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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 Collection 3dr

    Liz Whieldon Date: 06/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My KA was a 03/03 Collection, with just 12,000 miles when i bought it from in November 2007. I loved this little KA, so nippy to drive, easy to park, comfortable for the 2 in the front, & with enough room for 4 for the occasional time I required it. Unfortunately the problems started the day after I bought it. The temperature light started to come on on the dash for no reason, then the battery light started to do the same. The dealer insisted there was nothing wrong with the car that a 'good run' wouldn't fix. To cut a very long story short, after a very frightening breakdown on the M5, the problem turned out to be corrosion of the Powertrain Control Module where it connects to the wiring loom, due to water ingress. Repair cost 1,800 +. Also catalytic converter probably damaged due to fault, another 700+. I was unpleasantly surprised at the cost of these repairs. Six months of badgering the dealership, not being able to use the car, & the stress of preparing for a court case, at the 11th hour dealer agreed to have the car back. That day it was on their website for sale!!!. So, if you're buying a pale green metallic, Ford KA with just over 14,000 miles on the clock - BEWARE - check that the PCM, wiring loom & catalytic converter are all OK. Would have loved another KA, but can't take the risk of going through this nightmare again.

  • 1.3i 70 Zetec Climate 3dr

    Elizabeth Hiley Date: 30/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have just bought my Ka brand new as Ford were offering such a good discount due to the new model coming out.

    The extras that come with the Zetec, like the alloys and spoiler, do add to the visual appeal, this is a little car brimming with personality!

    Having seen complaints about the size of the cabin, I must say that I am not dissappointed as that is what I expected! The drive so far is great, especially the steering, and I have no complaints about the cabin quality. Also, the seats are very comfortable, I have driven a new Fiat Panda and although I liked the car, the interior was nowhere near as good as the Ka.

    I have only rated it 3 out of 5 on ownership as the tax (Band D) and the petrol consumption are a little high for this type of car. I just hope it gives me a few years of reasonable reliability. But so far, so good!

  • 1.3 3dr

    Andrew Hood Date: 13/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Poor. Not as good as the mark 4 and 5 Fiesta's its based on - and they were never great. If you get the versions with the older 1.3 endura engine you wont have any major problems (the engine is just very old). Performance wont blow you away, its gutsy, but will run out of puff up hill. A bit noisey at speed. Cabin is spacious in the front but very poor in the rear and feels a little cheap feeling and dated. The only problem you WILL have is rust. Like all Fords they rot. Check around the bottom of rear quarter panels/door area, petrol cap, behind rubber door seals, behind the bumpers and around the inside of the boot surround. Really showing its age now.

  • 1.3 3dr

    Emma Ellis Date: 20/05/2008
    • 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

    My car

    I've had my 52 reg Ka for about three months now and I love it!

    It's very quick to move off, and gets up to 70mph easily. It slows down a bit on uphill roads, but it's not a big problem. It's easy to drive, and it likes being thrown into bends. It feels really safe and stable when it corners.

    The brake pedal takes a bit of getting used to as you have to press it harder than you'd expect, but the brakes are good and the car stops dead when you want it to.

    Fuel economy is ok - I get about 45mpg, doing mainly short journeys. It hasn't needed any parts or servicing yet.

    It's got plenty of room for shopping in it's boot, there are lots of little storage spaces inside, and it's roomy for passengers - my 6ft2 brother fits in easily. All the controls are well placed. The equipment is only basic, but it's got everything you need if you just want a little first car or runabout.

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