Instead of a funky-looking and diminutive three-door, you now get a larger, dumpy five-door that prioritises practicality and a cheap purchase price over fashionable looks.
Underneath the skin is a version of the Fiesta platform that’s been massaged to prioritise passenger space to the detriment of boot space. Outwardly, it looks virtually identical to the Indian-market Ford Figo, but there are significant changes to make it more suitable for European markets, with the suspension, springs, dampers and tyres all being changed or tweaked.
Under the bonnet is a 1.2-litre four-cylinder motor that puts out either 69 or 84bhp. To keep costs down and put some space between the Ka+ and Fiesta, there are no Ecoboost or diesel options. Even so, it showed plenty of promise when we drove it in Europe. Can it do the same on British roads?
Jump inside the Ka+ and there’s no escaping the bargain basement feel. It doesn’t matter if you opt for entry-level Studio or plusher Zetec trim. The interior is a sea of hard, scratchy black plastic. While most of the controls are logically placed and feel solid enough, the heater dials are a little low and the electric mirror switch is a long stretch once you’re belted in.
There is no arguing with the space on offer, though. The Ka+ may be shorter than the Fiesta, but an increase in height and the reduction in boot space means that a six-footer can sit behind another six-footer without any issues. You wouldn’t want to spend hours back there, but generous head room and reasonable leg room for those in the back mean it shouldn't be too arduous in the rear.
Boot capacity may be down to 270 litres, but this should prove big enough for a weekly shop or a couple of small suitcases. The rear seatbacks fold down with a 60/40 split, revealing a decent load area that’s marred by a high step up from the boot floor. A variable boot floor would help, but it isn’t even an option.
On the equipment front, the entry-level Studio models get 15in steel wheels, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, front foglights, a smartphone dock, Bluetooth and USB connectivity as standard.