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2018 (67/18) Ford Ka+ 1.2 Zetec 5dr

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Bluetooth systemCruise control
PASSpeed limiter
SYNC Emergency AssistanceTrip computer
Voice control system 

Entertainment

4 speakers4.2-Inch Colour TFT Screen
Aux inputDAB radio/CD player
MP3 playerRemote audio controls on steering wheel
USB socket 

Exterior Features

Body colour door handlesBody coloured bumpers
Body coloured door mirrorsDaytime running lights
Electric front windowsElectrically adjustable door mirrors
Front fog lampsFront grille with chrome upper
Rear wiper 

Interior Features

3 rear head restraints60/40 split folding rear seat
Device dockFront head restraints
Height adjustable driver's seatIsofix
Leather wrapped steering wheelLodha cloth upholstery
Rake adjustable steering column 

Safety

ABSCurtain airbags
Deflation detection systemDriver and passenger airbags
ESPFront side airbags(head+thorax)
Hill start assistMyKey system
Passenger airbag + deactivate switch 

Security

Engine immobiliserPerimeter alarm
Remote central locking 

Wheels

15" 5x2 spoke alloy wheels
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO0.243CO2 (g/km)114
HC0.049Noise Level dB(A)77
NOx0.036Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1198Compression Ratio11:0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)70.6Cylinders - Stroke (mm)76.5
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEGears5 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)56.5EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)70.6EC Urban (mpg)42.8

General

Badge Engine CC1.2Badge Power70
Coin SeriesZetecGeneration Mark3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 072EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years1NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %73
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %61NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 093
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %57NCAP Safety Assist %29
Service Interval Frequency - Months12Service Interval Mileage12500
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months120Timing Belt Interval Mileage150000
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)15.3Engine Power - BHP70
Engine Power - KW51Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM6000Engine Torque - LBS.FT77
Engine Torque - MKG10.7Engine Torque - NM105
Engine Torque - RPM4000Top Speed99

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front195/55 R15
Tyre Size Rear195/55 R15Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style5X2 SPOKEWheel Type15" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1521Length3929
Wheelbase2489Width1695
Width (including mirrors)1911 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)42Gross Vehicle Weight1500
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)849Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)270
Max. Loading Weight487Minimum Kerbweight1013
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.7
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Ford KA+

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

When the Indian-built KA+ arrived here in late 2016, it was different to any small citycar we'd previously seen from Ford. And crucially, it was also different to many of its sub-Supermini rivals, thanks to class-leading driving dynamics and a particularly spacious cabin. Potentially, there's a lot to like here for the used buyer.

History

A small car can have big ideas, even if it's city-sized. For proof of that, you've only to try the model we're going to look at here, the KA+. You might know the KA model line. In its original first generation form, Ford's smallest contender was difficult to forget, bug-shaped, beetle-browed and hailed by many at its original launch in 1996 as the most innovative thing the industry had produced since the early Mini. Over half a million examples of the MK1 model were sold over a production run that lasted an incredible 12 years with hardly any changes. The car's success lay in its simplicity, which made it cheap to make and sell. It was a formula Ford should have stuck to. They didn't. In 2008, the second generation KA tried to move a little more up-market and offer a fashionable, slightly more affordable alternative for people who couldn't stretch to trendy small products like BMW's new-era MINI. But the Fiat 500 that MK2 KA was based upon was already satisfying these kinds of customers and doing so with cute credibility that the Ford simply couldn't match. That left the KA awkwardly placed, with a three-door-only body style that didn't really save you much over a far more practical five-door Fiesta, once Ford dealers had done their sums. Sales were unsurprisingly disappointing. Hence the need for a different approach with this KA+, launched late in 2016. It wasn't adventurously styled - the Blue Oval brand's 'One Ford' global product policy of the time discouraged cars of that kind - but in compensation, buyers got five doors in a KA for the first time and near-supermini-standards of cabin space. Low pricing was once again a priority too, achieved thanks to an affordable Indian production plant, along with super-simple underpinnings and engine-ware borrowed from the old 7th generation Fiesta. White and black 'Colour Edition' variants were introduced in late 2017 based on 'Zetec' trim. The KA+ was facelifted in the Spring of 2018; it's the pre-facelift models we look at here.

