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2018 (18) Ford Ka+ 1.2 85 Active 5dr

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Bluetooth systemCruise control
Ford easy fuelPAS
Speed limiterStop/start system
SYNC Emergency AssistanceTrip computer

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

Off road suspension 

Entertainment

2 USB ports6 speakers
6.5" touchscreenAux input
Ford SYNC 3 DAB radio, apple car play and android auto with voice controlMP3 player
Remote audio controls on steering wheel 

Exterior Features

Active logo front door threshold platesBody colour door handles
Body coloured bumpersBody coloured door mirrors
Daytime running lightsElectric front windows
Electrically adjustable door mirrorsFront fog lamps
Privacy glassRear privacy glass
Rear wiperRugged bodystyling kit with active front wing badges
Silver roof railsUnique active design painted front grille

Interior Features

3 rear head restraints60/40 split folding rear seat
All weather floormatsCargo mats
Device dockFront head restraints
Height adjustable driver's seatIsofix
Leather multi function steering wheelRake adjustable steering column
Rear head restraintsSienna cloth upholstery

Passive Safety

3x3 point rear seatbeltsABS
Curtain airbagsDeflation detection system
Driver and passenger airbagsESP
Front side airbags(head+thorax)Hill start assist
Passenger airbag + deactivate switchTPMS (Tyre pressure monitoring system)

Security

Engine immobiliserMyKey system
Perimeter alarmRemote central locking

Wheels

15" 4x2 spoke painted grey finish 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

CO2 (g/km)129Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftSOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1194Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders3Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTIONGears5 SPEED
Number of Valves12TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)49.6EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)56.5EC Urban (mpg)41.5

General

Badge Engine CC1.2Badge Power85
Coin SeriesActiveGeneration Mark3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 076EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years1Service Interval Frequency - Months24
Service Interval Mileage18000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months120
Timing Belt Interval Mileage150000Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)13.5Engine Power - BHP85
Engine Power - KW63Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Torque - LBS.FT85Engine Torque - MKG11.7
Engine Torque - NM115Top Speed105

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front185/60 R15
Tyre Size Rear185/60 R15Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style4x2 SPOKEWheel Type15" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Length3955Width1774
Width (including mirrors)1910 

Weight and Capacities

Gross Vehicle Weight1560No. of Seats5
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+ ACTIVE

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

The last version of the Ford KA+, sold between 2018 and early 2020, offered a crossover-themed 'Active' variant which offered a trendier take on citycar motoring. It aimed to appeal to people who wouldn't have considered the ordinary version - which of course was just the point. But does it make sense as a used buy?

History

Need a really small used citycar with an added dose of attitude? If so, here's one you might like - the Ford KA+ Active, sold between 2018 and early 2020. Remember the original Ford KA? If you do, you might recall that though small and cheap, it had character by the bucket load. Unfortunately, the same couldn't be said for the Polish-made second generation design - or the Indian-built KA+ model that replaced it in 2016. So Ford, in the Spring of 2018, moved to refresh the KA+ with a package of changes including the introduction of this 'SUV'-style KA+ 'Active' derivative. The idea of Crossover styling being applied to a little runabout isn't a new one but until a few years ago, it was a concept we only saw applied to superminis, not cars like this one competing in the smaller citycar sector. In 2017 though, we suddenly saw a number of jacked-up little city sector hatches launched with roughty-tufty styling and a more characterful attitude to life, the Fiat Panda Cross quickly followed by the Suzuki Ignis, the Kia Picanto X-Line and the Vauxhall Viva Rocks. These were the cars this KA+ Active competed against: like them, it obviously never quite had what it took to be a fully-fledged small SUV. For likely buyers, this won't matter one jot. People who would never have considered the KA+ in its unremarkable standard guise will be much happier with the car in this more extrovert form. They'll note that it offers class-leading standards of interior space and be keen to believe Ford when the company insists that this derivative's extra 23mm of ride height hasn't harmed this model's traditionally agile handling. This Active variant vanished from the price lists when the KA+ range was discontinued by Ford in early 2020.

