With the choice of refined engines, Ford Ka has so much to offer. However, it is a small car we cannot expect the performance of a sports hatchback. You can choose between diesel and petrol powered engines with manual 5 speed transmission makes it fun to drive. Considering other small cars, Ka is adventurous and more focused on performance. There is a unique feature “Hill Launch Assist”, which helps when you are driving on tricky hills. It keeps the wheels locked until you hit the accelerator.

Ford Ka offers excellent driving dynamics and manoeuvrability. Its responsive and zippy handling is ready for every challenge. The new suspension system ensures smooth ride even on rough terrain. There is unique feature the Headlight Courtesy Delay, the headlights remain switched when you step out of the car. It helps you find the way during the night time. The automatic parking assist is also available, which alerts when you are near the vehicle or close to kerb. Fuel economy is also extraordinary with Fuel efficiency (combined cycle): 57.7 mpg with petrol and Fuel efficiency (combined cycle): 68.9 mpg with diesel.

Interior & Exterior

Interior is quite unique in Ford Ka as soon as you step in, you will notice a blend of a contemporary, funky and iconic classic design interior. With perfect craftsmanship and excellent finished making Ford Ka stand out from the competition.  The interior has bold design, expressive colours and imaginative interior details. You cannot find the high end finish in any other small car. The seating provides extra comfort, which includes electronic four way adjustment. For 2011, Ford Ka has received many interior changes with modern pearl with white centres. Ford Ka also offers latest gadgets like MP3 and USB connector, Bluetooth with Voice Control, Remote Audio Controls, and Premium trip counter.

Ford Ka has unique attention grabbing exterior. It has it all that you can expect – expressive, funky, bold and Ford kinetic design approach. Ford Ka comes with many colour choices with bold metallic finishes. You will get all the features of a high end car within the price of a small car. You can choose between eight different colour ranges.

Safety & Reliability

Ford Ka is designed to protect and provide enhanced safety in case of a crash. It also features the Ford well-known Intelligent Protection System. The standard safety features include driver and passenger airbags, optional side and curtain airbags. There is an emergency brake assist, which automatically increases the pressure when you hit the brakes hard. There is no crash test data available, but Ka is considered to be the safest car to drive.

Ford Ka is a reliable car to drive with an unlimited miles warranty or 1 year. There is also 1 year paint protection warranty and also there is extended warranty that is provided for 2 or 3 years coverage with 60,000 miles. There is 6 years perforation warranty. Ford Ka is a perfect small car for everyone looking forward to buying a small car.

 

About the author: Ahmad Wali

 

Ahmad Wali is associated with automotive industry from past 4 years. Also the member of the Cars Edition Magazine and critique for latest car reviews. Apart from Automotive industry he is an Entrepreneur running blog network including UK eBest Cars. Say Hello on twitter

 

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2 Comments

  1. KA - brakes fail?

    My daughter was only doing 12-15 miles per hr – when her brakes failed her and she went into the van in front (in slow moving traffic) – the Ford repairers have said that the brakes have been checked on a rolling road and found to be fine – and the repair bill for this ‘small’ accident is £3,393.89 ex vat how ridiculous! And had she been going at any speed what would the outcome have been then with her 6yr old son in the car? How safe are these cars hers isn’t yet 1year old ’60’ reg – and she now feeld so unsafe to drive it – Ford say that it is safe but we would like to know what happened with her brakes – why did they fail ? and will it happen again and how can they guarantee that there is nothing wrong with them when the report above states that there is no crash test data yet available on these models? surely the driver knows what failed in an accident so why are they disregarding her statement ‘FACT’??

    • Hello, I am sorry to hear that, but you need to mention the year of manufacturing for Ford Ka. You can contact your lawyer because you will get good amount of compensation from the company. You will surely get full recovered payment and compensation, but need to clear out few things. Crash tests are conducted by EURO NCAP http://www.euroncap.com. On a side note, I hope the car was insured? It is law that you get your car insured from good auto insurance company. Technically, you are covered if something like that occurs. I would love to read follow ups with more details from you because it makes a good news in UK news papers on such incidence!

      It would be great if you mention your name and place of accident in UK which city etc?

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