35 Euro Cars That Can Save America: # 9 - Ford Ka

 

The Ka is the oldest design still being produced in this class from any manufacturer except Perodua, with more than a dozen years in production and essentially unchanged from the original model. Fortunately, the 2009 Ka is supposed to be based on a Fiat Panda / 500 platform thus should be a far more modern and capable small car. As the Ka currently sits, it's an economical if clunky option in a class which has some truly stellar vehicles.

 

The Ford Ka Hatchback 1.3i 70 Studio 3 Door is estimated to carry a North American net sale price of $9,578.57, given the prevailing market pricing of similar automobiles. Its 1297 cc engine powers the car to a top speed of 104 MPH and an acceleration shown by a zero to sixty MPH time of 14.1 seconds. The performance factor of 12.5 is above average for its class. The Ford Ka Hatchback 1.3i 70 Studio 3 Door returns 57.6 MPG in highway driving, 33.6 MPG in the city, and a combined loop mileage of 45.6. With a fuel tank capacity of 8.8 gallons, the car can travel 507 miles on a full tank of unleaded regular fuel, but when it's filled right up to the top of the fuel filler neck, the total range should be approximately 611 miles. When all these price, performance and mileage factors are taken into consideration, the Ford Ka Hatchback 1.3i 70 Studio 3 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 80, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3.

 

Ford Ka Hatchback 1.3i 70 Studio 3 Door •

ACTUAL AVERAGE EUROPEAN PRICE • $14,145.10

MANUFACTURER'S EUROPEAN PRICE • $18,109.65

ESTIMATED NORTH AMERICAN PRICE • $9,578.57

SPECIFICATIONS & OUTPUT •

Body Style • Hatchback

Doors • Number of • 3

Seats • Number of • 4

Engine Displacement (cc) & Cylinders • 1297 / 4

Type of Fuel • Unleaded

Maximum Power (bhp @ rpm) • 69 / 5500

Torque (lb / ft) • 78

Engine Layout • F

Wheel Drive • Front

Overall Length (mm) • 3620

Overall Width (mm) • 1639

Overall Height (mm) • 1358

Front Seat Head Room (mm) • 930

Front Seat Leg Room (mm) • 1065

Rear Seat Head Room (mm) • 880

Rear Seat Knee Room (mm) • 640

Trunk Capacity Seats Up (litres) • 186

Trunk Capacity Seats Down (litres) • 724

Turning Radius (m) • 9.9

Curb Weight (kg) • 871

PERFORMANCE •

0 to 60 MPH (secs) • 14.1

Top speed (MPH) • 104

EQUIPMENT AVAILABILITY & PRICING •

EXTERIOR •

Alloy Rims / Wheels • $250.00

Metallic Exterior Paint • $325.00

SECURITY & SAFETY FEATURES •

Automatic Transmission • Option Not Available

Central Locking System • Option Not Available

Remote Locking System • Option Not Available

Power Assisted Steering • Standard Equipment

Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners • Option Not Available

Driver Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Passenger Side Air Bag • Option Option Price Not Available

Side Mounted Air Bag • Option Option Price Not Available

Center Mounted Three Point Seat Belt • Option Not Available

Automatic Traction Control • Option Not Available

Electronic Stability System • Option Not Available

Anti Lock (ABS) Brakes • Standard Equipment

Deadlock • Option Not Available

Vehicle Immobilizer • Standard Equipment

Alarm • $150.00

Visible VIN • Standard Equipment

Secure Spare Tire • Option Not Available

Etched Parts • Standard Equipment

Window Etching • Option Not Available

Locking Wheel Lugs • Option Not Available

Side Impact Safety Bars • Standard Equipment

Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers • Option Not Available

Adaptive Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Lane Departure Alarm • Option Not Available

Parking Sensor For Front • Option Not Available

CONVENIENCE & COMFORT FEATURES •

Leather Surface Seats • Option Not Available

Climatic Control • Option Not Available

Adjustable Steering Reach • Option Not Available

Adjustable Steering Height • Standard Equipment

Power Steering • Option Not Available

Adjustable Seat Height • Option Not Available

Adjustable Power Seats • Option Not Available

Split Folding Rear Seats • Standard Equipment

Power Front Windows • Standard Equipment

Remote Mirrors • Option Not Available

Electrically Heated Mirrors • Option Not Available

Power Moonroof • Option Not Available

Manual Moonroof • Option Not Available

Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Power Sunroof • Option Not Available

Remote Folding Mirrors • Option Not Available

SOUND, NAVIGATION & COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS •

Hands Free Cell Phone • Option Not Available

Satellite GPS Navigation • Option Not Available

Radio • Standard Equipment

Radio With RDS • Standard Equipment

Theft Proof Radio • Standard Equipment

Multi CD • Option Not Available

iPod / MP3 Connector • Option Not Available

Bluetooth Enabled • Option Not Available

DVD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

MP3 CD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

CD With RDS • Option Not Available

Vehicle Hard Drive • Option Not Available

OPERATING COSTS •

City MPG • 33.6

Highway MPG • 57.6

Combined MPG • 45.6

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) • 8.8

Carbon Dioxide Rating (g / km) • 147

Carbon Footprint Offset Cost • $21.00

Eco Rating • C

Insurability Grouping • 2

Estimated Average Insurance • $281.00

Percentage Value Retained (3 Years / 36,000 mi) • 27.00%

Estimated Average Monthly Lease Cost • $207.00

Maintenance Factor • 30

Estimated Maintenance Cost Over 3 Years • $497.00

Maintenance Intervals • 6,000 mi

Manufacturer's Warranty Term • 3 Year / 40,000 mi

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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

Is it really the case that there are almost no cars in N American with less than a 1.6 engine? Our current Fiat has a 1.6 litre, and I'd say that was above average. My two previous cars were 1.1 and 1.2 litres. And the average MPG we get is about 40.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Yup, there is no '09 model with a smaller engine in North America today with the exception of the Smart Car. It's really hard to believe given that the Europeans have been tootling around in tiny cars for decades!


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

My 1.1 litre car was a Ford Escort, made in 1985, and I got it in 1994. I drove it for 2 years, then my sister had it. It wasn't underpowered, either. In fact, all 3 of my adult siblings have cars with 1.2 litre engines, it's just normal here.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

I had the chance to drive a new Fiat Panda through Italy and its 1 litre engine was a revelation. I'm absolutely thrilled that Fiat may be merging with Chrysler (and I say may as the deal may just be a way for the Italians to grab American bailout billions), as they have announced that the Panda platform will be one of the new small Chryslers. Let's just hope that they bring in that lovely 1 litre engine and not Americanize it up to a 1.5 or something similarly outrageous. I'd love to see the Panda Diesel here as well, as the fuel mileage on it is magnificent!


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

My former wife drove Ford Ka like ten years ago. It was cute, no question, but sorta low quality, especially for the price at that time...


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Ford Europe has been having a lot of problems with build quality. They seem to have gotten their act together around the '06 model year, but in some of the early years of this decade, a lot of Ford Europe cars were built by workers who were napping on the line.


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Evan Hutchinson 7 years ago from The Dirty South

I've seen plenty of those around San Diego that've driven up from Mexico. Plenty of other cool Euro cars too - Vectras and Astras and random odd Nissans, as well as quite a few Alfas and Renaults.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

The Ka is not a bad ka... or should I say car! We could certainly use it North of the Border! :)


alloys 7 years ago

Hugely popular car, cant say i like the look


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

What's wrong with the looks? Don't you like hunchback flab cars? :)

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