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I've had my little car for a year now. My mum bought me it when I was getting close to my driving test to practice in and so that I'd obviously have a car to drive afterwards and seriously guys if you're a new driver or learning to drive this is the car for you!
I was learning in a Vauxhall Corsa which is A LOT different to this car so when I first got in this car I was like woah, this is like nothing compared to the car I learn in. The gear stick, wow, it is in the perfect place. Most gear sticks are really low down so you have to like reach down to change gear and occasionally, especially when I was learning, I looked down at the gear stick which was obviously really quite dangerous! However on this model of the KA the gear stick is raised so it's almost to the side of you so when you reach left it's practically there! I loved this feature to the KA, it's what won me over. Being quite small myself it was a perfect size, the seats are raised, the gear stick is in the palm of your hand with no unnecessary head twitching!
I have this car in the white colour, which is one of the standard colour which I don't mind actually I thought the colour variety was fabulous actually with lots of elegant colours, and also some masculine colour perfect for all genders to drive.
It's a handy little bob around car, I think the furthest I've driven is like an hour in it without stopping and it did it fine. It doesn't really like going any fastest than 70 mph and the brake occasionally squeals at you if you press down on it too fast or hard which is understandable.
The seats are all really easily adjustable, there are no rear doors so it's necessary for easy moving in the seats. The boot is actually really spacious for such a little car and plus there's back seat space. A question no one really answered for me when purchasing this car was whether the back seats came down to make the boot space bigger and yes they do, perfect for I'd say like a scooter, or small bike, or even a walking frame or fold up wheelchair.
If you can't tell there isn't really anything I dislike about this car and that doesn't stop at the petrol consumption. If you're looking for a little run around car with a low fuel consumption, this is it. I put £20 of petrol in this every 2 weeks and when I fill up in the second week it's not even on the red line! It's fantastic! I use my car nearly every day as well sometimes long journeys sometimes short but almost every day and it's AMAZING, it's not guzzling, it's not greedy, as long as you're in the right gear and not braking heavily all the time (which you shouldn't be doing in any car guys!) then the fuel consumption is one of it's main features.
My only warning for new drivers in this car, the car you've been learning in will be a bit older than this car, KA, Ford or not so when your instructor says you should be in second gear for 20 mph, third for 30 mph etc, it really DO NOT apply in this car. I can be in fifth in this car, doing 30 mph around my village. Now, this sounds really strange and you'll be thinking why does it do this? It's a eco-friendly car, and basically the higher gear you're in, the less fuel pollution you're spreading (in layman's terms!) This isn't a bad thing don't get me wrong, it's just a bit of a shock because on you're dash board (another REALLY cool feature) it tells you when to change up and down gears by showing a little arrow up or little arrow down. So when you set off you go, first, straight into second by about 10 mph, straight into third by 20 mph, and by 30 mph you're in fourth and IT STILL ASKS YOU TO GO INTO FIFTH! It is absolutely crazy but that's what it does!
This car is honestly such a great car, I can't fault it. It looks a bit wimpy next to my mum's big Volvo, but it can sure give it a run for it's money in features terms! Great radio and CD player, great interior design, great range of colours, eco-friendly (save the planet!), lovely shape, easy to park, everything, I love my little KA!
I bought an 09 plate Ford Ka Style to replace my ageing Citroen C2. I was after a like for like swap, and I really enjoy owning and driving a small car. I'd never really considered the Ford Ka as I wasn't keen on the old shape and I was worried about price. However, seeing the used price of the Ka I was soon converted. My parents have always owned Fords, and they still swear by them. I also had an ancient G reg Ford Escort when I first
passed and although it was never a great looking car, it was reliable. I loved it.
My new Ka is 'Cloud', which is really just silver. It looks great and although I would have preferred a blue one, I'm still really happy with it's exterior. It looks great too. It's modern, and the shape is unique but still instantly recognisable.
