Ford Ka+ (2016–2020)
- June 2016: New Ford Ka+ launched
- September 2016: Ford Ka+ now on sale in the UK
- February 2018: Updated Ford Ka+ arrives
New Ford Ka+ launched
The Ka+ provides an attractive new alternative for buyers who want a stylish, well-equipped small car at a price point starting at £8,995.
Available to order from June 2016 with first deliveries "later" in 2016, the all-new Ford Ka+ is based on Ford’s global small-car platform, in this case built in Brazil.
At less than 4 metres, the Ka+ is slightly shorter than the Fiesta, but 29mm taller, providing class-leading front headroom and best-in-class legroom for rear passengers. It offers 270 litres of luggage space, plus 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and 21 stowage locations throughout the cabin for small items.
Stowage areas include 'MyFord Dock' in the centre of the instrument panel that enables storage, mounting and chargging of mobile devices such as phones and navigation systems, and front door bins that can each hold a 1.0-litre bottle, a 0.6-litre bottle and a small umbrella. A hidden stowage bin within the end of the instrument panel is only accessible when the driver’s door is open, allowing valuables to be hidden out of sight.
The interior features a grained finish on the instrument panel and hard-wearing, contemporary trim materials in a stylish dark charcoal colour scheme. Distinctive chrome accents are applied in tactile and highly visible areas such as the door release handles, centre console control knobs and air vents.
The Ka+ features a simplified powertrain line-up based on an efficient 1.2-litre Duratec petrol engine with a choice of 70PS and 85PS power outputs and derived from the the 1.25-litre engine in the Fiesta, featuring twin-independent variable camshaft timing to enhance performance and fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.
With a standard five-speed manual transmission, the 1.2-litre engine has been tuned to deliver smooth and responsive performance, with a broad spread of torque.
Regenerative charging saves fuel by maintaining efficient charge levels in the vehicle battery by capturing ‘free’ electrical energy when drivers coast or brake. Low rolling resistance tyres and aerodynamic details, such as an optimised front lower spoiler lip and grille openings, also contribute to improved efficiency. Both engine options achieve CO 2 emissions of 114g/km, with combined fuel consumption of 56.5mpg.
To deliver the desired dynamic performance, the Ka+ features a unique chassis specification with specially developed features including steering system, springs and dampers, front anti-roll bar, rear torsion beam axle and tyres, along with re-engineered front sub-frame and engine mounts.
Ford Ka+ now on sale in the UK
Ka+ Studio 1.0 Ti-VCT 70PS £8995
Ka+ Zetec 1.0 Ti-VCT 70PS £9995
Ka+ Zetec 1.0 Ti-VCT 80PS £10,295
Updated Ford Ka+ arrives
The Ka+ gets Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlamps.
It also has a new 1.2-litre three-cylinder Ti-VCT (Twin independent Variable Camshaft Timing) petrol engine offering 70PS or 85PS, and Ford’s 95PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine.
Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system enables drivers to control audio and connected smartphones using voice commands, or via the tablet-inspired 6.5-inch colour touchscreen, and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Further technologies available to make driving easier include rain-sensitive wipers, headlamps that turn on automatically as daylight fades, and Ford’s Quickclear heated windscreen for faster getaways on frosty mornings. Heated front seats, Electronic Automatic Temperature Control and rear parking sensors are also offered.
All Ka+ models offer a comprehensive standard specification including power front windows and door mirrors, remote central locking, Hill Start Assist, Speed Limiter, and Ford Easy Fuel. The engine now starts with the push of a button, and in response to customer feedback, the bootspace is easier to access with a tailgate-mounted switch for easy opening, in addition to the convenient interior release accessible from the driver’s seat.
Six airbags, Electronic Stability Control and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System protect occupants, and available Ford MyKey technology allows owners to set maximum speed and audio volume limits, and ensure safety features are not disabled when young and inexperienced drivers drive Ka+.