The original Ford Ka was a brilliant workforce of a car. Little bigger than a Little Tykes toy car, they were usually seen with a dozen or so teenagers in the back en route to some party.
Well, like all things the Ford Ka had to grow up.
The new Ford Ka+ isn’t, as you might expect, an evolution from the original icon. Instead, it's a miniaturising of the stupidly popular Ford Fiesta from which it borrows most of its mechanical DNA.
As the cheapest model in Ford’s extensive lineup, you might expect the Ka+ to feel a bit budget.
The new platform — the Ford B3 platform, if you’re interested — feels super solid and gives the Ka+ an amazingly planted feeling.
The interior design is classy and robust, the soundproofing is decent, reducing wind and road noise to a dull hum and the driver's seat is comfortable and supportive.
On the road, the Ka+ feels smooth, ironing out all but the roughest of roads. The steering, as you’d expect from a city car, is superbly light and precise. Combine that with a wide windscreen and wing mirrors and you’ve got a car that can nip through traffic like a dainty rabbit.
Under the bonnet, you’ve not got too much choice. Well, you might say you’ve got two choice(s).
There’s two engines on offer (technically two versions of the same engine), which produce either 69bhp or 84bhp. They're both nippy on city streets but struggle to get up to motorway speeds without mashing the accelerator to the floor.
All in all, I really like the Ford Ka+ and think they made the right choice to re-engineer the car as a slimmed down Ford Fiesta. With a big boot, spacious interior and great driving experience, it's is a great choice whether you’re looking for a dinky city car or a larger supermini.