The interior is also quite modern with a white colour scheme where the controls for the radio and air con is. The gear stick is elevated to a higher position than what I am used to, however I soon found that this was a big improvement on the generic position of the gear stick. There is a cup holder just below it, and unlike in my
previous cars the cup and gear stick don't get in the way of each other. The seating position feels quite high up, but for me this isn't a problem. Some people may like to be adjust the height of the seat, but unfortunately this feature isn't present with this model. On the other hand, the steering wheel is adjustable. The boot is small, but I play trombone and my equipment fits in it just right. For someone who has no children and only a boyfriend to feed it really does suit our needs. Leg room in the front is good and unlike in the Citroen I can take passengers behind my seat without their legs being squashed! My only complaint about the inside is the lack of compartments. The glove box is quite small, so I can only really use of for storing my car charger and other stuff. Paper work needs to be tucked in the pouches on the back of the front seats.
The car runs on petrol and I was worried about running costs after driving a diesel, however it seems fairly economical and the weekly costs aren't too different. It runs at an average of 48pmg Tax is £30 as well, so again nice and cheap. The same goes for the insurance. It's easy to drive and runs well. It can take a while to speed up, but for me this isn't a problem. Handling is good and the ride is nice and smooth, it corners well but I do find the engine noise a little loud.
Overall, great for someone who only needs a small car.
I bought myself a Ford KA Zetec in 2009 and have had it for about a year and a half now. At the time of purchasing, I wanted a car which was small (I am only 5 foot and little so didn't want to look swamped by a bigger car) but also stylish. The new design is a big improvement on the old style KA, it looks like a mini fiesta and the interior looks great with it's black and white features. I bought the silver colour, which is great but gets dirty very easily, I find myself having to take it to the car wash every fortnight.
When sitting in the car it does feel like you are higher up than when you are sitting in any other car, as if you are sitting on a pillow or high seat haha...fine for me being short anyway. The gear stick is also at a higher position....something which I prefer because it makes it easy to rest your arm on the gear stick rather than reaching for it. The car is a very smooth drive, the car does not give as much as a quick start as the older KA, but it is still quite quick and nippy. It is great for parking and for city driving as it can squeeze into very small spaces easily.
The car has air con, central locking, power steering, heated rear window function and a cd / radio player. All useful functions to have.
The car is great for fuel consumption, I find it is quite cheap. It costs approx £40 to fill the car with unleaded petrol and I drive 110 miles a week, a full tank will last me a fortnight. The tax is also very cheap at £30 a year.
The only problem I have had with this car occurred on a very cold snowy day in February 2010. I drove to the shops, only to get out of my car and find the locks not working....when pressing the button on the fob / then trying it manually with the key...the car doors would just not lock. I called ford straight away who said they had received similar calls on the same day...and to leave the car for an hour or so or until the ice had thawed out and try it again. An hour or so later the doors did lock as normal. This problem has never occurred again even on other snowy days, i'm hoping it was just a one off, if this really is a fault then it's quite a big one.
Other minor disadvantages - The petrol cap is hard to lock and put in place correctly - very fiddly -, I would prefer it if the steering wheel had some volume / change channel functions on it to save reaching over to the cd / radio player, whenever someone sits in the rear of the car the front seats are quite stiff to move forwards when they are getting in and out.
Overall though I love this car, it's cheap to run, looks stylish, very easy to drive, good for easy parking & city driving, I would definitely recommend this car!
If you want a car for a learner driver this offers the perfect starting driving opportunity.
The Ka 2010 edition is a completely remodelled version of the old style KA cars and now resembles a small Ford Fiesta in comparison to a go kart. The Ka studio which I drive is not as up to date as other versions in the same series such as ka zetec. It offers a basic model with power steering, cd, radio and a selection of 4 colours. You can get different colours as an added extra which can cost up to £500 a pop. The locking system on the KA studio is rather strange with the driver having to lean over to lock the passenger side door from the inside. The studio also has no power locking or power windows.
