Auto Express's reliability ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
S-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

i love my ka. the only thing that let e down was driving on the motorway and the clutch went, 300 to fix! but i thnk it was the first ever clutch replacement so cant really complain, it gets me everywhere with no problems. only thing is its just failed mot due to rusty sills :S but all in all i love it and planning on getting the newer shape one because it is so reliable and cheap!!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

iT IS THE SPORTKA MODEL WITH A 1600 ENGINE AND I LOVE ITS NIPPINESS ALTHOUGH IT COULD DO WITH A BETTER TURNING CIRCLE. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS THAT IT HAS RUSTED AROUND THE BOOT LOCK AND ALTHOUGH I HAVE REPORTED IT TO FORD UNDER BODYWORK GUARANTEE OVER 12 MONTHS AGO THEY HAVEN'T GOT BACK TO ME

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 2/5
1997-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

I have had this car 15 years, driven 1300,000 miles and I can count the number of problems I've had on one hand!!! I will soon replace it as it is beginning to fall apart, but it has been reliably driven in all weathers. Amazing value in comparison to friends who drive very different cars.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never had any problems with this ka. my first ka had one problem with it from new. Find it very good and efficient on fuel. insurance is very good on it too. I am with a service plan for my ka which only costs me a little a month.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
03-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

GREAT LITTLE RUNAROUND THAT HAS NEVER LET ME DOWN. IS WONDERFUL IN SNOW. MY HUSBAND'S LEXUS HAS NOT MOVED FROM THE DRIVE FOR A WEEK NOW, DUE TO THE BAD WEATHER. WE HAVE BEEN EVERYWHERE IN MY CAR

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

I used to have a fiesta, but it has got too big now for my needs. I thught I had downgraded to a KA, but I am really pleased wit it. It is very strylish inside and feels really sporty.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
03-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

I like it, but would lke it more if I was not so anxious about things going wrong. I am unable to work without it, so have a stomach ulcer worrying about it going wrong,

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Gearbox failure after 30k miles, wishbone bush and top suspension mount failure at 55k and 68k. Can be a bit thirty if you cruise on the motorway at 80/85 for a while.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

It's proved a good friend - I've been very impressed with its reliability - and I've been very proud of its ability to get me out and about in the recent snow!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Car has been very reliable. This shape of ka has the older generation of ford engines and is is much less economical than most of the newer models.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
03-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

apart from some creep cutting the fuel line to nick my fuel and cutting other lines while doing it,the car is a reliable machine. very pleased

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
1999-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Only parts ive had to have changed have not been changed before and considering the car is 13 years old that aint bad. N/a.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2003-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

It is very nippy about town, but also good on motorways. Seem to spend alot on petrol for such a small car.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Only one fault but entire heater matrix broke. Low road tax, good economy.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No problems so far. Seem to use quite a lot of petrol - not sure though.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Ok in general just niggly little problems. Eats front tyres.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never had cause to complain very reliable. Nothing to add.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
53-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

For my style of short, urban trips - I love my car

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2005-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Frequent electrical problems. High fuel usage.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Have had problems with noises from the engine

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2003-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Had the car 9 years and no main faults yet

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very reliable. Ł45 lasts me 10days.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
1999-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Good on the road. Not bad.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 2/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

its a very good run around

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A great car, no problems.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
03-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

very good for the price

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
T-reg Petrol, Owner for

RELIABLE AND PRACTICAL

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
Y-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Dull but reliable

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
Y-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

many problems

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
52-reg , Owner for 1 to 3 years

pretty good

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5