Need a really small car with an added dose of attitude? If so, here's one you might like - the Ford KA+ Active. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

The Ford KA+ Active offers a trendier take on citycar motoring and benefits from a round of improvements made to this model line since its original launch. It'll certainly appeal to people who wouldn't have considered the ordinary version - which of course is just the point.

At least the KA+ Active won't be burdened by unrealistic customer expectations when it comes to its SUV prowess. No one expects a citycar to be able to function properly off road - not even one dressed for a hiking trip, as is the case here. Still, a bit of extra ride height can get you a surprisingly long way and this variant has been raised by 23mm over the standard model. That's actually 5mm more than the increase you get in Ford's only slightly larger Fiesta Active model, though this KA+ Active lacks that car's useful 'Slippery' driving mode. The ride height elevation does introduce a little extra body roll around the bends but overall, the ride and handling is just as good as it ever was in this model. And of course, this little Ford is very at home within the city limits. We've found it agile around town, easy to park and perfect for parents thanks to its spacious size.

To boost this model's crossover credentials, it gets a wider track, a larger front anti-roll bar and uniquely tuned Electronic Power Assisted Steering. Retuned dampers feature a hydraulic rebound stopper for a smoother ride over harsh surfaces, and 'Active Rollover Prevention' works within the Electronic Stability Control system to offer additional security when carrying roof loads. As for engines, well most buyers will choose the three cylinder 1.2-litre Ti-VCT 85PS petrol unit we tried, which makes rest to 62mph in 13.5s on the way to a maximum of 105mph. If you want to do better efficiency-wise, a minority-interest 95PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel is also available.

Comments

    • Brian Hume
      Brian Hume

      Wind noise ? Then turn the volume up on the radio. It's not rocket science is it

      about 23 days ago
    • gautam patel
      gautam patel

      Best car Ford freestyle diesel engine veri good

      about 1 month ago
    • Hareesh Devendran
      Hareesh Devendran

      If u want more views , then use name freestyle(name in India) z ur video was amazing and underrated

      about 2 months ago
    • Shawn Gaming
      Shawn Gaming In reply to Hareesh Devendran

      No one needs Indians for views

      about 2 months ago
    • Billy Johnson
      Billy Johnson

      Small rev counter? Have you seen the one in the VW Up, it's absolutely minuscule and I think it's the only interesting thing about that car.

      about 5 months ago
    • marklola12
      marklola12

      easy to park..showing a clip of you reversing and cutting video off before you bounce off the curb haha

      about 5 months ago
    • Random But Useful!
      Random But Useful!

      It has never EVER been Kay Ay it’s pronounced Kahh

      about 5 months ago
    • Billy Johnson
      Billy Johnson In reply to Random But Useful!

      I have only ever heard it pronounced as "Kay Ay".
      Ford themselves don't even know how to pronounce it, some adverts used to say "Kay Ay" and others "Kaah"

      about 5 months ago
    • kannan ame
      kannan ame

      Wonderful review... thanks a lot...

      about 6 months ago
    • OSV
      OSV In reply to kannan ame

      Thanks for the feedback Kannan Ame 👍

      about 6 months ago
    • live N let live
      live N let live

      this is an amazing car for the price.. and for those who wants little bit of adventure at a buget

      about 7 months ago
    • OSV
      OSV In reply to live N let live

      Thanks for the comment 👍 it's a great option for those who need a bit of clearance

      about 7 months ago
    • Eddie
      Eddie

      Hi what's the acceration like on motorways with the 1.2 petrol

      about 8 months ago
    • OSV
      OSV In reply to Eddie

      Hi Eddie Seber, thanks for the comment. It's not got much punch when accelerating at speed 👍

      about 7 months ago
    • KanishQ Quotes
      KanishQ Quotes

      In India it is mandatory to provide a spare tire
      So all the fancy German cars just have the spare wheel placed in the boot
      Mustang does the same

      about 8 months ago
    • jinu870
      jinu870

      Actuall it is "Freestyle" in India

      about 11 months ago
    • Purana Paapi
      Purana Paapi

      Freestyle

      about 11 months ago
    • Abe90
      Abe90

      I have seen 20+ reviews of Ford Freestyle ( Ka+ Active of India). But sir, yours is the most detailed and informative review of them all. Hats off. :)
      You deserve thousands of views and subscribers. I shall forward your video in Indian automotive forums.

      about 11 months ago
    • OSV
      OSV In reply to Abe90

      Thank you, It's great to hear you found our review useful!

      about 11 months ago
    • Abe90
      Abe90

      Ha ha ha. You are spot on in your observation about Indians. Many of us are are obsessed with the number of cup holders than build quality and safety. Hence filmsy tin can cars with no airbags & ABS sell more than well built and safe cars. Rest of us buy Ford, Volkswagen, Skoda cars.

      about 11 months ago
    • tj Hayter
      tj Hayter

      rover did this years ago with the streetwise

      about 11 months ago
    • tj Hayter
      tj Hayter In reply to tj Hayter

      @Christopher Martin yeah but bmw not interested in continuing

      about 8 months ago
    • Christopher Martin
      Christopher Martin In reply to tj Hayter

      @tj Hayter Nope, the "Phoenix 4" sunk Rover having filled their pension pots with a few million first

      about 8 months ago
    • tj Hayter
      tj Hayter In reply to tj Hayter

      nothing to do with streetwise.car sold well.bmw ended rover.

      about 8 months ago
    • Christopher Martin
      Christopher Martin In reply to tj Hayter

      ... and look where that got them !

      about 8 months ago
    • OSV
      OSV In reply to tj Hayter

      They did... wont be doing it again any time soon ;)

      about 11 months ago
    • Andrew K. NI
      Andrew K. NI

      A brilliantly comprehensive review filled with bags of information. Well done OSV.

      about 11 months ago
    • OSV
      OSV In reply to Andrew K. NI

      Thank you Andrew, we are glad you enjoyed the review

      about 11 months ago
    • DrDilbertVonRicker
      DrDilbertVonRicker

      A very detailed and professional review. Thank you.

      about 11 months ago
    • OSV
      OSV In reply to DrDilbertVonRicker

      Great to hear good feedback, Thank you

      about 11 months ago