This is the new Ford Ka – or Ka+ as it’s now known – and it’s no longer a fashionable city car, but a cut-price alternative to the Ford Fiesta.
With five doors, it’s set to compete against the Dacia Sandero, with prices starting from £8,995 – £3,700 less than the cheapest five-door Fiesta, although £2,000 more than the entry-level Sandero.
At 3,929mm long, the Ka+ is just 40mm shorter than the Fiesta, using the same Ford small-car platform, but is actually 29mm higher. Boot capacity is just 20 litres away from the Fiesta’s.
The model will be built in India and based on the Ford Figo, but heavily revised for Europe – with Ford hoping to avoid another Ecosport-style disaster.
Buyers will only be able to choose between two trim levels, Style and Zetec, while power comes from a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine available in two states of tune: 85hp (at launch) and 70hp (to follow later).
The entry-level model will take 15.3 seconds to hit 62mph and returns 56.5mpg on the combined test. It emits 114g/km CO2, meaning it’ll cost £30 a year to tax.
The more powerful model, set to start at £10,295, will cover 0-62mph in 13.3 seconds with the same CO2 emissions – while an eco version with different gearing and low-rolling-resistance tyres will slash CO2 to 110g/km.
Standard kit on the entry-level Studio model includes electric front windows and remote central locking (yes, it’s fairly basic), while the Zetec gets air-con and an old version of Ford’s Sync infotainment system.
Options – aimed at those trendy, young city car buyers – include 15-inch alloys, DAB radio and heated seats.
The Ford Ka+ will go on sale in the UK this month, with deliveries starting in October.