I have repeatedly been given brand new Kas as (dis)courtesy cars from a dealer after problems with my Scenic (there's a slight size difference!).
The Ford Ka is easily the worst car I have ever driven. The practicality is almost non existent, my four year old complains at the lack of leg room in the back and you can't fit much more than the wife's handbag in the boot.
Equipment is poor, no height adjust on the steering, no passenger airbag and you even have to take tapes out the stereo and turn them over! Then there is the strange twisted driving position. And even with the seat fairly far back you could probably injure yourself reaching far back for the seat belt!
If we move on the the handling, well the clutch is very soft but doesn't seem to do much. And finally we move on the the engine. Well, I think that can be summed by the fact that around town I average 36mpg in my 1.6 litre Scenic. Doing exactly the same journeys the Ka manages 28mpg.
A thoroughly useless and ugly car. It's not even built too well (the mirrors drop when you go over a bump).
If you only have £5k for a car, get something second hand!
I have test driven this car on three occasions and I am now buying one this week. For its price this car is very underrated, and apart from being a joy to drive it is so great on mobility in heavy traffic and comfortable for long journeys. It does all of you ask of it and is cheap to run. The engine is not latest technology but it does its job and fuel and insurance costs are very good. An ugly duckling? Not by any means: what you see is what you get, and at a very good price.
Considering I did not want the Ford Ka2 I am delighted with 'her'.
I had set my heart on the Puma but for reasons of insurance back in 1997 decided not to go ahead, but needed to change my existing car.
When the Ford Ka was suggested, I likened it to a 'Noddy'Car and did not even want to test drive one!
However I collected 'Rosie' from the dealer - presented to me wrapped in a giant bow and a given a bouquet of flowers to soften the blow. Not impressed, I reluctantly took the keys went through the familiarisation of the car and drove off.
As I drove along, I thought hmm this isn't as bad as I thought it would be as she nipped smartly in and out of traffic. Stirling Moss would have been pleased at Rosie's ability to be first away at traffic lights and dare I say it, I was having FUN.
I found myself smiling when I drove her as she effortlessly (well sometimes) ate up the miles on my travels. What she lacked in big car speed and performace on motorways whe more than made up for in town and city driving. I would smugly park Rosie where other cars could not even dream of parking. Sadly now though 7 years into our relationship, the bodywork is beginning to show signs of rust and for the first time today she has failed her MOT.
I think the Ford Ka2 is the most fun anyone can have with their clothes on!
I bought a KA Collection from new in March 2003.
I was initially sceptical of the KA due to its love it or hate it looks. However after taking it for a test drive I was left speechless! It did not make sense that a car in this class had a ride and handling balance that could shame a VW Golf!
There have been a couple of niggles, the rear wiper motor "blew" within a couple of months, the accelerator cable was incorrectly fitted from production causing a sap in power, finally the Trackrod broke!
However all of these problems were rectified quickly by my dealership under warranty, I really cannot fault them.
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