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Fuel type Petrol
Engine size 1200
Engine size 1242
Engine size 1.2
Engine size 1198
Having launched the KA+ in 2016, Ford improved it in 2018 with a significant package of changes and it was in this form that this model saw out its remaining production run, which ended at the beginning of 2020. Are these last KA+ models worth seeking out on the used market? They featured a more up to date three cylinder petrol engine, better infotainment provision and the option of a fashionable 'Active' body style for those wanting it. As before, particular strengths of this design include a spacious cabin and rewarding handling. Potentially then, there's a lot to like here.
This improved KA+ model offered evidence back in 2018 that the Blue Oval brand was starting to get the hang of the whole 'global car' thing. Having a product for every market is fine, provided the design in question can be tuned for the needs and preferences of different continents - in the way this updated KA+ really was. That's not to say that this citycar wouldn't have been better if it'd been created from scratch for Europe like a rival Volkswagen up! Or Peugeot 108 - it probably would have been. But by careful development of this South American-conceived, Indian-made package, Ford was able to narrow the gap to established class contenders like these. The driving dynamics in fact are class-leading from this period.
Inevitably, there are a few issues. We'd expected the introduction of the three cylinder Ti-VCT 1.2-litre engine to make much more of a difference to this car's running cost efficiency figures than it actually did. Still, the figures in question are no worse than those you'd get from rival Vauxhall Viva and Fiat Panda models from this era. And in this Ford's case, there is (with this facelifted model) the option of diesel power if you really do need better fuel consumption and lower CO2 readings.
Otherwise, providing you don't have unrealistic expectations when it comes to interior quality, there's much to like here. We think the rugged-ised 'Active' version was a useful addition to the range. The 'SYNC 3' infotainment system was a good step forward too. This model's real trump card over its rivals though, was something it'd always had: class-leading rear cabin space and boot capacity. It's not just about feet and inches either. So many cars in this segment irritate by making buyers do without a conventional three-seater rear bench and properly-opening rear windows. Both are standard on this Ford.
And in summary? Well what we have here is a reminder that all citycars are not the same. This one, we'd say, is the only contender in its class from this period large and practical enough for a supermini-sector buyer to realistically consider - and that's a strong sales point. It all means that in our view, family buyers shopping for a citycar from the 2018-2020 period really have to have this one on their list.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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