What You Get

Think of a Ford KA and it's still quite hard not to picture the almost wilful aesthetic contrariness of the bug-shaped first generation version. There's nothing like that here. Still, if you're target market for this car, here's what you're going to appreciate: the surprising size of the thing. Think of some of the city runabouts this Ford undercuts on price - a Volkswagen up! for example. At nearly 4-metres long, this KA+ is a full 329mm lengthier than one of those. Behind the wheel, the supportive seat positions you higher and more uprightly than you would be in a Fiesta, but that's not a problem for comfort and it also ensures for excellent all-round vision. The door pockets have been compartmentalised to take small bottles, there's a reasonably-sized glovebox and you get a little shelf in front of the gearlever for your smartphone, conveniently positioned just above the 12v, USB and aux-in connectivity ports. Talking of connectivity, we ought to cover that. No modern Ford model is complete without some element of the company's SYNC media technology and here, the most basic version of that set-up is standard, provided you avoid entry-level trim. As usual, the system's there to let you play music, make or receive calls and use the 'SYNC AppLink' feature that allows you to control apps on your smartphone - all with simple voice commands. On to the area of this car that might really sell it to you - the back seat. We've certainly been in plenty of Fiesta-sized superminis from the next class up that feel more cramped than this KA+ model's cabin. That tall, glassy roofline certainly helps and there's enough legroom for two six-foot adults to sit behind two front-seated friends of similar size. Finally, let's tell you about the boot. An immediate irritation is the lack of any sort of tailgate handle - you'll need to use either the provided button on the ignition key or the one provided on the dash to release this rear hatch. Once it's raised though, all should be forgiven for the 270-litre space revealed is the largest in the citycar class.

What to Look For

We found lots of satisfied KA+ customers but inevitably, our survey revealed quite a few issues too. One owner had various electrical problems - the mirrors didn't work and all the warning lights on the dash came on for no reason. Also, his engine revved at 2,000rpm and wouldn't settle down and the outside temp sensor constantly showed it at 6 degrees C below what it actually was. Plus the air mass sensor failed. He also noted that the auto start stop was very sensitive and sometimes stalled the car when in heavy traffic. Some owners say that wheels are very susceptible to pothole damage, so check the alloys carefully. Others complained about squeaking interior trim, exhaust rattles and problems with the engine struggling to start. We also came across engine idling problems, issues with engaging the clutch and gearbox and fuel pressure issues. Look out for all these things on the test drive. Apart from that, it's just the usual things: insist on a fully stamped-up service book and check the interior for signs of unruly kids.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2015 KA+ 85PS - Ex Vat) An air filter costs around £16 and an oil filter costs around £7. A starter motor is about £128. Wiper blades cost in the £20 bracket. A cabin filter is around £17 and a clutch slave cylinder is around £68. An auxiliary drive belt is about £44.

On the Road

The KA+ may be a South American-conceived, Indian-made product but it was thoroughly re-developed for the European market with a package of engineering changes that really paid off when it comes to the driving dynamics it can offer. It helps that all the tweaked suspension bits have been bolted to the 'Global B' platform that made the old 7th generation Fiesta such a fun steer. In fact, there's a lot of that car in the way that this one flows through the turns with the kind of poise and agility that by and large, other city-segment rivals from this period simply can't match. Under the bonnet, Ford carried over much the same 1.2-litre Duratec petrol engine that was used in the previous generation KA, though this time round, it was offered in both 70 and 85PS guises, both variants available only with 5-speed manual transmission. In each case, you can expect the same unremarkable efficiency figures - 56.5mpg on the combined cycle and 114g/km of CO2. During those times when you're not on the motorway or thrashing the thing about though, it's easy to forget the lack of sophistication beneath the bonnet. From what we've already said, you won't be surprised to hear that we found this KA+ to be eager to please in typical suburban citycar use, quiet and agile around town, easy to park and perfect for parents thanks to its spacious size. In short, it ticks a lot of boxes.

Overall

Ford was too long without a meaningful contender in the Citycar segment but this KA+ thoroughly corrected that oversight. That's not to say it wouldn't have been better if it'd been created from scratch for Europe like a rival Volkswagen up! or Peugeot 108 - it probably would have been. But by careful pre-launch development of this South American-conceived, Indian-made package, Ford was here able to narrow the gap to established class contenders like these. The driving dynamics in fact are class-leading, compensating for engine efficiency that very definitely isn't. Add in the low asking prices, the rock bottom insurance ratings and the impressive SYNC media connectivity system and you've got a very strong class contender indeed. Our owner survey included a few worrying signs, so select your previously-owned example carefully. Get a good one though and you may very well get yourself a very satisfying citycar ownership proposition.

Performance
70%
Handling
80%
Comfort
70%
Space
90%
Styling
60%
Build
70%
Value
70%
Equipment
70%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
80%

** Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards.  Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

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Monthly payment£131.03
Deposit£249
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£7498
Credit amount£7249
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£2859
Total amount payable£9267.41
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge1.68p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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