The new Ford Ka is proof that 'sub £10,000' vehicles can be capable, practical, and hugely enjoyable. This popular city car has numerous qualities and is available from a rock bottom price of £8,595. So, what does this pint-sized machine offer motorists?
This stylish run-around is available with a choice of two engines – both of which are smooth and refined. The 1.2-litre petrol produces 68bhp and the 1.3-litre diesel generates 73bhp. These modest outputs mean acceleration is, let's be kind, 'leisurely' - but the compensation is low running costs. The petrol engine achieves a combined average of 54mpg and the diesel returns an impressively penny pinching 67mpg. Both variants therefore have low emissions and sit in road tax band C/£35.
The Ka was developed alongside the Fiat 500 so handling is similar to its fashionable Italian cousin. However, Ford sprinkled magic dust over the Ka so it has a smoother ride, superior body control, and sharper steering. The Ka is also surprisingly comfortable on long journeys and has reasonable interior space considering its size.
The highest specified model for less than £10,000 is the 1.2-litre Style+ 3dr.