The Ford Ka is a range of city cars produced by the Ford Motor Company.  The first generation Ford Ka was a long-running and popular model, launched in 1996 and remaining in production until being replaced by the current model in 2008.  The current model is based on the same platform as the Fiat 500, and is manufactured at Fiat’s assembly plant in Tychy, Poland.  The Ford Ka is a 3-door hatchback, comes with a choice of 1.2 to 1.3-litre petrol or diesel engines, and comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

The Ford Ka has been a profitable venture for Ford, and its competitive pricing structure has seen it remain popular.  The current Ford Ka range has a price bracket of between £8,545 and £12,045.

The entry level model is the 1.2-litre Ford Ka Studio.  Its petrol engine produces 68bhp, and while its top speed of 99mph and 13.4 second 0-62mph acceleration time will hardly set hearts racing, it is absolutely adequate for the urban motoring market at which it is aimed.  The Ford Ka Studio has a combined fuel economy figure of 57.7mpg.  As would be expected, the Ford Ka Studio has a relatively short list of standard equipment, with power steering, driver and passenger airbags, immobiliser, and CD player.

The frugal-minded new car buyer may be more interested in the 1.3-litre diesel powered models.  These examples of the Ford Ka will return a more impressive fuel economy return of just under 70mpg combined.   The Ford Ka Zetec 1.3 TDCi is priced from £11,295, rising to £11,795 for the Ford Ka Titanium 1.3 TDCi and the top-of-the-range Ford Ka Metal 1.3 TDCi from £12,045.  Diesel models also fall into Road Tax Band B, one lower than its petrol-engined siblings, thanks to its CO2 emissions reading of 109g/km.

The top-of-the-range models in the Ford Ka range do boast a more impressive list of standard equipment, gaining central locking, alloy wheels, air conditioning, electric door mirrors, and electric front windows in addition to the equipment level found on entry-level models.

The Ford Ka has driver and passenger airbags as standard on all models, but front side airbags remain a £250 optional extra.  The Ford Ka was awarded a 4-star overall occupant safety rating by Euro NCAP, the independent European consumer organisation who conduct crash testing on all new cars.  The Ford Ka achieved a 3-star rating for child occupant safety, but only 2-stars for pedestrian safety.