Used Ford Ka (1996 - 2008) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 22 Mar 2013
3.5
The Ford Ka may not be the newest small car on the market but it still has plenty to offer. Cheap to buy and run, it's once unusual styling has stood the test of time well and it's great fun to drive - especially the peppy SportKa version.
Ford Ka (96-08)
Still looks good, cheap to run, nimble around town, fun to drive
Limited rear space, dated interior, lacks refinement, noisy on the motorway

New price range:

£6,375 - £10,470

Used price range:

£172 - £1,370

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

The Ford Ka may not be the newest small car on the market but it still has plenty to offer. Cheap to buy and run, it's once unusual styling has stood the test of time well and it's great fun to drive - especially the peppy SportKa version. It's fairly spacious too given it's small dimensions but the cabin is starting to look dated, especially with large amounts of exposed metal on show.

The 1.3-litre engine in the standard Ka is fine around town but noisy at higher speeds and the Ford lacks the refinement of newer small hatchbacks. Click through the sections above for the full Ford Ka review.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

2.5 out of 5

Practicality

2 out of 5

Behind the wheel

2.5 out of 5

Safety

2 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

3 out of 5

What owners say...

 It's a KA so not really designed with practicality in mind.  

4 out of 5

S Brumpton ,   21 Feb 2016    ... read more

 Its size. Its great for bombing down country lanes and finding a space to park.  

3 out of 5

Kristian Weiser ,   19 Feb 2016    ... read more

 It's size and simplicity. Also, depsite having only three doors, an average-sized adult male can sit very comfortably at the back for log periods (tried and tested). The boots a little small but the...  

5 out of 5

Sidra Nawaz ,   11 Jan 2016    ... read more

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