By on 2022-12-30 -
Ford Ka+ - Used Car
THE Ford Ka+ is a larger version of the Ka city car and despite lowly acceleration figures, it is comfortable and fun to drive.
This last version of the Ka is based on the Fiesta, and is almost the same size, wheras the previous model used the Fiat 500 floorpan, making it pretty small.
There's even an Active model that makes a crossover out of a the hatch by raising the ride height, adding ‘Rough Road' suspension and roof rails, and cladding the front and sides in SUV-like black plastic.
There are two engine choices with three power outputs so the choices are very simple but the basic Studio model is only available with the lowest 70bhp power output from its 1.2-litre three cylinder unit.
It takes 14.1 seconds to get to 60 miles an hour from rest but offers an excellent 45 to 50 miles per gallon with a careful right foot.
The other petrol is a more powerful 85bhp version of the same unit and this one, which is only available in the upper Zetec model, brings the 60 sprint down by a second and can achieve the same economy.
The third option is a 95bhp version of Ford's 1.5 turbo diesel that is the quickest in the range, taking 11 seconds to get to 60, and it should do 65mpg with careful driving.
However, this diesel is much more expensive than the petrols, so it will take a long time to pay for the extra cost in better economy.
All the engines are smooth and quiet and the 85bhp petrol feels faster than it really is. All models are comfortable and refined and yet they also have great, safe roadholding and handling helping them to be a good deal of fun for those who enjoy driving.
All have a slick-changing five speed gearbox but there is no automatic option.
The steering is well weighted and informative, while also feeling positive and direct, and although there is some body roll, this never makes things uncomfortable.
The suspension is so good that it takes rough roads in town without any issues, and speed humps with great aplomb.
Fiesta owners will recognise quite a few parts inside - like the steering wheel and the dash.
Base Studio models are reasonably well equipped, with an alarm, six airbags, height adjustable driver's seat and steering wheel, remote locking, electric windows and mirrors, and folding rear seats.
They also have Bluetooth, a trip computer, a speed limiter and hill start assist.
There is plenty of head and legroom in the back for two adults, or three for short runs, and the higher ride height of the Active makes it easier for less able people to get in and out.
This Ka+ is good value when compared to some of the opposition, and the quality of the ride and its practicality sets it above most.
Pay about Â£6,200 for a '17 17-reg Studio 70bhp, or Â£9,500 for a '19 19-reg Zetec 85bhp.
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