Ford Ka (09 on) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 22 Mar 2013
4.5
The original Ford Ka was a hugely popular model, especially among those wanting a cheap-to-run and easy-to-drive small car. Its cartoonish looks made it stand out, and even though it was close to the Fiesta in size it was popular for those who wanted something funky as well as economical.

Ford Ka (09 on)
  • Enjoyable and easy to drive
  • Refined at motorway speeds
  • Cheap to run
  • Plenty of customisation options
  • Some scratchy interior plastics

New price range:

£8,945 - £11,445

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Used price range:

£3,551 - £9,704

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

The original Ford Ka was a hugely popular model, especially among those wanting a cheap-to-run and easy-to-drive small car. Its cartoonish looks made it stand out, and even though it was close to the Fiesta in size it was popular for those who wanted something funky as well as economical. Its replacement is a little more conservative in terms of styling but it builds on those strong foundations. It offers better comfort, refinement and fuel economy but it does cost a little more. It is certainly a much more grown-up car, particularly inside thanks to the well-built and neatly laid out cabin. Of course it retains those cheeky looks of the original and is easy and enjoyable to drive, especially in town, while the supple ride means it's incredibly comfortable.



The Ka was actually developed alongside the Fiat 500 and uses the same petrol and diesel engines as the Italian hatch. There’s a 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre but it’s the 1.2-litre that is the most popular. If you are insistent that you want a diesel there’s the 1.3-litre TDCi with 75bhp. It feels substantial but it’s no quicker. It is, however, more economical with an average of 67mpg achievable. Both engines emit less than 120g/km of CO2 making them cheap to tax too. All Kas come with a five-speed gearbox with a high mounted gear-lever close to the steering wheel.

Strong competition

The Ka has plenty of competition in the form of the Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto as well as the stylish Fiat 500 and although a quick comparison with rivals might leave you to believe it’s competitive, the entry level Style model is a little short on kit. You don’t even get air-con – a must these days. Still, once you step up to the higher-spec models you won’t feel shortchanged, just a little short of change. There’s no getting away from the fact that the Ka is economical and cheap to run, well built and fun to drive but those stingy kit levels might well go against it. Has it got enough in the tank to beat the competition? Read our full Ford Ka review to find out.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

3 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

5 out of 5

Green credentials

4 out of 5

Buying new

3 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 For me it's the supportive seat. My hour commute doesn't leave me in pain, as so many previous cars have done.  

4 out of 5

Chris Ellis ,   01 Mar 2014    ... read more

 Comfortable seats and the back seats fold down so giving extra luggage space.  

5 out of 5

Marina Wilson ,   29 Aug 2013    ... read more

 The fact that it's dinky and easy to get about the place, easy to park as well and rather spacious for it's exterior size.  

3 out of 5

James Holland ,   24 Nov 2011    ... read more

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