Ford has announced the pricing and specification details for its all-new Ka.
The new Ka has a tough act to follow as the current version is still the bestselling vehicle in the city car sector, an incredible 12 years after it first went on sale. But the old Ka lacks increasingly crucial eco and safety credentials, making its replacement an unavoidable necessity.
Ford and Fiat team up
To improve these problem areas while keeping the existing Ka’s fundamental style and character, and making it as cost-effective as possible, Ford has teamed up with Fiat. The new Ka is engineered by Ford, but built on the same basic platform as the Fiat 500.
The new Ka also utilises a pair of Fiat engines: a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel. With low CO2 emissions (112g/km diesel, 119g/km petrol) and good fuel economy (67.3mpg average in the diesel, 55.4mpg average in the petrol), both offer a vast improvement over the engines in the current Ka.
However, you can only have the diesel Ka in top spec Zetec trim, making it the most expensive Ka when it goes on sale late this year, priced at £10,195.
The Ka’s other trim levels are Studio, Style, and Style+ – the latter including air-con and Ford’s ‘Quickclear’ heated front windscreen.
Specification throughout is fair rather than generous, but the Ka’s standard equipment includes youth-orientated items such as a six-speaker stereo and USB socket for MP3 players. Various personalisation packs are also available.
You will need to pay an extra £400 for electronic stability control on all Ka models, but while only two airbags are standard, the Ka is said to have an immensely strong bodyshell. Ford is anticipating a four-star Euro NCap score – we’ll wait and see.
Ford Ka review
Prices start at £7,995 for the Ka Studio petrol, undercutting the entry-level Fiat 500 that’s priced from £8,100. Upgrading between trims costs an extra £500 each time, while the diesel Ka Zetec costs £700 more than the petrol version.
Officially arriving in January, the first Kas should actually reach the UK in December. Given the current popularity of city cars in these economically challenging times, you may need to get in early if you want one of the first Kas.
We’re driving the new Ford Ka today, so visit our car reviews page early next week to read our first impressions.
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