Used Ford Ka+ Review (2016-2020) MK3

Independent review by Peter Hayward from Driving Force

4-minute read

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Ford Ka+ (2016-2020)

As a compact and economical city car, the Ford Ka+ offers a fun and comfortable drive.

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  • Comfortable
  • Fun to drive
  • Economical
  • Most engine options aren't very powerful
  • Alternatives are better equipped
  • Rivals are more spacious
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What's the Ford Ka+ like?

The Ford Ka+ is a larger version of the Ka city car and despite lowly acceleration figures, it is comfortable and fun to drive.

This last version of the Ka is based on the Fiesta, and is almost the same size, whereas the previous model used the Fiat 500 floorpan, making it pretty small.

There’s even an Active model that makes a crossover out of the hatch by raising the ride height, adding ‘Rough Road’ suspension and roof rails, and cladding the front and sides in SUV-like black plastic.


There are two engine choices with three power outputs so the choices are very simple, but the basic Studio model is only available with the lowest 70bhp power output from its 1.2-litre 3-cylinder unit.

It takes 14.1 seconds to get to 60mph from rest, but offers an excellent 45 to 50mpg with a careful right foot.

The other petrol option is a more powerful 85bhp version of the same unit and this one, which is only available in the upper Zetec model, brings the 0 to 60mph sprint down by a second while achieving the same economy.

The third option is a 95bhp version of Ford’s 1.5-litre turbo diesel that is the quickest in the range, taking 11 seconds to get to 60mph, and it should do 65mpg with careful driving.

However, this diesel is much more expensive than the petrols, so it will take a long time to pay for the extra cost in better economy.

All the engines are smooth and quiet, and the 85bhp petrol feels faster than it really is.

All models are comfortable and refined, yet they also have safe roadholding and great handling, helping them to be a good deal of fun for those who enjoy driving.
Peter Hayward

They all have a slick-changing 5-speed gearbox, but there's no automatic option.

Driving Experience and Practicality

The steering is well weighted and informative, while also feeling positive and direct, and although there's a bit of body roll, this never makes things uncomfortable.

The suspension is so good that it can take rough roads in town without any issues, and speed humps with great aplomb.

There's plenty of head and legroom in the back for two adults, or three for short runs, and the higher ride height of the Active makes it easier for less able people to get in and out.

This Ka+ is good value when compared to some of the opposition, and the quality of the ride and its practicality sets it above most.


Fiesta owners will recognise quite a few parts inside, like the steering wheel and the dashboard.

Base Studio models are reasonably well-equipped, with an alarm, six airbags, height adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel, remote locking, electric windows and mirrors, and folding rear seats.

They also have Bluetooth, a trip computer, a speed limiter and hill start assist.


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Whilst not a powerhouse, the Ford Ka+ delivers agile handling and a comfortable ride in a city-friendly package.

It also offers a comfortable interior for a compact car, with an affordable price tag to match.