2001 Ford Ka Collection 1.3 from UK and Ireland
Great to look at, great to drive and great to own!
Someone dented the left rear panel between the fuel cap filler and the door. The dent was fairly minor, but if it had been any lower or larger it would've required the removal of the entire panel at great cost.
Otherwise, the Ka has been problem free!
The car handles brilliantly and is great to drive in (I'm a learner and yet it makes me seem good!)
Metallic paint scratches fairly easily.
Air conditioning makes the car extremely sluggish and has a major impact on fuel economy.
My only other gripe is that the power steering is very light and could do with being a touch less efficient!
The CD player is good, but I think two speakers in the rear would be beneficial as the car generates quite a lot of road noise and any music is drowned out for rear seat passengers.
We bought the car on import so we got a fully specified Ka Collection for the same price that you'd pay in the UK for the base version! I would fully recommend others taking this route as the savings are enormous!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th January, 2002
Update: I have now passed my driving test and I still love driving the Ka! The air con still seems to take most of the power out of the engine, and has made me stall on several occasions when the revs fall (and I may be a new driver, but I don't stall with the air con off!). Since the last review the Ka has been dented again, this time by someones door (I'm guessing, the dent is a vertical line so I assume this to be the case) the dent is fairly minor though so it probably won't be repaired. The only other problem is a kerbed alloy when trying to manoeuvere past an elderly driver who was parked across a junction, and didn't seem to appreciate the need to let anyone pass! (And they blame everything on the young). The Ka has also been serviced after reaching 10000 miles and this was done without any problems at a low cost, we were also allowed a courtesy Ka even though we hadn't bought out ka from that dealership.