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New Ford Ka 1.3 TDCI Metal

The Ford Ka 1.3 TDCI Metal has numerous virtues and 'one' vice.

By Stephen Turvil
Dec 16, 2011
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The Ford Ka 1.3 TDCI Metal has numerous virtues and 'one' vice. Let us start with the positives. This pint-sized city car looks fantastic, handles beautifully, and is cheaper to run than an a solar powered calculator. As such, this 75PS urban champion averages 68.9mpg and returns 76.4mpg on the extra-urban cycle. This means its emissions are lower than a snake's belly, so it sits in road tax band B/£20. This run-around also has plenty of toys. Features include: air-conditioning, power mirrors, alloy wheels, electric front windows, and a CD player. Ford will even bolt-on parking sensors, Bluetooth, MP3 playback, and an electronic stability programme for a few extra pounds. That brings us to this vehicle's vice.

The Ford Ka 1.3 TDCI Metal costs an uncomfortable £12,045. The extras increase this to £13,070. Even if we only consider the lower figure, this 'city car' feels expensive. After all, the 'supermini' class Fiesta starts at £9,495 – and the family-friendly Focus costs from £13,995. In fact, load-luggers can purchase the Skoda Fabia Estate from £11,035. So, the top-of-the-range Ford Ka is not – to my mind – the best value choice on the market. For some, however, this is irrelevant. They choose cars because they love them, because they want them, and because driving makes them happy. What better reasons to choose a Ka?

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By Stephen Turvil
Dec 16, 2011