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Second of Ford's Active family, but strictly on-road only

Ford Ka Plus Active (18 on) - rated 0 out of 5
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PROS

  • Toughened-up SUV appearance
  • Efficient petrol and diesel engines
  • Comprehensively equipped for the price

CONS

  • No four-wheel drive option
  • Lacks any real advantage over a Ka+

PROS

  • Toughened-up SUV appearance
  • Efficient petrol and diesel engines
  • Comprehensively equipped for the price

CONS

  • No four-wheel drive option
  • Lacks any real advantage over a Ka+

Ford Ka+ Active

Rugged SUV-inspired styling cues set the Ford Ka+ Active apart from its more orthodox Ka+ hatchback sibling, a model that also benefits from a series of improvements for 2018.

Active is the tag Ford is applying to these otherwise conventional hatches that have undergone a crossover-style makeover; Ka+ Active joins the already-announced Fiesta Active that also arrives in Ford showrooms during 2018.

Does the Ford Ka+ Active have four-wheel drive?

Forget any notions of the Ford being an alternative to the Fiat Panda 4x4 – a small car with the go-anywhere ability of a mountain goat.

Instead, the Ka+ Active remains front-wheel drive like the hatch it’s based upon, vying for marketplace attention with the likes of the Dacia Sandero Stepway, Kia Picanto X-Line, less expensive versions of the Suzuki Ignis and Vauxhall Viva Rocks.

The Ka+ Active’s introduction also heralds the arrival of two new engines that also feature in the refreshed Ka+ hatchback.

Ford Ka+ Active front dynamic

Expected to be the most popular is a new three-cylinder 1.2-litre Ti-VCT non-turbocharged petrol motor in both 70hp and 85hp forms.

It’s joined by a diesel for the first time in the Ka+ – a 95hp 1.5-litre TDCi turbocharged unit that’s better-suited to drivers who cover a higher annual mileage.

Official performance and fuel efficiency figures will be confirmed nearer the Ka+ Active’s on-sale date in the UK, but with standard stop/start systems they should prove to be frugal.

What’s different about the Ka+ Active?

While the Ka+ hatchback majors on being a spacious, value-for-money supermini, the Active version is adorned with a number of superficial alterations designed to make it more appealing.

Like an SUV, the Ka+ Active sits a little higher on the road – the ride height has been increased by 23mm compared with the conventional hatch – while the bumpers, sills and wheelarches are clad in black plastic, suggesting a latent toughness. At least it’ll brush off car park scraps without ruining the paintwork.

Ford Ka+ Active dashboard

A set of unique-to-Active 15-inch alloy wheels complete the exterior makeover.

Inside, the modifications look more subtle and are limited to the introduction of brown – sorry, Siena Hazel – stitching and flashes on the upholstery.

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