The car is very light and easy to drive with excellent handling in bad weather (snow, rain etc). In the recent spouts I had very little trouble with getting up icy hills or such. The car is generally quite slow on hills as the engine only has a 1.2 capacity but on motorways it is reasonably quick to pick up speed.
Boot space is very small so not good in any way for a large family as its difficult to fit more then a few bags in there. There is plenty of space in the drivers and passenger areas, but less space in the back seat.
I originally owned a 98 plated KA for my very first car. As soon as I saw the new shaped KA i had to have one, which is why I purchased a brand new black KA in March last year. Just sitting inside it the new shaped KA feels a lot bigger and it is evident that you are sitting higher up then previously. The gear stick is in a really good place as it sits higher into the dashboard making it easier to find when looking straight ahead at the traffic.
The boot is tiny so would not be suitable for a family but is fine for the individual. All my friends love my car and jump at the chance of a lift as it looks just as stylish on the inside as it does on the outside. The only problem is that the glove box lid falls off with the slightest touch. This seems to be a common problem.
Eventhough the black looks really smart and suits the car really well it is constantly dirty. Even straight after I have washed it the dust/dirt shows up. I do not recommend a black car and will remember this when purchasing a car in the future.
I purchased the style model which includes air con and a heated rear window. The heated window is great for the ice which is why I wish I had've gone for the style+ which also has the heated windscreen. I would definitely recommend that this is thought about before anybody purchases this model as it is a great advantage.
A rather odd feature to the KA is that the release for the bonnet is placed in an awkward position by the passenger door. It is quite tough to pull.
I definitely recommend the Ford KA as it is a good relaible run around, looks smart and is cheap.
When it comes to cars I'm not the most technically minded so I'll start off by stating that this review won't go into details of how the engine works, torque, bhp or any of that other stuff that leaves me with a blank look on my face.
My parents bought a brand new Ford Ka 1.2 Style last year for around £10,000 (the scrappage scheme money for the knackered old Nissan Micra sure helped out here!). First impressions are that the Ka is a vast improvement in looks on the old version (my girlfriend called it the frog). The bulging headlights are gone and the shape is very very different. If you compare it to the new Ford Fiesta there is little difference other than size. Inside is very smart - having tried out the Zetec model as a hire car I would have to agree with my parents choice of the slightly more expensive Style model. The zetec is all black and white inside which makes it looks dull by comparison with the Style that comes complete with blue seats and a more colourful dashboard and trim.
The Ka is never going to be a car to wow you with it's features - it is not really in the market for that, but what it does have works well and is all placed conveniently for the driver. The gear stick is mounted quite high up, almost underneath the radio. Having only ever used gearsticks that were placed somewhere near the handbrake it took me a little time to get used to the placement here but now that I am used to it I really like it. The radio/mp3 cd player is a bog standard Ford one, hardly going to impress anyone but likewise too bulky and 'untrendy' to be worth stealing. The sound quality is pretty good and it does have a nifty features of having a socket to allow you to plug an mp3 player directly in.
Before buying the car, one thing that you should be aware of is that this is a four seater car. The backseats are narrow and you won't even have the chance of squeezing in a fifth person.
Performance wise the car was very very sluggish until the first service. I don't know the 0-60 time but it can't have been much less than 20 seconds. Everything felt very tight and you would often try to pull out quickly into traffic only to find a complete lack of power and people approaching rapidly from behind flashing their lights at you. Thankfully after the 12 month service performance improved dramatically. Aside from the acceleration the cornering is pretty good as well - certainly a lot better than other similar sized cars I have tried such as the Clio or Micra.
You will soon see the benefits of the car when you drive around town. It is nippy and the boot space is easily enough to fit in shopping bags or a couple of medium sized suitcases. The overall small size also makes it convenient to park and squeeze through gaps in traffic. Unsurprisingly it is less impressive on motorways where it does tend to get noisy around 70mph. At that speed you will soon find that you can either put the radio loud enough to hear it or you can talk loudly but you can never do the two at the same time. Having said that the ride quality is still comfortable and it has been perfectly fine on the long journeys we have made in it.
