Our overall rating:
The Ford Ka is no more. The original 1996 version was full of charm and great fun to drive, and played a large part in the growth in popularity of the modern city car class. By contrast, the second-generation car was a bit of a disappointment, as it failed to replicate the original’s likeable nature.
Its replacement is the Ford Ka+, an altogether larger car familiar in name but not in nature. Unlike the dainty Ka, the Ka+ is a supermini with five doors, plenty of space, and an agenda to be practical, sensible and good value for money. It’s a strategically important car for Ford, too, since its existence will eventually allow the best-selling Fiesta to move upmarket.
Yet for bargain-hunting car buyers, the Ka+ represents something even more interesting: a cheap Ford-badged alternative to the likes of the austere Dacia Sandero and the fun-but-flawed MG 3.
Read on to get our driving impressions, our verdict on the space-conscious interior and our trim and engine recommendations.
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