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Auto start and stop system, Ford easy fuel
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Ford has significantly improved its KA+ citycar. Jonathan Crouch reports
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.
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.
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.
The KA+ is, as it should be, Ford's smallest car - but only just. Get out the tape measure and you'll find it to be a fraction shorter than a Fiesta, but a little taller. As for the visual changes made to this revised version, well at the front, there's a high-mounted trapezoidal grille and large, swept-back headlamps, in keeping with Ford's latest design language. A smarter mesh grille features a chrome surround, and standard foglamps and daylight running lamps are highlighted with a distinctive C-shaped chrome detail strip, echoed by a C-shaped moulding at each corner of the rear bumper. Restyled front and rear bumpers contribute to the more assertive look. The additional 'KA+ Active' variant that's been added to the range features a ride height raised by 23mm and exterior styling enhanced with additional rocker and wheel-arch mouldings, a unique black finish for the upper and lower front grilles, and roof rails for carrying bikes and sports equipment. Inside, a smarter instrument panel finish and extra chrome cabin accents lift the cabin ambiance a bit but the main change is the addition of the tablet-inspired 6.5-inch colour touchscreen of the SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system. As before, rear seat passenger space is class-leading. And there's a decent 270-litre boot too.
The KA+ range is pretty simple; there's just one five-door bodystyle and one 5-speed manual gearbox. There are now two trim levels - KA+ and KA+ Active - and prices start from just under £11,000. The key new equipment item that's been added into the range is the 'SYNC 3' communications and entertainment system. This 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 the 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring systems. 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+ and KA+ Active models come with power front windows and door mirrors, remote central locking, Hill Start Assist and a speed limiter. 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 the car.
A citycar like this has to be both cheap to run and kind to the environment and of course, Ford loudly proclaims this KA+ to be both. Fuel efficiency has been enhanced using optimised calibration, low-friction engine oil and regenerative charging, which 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 enhanced aerodynamic details, such as an optimised front lower spoiler lip and grille openings, also contribute to reasonable efficiency. Both 1.2-litre petrol engine options achieve CO2 emissions of 114g/km, with combined fuel consumption of 56.5mpg. The KA+ comes with the usual Ford three year / 60,000 mile warranty, and you'll have the option to extend that package for up to two more years and up to 100,000 miles at additional cost. Breakdown cover is included as standard for the first year. To help you budget ahead for maintenance, Ford offers its 'Protect Premium Plan' for pre-paid routine servicing, ranging from one year up to three years in duration: this package gets you included Europe-wide roadside assistance too.
Ford was too long without a meaningful contender in the Citycar segment but this KA+ has thoroughly corrected that oversight. This improved KA+ model offers evidence that the Blue Oval brand is 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 KA+ has been. That's not to say it wouldn't be better if it'd been created from scratch for Europe like a rival Volkswagen up! or Peugeot 108 - it probably would be. But by careful development of this South American-conceived, Indian-made package, Ford has been able to narrow the gap to established class contenders like these. The driving dynamics in fact are class-leading. Add in the low asking prices, the rock bottom insurance ratings and the impressive new SYNC media connectivity system and you've a very strong class contender indeed. In short, the KA, it seems, has come of age.
Need a really small car with an added dose of attitude? If so, here's one you might like - the Ford KA+ Active. Jonathan Crouch drives it.
The Ford KA+ Active offers a trendier take on citycar motoring and benefits from a round of improvements made to this model line since its original launch. It'll certainly appeal to people who wouldn't have considered the ordinary version - which of course is just the point.
Remember the original Ford KA? If you do, you might recall that though small and cheap, it had character by the bucket load. Unfortunately, the same couldn't be said for the Polish-made second generation design - or the Indian-built KA+ model that replaced it in 2016. So Ford, in the Spring of 2018, moved to refresh the KA+ with a package of changes including the introduction of this 'SUV'-style KA+ 'Active' derivative. People who would never have considered the KA+ in its unremarkable standard guise will be much happier with the car in this more extrovert form. They'll note that it offers class-leading standards of interior space and be keen to believe Ford when the company insists that this derivative's extra 23mm of ride height hasn't harmed this model's traditionally agile handling. We're going to put that to the test - and decide just how much the KA+ Active has to offer the budget-minded small car buyer looking for something just that little bit different.
At least the KA+ Active won't be burdened by unrealistic customer expectations when it comes to its SUV prowess. No one expects a citycar to be able to function properly off road - not even one dressed for a hiking trip, as is the case here. Still, a bit of extra ride height can get you a surprisingly long way and this variant has been raised by 23mm over the standard model. That's actually 5mm more than the increase you get in Ford's only slightly larger Fiesta Active model, though this KA+ Active lacks that car's useful 'Slippery' driving mode. The ride height elevation does introduce a little extra body roll around the bends but overall, the ride and handling is just as good as it ever was in this model. And of course, this little Ford is very at home within the city limits. We've found it agile around town, easy to park and perfect for parents thanks to its spacious size. To boost this model's crossover credentials, it gets a wider track, a larger front anti-roll bar and uniquely tuned Electronic Power Assisted Steering. Retuned dampers feature a hydraulic rebound stopper for a smoother ride over harsh surfaces, and 'Active Rollover Prevention' works within the Electronic Stability Control system to offer additional security when carrying roof loads. As for engines, well most buyers will choose the three cylinder 1.2-litre Ti-VCT 85PS petrol unit we tried, which makes rest to 62mph in 13.5s on the way to a maximum of 105mph. If you want to do better efficiency-wise, a minority-interest 95PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel is also available.
