Ford Ka+ Review Ireland

Ford Ka+ Review

Small car buyers are really spoilt for choice because there are just so many options currently available on the Irish market.

Yet if value for money is the key consideration, then the field narrows considerably.

Enter the new Ford Ka+. Slotting in below the popular Ford Fiesta supermini and replacing the cute but outdated Ka, the new Ka+ is a five door city car that promises a lot of bang for your buck.

Sex appeal and desirability have not been key considerations in the design of the Ka+ and Ford has no intentions of joining the customisation crew with their new budget offering.

With prices starting from €13,050 the Ka+ is a sensible small car. It’s slightly shorter than the Fiesta but just under three centimetres taller and sports a miniature version of Ford’s new characteristic trapezoidal grille. Style icon it is not, but the Ka+ has a neat and compact appearance.

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The interior of the new Ford Ka+

There is a distinct Ford family feel to the interior and the perceived quality of the materials is good for this class of car. The cabin is not particularly stylish but it won’t cause any headaches.

The interior space is excellent for a car of this size, making this a practical small car. The doors open wide and there is a slight elevation to the seating position. Rear legroom is good and it should be comfortable enough to transport one or two adults in the back from time to time.

The 270 litre boot is also generous, being on the larger side of what we expect from a city car. There are 60/40 split-folding rear seats and a good few storage spaces throughout the cabin.

The Ka+ comes in two trim levels, Studio and Zetec. Studio models (from €13,050) include 15” steel wheels, front fogs and daytime running lights, speed limiter, trip computer and remote central locking. Zetec models (from €14,650) add manual air-conditioning, 15” alloy wheels, Ford SYNC, leather steering wheel and cruise control.

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The Ford Ka+ is a five seat budget city car

Power for the new Ford Ka+ comes from a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre petrol engine with two power outputs. A 70hp version is exclusive to the Studio trim and an 85hp version is exclusive to the Zetec. A five speed manual gearbox comes as standard. Both 70 and 85hp versions of the 1.2-litre engine qualify for motor tax of €200 per year, with claimed fuel economy of up to 56.5 mpg.

My Zetec test car had the 85hp version. It’s no performance star but it purrs along nicely. It’s perfect for town driving but it takes a bit more patience out on bigger roads as 0 to 100kmh is a leisurely 13.9 seconds. Once cruising speed is reached, the Ford Ka+ is remarkably refined and comfortable for a small car. The steering is light but with an elastic feel that makes it a fun little car to drive. There is body roll when you push the car hard into corners, but it grips the road well.

The Ford Ka+ won’t set hearts racing but it is very accomplished for a sub-€15,000 car. The space, handling, comfort and refinement make it an easy car to get along with. The engine is probably the weakest link as it’s not very robust out of the confines of the city, but Ka+ makes up for it by being a sensible but fun small car.

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The Ford Ka+ is powered by a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre engine

Model tested: Ford Ka+ Zetec
Price: 
€14,650 (Range starts at €13,050)
Engine: 1.2-litre petrol
Power: 
85hp
Torque: 112Nm
0-100km/h:  
13.9 seconds
Top speed: 168km/h
Economy: 
59mpg
CO2 emissions:  
110g/km
Motor tax:
€190 per year

Caroline Kidd

If you are looking for a budget city car you might also like this review of the Opel Karl.


Ford Ka+ Launch Drive

The Ford Ka is back, but not as we know it.

The Mk1 Ford Ka was one of the most distinct cars of the 1990s and reached notoriety, but the Mk2 that debuted in 2009 failed to take off in the same way.

But acknowledging a customer preference for a budget, five door small car in the shape of the Hyundai i10 and Opel Karl, Ford has responded with the Ka+. It's a Ka that's grown to accomodate five doors and five seats and with a starting price of €13,050, the Ka+ looks like very good value indeed.

In styling terms, the new Ka+ is perfectly acceptable, but like most of its rivals, style icon it is not. It's slightly shorter than the Fiesta but just under three centimetres taller and sports a miniature version of Ford's new characteristic trapezoidal grille that makes the Ka+ a cohesive member of the new Ford family.

Inside the Ka+ bears many Ford interior trademarks but it is altogether more streamlined and that's in its favour.

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The interior of the new Ford Ka+

The perceived quality of the interior is also good for a small, budget car built in India for the European market. The interior space feels roomy for the city car class, and the 270 litre boot is also generous.

60/40 split-folding rear seats and a good amount of storage spaces throughout the cabin boost practicality.

In response to the smartphone generation, a MyFord Dock in the centre of the instrument panel can be used to store, mount and charge mobile devices such as phones and navigation systems.

In Ireland there will be two trim levels offered - Studio and Zetec. Studio models (from €13,050) include 15” steel wheels, chrome upper grille, front fogs and daytime running lights, AM/FM Radio with device dock, speed limiter, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), trip computer and perimeter alarm with remote central locking.

Zetec models (from €14,650) add manual air-conditioning, 15” alloy wheels, Ford SYNC with AppLink, leather steering wheel, cruise control and MyKey.

Power comes from a 1.2-litre engine with two power outputs. A 70hp version is exclusive to the Studio trim and an 85hp version is exclusive to the Zetec. A five speed manual comes as standard.

On a drive around East London, our 1.2-litre, 85hp Ka+ was energetic enough for the suburban setting of our test route and also suitably refined with no obtrusive road, wind or engine noise. Early indications would be that it has the same 'fun factor' that makes the Fiesta such a success, with a nice elastic feel to the steering on turn in that enhances that feeling of being connected to the road.

Both 70 and 85hp versions of the 1.2-litre engine qualify for motor tax of €200 per year, with claimed fuel economy of up to 56.5 mpg.

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The new Ford Ka+, five door budget city car

The Ford Ka+ is arriving in Ireland this month.

Caroline Kidd


Ford Ka+ Ireland

Ford Ka+ Coming To Ireland in 2016

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The new Ford Ka+

Ford will be bringing a new five door city car to Ireland later this year and they are touting it as “big value in a small package”.

The Ka+ will replace the three door Ka that’s currently on sale here. Pricing will start at €13,050, which undercuts the Ka by €240.

Ka+ seems to be a better value offering all round, with more space and five doors. Taking inspiration from Ford’s latest design language, the Ka+ bears Ford’s distinctive trapezoidal grille. All models will come with chrome detailing for the front grille, body-coloured bumpers, door handles and door mirrors for a stylish look.

Sitting alongside the Fiesta in Ford’s small car range, the Ka+ will provide space for five passengers within a sub-4 metre total length. The Ka+ is slightly shorter than the Fiesta, but 29mm taller, and Ford claim that the new car will have class-leading front headroom and best-in-class legroom for rear passengers.

270 litres of luggage space, a 60/40 split folding rear bench and 21 storage compartments throughout the cabin mean that Ka+ is shaping up to be a highly practical small car.

Power will come from a new 1.2-litre Duratec petrol engine with more power and improved emissions. Power is up from 69PS to 85PS, and CO2 emissions are down from 115g km to 110g km, with claimed fuel economy of 56.5 mpg. A five-speed manual transmission will come as standard.

Ka+ is built on Ford’s global small car platform, and Ford promise that a unique chassis will deliver agile and enjoyable driving dynamics. Engineers have worked to reduce noise levels and enhance refinement in new Ka+.

A MyFord Dock in the centre of the instrument panel will allow you to store, mount and charge mobile devices such as phones and navigation systems in the car.

All-new Ford KA+ is available to order from June, though the first cars won’t arrive here until later this year.

Caroline Kidd