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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Successor to popular city car fails to hit the mark

Ford Ka (09-16) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

  • Enjoyable and easy to drive
  • Refined at motorway speeds
  • Cheap to run
  • Plenty of customisation options

CONS

  • Some scratchy interior plastics
  • Less accomplished to drive as old one

At a glance

New price £8,725 - £12,225
Used price £1,100 - £5,255
Fuel economy 55 - 68 mpg
Road tax cost £20 - £30
Insurance group 2 - 6 How much is it to insure?

PROS

  • Enjoyable and easy to drive
  • Refined at motorway speeds
  • Cheap to run
  • Plenty of customisation options

CONS

  • Some scratchy interior plastics
  • Less accomplished to drive as old one

Ford Ka rivals

Citroën
C1
3.5 out of 5 3.5
Toyota
IQ
4 out of 5 4.0

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.

Ford Ka dash

This second-generation Ka was developed alongside the Fiat 500 and uses the same petrol and diesel engines as the Italian hatch. There’s a 70hp 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.

Ford Ka rivals

Citroën
C1
3.5 out of 5 3.5
Toyota
IQ
4 out of 5 4.0

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