In normal driving we achieved between 46 and 52mpg, putting it about level with the i10 but behind the Up and its stablemates the Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii.
“Certainly not expensive, but still worth shopping around”
While it can’t match the Dacia Sandero for low starting prices, the Ka+ still represents good value, costing just a few hundred pounds more than smaller city cars. Ford dealers are usually open to haggling, which could save you a bit more cash, but the 114g/km CO2 rating for both engines is a little disappointing, as it makes the Ka+ more expensive to tax than most of its rivals.
Leasing costs aren’t quite as cheap as you’ll find with the Ka+’s main rivals, and it might also be the case that you can find a Fiesta for roughly the same price or possibly even less, so it’s worth shopping around for a few quotes.
“Missing out on some modern safety aids”
The Ka+ comes with six airbags as standard, as well as hill hold assist to stop you rolling backwards when stopped on a slope, and an electronic stability control system.
However, it’s disappointing that Ford doesn’t offer the latest active safety systems on the Ka+, including autonomous emergency braking, which has been shown to reduce front in to rear collisions by up to 40 per cent. With this now being a major component of the industry standard Euro NCAP crash tests it suggests that the Ka+ might struggle to attain top marks.
For those buying the car to share with their kids, Ford’s MyKey is a clever idea, allowing you to programme a second key for the car that will, for example, limit its top speed or stereo volume, or prevent the electronic stability control from being turned off.
Standard spec 5/10
“Basic Spec but about right for the money”