1999 Ford KA 1.3 economical from Germany


Perfect car for a student


Drove over border stone - suspension of front left wheel repaired.

Got hit by another car in parking, right door, bumper and wing damaged.

General Comments:

The car is great fun to drive in city, very good acceleration till app. 50 kph, easy to park (It passes in such spaces where no other car except maybe SMART will pass). It goes surprisingly well on speedway as well, with only driver inside I got it running at 179 kph on horizontal track.

Very stable driving.

Silent motor.

Comfortable seats in front.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2003

1999 Ford KA Ford 1.3 from Norway


Good, easy to drive, but poor on winter


Nothing has gone wrong with the car yet.

General Comments:

I have had much fun with this car. I have owned it for about 4 months.

It's handles great.

But the car is extremely noisy.

The seats are uncomfortable for long rides.

The car is great fun at summer, but on winter it's not so good. I don't dare driving on snow again. We think it might be because it's so small and doesn't weight much.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2002

1999 Ford KA 1.3 e.i. from Italy


A small and cheap fun car


Nothing except usual wear.

General Comments:

I bought this car before my last year of University.

I bought it in Italy a week before leaving. The dealer was excellent by giving me the car in 4 days.

I must admit that I was about to buy it on the Internet. All I had seen before buying it was the 3D inside view on the web site. I liked it straight away.

The first thing I did with the car was to travel for 1600 kilometers (1000 miles) from Bergamo, Italy to London, UK.

All the trip was made at a speed between 80 and 100 kmh (50-60 mph).

So the engine has received the best of treatments during the first miles. Now it performs better than expected. It handles brilliantly and really is fun to drive in town.

I have done another trip back to Italy so far, and it has performed even better. Now is time for another trip back to the UK. I am sure it will be a nice experience.

Only let down is that since the shape of the headlights is so weird, I cannot redirect them to point left. So when soon I will need to have an MOT done I will need to go for a day trip to France and have it done by a French dealer. Oh well, more booze in the fridge I guess! :-)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2002

1999 Ford KA 1 1.3 from UK and Ireland


A cheap first car - could do worse


Steering rack has gone very shaky and the steering wheel creaks.

Tracking has needed to be altered often.

Uneven tyre wear.

Got through half a dozen brake/indicator bulbs???

General Comments:

An attractive modern looking small runabout that is okay on the motorway and very cheap to insure (looks a lot better with colour coded bumpers).

Our Ford Ka has no power steering, this is a very, very bad idea (the 1.3 engine makes the car quite heavy. It is a huge task to steer around any corner, it physically hurts to drive it and it's hard to keep in a straight line. This is down to the lack of power steering, these cars should be avoided.

Certain parts show poor design and quality, the spare wheel is impossible to get out, the bolt is close to the edge of the boot and the tools are useless.

The visibility is poor especially the front pillar which seems to blank out the road when taking a bend.

The clutch is not much good, it overheats very quickly.

Cheap radio/cassette player and speakers.

The engine isn't too bad (it's basically the same one Ford has been using for about 40 years), it's got torque low down - no need to rev it above 2500 so it's quite economical. But can sound like a bag of spanners if you try and push it too hard.

The gearbox gives a nice change, a good point for a new driver.

Not too cramped in the back although the boot is small.

I personally think it's not a patch on our previous car - Rover Metro 1.1.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th July, 2001

2nd Jul 2004, 12:51

I have driven my friend's 1997 Ford Ka without power steering for over 1000 miles and it is lovely. She has had a similar problem with tracking and tyre wear, but that was a faulty steering rack. Since it has been changed there have been no problems. The steering is delightfully light and direct, the car is a joy both on the motorway and on tight twisty roads. Power steering is an un-neccessary weight and power drain on these cars.

12th Jun 2010, 14:49

Decent little car if looked after. Too lightly built for boy racers, steering and suspension easy to damage by clumsy kerbing or flying over speed bumps.

The body dents easily, don't park near clumsy people in a supermarket.

Steering, acceleration and fuel consumption good, shame about the mushy brakes.