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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.
  • 1.3i 70 Style Climate 3dr

    Joshua Coventry Date: 03/11/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    I bought a new '08 Ford Ka 1.3 Style Climate about 4 months ago. You can get an '07 or '08 reg 1.3 Style Climate for a very good price, and you'll have air conditioning, electric mirrors, CD/Radio with AUX port (for your iPod), and heated windows front and back.

    Gear changes are very flexible and smooth -- but the transmission on this model is different to the Fiesta, so buyers may want to test drive both.

    The interior styling in these models is slightly dated, as Ford did not change it for more than a decade. However, everything is in reach and easy to use. The equipment you get will vary with model - not even all Style Climates are the same. Mine does not have a passenger airbag (only driver), front fog lights and there's no rev counter.

    On newer models, the engine runs quietly but is noisier on the motorway. This car was designed for the city. WhatCar say the boot is small -- My weekly shop fits in with no problem. Back seats fold down easily if you need to fit suitcases in.

    The overall ride is smooth, until you come across a bumpy road because of its overall size and small wheelbase. For a basic cheap low-end city car, the suspension is good. Get a Focus or other large car if you want a smoother ride.

    MPG is good on all models. It's nippy and great in the city. Averages around 45 MPG, but you may get 50 depending on your driving style.

  • 1.3 Style 3dr

    Andrew Lamb , West Midlands . Date: 23/08/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned my KA for 5 years and it has never put a foot wrong not counting issues raised during servicing. It is an good choice as a first car and as something to potter around towns and villages. Long motorway driving can be a bit painful as the power is lagging and the interior is a little cheap although nicely laid out. For the economically minded, I have had my MPG up to 50 but the average is around 45 due to mainly motorway driving. Low insurance & road tax will appeal.

    Being a bloke in his late 20s, owning a KA is not good for your street cred; I have received a lot of stick for hanging onto mine. I am not really bothered as I still find it a responsive and fun ride which doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg (plus any of my friends who have driven mine love the handling and response). Practicality wise, there is a fair amount of room in the back but I wouldn’t have passengers in there for a long journey and the boot is small if you are carrying, say, two suitcases. It’s fine for food shopping and you shouldn’t run into too many problems unless you are buying huge products like TVs. As for servicing, it isn’t expensive, though I am finding more of the car is running into problems, last time the front suspension needed to be changed which wasn’t a huge cost but one I could have done without.

    I can highly recommend mine, a 2003 1.3 Ka Style, but do think the Collection is the best of the bunch with electric windows, mirrors and CD player.

  • 1.3 Style 3dr

    Alan Marriott , Worcs . Date: 15/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I had a Ka as a courtesy car for 4 days. At first I disliked it but gradually warmed to it as I appreciated the go-kart handling and surprising performance. Rather noisy with a pathetic stereo and not as economic as I expected. Typical excellent Ford gearchange. Bearing in mind it is now a little long in the tooth and about to be replaced with a Fiat 500 based range, not bad as a cheap secondhand runabout.

  • 1.6i Sportka SE 3dr

    Martin Briggs Date: 08/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      33

    My car

    I owned a Sportka SE for 2 years from new. I have to say that it was brilliant fun to drive and took corners like a go kart and I never got tired of B road driving. I am reliably informed that it wasn't the best passenger experience though due to the sports suspension and the direct steering. It could maintain motorway speeds with little effort although at highter speeds it did get a bit noisey. I used to do a lot of motorway driving in it and still got 33 mpg of it.

    I was recently hit from behind while stationary by a car doing 60mph and although the car is a write off I walked away with just whiplash. I think for a small car it performed remarkably well and I shall miss driving it.

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