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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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89 reader reviews for Ford Ka Hatchback.
  • 1.3 Collection 3dr

    Jan Rumball , Wiltshire . Date: 21/07/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Bought this car more than three years ago because I liked the funky internal styling.

    I did my research and it looked quite economical on paper plus a low insurance group too.

    That's just how its proved. I did 55,000 miles in more than three years, from long journeys, to touring, to medium range, to lots of runarounds. I always found it very comfortable, and me and the dog shared it really well.

    Less mobile passengers find the back a little difficult to get out of, though. The only problem I've had is excessive tyre wear, despite balancing etc. I check pressures and set them as recommended before most long journeys but have been through two sets of fronts and one set of backs in three years.

    Apart from this, it's been fine. The only reason I am considering changing it is the three or four children I regularly take out are now strapping teenagers and I can't get them, their day packs and the dog in comfortably any more.

    One little niggle - the external Collection trim on the door jams wears away in the wind and after violent flapping eventually breaks off. However, since it's cosmetic, it's not important.

    It has great fuel economy, nice styling, is easy to park, and I've never found it uncomfortable whatever the mileage. It's cheapish to service, and easy to get spares for.

    It is one I'd definately go back to, if and when the kids stop wanting to go out all together. It's been real fun - hence the mileage.

  • 1.3 3dr

    Abid Ali Date: 03/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I owned this car for a year and it didn't break down once!

    It's very light and picks up speed very quickly. I beat my mate who was driving an MR2!

    However, it has very little room and its suspension is quite vunerable, so less good for someone with a family.

    If you've just passed your test, though, and want a car that is easy to park, doesn't struggle up hills and gives you a thrill when you drive it then this is the car you must get.

    Its handling is superb and it doesn't take much revving to get it to 40mph.

    It's a must. You just have to buy it - it's excellent.

  • 1.3i 70 3dr

    Steven Palmer Date: 01/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The car is excellent value for money, but fuel economy can drop to low to mid-30s mpg. The highest I have recorded is 43mpg.

    It's good to drive but motorway runs in the summer are hard work because the ventilation is poor, requiring opening of all the windows. The Ka is good around town, good on A roads, as long as you have a run up to overtake, and motorways are OK.

    I have covered 55,000 miles in two years and three months. The only problems are new plug leads, fitted at 30,000 miles, front suspension wear (in fact most of the front suspension has been or needs to be replaced). It’s a good job it has a three-year 60,000-mile warranty.

    However, I would buy another as I will probably lose very little money because I paid £6300, which included metallic paint.

  • 1.3i 70 Luxury 3dr

    mark barratt , Lincolnshire . Date: 07/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Ka is second vehicle in the family, and is used for commuting. Its handling on country roads is great and it has a punchy engine, although it lacks performance for overtaking in some cases. This Ka has the new Duratec engine that is far superior to its predecessor. Build quality could be a lot better and better plastics used in the interior but on the whole it still has that funky and fresh fun factor. I would not hesitate to purchase another although there are probably better alternatives for the money. I would certainly always ask for discounts before purchasing. All in all, this little car is like the old Mini - a wheel in each corner. It's also like the Tardis - more room than you think inside.

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