What You Get

There's no doubt that this KA+ Active model will stand out a little more than the standard version on the school run. Does it have the visual character of earlier KA designs? Possibly not. But it's more fashionable and will probably appeal to a wider audience than anything else from this model line. This variant gets a unique black finish for its upper and lower front grilles, plus a silvered lower skid plate. Inside, once you've stepped over the branded sill plates, you'll find yourself in a cabin that's been subtly tweaked over the one you'd get in a standard KA+. A 'Sienna Hazel'-coloured theme features in the seat fabric and the door trim inlays and there are all-weather rubber mats to protect the interior from muddy shoes and boots. This being a converted citycar, you won't be expecting a properly commanding SUV-style driving position - and, despite this lifestyle variant's 'Rough Road Suspension' package, you don't get it either. Mind you in our experience, a lot of small SUVs that are purpose-designed for the Crossover segment lack this too. Standard is a 6.5-inch 'SYNC 3' centre-dash infotainment screen which allows you to activate audio, 'phone or Mobile App options via either voice control or the touchscreen icons. You can't have navigation built into this package but you can stream a navigation app in from your 'phone thanks to this set-up's standard 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' compatibility. Enough. Let's move to the area of this car that might really sell it to you - the back seat. This is where the above-average body length for the segment really pays off, providing for a wide door that makes this the easiest citycar in the class for rear passengers to get in and out of. And once inside? Well there's certainly not much to complain about for a model of this kind, unless you're irritated by the lack of things like grab handles, coat hooks and door pockets. 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. As for the boot, well an immediate irritation is the lack of any sort of tailgate handle but with this facelifted model, you do at least get a button to release the tailgate latch - you can also use the button on the ignition key or the one provided on the dash. Once the tailgate's raised, the 270-litre space revealed is the largest in the citycar class.

What to Look For

The KA+ is built from tough mechanicals and designed to withstand the rigours of third world markets but we did come across a few issues in our owner survey that you'll need to look out for. One owner had an electrical problem that disabled the mirrors, saw all the dash warning lights come on and rev the engine constantly at 2,000rpm; it turned out the air mass sensor had broken. Another owner complained of rattly trim, struggles to engage gear, a creaking exhaust and a reluctance to start. In another case, there were water leaks - into the boot and the passenger footwell; check these areas. In another case, there were idling problems, fuel pressure issues and squeaks from the rear. Apparently, the wheels are very susceptible to pothole damage, so check them carefully.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2018 KA+ Active 1.2 Ti-VCT - Ex Vat) An air filter costs around £18 and an oil filter costs around £8. Brake pads costs around £66 for a front set. A starter motor is around £140. Wiper blades cost in the £8 bracket. A wing mirror glass is in the £22-£24 bracket.

On the Road

At least the KA+ Active won't be burdened by unrealistic customer expectations when it comes to its SUV prowess. No one expects a citycar to be able to function properly off road - not even one dressed for a hiking trip, as is the case here. Still, a bit of extra ride height can get you a surprisingly long way and this variant was raised by 23mm over the standard model. That's actually 5mm more than the increase you get in Ford's only slightly larger Fiesta Active model, though this KA+ Active lacks that car's useful 'Slippery' driving mode. It does though, get a wider track, a larger front anti-roll bar and uniquely tuned Electronic Power Assisted Steering, for optimised crossover handling. Retuned dampers feature a hydraulic rebound stopper for a smoother ride over harsh surfaces, and 'Active Rollover Prevention' works within the Electronic Stability Control system to offer additional security when carrying roof loads. As for engines, well most buyers will choose the three cylinder 1.2-litre Ti-VCT 85PS petrol unit, which makes rest to 62mph in 13.5s on the way to a maximum of 105mph. The minority-interest alternative is a 95PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel, which offers nearly twice as much pulling power (215Nm) and improves those stats to 11.4s and 111mph. Whatever your engine choice, you'll find that the ride and handling is just as good as it ever was in this model. True, KA+ regulars might notice that this Active variant delivers a touch more body roll than you'd get with the ordinary version of this car, but it's nothing significant; certainly not enough to detract from the kind of handling poise that's a world away from what you'd get in a small SUV. Venture onto the highway and refinement is OK by class standards but not exemplary. The petrol engine has quite a coarse note and there's enough road and wind noise to make a really long trip a little wearing. Of course, this little Ford is much more at home within the city limits. We found it agile around town, easy to park and perfect for parents thanks to its spacious size. In short, it ticks a lot of boxes. All of this is of course of much greater significance than what this car can do off road - which isn't very much. But we tried it around a field to find out anyway and found that, as advertised, those special hydraulic rebound stoppers do indeed smooth out the ride a bit over clumps and bumps. But on such terrain in this car, you'd always get the feeling of being a bit of a fish out of water. The 'Active' badging here doesn't designate any sort of SUV. Just a car a little more ready for the real world.

Overall

Back at the turn of the century, there was no doubt that the beetle-browed little Ford KA was an inherently characterful car. In its standard forms, the later KA+ just wasn't, which is why this 'Active' version was pretty well received. It's not our job to tell you whether it's better looking or more interestingly styled than its direct segment rivals from this period. But we will say that the 'Active' package of visual changes made a world of difference to this car's showroom appeal. And in summary? Well it's true that this Active variant may be more geared up for the perils of off street parking rather than off road expeditions, but that's really all potential buyers will care about. In today's SUV-obsessed used car market, it's a citycar of its time. And if you're shopping in this segment, we can see why you might want one.

Performance
70%
Handling
80%
Comfort
70%
Space
90%
Styling
60%
Build
70%
Value
60%
Equipment
70%
Economy
50%
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£193.95
Deposit£249
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£10,998
Credit amount£10,749
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£4259
Total amount payable£13,624.65
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge2.6p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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