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Ford KA

Ford first introduced the Ka back in 1996 and at the time it really helped give the world a different idea about what a small car is all about. The Ka is a city car that has won quite a few fans over the years, and this latest model will probably win a few more. Anyone who saw the James Bond film Quantum of Solace will have seen the Ka in action. This Ford is also due to be being released in North America; this country is not known for its love of small cars but concerns about the environment may change opinions.  

Design of the Ford Ka

There have been a few criticisms that this latest design is not as eye-catching as previous models, but we have all heard the saying that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It has a similar look to the Fiat 500 and the view from the back of the car has been the point of most negative comments; the back has been described as too narrow and a bit high, but not everyone would agree with these criticisms.  The fairest way to describe the look of this car is to say that it looks well built. It also takes advantage of what Ford describes as a kinetic design.

Under the Hood

There are now a couple of options when it comes to engines for the Ford Ka. This latest range comes with the choice of a diesel engine. You can choose a 1.3 litre which provides 74 bhp; there is also a 1.2 litre engine which can produce 68 bhp. This type of power is fine for a city car but this is not going to impress you if you are after a bit of muscle. There is no reason why you can’t take the Ka on the motorway, but you will probably be overtaken quite a bit; this will not be a problem if your goal is to just enjoy the ride.

Inside the Ford Ka

The first thing to say about the inside of the Ford Ka is that it has been built to be practical. It has a distinctive Italian feel to the car that expresses itself in the design. If you are familiar with the inside of the Panda you will find many similarities with the Ka. Drivers and passengers will be treated to lots of leg room and this is one of the real nice things about the car. There is also a lot of space in the boot for a day out shopping in the city.

Some Final Thoughts

When it comes to actually driving this new Ford Ka most people would agree that it offers good performance for those who want a city car and is as practical as previous models. This is not a car that will suit all tastes but it manages to fully live up to its ambitions. If you were a fan of the earlier model you may be disappointed with the new look, but others will be pleased with it.

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  • The new Ford Ka seems to ride and handle better than the Fiat 500 due to Ford’s tweaking of the suspension for the Ka.

    The build-quality seems OK, but it’s not fantastic, and some owners do seem to have had quite a few teething problems.

    I had quite a few original-shaped (Mk1) Kas over a period of 10 years, I’ve had a new (Fiat built) Ford Ka (Mk2) for just over a year.

    Overall I’d say it is an excellent attempt by Ford to replace the original Ka, but let down by some poor Fiat components and poor Fiat build quality/quality control issues.

  • Thanks for the comments Kevin, and I have to agree the Fiat element lets the KA down slightly but not a showstopper, At the time of the design/build Ford themeselves were struggling financially due to the global crisis and the fluctuations of the Euro and dollar against the pound.

    As far as I can tell they had to make a choice either no KA or do a joint build with another manaufacturer to reduce the capital cost involved with tooling and manufacturing equipment.

    They took the sensible option and I dont think it was a bad decision as the old KA was just getting too outdated and the new KA is funky fresh and fun (much like the Fiat 500), over time if Ford gets success from the KA they will certainly replace the Fiat element with more reliable Ford manufactured parts or a new range of KA maybee even a ST version with Top shelf parts in it, here’s hoping.

    BTW had a look at your KA Owners club site nice work with graphics looks great!

  • The Ford Ka is a city car from the Ford Motor Company marketed in Europe and elsewhere. The name is officially pronounced as Ka (/ˈkɑː/, that is, like “car” in non-rhotic dialects of English) as can be heard in Ford’s advertising. The current European version is produced in Tychy, Poland, while the one sold in Latin America is built in Brazil and Argentina. It has been produced since 1996 and entered its second generation in 2008

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