What used Ford Ka hatchback will I get for my budget?
£1500 will get you the very highest-mileage Ford Kas, or written-off and repaired cars. You would be better off spending £2000 or more, which gets you an early example with average mileage and a full service history. Expect to pay £5000 for a 2014 1.2-litre Studio model with 30,000 miles or less, meanwhile.
The Ka was also offered with a diesel engine, but this was only available on higher trim levels and was significantly more expensive than its petrol alternative making it the least popular Ka. This is reflected in the used market, as it's not only harder to find, but also pricier, with a half-decent example starting at £3000.
How much does it cost to run a Ford Ka hatchback?
Insurance, road tax and fuel costs should all be low with this sort of car, and happily, this is the case for the Ford Ka. Petrol cars claim to achieve 55.4 mpg and cost £30 a year to tax; diesels are rated to do 68.9 mpg and £20 a year to tax for the stop/start version, which switches the engine off whilst stationary to conserve fuel.
Fords are renowned for being cheap to service and repair, and the Ka is no different. Ford offers a fixed-price servicing scheme for older cars, but even newer Kas will be inexpensive to maintain compared with their rivals.