2016 Ford Ka+ Zetec 1.2 Ti-VCT review
The Ford Ka+ may look ungainly, but underneath it’s a spacious supermini with a well-sorted chassis
Although it may be called a Ka, the new Ford Ka+ is a very different proposition from the models that preceded it. Instead of a funky-looking and diminutive three-door, you now get a larger, dumpy five-door that prioritises practicality and a cheap purchase price over fashionable looks. In other words, a rival for the likes of the Vauxhall Viva, Dacia Sandero and Skoda Citigo.Underneath the skin is a version of the Fiesta platform that’s been massaged to prioritise passenger space to the detriment of boot space. Outwardly, it looks virtually identical to the Indian-market Ford Figo, but there are significant changes to make it more suitable for European markets. It would seem Ford learned from the criticism levelled at the initial run of Ecosport SUVs.Under the bonnet is a 1.2-litre four-cylinder motor that puts out either 69 or 84bhp. To keep costs down and put some space between the Ka+ and Fiesta, there are no Ecoboost or diesel options. Even so, it showed plenty of promise when we drove it in Europe. Can it do the same on British roads?