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FORD KA 1.2 Zetec 3dr (Review date: 3rd February '13)
I love my ford ka. Heated windscreen is a big plus and used it all the time in the bad weather and this has not affected the battery. It has started first time every morning. Drove great in the snow, felt it really stuck to the road with no problems. Petrol is ok but i work in the community so im always stopping and starting so expect to use quite a bit but really it doesnt put a hole in my purse. The car i had before was a 1lt and that did run on fresh air but the Ka is more stylish and a little bigger so you feel safer. I do agree with a previous review about it being a Fiat, i dont agree with buying a ford but got a fiat. My daughter also has a Ka and we both love them. Hope we havent spoke too soon how reliable they are. Also i think that they should have a spare wheel or at least you should have the option, wheel or kit.
Reliable and practical but seating position could be improved
FORD KA 1.2 Zetec 3dr (Review date: 30th June '12)
I purchased my Ka in February 2010 having previously acquired a Smart Roadster - the Smart almost bankrupted me in repair bills so I had to find something quickly and trade it in and that was when I opted for the Ka - economical practical and reliable is what I was after.
The Ka hasn't disappointed in terms of reliability or practicality. On a trip to Wales (3 adults and all our weekend luggage) the Ka held 70 on the motorway was fuel efficient (48 mpg) and didn't break down. In the 2 years + of ownership I've not had any of those irritating electrical faults that can sometimes occur. The windows, locks, windscreen defrost, a/c etc all work. The auxiliary jack for my iPhone is perfect on long journeys.
2 main concerns: Like other reviews on here, I agree the radio controls could be better placed as its quite a stretch to reach them from the driving position - steering wheel controls please Ford. The driving position is off-centre. My mother who has driven the car says she hasn't noticed this - she is 5'4" so maybe its less of an issue for her size whereas my feet are slightly to the right when I'm sat in the driver's seat and this does nothing to help my back which often aches after anything more than a 30 min drive.
The boot is a good size when compared to the Fiat 500 on which it shares the same chassis. Ford suspension is also better than the Fiat.
Front seats easily stain. Spilt some sparkling water on the driver's seat and had a bag of chilled goods on the passenger seat. Both water stains but very difficult to remove - the fabric is some kind of synthetic/nylon but totally impractical when it comes to cleaning. I've tried everything including Vanish. My Ka is a workhorse and mainly used for the commute to work so unless you're paranoid about having a spotless car then this is just another minor issue.
An automatic option would be nice - I bought the Ka on the basis the gearshift was so smooth. Clutch could be better - too much travel and even with my slim 5'11 frame I sometimes struggle to put the clutch to the floor with the seat right back so that my knees don't hit the steering wheel. The book says you must depress the clutch fully but in practice this is very difficult.
FORD KA 1.2 Titanium 3dr (Review date: 18th April '12)
I've had my Ka Titanium for nearly 3 months now & have, on the whole , been very disappointed with this car, starting with the mpg. I know you never get what it says in the blurb but I am averaging 40 - 44 mpg. I do mainly short journeys with the occasional m'way drive. I was unreliably informed I could expect 50mpg. The start-stop function is hit and miss. I've had my car back in the garage because of this & was told that the battery Ford put in isn't powerful enough for all the gizmo's on the titanium!!!! Mine was nearly flat & I'd only had the car 3 weeks!!! Ford should put audio steering wheel controls on the Ka because I can't reach the radio safely. The seatbelt also cuts into my neck & is not height adjustable. I'm 5'3" so not a total midget! It is also ponderous in low gears.
On the plus side it is fun to drive & I love the high seating position. The interior is pretty & funky & well laid out - apart from the radio! The auto defrost windscreen is really good but is probably what drains the battery when in use. I have only used it 3 times!
I wouldn't get another one though sadly.
ford pile of dren
FORD KA 1.2 Zetec 3dr (Review date: 18th March '12)
had this car as a courtasy car the handling is great, doddle to park, but the mpg at best would be 40mpg, my sick 1.7td 1995 vectra had better mpg even with a hole in the tail pipe. i would love to know where some car manufacures get their mpg values from i think ford got theirs from a crystal ball. i drive 50 miles round tri to work every week day up and down the m1, this car is not comfortable for an knee arithius sufferer the seating position is too cramped, forget havin someone in the back seat , might as well ripp thoes seats out
Ford Mustang GT500 Shelby
FORD KA 1.2 Digital 3dr (Review date: 21st January '12)
There is not category to choose from for private imports, but my car is a grabber blue GT500 Shelby Mustang. A 5.4L supercharged V8. 2010 model.
It doesn't pretend to be anything but purposeful. It has a pleasing lack of technology and delivers everything in a package that a middle aged driver remembers with fondness from when he started 30 years ago.
The performance does not try to be subtle and not paying attention to road/weather conditons is rewarded everytime with a missed heartbeat. I love the manual gearbox and the whine of the supercharger as it climbs over 3000rpm, but after many years in impressive german cars, have learnt once again to concertrate on what I'm doing and not treat any journey in this car lightly. It is surprisingly comfortable to dirve distance in, but crisp enough to fling into and around a corner. The Brembo brakes certainly help remove speed and the fat tyres do their best to maintain contact with the planet.
I commute 50 miles each way to work in it every day and always arrive at work or at home with a smile. That's the driving I want and I'll ignore 18mpg.
