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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Value-focused model aces the basics buts lacks style

Ford Ka Plus (16 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

  • Affordable and well-equipped
  • Competitive Ford finance deals
  • Comfortable but fun to drive
  • Space for four passengers

CONS

  • Bland styling compared with rivals
  • Interior design could be bolder
  • Few personalisation options
  • Limited engine and trim choice

PROS

  • Affordable and well-equipped
  • Competitive Ford finance deals
  • Comfortable but fun to drive
  • Space for four passengers

CONS

  • Bland styling compared with rivals
  • Interior design could be bolder
  • Few personalisation options
  • Limited engine and trim choice

Ford Ka Plus rivals

Vauxhall
Viva
3.7 out of 5 3.7
Peugeot
108
3.5 out of 5 3.5

With value-for-money and practicality central to its proposition, the five-door Ford Ka+ not only replaces the Ka three-door, but also less expensive versions of the slightly larger Fiesta.

It’s not the only supersized city car on the market, however, with sensible five-door rivals coming in the form of the Hyundai i10Kia Picanto and Vauxhall Viva. The spartan Dacia Sandero is also available for a similar price and offers an even greater amount of space.

So why would you want the Ka+ over the Fiesta – or the numerous affordable alternatives? Ford states that this new car prioritises functionality, high levels of equipment and fuel efficiency while remaining fun to drive. And it feels like a substantial car for the money.

Ford Ka+ entry-level model has grown

While some small cars focus on style with endless personalisation options from zany patterns to lurid paint and bright interior trim, the Ka+ is a much more serious prospect. It doesn’t aim to compete with rivals in the design stakes but instead has neat and tidy styling inside and out and plenty of standard kit.

It’s also much bigger than it’s Fiat 500-based predecessor, giving little away to the Fiesta in terms of length, meaning there’s more space for passengers and their luggage. A pair of rear doors also increases the Ka+’s flexibility and sense of value.

Ford Ka+ has three engines and two trims

Though Ford is known for offering countless versions of most of its cars, the Ka+ is not one of them. Just two 1.2-litre petrol engines are available, with one 1.5-litre diesel producing 95hp. Two specifications are offered, with base Studio trim only fitted with the less powerful 70hp petrol motor, while Zetec trim is available with both petrol powerplants and the diesel.

Fuel economy for both petrol models are identical, although a number of rivals offer lower claimed fuel consumption, meaning that if you want the most economical small car, this isn’t it. On the other hand, in 85hp form the Ka+ is one of the faster city cars. Opting for diesel may get you towards 60.1mpg but you'd have to cover a lot of miles in the Ka+ before you start recouping the savings. The higher list price is to blame here. 

At this end of the market many cars feel like they’ve had equipment stripped out to cut the price. With just two specification levels on offer, this is not the case with the Ka+.

Even the basic car includes Bluetooth, an alarm and a trip computer plus a handy speed limiter and hill start assist. Those after an automatic gearbox, however, will be disappointed, as just a five-speed manual is available with both engines.

Ford Ka Plus rivals

Vauxhall
Viva
3.7 out of 5 3.7
Peugeot
108
3.5 out of 5 3.5

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