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Ford Ka (2008-16)

Overall Rating

4 stars

A drastic overhall has taken place to the original Ka, in both looks and engineering. Look out for low-mileage cars fresh out of warranty as keen buyers trade in for newer plates.

  • Lots of options for personalisation
  • Fun to drive around town
  • Brilliant fuel economy
  • Styling loses original character
  • Diesel engine is loud under pressure
  • Cheaper new small cars around
Road Test

You cannot miss the changes Ford have made to the exterior. Ford were obviously looking to freshen it up, but this visual over-hall is the only real negative point for the new model. It has lost that instantly recognisable shaping, but is now a very modern looking car. The interior was in need of a new look and better materials, both of which Ford completed with a great finish and masses of options. Only two engines at launch, these are based on the Fiat 500. Both the 1.2 petrol and 1.3 TDCi models have appealing fuel economy at a combined 55-67mpg. The petrol engine is a willing, nippy and enjoyable drive where as the diesel can feel much stiffer in comparison and can be noisy. This is because Ford have had to compensate the drive to carry the heavier engine. Four trim levels, Studio, Style, Style+ and Zetec, were revamped slightly in 2010. There are additional choices for production line vibrant internal and external themes. Digital has an external green base colour with stripes along the side panels and a green grille with green door panels inside, green headrests and a green consol. Optional extras across all models include leather seats in varying colours, body colour rear spoiler, 14, 15 and 16" alloy wheels.

Need To Know


Best Models: 1.2 petrol

Worst Models: 1.3 TDCi

Ford Ka (2008-16)
Star Ratings


4 stars


4 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars


4 stars


4 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars
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