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FORD KA Hatchback 1996‑2008
271 owner reviews for FORD KA Hatchback 1996‑2008
Love driving this little KA
FORD KA 1.3i Collection  3dr (Review date: 7th December '13)
Reliable, fast and nippy, easy to park and economical
FORD KA 1.3i Design 3dr (Review date: 25th July '13)
I have owned four Ford Ka and have found them to be very reliable. This car is a limited edition and has many extras including blue leather steering wheel and gear stick, electric windows, central locking and radio/CD player. It is very easy to park in the smallest of places and very good for town or motorway driving. The running costs are low and is in one of the lowest insurance brackets. It is an enjoyable drive and can easily take two passengers in the back. The rear seats are split and will fold down to accommodate any large loads. Visibility is good all round, which makes it easy to drive and I have just bought a brand new Ka titanium and would not drive any other car.
Great in some areas, abysmal in others
FORD KA 1.3i Collection 3dr (Review date: 17th July '13)
While I'm sure this is a great little car for some, in all honesty, I've had no end of problems with mine.
Corrosion (rust) being the main one! This car is so prone to rust it seems to practically attract it like a magnet. To be honest I've been told by most people I know in the auto trade that these cars are virtual rust buckets.
No denying, it's a great little drive, you can squeeze in and out of pretty much anywhere, parking is a breeze and while small, you'd be amazed what you can get in it, although I must say in some circumstances the car was very wobbly, if you take a corner at anything but a crawl the car feels like it's about to roll over so road handling isn't the best.
That aside, I've spent hundreds (into the thousands by now) in upkeep, one thing after another seems to fail on it. The day to day running costs are cheap which is a big plus, especially for us newer drivers but factoring in what you end up spending fixing the numerous problems it's not so cheap.
I've enjoyed my Ka but in all honesty after the amount of money I've thrown at it, I'd be VERY wary of investing in another one.
Perfect run around and commuting
FORD KA 1.3i Collection 3dr (Review date: 21st November '12)
So sad to sell my KA, don't let the funny egg shape look of the KA put you off, everyone I know who's driven a KA has loved it, it's such a nice little car to drive, perfect to park, boots big enough for the family shop,doesn't feel cramped inside.
It's been very reliable, never had to spend any money on it really, quite economical too.
The only thing could complain about is compared to the hydraulic brakes on my X-Trail the brakes don't feel very strong, but you get used to it and brake accordingly.
perfect little car ideal for 1st time drivers
FORD KA 1.3i  3dr (Review date: 22nd October '12)
low to run low insurance cheap tax, for a little car its quite large inside as ive put the seat down and got loads in the back, the hatch back boot give an ideal boot size suitable for shopping, pushchairs ect. Ive had this car with my partner and my 2 children and there was ample enough space i would rate this car 5/5****
Be careful with KA's
FORD KA 1.3i 3dr (Review date: 13th June '12)
I had my KA as my first car and I loved it, however lots of things went wrong with it. I had a 1999 V reg and it was incredibly outdated. No code coloured bumpers, independent locking, radio/cassette player and no air con. It is definitely small and nippy and for a 1.3 it had a lot of oomph when driving alone. However little things started to go wrong, it started with the occasional bulb and fuse. Then the spark plugs went and I ended up stopping because it refused to move without jerking me ridiculously! I would say there are good KA's and bad KA's, watch out for rusty sills - definitely get it checked before buying. I ended up selling mine as it ended up costing me over £450 to repair after it failed its MOT on brake pads and sills, shoes and the rusty sill etc. It did around 280 miles to a tank and the 3 door can be annoying for passengers but there is plenty of room in the back (maybe not for a tall person!) however when you have a full car it is very sluggish and you find yourself urging it to go faster. There are plenty around so be sure to invest in one with colour coded bumpers and a cd player if you want a better look, just make sure you do your research first!
