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    Ford KA+

    A KA WITH PLUS POINTS (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    Ford has significantly improved its KA+ citycar. Jonathan Crouch reports

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 61

    Ford's KA+ now seems to offer a very complete citycar proposition, with an improved 1.2-litre petrol engine, an extra diesel option and a crossover-style 'Active' derivative. There's also upgraded infotainment, a smarter look and a better quality cabin. As before though, this model's key attributes remain class-leading driving dynamics and a particularly spacious cabin. Potentially, there's a lot to like here.

    Backgroundword count: 142

    A small car can have big ideas, even if it's city-sized. For proof of that, you've only to try the model we're going to look at here, the improved KA+. You might know the KA model line. In its original first generation form, Ford's smallest contender was difficult to forget, bug-shaped, beetle-browed and hailed by many at its original launch in 1996 as the most innovative thing the industry had produced since the early Mini. The second generation Fiat 500-based model of 2008 wasn't quite as innovative and didn't sell as well, so Ford started again in 2015 with the Indian-built five-door KA+ we have here. The original version of his model was spacious and good to drive but a little bland, so Ford has moved to give it a little more pizzazz with the changes we're going to look at here.

    Driving Experienceword count: 206

    Under the bonnet, nearly all Ford KA+ models will be sold with 1.2-litre petrol power. That was the case with the original version of this model but with this revised version, Ford has carried over the three cylinder Ti-VCT unit from the current Fiesta. As before, this is available in a choice of either 70 or 85PS outputs. In an unusual move, Ford has also decided that customers in the citycar sector might like the option of a diesel engine, so is offering the 95PS version of its 1.5-litre TDCi powerplant in this revised model line-up. Don't expect the driving dynamics to have changed much. The KA+ may be a South American-conceived, Indian-made product but it's been thoroughly re-developed for Western markets. A chassis specification engineered to meet European driving expectations offers a unique front sub-frame, and suspension components including springs, dampers, rear torsion beam axle optimised for Europe's roads. Enhanced door seals, sound proofing and aerodynamics are designed to reduce road and wind noise in the cabin. In addition, the KA+ Active features a wider track, larger front anti-roll bar and uniquely tuned Electronic Power Assisted Steering, for optimised crossover handling. Retuned dampers feature a hydraulic rebound stopper for a smoother ride over harsh surfaces.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    Combined mpg:

    56.5

    Extra urban mpg:

    70.6

    Max Speed (mph):

    99

    105

    Power ps:

    70

    86

    Price:

    8995

    10295

    Torque lb ft:

    77

    83

    Urban mpg:

    42.8

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Small Runabouts

    Performance
    70%
    Handling
    80%
    Comfort
    70%
    Space
    90%
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