The Complete Guide to Buying a Ford KA

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The Complete Guide to Buying a Ford KA

The Ford KA has made a name for itself as one of the most convenient and efficient vehicles on the market today. With its compact form factor, fun design, and fuel efficiency, the KA has become a popular choice in Europe for all kinds of drivers. A person who is looking into purchasing a Ford KA for the first time may have many questions as to the car's advantages, features, cost, and more. Finding out about these details before beginning the purchasing process can make the search for a Ford KA much easier.

Once a consumer is ready to proceed with the purchasing process, he or she may want to know about some of the retail options that are available for purchasing one of these compact vehicles. For example, there are traditional car dealerships to consider, along with cars sold by private individuals. Consumers can also consider leveraging an online retailer, such as eBay, in order to find a wide range of new and used KAs for sale.

Features of the Ford KA

The Ford KA comes with a number of included features as well as a unique form factor that makes it a standout on the road. Consumers looking for a KA may want to familiarise themselves with these features before searching for and selecting one of these cars.

Body Style

The Ford KA is a three-door hatchback with a very compact and lightweight form factor. The car features striking, curved-edge styling that defines it as a very modern vehicle and as the epitome of the Ford 'New Edge' design. For the first three years of production from 1996 through 1999, all models of the KA featured a plastic bumper, designed to provide added protection in urban driving and parking scenarios. These bumpers were cast in black and contrasted dramatically with the body colour. This was due to the fact that these bumpers featured a special UV treatment that prevented degradation but also prevented the bumpers from taking on paint colours. From 1999 onward, the colour of the bumper was designed to match the particular body colour of the vehicle. The KA also features bucket seats in the front and a fold-down rear seat that allows for increased luggage capacity.

Colour Selections

The Ford KA comes in a range of colours as unique as its body design. Colour choices in the first generation included Karyptonite, Kaligula, Kalypso, Kayak, and Kakadu, all of which were darker tones that matched body-coloured bumpers. Other colour choices, including Kandy, Karome, Karisma, and Karbon, came with the original charcoal bumpers.

Mechanical Package

The mechanical package in the original generation of Ford KAs was standard fare for compact vehicles. It included front-wheel drive, five-speed manual shifting, and an overhead valve four-cylinder engine. The suspension featured a MacPherson strut and a torsion beam. The steering on the KA is power assisted, making it an easy vehicle to handle and drive around town, especially on the narrow streets of some European cities. Brakes are disc front and drum rear and more than sufficient for stopping this light-powered vehicle.

Safety Features

The Ford KA comes with a range of safety features that are standard on the vehicle, making it a secure compact vehicle. These features include driver and front passenger airbags and an engine immobiliser that prevents the engine from running unless the correct key is used to start the engine. The European New Car Assessment Programme gave the Ford KA a four-star out of a possible five-star rating when it comes to adult occupancy protection. Thanks to its safety rating, the Ford KA is relatively affordable to insure and falls under Groups 2 and 3 for insurance ratings.

Standard Amenities

The Ford KA comes standard with an AM/FM radio sound system that also includes a single CD player. Consumers may find vehicles in the marketplace that have been upgraded from these standard features with more modern accessories, such as MP3 player capabilities. CFC-free air conditioning is also standard on a Ford KA. The roof also has an installed power-sliding sunroof on all standard KAs. In newer generation models, the KA can be equipped with modern accessories, such as Bluetooth phone connections, wireless voice control, a USB port, an MP3 port, an AUX connector, steering wheel audio controls, and a speaker system consisting of six speakers, a subwoofer, and an amplifier.

Emissions and Fuel Efficiency

As a compact car, the Ford KA is an efficient vehicle with limited emissions. All Ford KAs range from around 109 grams per kilometre to 115 grams per kilometre, which places them in the low emissions range. Fuel efficiency changes, depending on the driving environment, but the combined MPG on most Ford KAs is around 57.

Ford KA Models

Beyond the first generation of three-door KA hatchbacks, there were additional model variations introduced into the KA line. These include the StreetKA and the SportKA. The SportKA features a sport-styled body kit with wider tracks and a stiffened suspension. Forty-centimetre alloy wheels come standard on the SportKA. The StreetKA is a convertible version of the SportKA variation. In 2005, these models received slightly updated interiors as well as new 93 hp (69 kW), 1.6 litre, 8-valve, Duratec petrol engines.

Second Generation Ford KAs        

Since 2008, Ford KAs have experienced some serious overhauls in body design and mechanical packages. The second generation is a Fiat-designed series of vehicles that comes in either petrol or diesel engine versions. There are also three models known as 'individual packs'. These models, including the Tattoo, Grand Prix, and Digital, are all based on the Zetec model and feature special design characteristics. The following chart lists some of the popular models of this generation along with their features and starting prices.

Model

Cubic Capacity

Power

Starting Market Price (new)

MPG (combined)

Ford KA Studio 1.2

1242cc

69 ps

£8,725

57.7 mpg

Ford KA Edge 1.2

1242cc

69 ps

£9,725

57.7 mpg

Ford KA Zetec 1.2

1242cc

69 ps

£10,475

57.7 mpg

Ford KA Titanium 1.2

1242cc

69 ps

£10,975

57.7 mpg

Ford KA Grand Prix 1.2

1242cc

69 ps

£11,225

57.7 mpg

Ford KA Metal 1.2

1242cc

69 ps

£11,225

57.7 mpg

Ford KA Zetec 1.3 TDCi

1248cc

75 ps

£11,475

57.7 mpg

Ford KA Titanium 1.3 TDCi

1248cc

75 ps

£11,975

57.7 mpg

Ford KA Metal 1.3 TDCi

1248cc

75 ps

£12,225

57.7 mpg

Consumers shopping for a Ford KA may come across many standard examples of current models and older generation KAs. There is also a good number of modified cars on the market. These may feature enhancements to either the mechanical packages or the interior packages and body designs.

Shopping for Ford KAs on eBay

The online marketplace eBay is a great option for consumers to consider when shopping for vehicles. The site is designed to aggregate multiple sellers so that you can access a very wide catalogue of options in one location. To start your search, enter a general search term, such as 'Ford KA', into the search bar that is easily found on any page on the site. You can then use the filter suggestions offered by the site to refine your search further. As you scroll through the resulting listings, click on any listings that look interesting and review the information in detail.

Evaluating Sellers on eBay

When purchasing a vehicle, you may have many questions. You may also wish to confirm that a seller is likely to sell you the right car for your needs. eBay offers an easy way to do both. The site allows you to communicate directly with a seller so that you can ask all the questions you may have. Many sellers post extensive photos of vehicles, too, so that potential buyers can confirm details and condition. You can also review a seller's feedback rating to get an idea of a seller's experience with selling cars on the site.

Conclusion

A Ford KA is the ultimate European vehicle. One of the most popular cars in the UK, this compact car has provided countless drivers with an easy and efficient way to get around. Consumers who are in the market for Ford KAs may want to familiarise themselves with the various generations of this vehicle and the features that come standard in these cars. KAs can be found on the marketplace in older generation models that are still in great condition or in more recent generation models.

Once a consumer has settled on a KA of interest, he or she can leverage the online retailer eBay to access a diverse range of buying options. Local dealerships and private sellers also offer a selection of new and used KA models for sale. By just getting to know this car a bit and deciding on the options they prefer, consumers can quickly and efficiently find the perfect Ford KAs to get them from point A to point B in style.

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