There's no doubt that this KA+ Active model will stand out a little more than the standard version on the school run. This variant gets a unique black finish for its upper and lower front grilles, plus a silvered lower skid plate. Inside, you'll find a cabin that's been subtly tweaked over the one you'd get in a standard KA+. A 'Sienna Hazel'-coloured theme features in the seat fabric and the door trim inlays and there are all-weather rubber mats to protect the interior from muddy shoes and boots. This being a converted citycar, you won't be expecting a properly commanding SUV-style driving position - and, despite this lifestyle variant's 'Rough Road Suspension' package, you don't get it either. Mind you in our experience, a lot of small SUVs that are purpose-designed for the Crossover segment lack this too. Standard is a 6.5-inch 'SYNC 3' centre-dash infotainment screen which allows you to activate audio, 'phone or Mobile App options via either voice control or the touchscreen icons. You can't have navigation built into this package but you can stream a navigation app in from your 'phone thanks to this set-up's standard 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' compatibility. As for the rear seat, well we've certainly been in plenty of Fiesta-sized superminis from the next class up that feel more cramped than this KA+ model's cabin. That tall, glassy roofline certainly helps and there's enough legroom for two six-foot adults to sit behind two front-seated friends of similar size. And the boot? Well once the tailgate's raised, the 270-litre space revealed is the largest in the citycar class.
This top KA+ 'Active' body style comes with either the 85PS 1.2-litre petrol unit for around £13,000 or that 1.5-litre diesel for just over £14,500. Either way, you'll looking at a premium of just under £900 more to pay over the more standard 'Zetec' variant. We reckon a lot of KA+ buyers are quite happily going to find the extra cash to get themselves a much more characterful and interesting product. Ford reckons this 'Active' variant's contribution to the KA+ model mix will be about 30%; we think it might be more. Anyway, it certainly looks better value than the 'Active' version of Ford's Fiesta, which has hardly any more interior space but has a starting price of nearly £18,000. There aren't many direct rivals for this flagship SUV-style 'Active' variant - just the Fiat Panda City Cross, the Kia Picanto X-Line, the Suzuki Ignis and the Vauxhall Viva Rocks. All these models require the same kind of budget that Ford requests for this car in its petrol form - about £13,000. Efficiency-wise, the Picanto X-Line is the pick of the crop in this segment - the rival Fiat and Vauxhall models each return similar fuel and CO2 stats to a KA+ Active. Get beyond that issue and this Ford looks a good choice: it's better to drive and offers more passenger and luggage space than its rivals. And there's the option of diesel power, which you can't have on the four rivals we just mentioned.
The main change Ford really had to make to this KA+ was to pension off the original model's ancient old four cylinder 1.2-litre Duratec petrol engine, which in technology terms had really fallen behind the prevailing class standard. We had quite high hopes for the 1.2-litre Ti-VCT unit the brand has introduced in its place. For a start, it's a lot lighter because it only features three cylinders and uses aluminium for its block and cylinder head. Plus there's Twin independent variable camshaft timing, a two-stage variable displacement oil pump, reduced levels of internal friction and an integrated exhaust manifold that's supposed to optimise the exhaust system warm-up. An engine start/stop system has been added in too. You'd expect that amount of engineering work to produce very class-competitive levels of fuel and CO2 efficiency but actually, the quoted readings (though slightly better than the Fiat Panda and Vauxhall Viva models in this segment) are distinctly unremarkable - and suffer significantly in comparison to the standard KA+ model. For a KA+ Active 1.2 Ti-VCT 85PS petrol variant, you're looking at 49.6mpg and 129g/km. For reference, that's about 6mpg and 15g/km down on what you'd get from a standard KA+ with exactly the same engine. Even so, if you drive with some consideration for frugality, you should be able to cover 400 miles or more between filling station stops. Switch your attention to the 1.5-litre TDCi KA+ Active diesel model and you'll be looking at 68.9mpg and 108g/km.
Back at the turn of the century, there was no doubt that the beetle-browed little Ford KA was an inherently characterful car. In its standard forms, today's KA+ just isn't, which is why this 'Active' version has been so well received. It's not our job to tell you whether it's better looking or more interestingly styled than its direct segment rivals. But we will say that the 'Active' package of visual changes has made a world of difference to this car's showroom appeal. And in summary? Well it's true that this Active variant may be more geared up for the perils of off street parking rather than off road expeditions, but that's really all potential buyers will care about. In today's SUV-obsessed market, it's a citycar of its time. And if you're shopping in this segment, we can see why you might want one.