Just to finish off I know I mentioned that I wouldn't go into facts and figures but let me leave you with two that have really impressed me....first off, the annual car tax is £30 (I didn't even know tax went that low!) and secondly the average fuel consumption is 52mpg....and that's in the petrol version. We did enquire about getting the diesel version but when the dealership told us of the fuel consumption for the petrol version we changed our minds.OK I know a Ford Ka is not going to excite the opposite sex but if you want a decent around town car and don't want to spend a fortune then the Ford Ka could be the option for you.
I bought one of these 3 years ago for my partner, to replace her ageing Renault Clio. Although the car we bought was a high mileage model, with over 100k on the clock, I have been very impressed by this little car.
The main reason we decided on the KA was that I had heard impressive safety reviews. By all accounts the car is designed as a kind of cocoon in case of an accident. Thankfully we have not had cause to test the theory, but obviously with loved ones safety is of paramount importance.
In terms of running costs, for a small car these are quite high. Becuase the car is a 1600 it is in quite a high tax bracket for a small car. In terms of fuel consumption, this is also quite poor for a small car.
In terms of reliability, we have never had anything major to worry about, and have only ever had to replace the normal consumables, which I am impressed by considering the high mileage on our car.
The Ka Luxury is a wonderful car to choose if you're looking for a decent town runaround that won't cost you the earth.
We purchased ours second-hand from the husband's parents. It's an 04 plate with (now) 41,000 miles on the clock. A lovely dark blue, with black leather interior, CD player, heated front and rear windscreens and air conditioning.
The heated windscreens work within a couple of minutes of the car being started, although the front screen is not as quick to defrost as the rear one. I have to say, living in Britain, that we haven't had to use the air conditioning much, but when we have it's come on very quickly and you don't have to have it on for very long.
The ride comfort is quite good for a small car, and it fits my husband in (6 ft 4 ins) without any difficulty.
It is very economical, with a 40 litre petrol tank on the 1.3i model, and we usually only have to fill up once every 2 weeks, even with me commuting 30-odd miles every day.
Another reviewer has mentioned the suspension springs going. This is our second Ka, and the only problem we've had initially is the suspension bushes wear down and crack relatively easily. It's only if you ignore the creaking for too long that the springs go.
Boot space is more than you'd expect from a car this size, and we can fit a decent sized weekly shop in there with no problems. If you need to put something bigger in there, usually you only need to put the seats down and it'll fit.
All in all, a great little fun car to own!
Like the other reviewer of the luxury ka, I also have a little blue Street Ka. Although it is a different shape on the outside, the interior is the same as the luxury Ka (minus the two back seats). I bought mine back in Feb 09, and it is my first ever car (I passed my test the day before) so unfortunately I have nothing to compare it to.
However, I must say that this car is absolutely fantastic to drive - made by Pininfarina who also make Ferraris! The only thing I would say is that apparently the suspension springs are prone to snapping in both the Ka and the Street Ka. My car is an 03 reg, and in August I had to have them both replaced because one snapped, at a cost of £200. Although saying that, all cars of that age need odd bits doing to them so I guess it's hit and miss which makes/models are prone to which part breaking more often. Just wanted to mention it because the man who fixed mine told me it was pretty common!
On the plus side, the interior is comfortable, and looks stylish with the slick black leather. The seats are also heated which is a bonus in the colder months. Being a convertible (soft top) you would expect it to be a little chilly, which it is when you first get in but the heating system soon kicks in!
All in all, it is a fantastic car to drive, and is comfortable and stylish. Also, there doesn't seem to be any price difference between the luxury model and regular model when buying second hand, although luxury was originally an extra at around £1500-£2000. The Street Ka was only produced until 2006 though so anyone who wants one would have to buy second hand anyway!
Have been driving my blue street ka for just over a year now. Very reliable and nippy. Just as much fun driving on motorways and around town. The sun doesn't have to shine for me to have the roof off - the heating system is great ! I truly love my little car !