Ford Ka+ (2016 – 2020) Review

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Ford Ka+ (2016 – 2020) At A Glance

Impressive levels of comfort and refinement. Spacious interior and large boot. Well-equipped as standard. Good ride and very comfortable.

Not as efficient or as cheap to buy as its rivals. Bland styling. 1.2 petrol engine is characterless and slow.

Insurance Groups are between 1–5
On average it achieves 84% of the official MPG figure

The Ka+ is the cheapest new Ford, with its sub-£9k price pitching it squarely against the best five-door small hatchbacks on the market. Good build quality and low running costs make the Ka+ easy to recommend, although some might be disappointed by the bland styling and sluggish performance.

Despite the name, the Ka+ is not actually related to the Ka - it’s actually based on the Fiesta. Yet, despite being shorter than Ford’s best-selling hatchback, the Ka+ is a proper five seater and has a useable 270-litre boot.

There are only two trim levels to choose from - Studio and Zetec - but both versions get lots of kit as standard, including front fog lights, electric door mirrors, Bluetooth and electric front windows. However, unlike the competition, there are no colourful customisation options for the interior, which means you have to make do with lots of dull grey plastic. 

Despite being the entry-level car of the Ford range, the Ka+ doesn’t feel below par when it comes to quality. All of the doors shut with a satisfying clunk and the switchgear in the cabin feels on par with anything you’d find in the Mondeo or S-MAX. Soundproofing levels are also impressive, which means the cabin is quiet and a relaxing place to sit.

The Ka+ impresses on the road with a smooth ride that does a good job of ironing out bumpy roads and potholes. The steering is precise and light, which makes it easy to navigate tight urban streets and exploit gaps in traffic. The large windscreen and wide door mirrors also provide excellent visibility, which makes reversing and parking a stress free experience.

The engine and gearboxes choices are limited. In fact, there is just one engine - a 1.2-litre petrol that comes in two versions - 70PS or 85PS. And there's only a five-speed manual gearbox. Both versions of the four-cylinder engine return an official 56.5mpg, however, even in its most powerful form, the Ka+ is slow footed, with 0-62mph taking 13 seconds. Opt for the 70PS unit and you’ll be waiting 15 seconds to hit motorway speeds, which makes busy junctions and slip roads a frustrating experience.

Despite its shortcomings, the Ka+ is a decent small hatchback, even if it sorely lacks Ford’s excellent 1.0 EcoBoost engine. The interior gets all the basics right, with lots of space and impressive build quality. Running costs are also low, which makes the Ka+ an appealing choice as a second car. However, there’s no hiding the fact that the 1.2-litre engine is weak on performance. The dull interior only enhances the fact that the Ka+ desperately lacks the fun and style of its rivals. 

Ford Ka+ 2016 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Ford Ka+ (2016 – 2020)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

84%

Real MPG

39–55 mpg

MPGs submitted

34

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ASK HJ

Do I have to pay for a warranty inspection because the dealership moved the appointment due to coronavirus?
I booked a service, MoT and warranty inspection on a Ford KA on 30 April 2020. The three year warranty is due to expire on 8 May 2020. I have now been informed by the local main Ford dealership that this inspection can only be carried out on 2 June 2020, which is outside of the expiry date of my three year guarantee. The service department have advised me that despite the date change at their request owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the warranty has expired and I will be charged for the MoT and warranty inspection in full. I consider this disappointing and unreasonable, what do you think?
The dealer's service department is wrong. Ford warranty claims have been extended by 180 days, which means any potential problems will still be covered by the standard manufacturer warranty: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/coronavirus/2020-03/coronavirus-will-a-delayed-service-invalidate-my-cars-warranty/#ford
Answered by Dan Powell
There's a fault warning showing, should I stop using the car til the outbreak ends in case it's a warranty repair?
My Mum's 2017 Ford KA+ has started showing a message saying 'ABS malfunction. Contact Service'. She got an email from Ford saying they were shutting their doors except for key workers. She is over 70 so is self isolating. I am using the car occasionally just so it doesn't just sit there for potentially 12 weeks. The car seems to drive okay. Is this something to worry about and should I stop using the car until I can get it to a Ford dealer, or can I still use it for short runs? Should I contact Ford, just to log the problem until I can get it to them in case it is a warranty repair?
Unless you need the car for essential travel (to buy food, medicine or get to work), I would advise that you report the fault to Ford and stop using the car. It may be fine for short runs, but if it experiences a mechanical breakdown (or causes an accident) then you will put additional pressure on your potentially overstretched local emergency services.
Answered by Dan Powell
Should I be worried about owning a petrol car in the future?
I currently have a Ford Ka+ and am very happy with it but worry about owning a petrol car into the future. I don't drive to work so like to keep the car in the garage in the week so it needs to be quite narrow. What do you recommend for a suitably narrow EV or PHEV to replace the Ka+ when the time comes?
If you're happy with your Ka+, I wouldn't be too worried about its replacement for the time being. Petrol cars account for around 70 per cent of all new car registrations and EVs just 5 per cent - it will be a long time before petrol cars are under threat. At the moment there are very few EVs as small as your Ka+, but there are more on their way - the new Honda e, for example.
Answered by Andrew Brady
My car is unusable because my insurer can't source a replacement window - do I have any recourse?
My Ford Ka+ suffered a broken driver's door window nearly two weeks ago, presumably at the hands of vandals. My insurer uses AutoGlass to cover glass repair and replacement, but AutoGlass tell me they have no stock so have ordered the required glass from Ford. Ford now say the glass is on back order with no ETA. I've not been able to use the car for 10 days now and there is no sign of when I will be able to. The insurer is refusing me a loan car as they are only provided if the car is at a garage being repaired. I have the car at home (fortunately in my garage), but can't use it because it's not weather-proof or secure without a driver's door window. What recourse do I have and to who? The insurance is due for renewal in three days but there seems little point in renewing when I can't use the car.
Contact your own glass repairer and see if anyone has one in stock. As Autoglass cannot source, then your insurer has to meet the cost of you supplying one from your own supplier. This is called "acting as an agent of necessity". Whilst your vehicle is insecure, it is not insured - so you're doing them a favour. Complain to your insurer for the loss of insurance cover you have had as a result of their supplier not being able to meet its obligations, then raise a complaint with the financial ombudsman service. You must keep the vehicle insured unless you have SORN'd it. If you don't, you will be committing an offence.
Answered by Tim Kelly

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