Ford’s new Ka in showrooms

Ford’s new Ka is now on sale and it promises low running costs which makes it very appropriate for current economic conditions.

With prices starting at £7,945, the insurance rating starting at 1E for the Studio model – the lowest rating available – and with the diesel being capable of 67.3mpg, the Ka is a great low budget car – but it certainly doesn’t look or drive like a low budget car.

The low insurance ratings reflect the range of safety features available on the new model, including a very stiff body structure with reinforced steel door beams and Ford’s Intelligent Protection System which integrates airbags, seat belts and seating technologies to promote a highly effective occupant safety system. New Ka’s security features also contribute to the insurance rating and include shielded door and ignition locks.

You’ll also get more for it when you sell it – data provider CAP has set the all-new Ka residual values (RVs) with an average rise of 14 per cent over three years / 60,000 miles. This equates to an increase of £1,350 for petrol derivatives. All petrol models are now valued at 39 per cent after three years / 60,000 miles with the diesel Zetec valued at 41 per cent.

Martin Ward of CAP said: “The new Ford Ka is a brilliant small car which is coming to the market at the right time when customers are looking for economical cars that are cheap to run, fun and have great styling – it’s a superb drive for such a small car.”

The Ka is available in different specifications for the petrol engine: Studio, Style, Style+ and Zetec. The diesel is available in Zetec trim only. An ECOnetic version is due later in the year.