There are cheaper new cars in the UK market today than the all-new Ford KA+, but they are all from Oriental brands and have unpronounceable names. If you want a Euro chic hatchback for under 9 grand, this new KA is your best bet, especially as it comes with some class leading features and Black and White special editions later in the year.
The class-leasing highlights of the Ford KA+ begin with interior space where it offers the best front headroom and rear legroom in the segment, plus 21 stowage locations. And the whole thing isn’t even four meter long. The car also offers 270 litres of luggage space and 60/40 split-folding rear seats.
Features and equipment is another area where the new Ford KA+ has an advantage over its rivals from the Far East, as it can be specified with Electronic Power Assisted Steering system, My Ford Dock, six airbags, Electronic Stability Control with Hill Start Assist, and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, chrome front grille, front fog lamps with day running lights, power front windows, electrically operated door mirrors with side indicators, perimeter alarm with remote central locking Speed Limiter and Ford Easy Fuel. Leather steering wheel, cruise control, and MyFord Key, auto air con and SYNC are also available with high-spec trim levels.
Mechanically, the KA+ comes with a 1.2-litre Duratec petrol engine with 70PS and 85PS power outputs. The little Fiesta-looking hatchback also boasts improved suspension and sound deadening which, together with Ford’s innate driving fun, result in a very pleasant driving experience.