Product Type: Ford cars
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Ford Ka in general
Member Name: marie_cheetham
Ford Ka in general
Advantages: Fuel economy, leg room, cheap
Disadvantages: Brakes, noise, acceleration
For two years I've been the proud owner of a 2001 mint green Ka. Mine is the most basic model with no central locking, air conditioning or electric windows and only a tape player with just 3 radio station presets for entertainment- although all these things are inconvenient I see it as a fair sacrifice for a cheap car. And the Ka is cheap, with between 40 and 50 miles to the gallon, fuel consumption is very economic. You are, however, at risk of using more petrol if you try to get up to speed on an A road or motorway quickly- with my accelerator flat to the floor it still feels as if I'm crawling to 70mph whilst other cars whizz past. Once you get to 70 there is not much point in trying to be a bit cheeky and go any faster either as upon approaching 90mph the steering wheel shakes/ vibrates and it feels unsafe. Also, there is very little noise insulation so the road noise can be a little deafening when travelling at speed- I have found that putting old carpet in the boot helped with this. The brakes on Kas are notoriously not very good either, I have adopted a style of driving of starting breaking very early so I know it will stop in time. Having said that, the combination of gentle breaking and thin wheels made driving in the heavy snow earlier this year fairly painless whilst heavier, big wheeled cars were constantly skidding.
The inside of the Ka is deceptively big considering its size, with ample leg room for all passengers and the driver. The only aspect that could be bigger is the boot.
Summary: Good value, brilliant first car, not suitable for families
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