Ford Ka Review & Ratings
- 22 February 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Ford Ka is classified as a city car that is manufactured by the Ford Motor Company with production beginning in 1996. This vehicle is now well into its second generation which started in 2008 and is produced by Fiat in Tychy, Poland. Both generations of this vehicle are available in a three-door hatchback body style. The first generation does, however, have a three-door convertible version which is also available, though it was marketed as the StreeKa, which is simply a sportier version of the original.
The first generation Ford Ka model was introduced in September of 1996 as a more economical option for those who did not want to spend a lot of money on a new car. This vehicle was heavily based on the Mark IV Ford Fiesta platform, though it had a completely different exterior design to it. The design for this car was influenced by Ghia’s Saetta show car, which was a roadster designed by Filippo Sapino, one of the few concept cars to ever make it past the show circuit. Both the side and rear elevations of this vehicle were changed and a roof was added to keep production costs low.
At first the Ka was manufactured as a single model, and some of the production options that were offered at the time include an adjustable position rear seat with head restraints, central locking and power windows, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, and power steering. The 1,300 cc OHV 4-cylinder Endura E engine that this vehicle used had a significant problem with corrosion, though it was one of its few flaws. While this engine certainly did not have a very modern design, it did have a decent amount of torque which made driving in it much more relaxed.
The second generation of the Ford Ka, which spanned from 2009 to 2014, brought with it some major changes. The European version of the Ka was effectively replaced with a model that was developed and produced for Ford by Fiat S.p.A along with Fiat’s 500 vehicle. This car was manufactured in Fiat’s Tychy, Poland, factory along with the 500 and Lancia Ypsilon. The new second generation Ka came with a number of different engine choices, including a 1.2 liter petrol with 69 PS of power and 102 N m or 75 pound-feet of torque. There was also a 1.3 liter TDCi diesel engine with 74 PS or 74 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque.
One of the main mechanical differences between the second generation Ka and the Fiat 500 is that the shock absorption on the Ford vehicle is much better because of its design. The engines in both of these vehicles come with sub-120 g/km Co2 emissions and are supplied by Fiat. This Ka has an overall safety rating of four out of five stars with standard driver and passenger single-stage front airbags as well as hazard warning lights, immobilizer, and remote central locking.
The third generation of the Ford Ka, which is supposedly going to be developed by Ford Brazil, is going to be first displayed in the same country. Although it is true that the design of the Ford Ka has undergone some fairly major design changes in America, it has changed quite a bit more in countries throughout Latin America as well, becoming increasingly different from the European version of the car. The Latin American Ka has been powered by either a 94 horsepower Zetec Rocam 1.6 liter petrol engine or a 64 horsepower Zetec Rocam 1.0 liter petrol engine, but both of them are 4- cylinder units. Overall, this vehicle definitely has quite a bit to offer for a lower end vehicle.