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Cheap-to-run and easy-to-drive, the Ford KA satisfies many drivers’ needs – which is easier said than done, especially when you consider the balance of performance, efficiency and affordability needed. Now replaced with the five-door KA+, you can get your hands on a used KA for great value.
It will have taken Ford a while to deliver the blend of power and practicality in their engines. It won’t take you long to choose an KA engine though, as there’s just one 1.2-litre eight-valve petrol. It delivers a lively enough performance, although the fuel consumption has been surpassed by rivals with three-cylinder petrol engines and turbochargers.
You’ll have more decisions when it comes to the trim and spec levels, including Studio, Style, Style+ and Zetec and three special customisation themes. The mid-range Zetec – which we drove – gives you a good blend of kit and value.
To dart through traffic, the KA’s gearbox, steering and suspension are plenty. It’s most at home in towns and cities, with a 0-62mph acceleration in 13.4 seconds. Take it to the motorway and it feels out of its depth. But for general day-to-day driving, Ford’s well-judged suspension makes it comfortable and cuts out body lean. It’s a practical and sensible choice of car.
Top Gear says the new KA+ echoes the same sentiment too, serving its purpose as a budget five-door, and applaud Ford for delivering a perfectly decent sub-£10k city car, with more space for passengers and additional power. It’s acknowledged that fun is a bit of a distant memory, though. If you’re also wondering where the excitement is, you’ll have to look at the Fiesta.
Fun run-arounds don’t get much better than the KA. Whilst it’s true economy, comfort and performance could be improved – and are better on newer rivals – if you’re looking for an affordable way to get around town, it’s a good bet. Find models to suit you from Exchange & Mart today.
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