Comparison: Ford Ka and Ford Fiesta in the test

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Ford Ka and Ford Fiesta in the test
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At Ford the hierarchy is clear, also as far as the price is concerned: The K a costs in the high-quality version Titanium with 69- HP four-cylinder and standard air conditioning, adjusted for equipment, around 1,800 euros less than its bigger brother in trendy equipment.

The Ford Fiesta offers more comfort than the Ka

In addition, the heavy Ford Fiesta live with a four-cylinder that produces nine hp less than the engine in the offshoot of the Fiat 500. In the city, the Ka also parks and bustles more efficiently thanks to its smaller turning circle and 33 centimeters less external length. So mini wins against small here?

Room, the Fiesta knows how to defend itself well. Regardless of the performance deficit, it accelerates with its shorter gear ratio in the lower gears on a similar, more deliberate level and remains acoustically considerably less obtrusive. Those who travel longer now and then will arrive at their destination much more relaxed with the quieter and more comfortably sprung Fiesta. The Ford Ka, on the other hand, rumbles clumsily and inharmoniously over bad routes. The rear passengers in particular feel the tightness.

It doesn't help that the rear seat is at least well shaped. The fact that the Ka is the smaller and cheaper car is evident in many details. With all-round visibility, however, the driver rubs his eyes in amazement at how Ford has managed to make such a small car so confusing.

The Ford Ka brakes significantly worse

The poorer brakes weigh even more heavily: five meters more stopping distance from 100 km /h with warm brakes than the Fiesta spoil the safety impression. In addition, the Fiesta offers a knee airbag and ESP as standard (360 euros extra for the Ka). Even when it comes to handling, the Ka, which is a hundredweight lighter, does not bring any great advantage. On the contrary: only the Fiesta convincingly conveys the feeling of driving a well-tuned small car.

The fuel surcharge for the little brother is moderate at just under half a liter per 100 km. So the Ka is gradually running out of arguments.

TheEasier operation and lower taxes thanks to nine grams less CO2 per kilometer are just minor items. The Fiesta is definitely worth its higher price. The Ka is only an alternative for absolute bargain hunters with an almost exclusive urban radius of action.


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