The Ford KA was launched 20 years ago and has introduced many a fresh-faced driver to the joys of the open roads. Now the KA is dead – long live the KA+!
The motoring world is changing, with savvy shoppers demanding more than ever from their small cars. Ford knows this, so the new KA+ offers a great deal more than the car it replaces. And that means – aside from the name – there’s little shared between the old version and the new. In fact, the KA+ is in many ways more closely related to the ever-popular Fiesta.
The most obvious difference between the new KA+ and the old KA comes in terms of practicality. Primarily, an extra set of doors! The KA+ gives you easy access to the rear seats, perfect for growing families who need an extra car for the school run, or single parents needing affordable motoring with no compromises. There’s also a bigger boot, only marginally smaller than in the more expensive Fiesta, and much more room inside for passengers thanks to a more upright silhouette.
It’s safer than ever as well. You now get six airbags as standard, plus hill start assistance, a speed limiter, a tyre deflation detection system, and Bluetooth connectivity so you can safely take calls at the wheel.
There’s new engines, too. Yes, plural. A pair of 1.2-litre petrol engines, with either 69bhhp or 84bhp. That means the KA+ is more powerful than the KA, while retaining the original’s fantastically fun handling.
And in spite of the power increase, CO2 emissions are still impressively low (114g/km) and fuel economy appropriately thrifty – 56.5mpg, to be exact.
It’s not all about being careful with the pennies, though – there’s clever touches to make life easier too. There’s a MyFord Dock so you can use your smartphone as a sat-nav, plus cruise control and air conditioning if you opt for the Zetec model.