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Let me first say that I am not a car expert, by any means. This review is written from the point of view of a 21 year old girl (I mean, young lady) who has to call her Dad if she needs to change a wheel...
I bought my Ka (secondhand) 3 months ago. It's a Y reg and by far the newest car I've had. I was a little doubtful at first having just handed back my trusty Toyota Carina (with it's wonderfully huge 2 litre engine) - the reason for this being that I was going to have to start sorting out my own insurance (and 2 litre family cars cost a little more than I could afford)...
I'm so glad I did!!!
To Look At:
Cute. Not for the well 'ard boy-racer type (although I've seen a couple of lads carry it off quite well). Mine is a 'metallic burgandy' colour - I'm sure there is a fancy name for this but burgundy will do me fine, and I've got body coloured bumpers (look smart but apparently are more expensive to replace). The interior is fairly plain and simple - no gaudy designs on the upholstery (hurrah)! The dashboard is nicely designed - quite modern and space-agey.
The main bonus I'd like to highlight for the look of the Ka is that it hasn't changed, so even the earlier models don't look out of date...
To Sit In:
A lot roomier than you first expect. I haven't sat in the back and I guess that would be a little squished, but the front two seats definitely have enough leg, arm and headroom for most (perhaps not if you're 6'5 or over - buy a convertable)!!!
A 1.3 litre engine may not sound much but on a car so small is actually quite powerful - I can overtake comfortably, knowing I have enough oomph behind me if I need it. I also have Power Assisted Steering (a little excessive on a car so dinky) so corners are no problem at all!!!
Piece of cake!!! I'm a paranoid parallel parker but with the back windscreen being the back of the car you can judge the distance better - you know there's no boot sticking out the back! I still find I have about three feet more room than I thought...
A lot cheaper than a 2 litre saloon! Takes about £32.00 (at approx 79p per litre) to fill up (unleaded). This will take me about 350 miles (on the Isle of Wight, where fuel consumption is higher because of stupid, windy roads)... Bargain...
Air conditioning (I cant wait for the summer) - hurrah!!! The Radio/Cassette that Ford make is great, and I can wire a CD changer into the boot and not have to change the player in the car (apparently, although I wouldn't know where to start with this). The dashboard is quite basic, I'd love a thermometer and all that jazz, but it has everything you need APART FROM A PETROL LIGHT!!! I'm used to this and I keep nearly running out of petrol... The car has central locking, which is great, but really you can sit in the car and reach both door handles at the same time anyway!!! Cup holders built in to the floor are a good idea for people in the back especially. Heating controls are easy to use and the heater kicks in really quickly. All buttons are suitable large as to stab at whilst driving along. Windscreen wipers are good and dont squeak and demisters work wonderfully. There are lots of nice little touches that you keep noticing... :)
As of yet I haven't had to repair anything. It's due its first MOT in a couple of weeks, but as its still under warranty from the garage I bought it from I'm not too worried. I would assume that as Ford are quite a common name parts would be easily available and relatively cheap. I may be wrong and in for a nasty shock...
Obviously depends where you go. Cheaper than most other cars I got quoted on...
I actually bought this car at a Renault garage, and they've been very helpful. It's ideal for the smaller roads of the Isle of Wight (where I live) and I cant wait to take it on the motorway, I think it'll do great!! I'd be happy to drive it any distance (but I'd feel sorry for anyone sitting in the back)...
I've written a very positive review but I do understand that just about everyone loves their own new car! It's very much a matter of taste and suitability. I'd recommend the Ford KA for people that dont have large families, young people on a budget and people that have to contend with about 15 mini-roundabouts on their way in to work!!!
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