Great little run around and ecomomical
FORD KA 1.3i Collection  3dr (Review date: 17th March '12)
I have loved driving my KA as it is a great little run around that is cheap to run. It has never let me down and has only needed the odd thing doing to it. I am only selling my KA because we no longer need two cars in our household. It may not be the biggest car but it fits three passengers comfortably and has a suprisingly large boot. I used it for commuting to work and around town on the weekedns with the occasional long journey. It has served me well and i will be sad to see it go.
great little first car no issues, but only get the duratec.
FORD KA 1.3i Style  3dr (Review date: 13th March '12)
i have owned my KA for 3 years now, runs well, 07 model specifically KA Style, runs good nice gear box and economical, i drive mine relatively rough around town and dont do to many long journeys but she is faithful. points to take note of: check for rust in rear arches make sure you get the duratec not endura, upgrades: alloys are worth it, ride becomes normal not rolly polly, definitely get a K&N or similar conical filter, you remove a 3-4Kg airbox improve airflow, increased power ~4bhp and increased torque ~3 Nm, plus the sound is great, looses the horrible whine and it purrs gently.
bad points, no tachometer, easy to install in an air vent tho, and interior is a bit spartan but they run good handle well, and are much better than an equivalent 1.0 or 800cc for the power, so dont be afraid that there a little girly, inside you wouldn't know.
2001 Ford Ka2
FORD KA 1.3i 2 3dr (Review date: 5th March '12)
As a man, I've always seen the Ford Ka, as girly, bubbly, and rather strange looking....
That was until i was looking for a winter run around at the end of last year.
I managed to find a bargain in my little Ka, and i have to say it truly is a fantastic little car!
I've always been a Vauxhall fan, and after having a Corsa of similar age, i cannot believe the difference in quality between the two.
The Ka comes complete with Electric windows, a Sunroof, a nice looking interior, Allow wheels, Power Assisted Steering, body colored bumpers, and its as comfy to drive as a Focus..
Only one bad thing about this car is the generally crap brakes.
(but Ford Puma / Focus parts bolt right on)
I will be undoubtedly keeping this car for a long time to come.
I recently changed the oil, filters, and plugs myself, and it was a complete doddle.
Insurance is next to nothing, and even with today's costs, it'll cost you less than £50 to fill to the brim.
I have done just over 10k in 6 Months with this car, and it hasn't missed a beat.
There are plenty Ka related car chat forums out there should you need advice, but the only advice i can give is for you to drive one before you make any assumptions.
Superb little car!
FORD KA 1.3i 3dr (Review date: 29th February '12)
Have had the Ka for over 3 years now and done around 18k in it.
Mechanically it’s actually been really good. A few small repairs, and a slight bit of welding but apart from that it’s been very reliable. Most prone thing to failing is probably the lights! Not sure if there’s something up with the voltage but seem to get through an alarming number of bulbs at the front.
Last MOT did point out a few rust patches so if you are buying one, make sure you check thoroughly.
From the outside, the styling isn’t exactly cutting edge. (It’s a bubble on wheels basically!) However the small size and short wheelbase actually make it pretty fun to drive. Round twisty country lanes I really enjoy driving it. Holds the road lovely, and feels nippy (sensation of speed, rather than actual speed ) you may have to rev the monkeys out of it to have fun, but its so easy to drive it’s untrue! Feels like a little go kart!
Parking is a doddle too, due to its size and great visibility. Inside is basic yes, but seats are comfy on long journeys and the stereo is adequate.
Mpg is good (as you would hope from a 1.3 engine!) and obviously tax and insurance are next to nothing too.
Back seats are a little cramped and the boot isn’t massive, but I can still get my drums in it (with the seats down) so that’s pretty good for such a small car!
I actually really love this car. No it’s not as luxurious as our A6, or as good looking and quick as our TT but it’s cheap to buy and run, and it capable of making you smile while driving! For the price I honestly don’t think you could ask for more!