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Ford KA+

The independent definitive Ford KA+ video review

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    A KA WITH PLUS POINTS (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    Ford at last gets a properly competitive citycar contender in the form of this five-door KA+. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 49

    Ford's KA+ seems to over a very complete citycar proposition, with five doors, an efficient little 1.2-litre petrol engine and some clever interior features. Yes, it's late to the citycar party, but Ford has clearly thought carefully before introducing this contender and the result is a very complete package.

    Backgroundword count: 147

    It's odd that Ford has, for so long, been absent from the list of strong sellers in the citycar segment. Its Fiesta model dominates the supermini sales charts, but the KA range that slots in below that car lags significantly behind its Blue Oval brand stablemate. Which is surprising when you think that the Fiat 500 (the car the three-door Ka is based upon) sells here like hot cakes. One of the reasons why Ford hasn't done better in the market's smallest segment is down to the fact that it can't offer buyers in this sector a five-door bodystyle. All the strongest sellers in this class - cars like Hyundai's i10, Vauxhall's Viva and Kia's Picanto - sell mostly in five-door form. With the arrival of the KA+, Ford now at last has a strong contender to go up against rivals like these. Let's check it out.

    Driving Experienceword count: 175

    Under the bonnet, all Ford KA+ models get a 1.2-litre petrol engine available with a choice of 70PS and 85PS power outputs. This Duratec unit is derived from the same family as the 1.25-litre engine in the old Fiesta, and features twin-independent variable camshaft timing technology to enhance performance and fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. As for driving dynamics, well small Ford's have always been fun to drive and to try and make sure that this one continues that tradition, it features a unique chassis specification with specially developed features including the steering system, springs and dampers, front anti-roll bar, rear torsion beam axle and tyres, along with re-engineered front sub-frame and engine mounts. All this combines with a standard five-speed manual transmission (there's no automatic option). The 1.2-litre powerplant has, says Ford, been tuned to deliver smooth and responsive performance, with a broad spread of torque that should make the car easy and fun to drive in both city motoring and on longer journeys. At present, there are no plans for a diesel version.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    Combined mpg:

    56.5

    Extra urban mpg:

    70.6

    Max Speed (mph):

    99

    105

    Power ps:

    70

    86

    Price:

    8995

    10295

    Torque lb ft:

    77

    83

    Urban mpg:

    42.8

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Small Runabouts

    Performance
    70%
    Handling
    80%
    Comfort
    70%
    Space
    90%
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