Ford KA 1.3 TDCi Titanium 3dr
FORD KA 1.3 TDCi Titanium 3dr (Review date: 19th January '12)
I have owned this car for 3 months and it is not what I expected for the money. The car has done 10000 miles now. From the reviews and Ford information I was expecting 68 ish mpg but I am only getting 53 from a diesel. My previous car was a Grande Punto 1.3 multijet, same engine as the KA. The car acheived 60mpg no problem best being 74 mpg. My 1.9 JTD can acheive 55 mpg over the same sort of route. The car has been back to Ford and they say that nothing is wrong. Fiat have just reported that the Fiat 500 diesel is having overfueling problems but Ford have ignored this. See what happens after its service.
Be aware of the dreaded DPF or FAP fortunately this KA does not have one but if you but a KA or 500 they do not like short journeys. The DPF block up any you end up having to pay the garage to sort out the problem .
Stylish, well-appointed and fun
FORD KA 1.2 Titanium 3dr (Review date: 31st December '11)
I was looking for a new car, but as has happened twice before I bought pre-registered, a silver "11" plate KA Titanium 1.2, which saved me about £3,000 on brand-new.
The deciding factor was an excellent trade-in for my Citroen C1 diesel which, at just over 15k miles was like new.
The first thing you notice going back to petrol is how often you're filling up at your local service station. This is slightly offset by the fact that petrol is noticeably cheaper now, so it's swings and roundabouts.
I've had my KA for two months and have done my usual mileage, which equates to about 5k a year. The car handles well, drives well and has lots of little gizmos, like a heated windscreen which works well, but since my car is garaged every night, I've not had to use it after a night of frost. It also has climate control, which means that you can fiddle about all day with the settings.
I've had one problem, which was fixed by Ford Assist, via the AA. The car died one day, which turned out to be a loose battery connection. Fixed in under 40 minutes by an AA patrolman who was grateful the car was under cover and his work could be done in the dry. Apart from that it's been fine.
Hated it so much I sold it within 8 weeks!!
FORD KA 1.2 Titanium 3dr (Review date: 17th September '11)
I had owned 3 of the older style Ka's and absoultely loved them. They were brilliant fun to drive and so nippy. I decided to sell my 54 plate Collection for the new style model. I bought a brand new Titanium in Piste white. It looked fantastic but that's where the good points ended. This car was a pile of s**t! The performance is so bad that I couldn't even overtake a tractor! We thought that there was a fault with the car as it felt like their was no power at all. We had it checked and it came back all clear.....well unless you rev the car at 6000. You will never achieve the BHP unless you do this....this is impossible!! So as a result you get a car that is probably slower than a 1 litre and it uses so much fuel when you work the gearbox to overcompensate for the lack of power. I was getting about 35 to the gallon which is horrendous for a brand new car with a 1.2 engine. I bought the car for £10,200 and had to sell it 2 months later for £7500. One hell of a bad lesson to learn. I wish I had kept my old Ka. Do not buy this car is you want to drive above 40mph. At first you will be fooled by the lovely interior and great exterior but underneath is just a crappy Fiat engine. Worst car ever.
Brilliant car, great to drive and very economical!
FORD KA 1.2 Style 3dr (Review date: 6th September '11)
This is a great car, haven't had any problems in the two years I've owned it. Really nice to drive, very comfortable. Cheap insurance and tax (£30 per year!) plus petrol goes a long way. Great little run around and so easy to park.
Drives smoothly, steering is very responsive and handles really well. Gear stick is close to the steering wheel, making is easier to change gear.
Great storage space under the front passenger seat. The boot is deceptive and holds a fair amount plus the rear seats fold down easily for extra space.
I would definitely recommend this car!
Amazingly fun and economical daily-use car
FORD KA 1.2 Grand Prix 3dr (Review date: 23rd August '11)
We have owned the Ford Ka (2010 reg) for over a year now and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Particularly its 30GBP per year road tax and amazing fuel economy. You CAN do around 60mpg easily. But in all honesty it teeters more around 45mpg because it's good fun to give a little push every now and then.
It being a small hatchback, and a rather bold one at that with its racing stripe, I was put off at first as I am quite conservative.
Within the first week I thoroughly changed my mind. The racing stripe and red highlights set it apart from the other Ka's and its driving is simply amazing. This is coming from someone who has had a hand at some performance cars.
Practicality (3/5) - It's missing 2 stars simply because of its size. I need a new car because we got a (admittedly very large) child seat that does not fit comfortably in the Ka. The boot space however is amazing and the rear seats fold down for some crazy space.
Reliability (5/5) - Can't say much as we've had it for a year. But it never ever failed, always started in the winter (front-windshield heater is amazing) and had amazing grip in the snow to boot.
Running Costs (5/5) - In normal daily use I have seen 55mpg according to the computer and its 30GBP per year tax. Need I say more?
How it drives (5/5) - So much fun. Comfort you wouldn't expect in a small car like this. Very nice seats indeed and great driving position adjustable by the height-adjustable steering wheel. It laughs at corners and isn't afraid at all to see some higher revs on the motorways to get to 70 quickly. Strangely has no red line. If you're doing a swift overtake it doesn't seem fussed at doing 5k revs. At all. Obviously wouldn't recommend this for longer periods of time.