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Ford Ka hatchback (2009-2016) - MPG, running costs & CO2

Ford Ka isn't as cheap to run as newer rivals

Carbuyer Rating

2.7 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.6 out of 5

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MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

3.2 out of 5

The Ford Ka is getting old now, but it's still a cheap car to run. The problem is that most rivals are even kinder to your wallet. Warranty cover was only average, too, but the Ka fights back with one of the biggest dealer networks in the country and cheap replacement parts.

Ford Ka MPG & CO2

Browse the specification sheets of the Ford Ka’s rivals and the areas where it needed to improve quickly become clear. While fuel economy of 57.6mpg sounds perfectly acceptable, the Hyundai i10 can return more than 65mpg and the Skoda Citigo easily manages 69mpg.

Many of the Ford’s rivals also qualify for free road tax, whereas Ka owners pay £30 a year. The Ford Ka hasn't held its value quite as well as its rivals, either, particularly in the top trim levels. In contrast, the chic and desirable Fiat 500 commands some of the strongest values on the used-car market for a model of its size.

Insurance group

Using the same engine across the range means all Ford Ka models occupy insurance group three – whereas the majority of Citigo and i10 models sit in group one.

Warranty

The three-year/60,000-mile warranty which came with a Ford Ka was far from generous when you consider Hyundai covers the i10 for five years or 100,000 miles. That might have been enough to put some people off buying the Ka, but its warranty could be extended – £150 got you four years or 80,000 miles, while £260 increased it to five years or 100,000 miles.

Servicing

Ford offers competitively priced servicing and often runs promotions, including free roadside assistance for a year when a service is carried out at one of its main dealerships. Parts for the Ka should also prove easy to get hold of and cost effective.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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