The Ka+ may look cheap on the surface, but it’s significantly more expensive than the Dacia Sandero or Suzuki Celerio. It’s also worth remembering that you need to go for Zetec trim if you want the more powerful 85PS engine. Unless you particularly like the look of them, we’d avoid the Black and White edition models, which are restricted to the higher-powered engine too. They make the car much more expensive, without actually making it any better.
Both the 70 and 85PS engines share the same 114g/km CO2 rating and 56.5mpg combined official fuel economy figures. Studio models get electric front windows, a speed limiter, smartphone based infotainment system and an alarm as standard. Zetec adds alloy wheels, a 4.2in infotainment screen, air-con, cruise control and a leather steering wheel. Black and White edition cars are based on Zetec models, but get unique 15in alloys, rear privacy glass and either a black body and white roof or vise versa.
The Ka+ only scored three out of five stars in its safety assessment by Euro NCAP, although that’s the same as a Suzuki celerio - these small, cheap cars often lack the safety equipment and structural rigidity to score more highly. That said, the Dacia Sandero manages four stars, and is the best amongst the Ka+’s rivals.
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