Zetec trim will be the big seller for the Ka+, with Active accounting for around a third of sales and few opting for the sparsely equipped Studio. The jump up in price from Zetec to Active is reasonable, but even so, the former remains the best value and our recommended trim.
It's a shame that the Ka+ misses out on key safety equipment like autonomous emergency braking, though, and scored a disappointing three stars out of five in Euro NCAP safety testing – although its similarly-priced rivals recorded similar scores. Still, cars such as the Ignis and Picanto both score higher when fitted with optional safety packs, while the Ibiza recorded a five-star result.
The Ka+ is a good small car that offers tidy handling, a composed ride and a spacious interior in a competitively priced package. The changes for the facelift help lift its interior (as long as you avoid Studio trim), but it’s a shame that the new engine isn't a drastic improvement over what it replaces.
Ford has a terrific range of turbocharged Ecoboost engines it uses in cars such as the Fiesta, but it's reluctant to use any of them in the Ka+ because it wants the two models to be separate, which is a shame.
So, while the Ka+ has plenty of recommendable virtues, the Sandero is cheaper still and even more spacious.
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Dacia Sandero Stepway
Ford Ka+ 1.2 Ti-VCT 85 Active
Price £12,950 Engine 3cyl, 1194cc, petrol Power 84bhp at 5500-6500rpm Torque 85lb ft at 4250rpm Gearbox 5-spd manual 0-62mph 13.5sec Top speed 104mph Official economy 49.6mpg CO2, tax band 129g/km, 26%
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